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The Western Australia Rugby Union (RugbyWA) is the governing body of rugby union in Western Australia, it was founded in 1893 and the inaugural 4 team competition commenced in 1895 with the I Zingari, Fremantle, Swans and Midland Junction Club's taking part. The WARU Senior Grade competition was contested from 1895 to 1913.
The Rugby Football code went into recess in the west from the 1914 season until 1928 when 4 Clubs; Wanderers, Rangers, Wallabies and Fremantle revived the First Grade Club Competition.
In 2004, RugbyWA successfully secured the fourth Australian Super 12 licence, entering a team in the expanded Super 14 competition from 2006, called the Western Force. RugbyWA has also established a series of development programs. The development team is the Perth Spirit, which has competed in the Australian Rugby Championship in 2007 and the National Rugby Championship since 2014.
There are currently 10 RugbyWA Board Members, President, D G Redpath who was re-elected in March 2012. Dr R J Perry is the current Chairman and Mr Arthur Hill is the current Patron.
The RugbyWA is a not-for-profit organisation run by its shareholding organisations – WA clubs and affiliated bodies (juniors, schools, referees, women's and country rugby). RugbyWA incorporates both Professional and Community Rugby. There is no private ownership of RugbyWA with profit generated re-invested into the game at all levels in Western Australia.
Pindan Premier Grade Logo
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The Premier Grade is the highest level of Western Australia domestic club rugby union competition, contested annually from early April to mid August. It is managed by the Western Australia Rugby Union (RugbyWA), the Pindan Premier Grade was named for lead sponsor Pindan.
Premiers (since 1963)
KWIK First Grade Competition 2008
Final 2008 First Grade Competition Table
Minor Premiers: Kalamunda
Minor Semi-final 17 August Rugby Park: Wanneroo 21 Perth-Bayswater 16
Major Semi-final 16 August Rugby Park: Kalamunda 13 Nedlands 11
Preliminary Final 24 August Rugby Park: Nedlands 23 Wanneroo 42
Grand Final 31 August Rugby Park: Kalamunda 37 Wanneroo 13
Premiers 2007: Kalamunda
Home Building Society First Grade Competition 2007
Final 2007 First Grade Competition Table
Minor Premiers: Nedlands
Minor Semi-final 1 September Rugby Park: Kalamunda 10 Perth-Bayswater 11
Major Semi-final 2 September Rugby Park: Nedlands 20 Palmyra 19
Preliminary Final 8 September Members Equity Stadium: Palmyra 18 Perth-Bayswater 41
Grand Final 15 September Members Equity Stadium: Nedlands 13 Perth-Bayswater 15
Premiers 2007: Perth-Bayswater
- Bob Thompson first player selected to play for the Wallabies from a WA Club
- John Welborn (retired, first Western Australian born to represent the Wallabies) - NSW Waratahs, Sharks, Leicester Tigers, CA Brive, Western Force, Australia
- Brett Sheehan - NSW Waratahs, Queensland Reds, Australia
- Adam Wallace-Harrison - ACT Brumbies, Australia A
- Kieran Longbottom - Western Force
- Dane Haylett-Petty - Western Force, Australia under-19
- Scott Higginbotham - Queensland Reds
- David Collis - Queensland Reds
- Darren Murphy - Queensland A
- Will Brock - Perth Spirit, Australia sevens
- Daniel Montagu - Nottingham R.F.C., Leicester Tigers
- Ryan Tyrrell - Perth Spirit
- Dan Bailey - Perth Spirit
- Salesi Ma'afu - Western Force, Joondalup Brothers RUFC
Premier Grade (1st Grade)
Other Perth Grades
South West Competition
Great Southern Competition
Eastern Goldfields Competition
WA School of Mines