Tasmanian Rugby Union

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Tasmanian Rugby Union
TRU
Tasmanian Rugby Union logo.svg
SportRugby union
Founded1933
RA affiliation1949 (founding member)
Websitewww.tasrugby.com.au

The Tasmanian Rugby Union, or TRU, is the governing body for the sport of rugby union within the state of Tasmania in Australia. It is a member and founding union of Rugby Australia.

Currently, the Tasmanian Rugby Union holds a variety of competitions for males and females in several age groups and divisions.

The headquarters for the Tasmanian Rugby Union are at Rugby Park, Cornelian Bay, Tasmania. The TRU was established in 1933.

Affiliated Clubs[edit]

As at the end of the 2019, there are 13 clubs which make up the TRU, ten of these clubs field senior men's sides, eight field senior women's sides and five field junior sides. There is also a golden oldies club for players 35+.

Club Colours Teams Nickname(s) Home Ground Entered Union
Burnie RUFC Newcastle colours.svg Blue & Red Men's Emus Upper Burnie Sports Ground 1961 (reformed 1997)
Devonport RUFC      Green with Black Men's, Women's, Junior's Bulls Don Oval 1964
Eastern Suburbs RUFC Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Maroon with White Men's, Women's, Juniors, Golden Oldies (35+) Roosters, Chicks North Warrane Oval 1964
Glenorchy RUFC Western Suburbs colours.svg Black Men's, Women's, Juniors Stags Eady Street Sports Ground 1935
Hobart Convicts RUFC New Zealand colours.svg Grey & Black Golden Oldies (35+) Convicts No set Ground ???
Hobart Harlequins RUFC Quinscolours.svg Green, Blue, Red & Black Men's, Women's, Golden Oldies (35+) Quins, Queens Rugby Park 1933
Hobart Lions RUFC New Zealand colours.svg Grey & Black Men's Lions War Memorial Oval 1974
Launceston RUFC North Sydney colours.svg Black & Red Men's Tigers Royal Park 1999
North West RUFC      Purple with Black Women's Panthers Upper Burnie Sports Ground 2018
Tamar Valley RUFC South Sydney colours.svg Red & Green Women's Vixens Royal Park 2017
Taroona RUFC Canterbury colours.svg Blue & White Mens, Women's, Juniors, Golden Oldies (35+) Penguins Rugby Park 1947
University of Tasmania RUFC      Red Men's, Women's Red Men, Red Women UTAS Rugby Ground 1933
Australian Maritime College RUFC
currently in recess
     Light Blue with Royal Blue Trim Men's Vikings Royal Park 2012

The Tasmanian Rugby Union Referee's Association is also directly affiliated with the TRU.

Defunct clubs[edit]

  • Associates (The Club was formed in 1964 as the University Associates Rugby Football Club. The Club won 6 First Grade Southern and State Premierships in 1965, 1967, 1970, 1971, 1972 and 1984. The Club also won 3 Reserve Grade Premierships in 1965, 1981 and 1982.)
  • West Coast
  • Georgetown
  • Wellington
  • Port Dalrymple
  • Glen Dhu (combined with the Riverview Club to become the Launceston Rugby Union Club)
  • Riverview (combined with the Glen Dhu Club to become the Launceston Rugby Union Club)
  • Williamsford

Divisions[edit]

Rugby Union in Tasmania consists of the following divisions : Men's Premiership (First Grade), Men's Championship (Reserve Grade), Women's, Junior Under 18, Junior Under 16, Juniors Under 14 and Tassie Devils (under 12).

2019 Senior Men's competition[edit]

There were 11 teams from 9 clubs competing in the club rugby divisions These were:

Premiership Grade

Championship Grade


Tasmanian Rugby Union
SportRugby union
Number of teams9
HoldersPremiership      Devonport Bulls Championship Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Eastern Suburbs (2019)
Most titlesWestern Suburbs colours.svg Glenorchy Rugby Union Football Club Est.1935 "The Black Stags" (10+ titles)

Premierships[edit]

Season Grand Final winners
Premiership/First Grade Championship/Reserve Grade
2019      Devonport Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
2018 Canterbury colours.svg Taroona Western Suburbs colours.svg Glenorchy
2017      Devonport      University of Tasmania
2016 Canterbury colours.svg Taroona
2015 Canterbury colours.svg Taroona
2014      Devonport
2013 Quinscolours.svg Hobart Harlequins      University of Tasmania
2012 Canterbury colours.svg Taroona
2011 Western Suburbs colours.svg Glenorchy
2010 Canterbury colours.svg Taroona
2009 New Zealand colours.svg Hobart Lions
2008 Western Suburbs colours.svg Glenorchy
2007 Canterbury colours.svg Taroona
2006 North Queensland colours.svg Launceston
1996–2005 – no record
1995 Western Suburbs colours.svg Glenorchy
1994 Western Suburbs colours.svg Glenorchy
1993 Western Suburbs colours.svg Glenorchy
1992 Western Suburbs colours.svg Glenorchy Western Suburbs colours.svg Glenorchy
1991 Western Suburbs colours.svg Glenorchy Western Suburbs colours.svg Glenorchy
1989–1990 – no record
1988 Quinscolours.svg Hobart Harlequins
1987 Canterbury colours.svg Taroona
1986 Western Suburbs colours.svg Glenorchy
1985 Western Suburbs colours.svg Glenorchy
1984
1983 Canterbury colours.svg Taroona Western Suburbs colours.svg Glenorchy
1982 Canterbury colours.svg Taroona
1981 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1980 Western Suburbs colours.svg Glenorchy
1979 Canterbury colours.svg Taroona Western Suburbs colours.svg Glenorchy
1978
1977 Western Suburbs colours.svg Glenorchy
1976 Western Suburbs colours.svg Glenorchy Western Suburbs colours.svg Glenorchy
1975 Western Suburbs colours.svg Glenorchy
1974 Quinscolours.svg Hobart Harlequins
1973 Western Suburbs colours.svg Glenorchy
1968 Canterbury colours.svg Taroona
1967 Western Suburbs colours.svg Glenorchy

2019 Senior Women's competition[edit]

Generally, Senior Women's competitions consist of a series seven's tournaments spread across the year along with several games of 15's format. There were 9 clubs competing in the club rugby divisions These were:


Representative teams[edit]

Jack Jumpers colours

The senior men's state representative side for the Tasmanian Rugby Union are the Tasmanian Jack Jumpers, named for the jack jumper ant (Myrmecia pilosula), a species of venomous bull ant commonly found in Tasmania.

From 2018 an additional competition was formed for teams from so-called "Minor States", called the Emerging States Championship,[1] featuring the Jack Jumpers, Northern Territory Mosquitoes, Adelaide Black Falcons and Victoria Country Barbarians. The first Competition was held in Adelaide in September 2018, and the Black Falcons were the inaugural winners.[2]

Notable players[edit]

Ollie Atkins born Hobart 1988, Waratahs, Edinburgh, Scotland A,Exeter Chiefs,Rouen-Normandie

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "South Australia claim Emerging States Championship". Rugby Australia. 24 September 2018. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  2. ^ Jack Hislop (26 September 2018). "The NT's representative rugby team has finished second at the Emerging States Championships". Northern Territory News. Retrieved 14 October 2018.

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