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Queensland Premier Rugby is a non professional club rugby union competition in Queensland, Australia. Nine clubs play in the competition, eight of which are from Brisbane with one club from the Gold Coast. The premiership has been contested in its present form since 1929.[1]

Queensland Premier Rugby
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SportRugby union
No. of teams9
Most recent
University of Queensland
Most titlesUniversity of Queensland
TV partner(s)Reds TV Youtube


Queensland Premier Rugby (QPR) evolved out of the Brisbane club competition that had been running since 1887. It was created by players, administrators, referees and coaches to expand and improve the top level of Queensland non-professional rugby. QPR provides Queensland rugby players a stepping stone for selection into the Queensland Reds and other teams in Super Rugby or other professional rugby competitions.

Previous to 1920, the Hospitals Challenge Cup was established as a fund-raising exercise for the Brisbane General Hospital. After the devastation of World War I the competition was suspended until the Hospitals Cup was established. The Brisbane Club competition recommenced in 1929.

The 1975 Grand Final was played between the Brothers club and GPS and Brothers won the match. Teachers-Norths, Wests and again Brothers won the next seasons. In 1979, the first ever draw in a final occurred with a 24-all draw between rivals University and Brothers, a reply of the final was held, which saw University defeat Brothers by a mere 3 points. Brothers dominated the next few seasons, winning the 1980 to 1984 premierships. Souths won their first title in 1986, and University won a number of titles at the end of the decade.

Souths came to major prominence during the 1990s, winning the competition five times in a row from 1991 through to 1995, and then again in 1998 and 2000. They also featured in the 1996 season final which GPS won, and the 1997 final which Easts won. Canberra also competed in the competition, and found major success, winning three titles in a row from 2001 to 2003. The Gold Coast Breakers also began to become a force in the competition, featuring in five finals from 2001 to 2007, although they were on the receiving end of the competitions largest ever grand final score being thrashed 85-19 by the Sunnybank Dragons in the 2007 Grand Final.

In future, teams from other Rugby regions in Queensland may also join the competition, thus encouraging the pursuit of Rugby excellence across the state, not just confining it Queensland's south-east corner. However at a meeting of the Sunshine Coast Rugby Union in October 2013, it was decided by the members not to compete in the 2014 QRU’s Premier Rugby Competition, but will instead focus its energy on becoming the leading force in regional rugby. [2]

Other trophiesEdit

Thomas Welsby Memorial Cup: The top two premier grade teams at the end of the first full round of home and away matches contest the Welsby Cup in their second round meeting. The cup was originally donated by Thomas Welsby.

Keith Horsley Memorial Trophy: Now presented to Premier Grade Minor Premiers. The trophy donated by the Family of Sgt Keith Thornton Horsley who was Killed in Action during WW2.

Doughty Challenge Shield: Named for businessman Hector R Doughty,[3] a former Queensland rugby representative, boxer and rower,[4] the Doughty Shield is awarded annually to the champion Brisbane club, based on competition points won across all participating grades.


Club Home Ground                                    Premierships Foundation Date Admitted to Premier Grade
  Brothers Jack Ross Oval, Albion 28 (27 QRU, 1 BRL)  1905 1905
  University of Queensland Field 7, St Lucia 32 (30 QRU, 2 BRL)  1911 1912
  GPS Old Boys Ashgrove Sports Ground, Ashgrove 6 1931 1931
  Southern Districts R.A. "Chipsy" Wood Oval, Annerley 10 1948 1948
  Eastern Districts David Wilson Field, Norman Park 4 1947 1950
  West Brisbane Sci-Fleet Stadium, Toowong 3 1951 1955
  Sunnybank Oldmac Oval, MacGregor 3 1969 1989
  North Brisbane Hugh Courtney Oval, Wooloowin 0 (2 as Teachers / Teachers-Norths) 1991 1991
  Bond University Bond University Field, Robina 0 2014 2014

Grand Final results, Hospital Cup winners (since 1946)Edit

Easts vs Souths at Bottomley Park, 11 April 2015
Year Premiers Score Runners-Up
2019   University of Queensland 31–26   Brothers
2018   GPS Old Boys 23–16   University of Queensland
2017   University of Queensland 23–14   GPS Old Boys
2016   Brothers 31–28   University of Queensland
2015   Southern Districts 39–12   Eastern Districts
2014   University of Queensland 20–18   Sunnybank
2013   Eastern Districts 27–22   GPS Old Boys
2012   University of Queensland 46–20   Sunnybank
2011   Sunnybank 35–24   Brothers
2010   University of Queensland 19–11   Sunshine Coast
2009   Brothers 26–19   Southern Districts
2008   Eastern Districts 22–21   Brothers
2007   Sunnybank 85–19   Gold Coast
2006   West Brisbane 23–22   Brothers
2005   Sunnybank 41–17   Gold Coast
2004   Gold Coast 24–18   University of Queensland
2003   Canberra 29–16   Gold Coast
2002   Canberra 45–3   Eastern Districts
2001   Canberra 32–10   Gold Coast
2000   Southern Districts 34–30   West Brisbane
1999   Eastern Districts 16–15   West Brisbane
1998   Southern Districts 34–18   West Brisbane
1997   Eastern Districts 18–16   Southern Districts
1996   GPS Old Boys 12–6   Southern Districts
1995   Southern Districts 27–11   Eastern Districts
1994   Southern Districts 19–8   Sunnybank
1993   Southern Districts 27–8   Sunnybank
1992   Southern Districts 44–10   University of Queensland
1991   Southern Districts 22–15   West Brisbane
1990   University of Queensland 19–10   Brothers
1989   University of Queensland 34–9   Southern Districts
1988   University of Queensland 18–10   Southern Districts
1987   Brothers 20–19   Southern Districts
1986   Southern Districts 31–13   Brothers
1985   West Brisbane 10–7   University of Queensland
1984   Brothers 18–3   Eastern Districts
1983   Brothers 30–15   University of Queensland
1982   Brothers 25–16   University of Queensland
1981   Brothers 36–13   North Brisbane
1980   Brothers 19–0   Southern Districts
1979   University of Queensland 16–13   Brothers
1978   Brothers 19–15   University of Queensland
1977   West Brisbane 15–10   Brothers
1976   Teachers-Norths 16–4   GPS Old Boys
1975   Brothers 23–6   GPS Old Boys
1974   Brothers 27–19   GPS Old Boys
1973   Brothers 20–10   GPS Old Boys
1972   GPS Old Boys 23–18   University of Queensland
1971   Brothers 17–3   Eastern Districts
1970   University of Queensland 24–6   GPS Old Boys
1969   University of Queensland 22–14   Brothers
1968   Brothers 17–6   University of Queensland
1967   University of Queensland 17–15   GPS Old Boys
1966   Brothers 36–9   University of Queensland
1965   University of Queensland 17–15   GPS Old Boys
1964   University of Queensland 29–9   Teachers
1963   Teachers 28–6   University of Queensland
1962   University of Queensland 18–12   Southern Districts
1961   GPS Old Boys 19–13   University of Queensland
1960   University of Queensland 11–6   Brothers
1959   Brothers 13–11   University of Queensland
1958   Southern Districts 9–5   University of Queensland
1957   University of Queensland 23–18   Southern Districts
1956   University of Queensland 19–6   GPS Old Boys
1955   University of Queensland 18–16   Southern Districts
1954   University of Queensland 19–3   GPS Old Boys
1953   Brothers 11–9   University of Queensland
1952   University of Queensland 11–3   Brothers
1951   Brothers 17–6   GPS Old Boys
1950   Brothers 21–10   University of Queensland
1949   Brothers 13–8   University of Queensland
1948   University of Queensland 21–18   GPS Old Boys
1947   University of Queensland 8–6   Brothers
1946   Brothers 11–6   GPS Old Boys

Total Premierships (since 1946)

Team Premiers (Hospitals Challenge Cup) Runners-up (Vince Nicholls Memorial Shield)
University of Queensland 23 18
Brothers 21 12
Souths Magpies 10 10
Easts Tigers 4 5
GPS Old Boys 4 14
Wests Bulldogs 3 4
Sunnybank Dragons 3 4
Norths Eagles 0 0
Bond University 0 0
Canberra Vikings 3 0
Gold Coast Breakers 1 4
Teachers-Norths 1 1
Teachers 1 1
Sunshine Coast Stingrays 0 1

Former clubs (since 1929)Edit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Queensland qru | Hospital Cup Winners Archived August 29, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Eagle Junction's good season". The Courier-Mail. 13 February 1937. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
  4. ^ "New manager and referee Mr. Doughty and Major Craig". Referee. 5 July 1922. Retrieved 17 November 2014.

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