Tasmanian Rugby Union
|RA affiliation||1949 (founding member)|
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.
2018 Senior Men's competitionEdit
There are several teams competing in the club rugby divisions These are:
- Australian Maritime College Rugby Union Club Est. 2012 "The Vikings"
- Burnie Rugby Union Club Est. 1961, Reformed 1997 "The Emus"
- Devonport Rugby Club Est. 1964 "The Bulls"
- Eastern Suburbs Rugby Union Football Club Inc. Est.1964 "The Roosters" (In Recess for 2018)
- Glenorchy Rugby Union Football Club Est.1935 "The Black Stags"
- Hobart Harlequins Rugby Union Club Est.1933 "The Harlequins"
- Hobart Lions Rugby Club Est.1974 (approx.) "The Lions"
- Launceston Rugby Union Football Club Est.1999 "The Lonnie Tigers"
- Taroona Rugby Club Est.1947 "The Blues" and "The Penguins"
- University of Tasmania Rugby Union Club Est.1933 "The Red Men"
- 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
- 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)
|Number of teams||10|
|Holders||Taroona Rugby Club Est. 1947 "The Penguins" (2016: 11th title)|
|Most titles||Glenorchy Rugby Union Football Club Est.1935 "The Black Stags" (10+ titles)|
- Don Recreation Ground- Home of the Devonport Rugby Club (Est. 1964 "The Bulls")
- Eady Street Oval- Home of the Glenorchy Rugby Union Football Club (Est.1935 "The Black Stags")
- North Warrane Oval- Home of the Eastern Suburbs Rugby Union Football Club Inc. (Est.1964 "The Roosters")
- Royal Park, Launceston- Home of the Australian Maritime College Rugby Union Club (Est. 2012 "The Vikings") and Launceston Rugby Union Football Club (Est.1999 "The Lonnie Tigers")
- Rugby Park- Home of the Hobart Harlequins Rugby Union Club (Est.1933 "The Harlequins"), Taroona Rugby Club (Est.1947 "The Blues" and "The Penguins") and Hobart Lions Rugby Club (Est.1974 (approx.) "The Lions")
- University of Tasmania Rugby Ground- Home of the University of Tasmania Rugby Union Club (Est.1933 "The Red Men")
- Upper Burnie Sports Centre- Current Home of the Burnie Rugby Union Club (Reformed 1997 "The Emus")
|Season||Grand Final winners|
|2017||Devonport||University of Tasmania|
|2013||Hobart Harlequins||University of Tasmania|
|1996–2005 – no record|
|1989–1990 – no record|
Rugby Union in Tasmania consists of the following Men's divisions : Men's Seniors, Men's Reserves, Junior Under 18, Junior Under 16, Juniors Under 14.
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.
In 2018 an additional competition was formed for teams from so-called "Minor States", called the Emerging States Championship, 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.
- Adam Coleman, Wallaby 895, and currently playing for the Melbourne Rebels
- Jack Ford, Wallaby 224,11 caps, born in Sheffield, Tasmania
- Eric E. Ford, Wallaby 240, 7 caps, born in Launceston, Tasmania
- Nili Fielea, Perth Spirit
- Justin Collins, Flanker - Chiefs 1998-1999 (10 caps), Blues 1999-2009 (92 caps)
The women’s fifteen-a-side rugby competition in Tasmania concluded in 2009 due to lack of numbers. The ladies who played were very passionate about the game of rugby, however at that time Tasmania only had four teams in the women’s division, Devonport Rugby Club, Eastern Suburbs Rugby Union Football Club Inc., Taroona Rugby Club and Glenorchy Rugby Union Football Club.
In 2015 Tasmania produced the first representative girls rugby sevens team. The under 17 age group team represented Tasmania in the graysonline.com Australian Sevens Development Tournament in Wagga Wagga. They faced teams from Victoria, NSW, Queensland, ACT and Western Australia over two days. Although the team could not manage a win against more experienced opposition, they did manage a try in their first game.
This interest in the condensed version of the game has led to further development of a ladies competition in 2016 and 2017, with full Southern, Northern and Statewide regular Sevens tournaments being held through 2018. The interest in women's rugby has led to the establishment of the Tamar Valley Vixens, Tasmania's first women's club located in Launceston.
- "South Australia claim Emerging States Championship". Rugby Australia. 24 September 2018. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
- 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.