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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.

Tasmanian Rugby Union
Tasmanian Rugby Union logo.svg
SportRugby union
RA affiliation1949 (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:

Defunct clubsEdit

  • 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

Tasmanian Rugby Union
SportRugby union
Number of teams10
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)

Current GroundsEdit


Season Grand Final winners
Premier Reserve
2018   Taroona   Glenorchy
2017      Devonport      University of Tasmania
2016   Taroona
2015   Taroona
2014      Devonport
2013   Hobart Harlequins      University of Tasmania
2012   Taroona
2011   Glenorchy
2010   Taroona
2009   Hobart Lions
2008   Glenorchy
2007   Taroona
2006   Launceston
1996–2005 – no record
1995   Glenorchy
1994   Glenorchy
1993   Glenorchy
1992   Glenorchy   Glenorchy
1991   Glenorchy   Glenorchy
1989–1990 – no record
1988   Hobart Harlequins
1987   Taroona
1986   Glenorchy
1985   Glenorchy
1983   Taroona   Glenorchy
1982   Taroona
1981   Eastern Suburbs
1980   Glenorchy
1979   Taroona   Glenorchy
1977   Glenorchy
1976   Glenorchy   Glenorchy
1975   Glenorchy
1974   Hobart Harlequins
1973   Glenorchy
1968   Taroona
1967   Glenorchy


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.

Representative teamsEdit

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.

In 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 playersEdit

Women's RugbyEdit

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 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.

See alsoEdit


  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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