It was in the Gold Coast Bulletin in late 1964 where an advertisement appeared asking for people interested in playing Rugby Union on the Gold Coast. From these modest beginnings what then proceeded was a development of teams, clubs, competitions and representative teams that formed the basis for what today is now known as Gold Coast District Rugby Union (GCDRU).
The GCDRU is the Regional body for the conduct of rugby union within the Gold Coast Region encompassing; Yatala to the North, Casuarina to the South and the Scenic Rim to the West.
Whilst the Gold Coast is recognised as one of the best sports and recreation locations within Australia, the challenge is to ensure not only the viability of Rugby Union as a singular sport within the Region, but the development of participation, infrastructure and sustainable financial growth.
To achieve this, the GCDRU needs to incorporate support from:Local, State and Federal Governments, The private sector, and Current and future clubs within the Region, working towards a common goal.
GCDRU has long recognised the importance of planning and accountability in its approach to sustaining and developing the game of rugby across the Gold Coast Region. The Gold Coast demographics and societal expectations are ever changing. The needs of, and opportunities for our game must reflect these evolving conditions. It is against this background that the GCDRU, as the governing body for rugby as part of Queensland Rugby Union (QRU) and Rugby Australia (RA), consulted with its various stakeholders and relevant outside agencies, researched trends and considered the learnings from other strategic assessments in its pursuit for improvement.
Our Brand Vision
Grow Rugby Union within the Gold Coast Region through embracing the changing landscape and prioritising financial stability for all stakeholders.
Our Brand Mission
To maintain a strong, competitive and evolving competition for both men and women within the Gold Coast Region.
The genesis of what is now Gold Coast and District Rugby Union dates back to the year 1964. Little did they know that their meeting of a group of passionate Rugby people would become the second largest sub-union outside of Brisbane when they formed a team which made its debut the following year in the Brisbane Suburban competition. Their home ground was Rudd Park at Burleigh Heads and the team colours were Blue and Gold which is still in use today by Gold Coast Eagles Club.
The early years were marked with success with the Gold Coast team winning the Brisbane Sub District Premiers in 1965 and 1966 and only losing in the 1967 Grand Final in extra time. As a result of this success Queensland Rugby Union promoted Gold Coast to play in the Brisbane First Grade competition. However this initially proved to be a step too far for the fledging Gold Coast Union and the lack of success in 1968 led to the team being disbanded only to be reinstated to Brisbane Suburban competition in 1970.
With this renewed interest a second club was formed at Surfers Paradise and took the field in the Brisbane Suburban Competition in 1974. From these humble beginnings the current format of Rugby on the Gold Coast evolved.
Other clubs were formed which to date constitute the Gold Coast District Rugby Union.
|Eagles 1964||Surfers 1974||PBC Alleygators 1979|
|Nerang 1983||Helensvale 1987||Colleges Knights 1987|
|Bond Pirates 1996||Coomera 2001||Casuarina Juniors 2002|
|TSS Juniors 2000||Yatala Juniors 2017||Gold Coast Referees 1978|
The charter of the Union is to promote the game of Rugby, to increase participation levels and to take the opportunity to expand the number of teams in each club so that a full competition profile can be established for all from Senior Rugby grades through to age grades. All competitions are strongly contested which provides opportunities for player and individual skills development.
There are also pathways to state representative levels through Queensland Country representation in seniors and representative selection in age grade junior teams whom play against other Queensland metropolitan and country zone representative teams in Queensland State wide championships.
The Union has also developed a relationship with the Bond University Rugby club who play in the Brisbane Hospitals Cup competition.
In addition the clubs are proactive in promoting the many programs available through Queensland Rugby and Rugby Australia which provide education and participation for those new to the game.
Gold Coast District Rugby Union has a clear vision and strong set of values that guide our sub-union’s efforts at all levels and underlies our desire to be part of the future of Rugby in Queensland and Australia.