Rugby in Victoria is in great shape. We are currently witnessing an exciting and unprecedented growth period. This position and our vibrant future is built on a strong and proud heritage of more than 119 years. During this time we have firmly established Victoria as one of the new most prominent rugby provinces in Australia. Player numbers in Victoria are increasing each year. In the past 5 years the Junior and Senior Competition has grown by 30%. There are 26 clubs throughout the state. Organisationally, we have built a strong administrative base focused on the continued progression of the code via sound strategic planning and business principles, and an unwavering commitment to significant reinvestment at all levels of the code throughout Victoria. The Victorian Rugby Union is the driving force behind the surge in popularity and success of rugby in Victoria. We are developing the sport at all levels: junior, schools, clubs and representative teams.
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VICTORIAN RUGBY UNION HISTORY
Melbourne Rugby Union was founded in 1888 and the first two clubs were founded in that year prior to selecting a Victorian team to play the British tourists, now known as the first Lions, the visitors winning 9-3.
Although formal competition ceased in 1890 a new Union was formed in 1893 and inter-colonial matches resumed in 1894, the year in which New South Wales was beaten 3-0 by Victoria at the East Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Although competition lapsed again after the Victorians were defeated 30-0 at the MCG by the second Lions in 1899 the Victorian Rugby Union was reformed in 1908, Victoria going down 26-6 at the MCG in August of that year to what were soon to be known as the First Wallabies, then en route to Great Britain. Of the seven clubs comprising the new Union in 1909, Melbourne, East Melbourne, South Melbourne and University were the first to compete for the Dewar Shield, a trophy which is still awarded today to the premier first grade team. Competition ceased during WW1 and recommenced under the present Union in 1926, ushering in what were later to be called the Golden Years of Victorian Rugby and which included the selection of the first Victorian born player to represent Australia, Sir Edward "Weary" Dunlop in 1932.
To date, Victoria has produced one Wallaby captain- Dave Cowper. In 1939/1940 four Victorian players were selected in the Wallaby side to tour England: Andy Barr, Max Carpenter and Stan Bissett and George Pearson. In 1958, the first test match in Victoria was staged at Olympic Park. The Maoris defeated the Wallaby’s 13 – 6. Victoria now boasts twenty-six Senior rugby clubs Senior player numbers have grown from 1400 in 1998 to 2378 in 2006. Teams in the competition have grown from 4 in 1909 to over 140 in 2006. Victoria was invited to play in the new Australian Rugby Championships in 2007. Rugby is now in over 75 Secondary Schools and 150 Primary Schools in Victoria.
Victoria will be a leader in Australian and international Rugby on and off the field.
To fulfill the vision to develop, administer and promote Rugby in Victoria.
Support of Junior Club Rugby Development throughout Victoria. Rugby 10’s Rugby Program for Secondary Schools Walla Challenge Program for Primary Schools
Broad spanning coaching programs for the beginner to the advanced. Courses include: Smart Rugby, Junior Player Pathway, Foundation, Level 2 and Level 3.
In the past 5 years the Junior and Senior competition has grown by 30%. There were over 140 teams playing in the Senior and Junior competition in 2007. Victoria fields representative teams in the U12, U14, U15, U16, U18, and Senior age group.