Brothers Rugby Club is proud to be the oldest continuously active “Premier” Football Club of any football code in Queensland and throughout its illustrious 115-year history, has competed in every season that it has operated in since its foundation and has never gone into recess.
Since our founding by members of the Christian Brothers Old Boys Association, which was predominately made up of old boys of Ireland’s Christian Brothers School’s and Brisbane’s CBC’s; St Joseph’s College Gregory Terrace, St Joseph’s College Nudgee and St James’ College, at a meeting held at the Carlton Club Hotel, Queen Street on 2nd March 1905, our Club has continued to pursue excellence both on and off the field. It was at this meeting where it was decided to “play in the school colours, blue and white hoops”, which were the colours of St Joseph’s College Gregory Terrace at the time.
Although born at the turn of the 20th century, the seeds of our Club were sown some 40 years earlier with the wave of Irish migrations from the 1860’s to the newly founded colony of Queensland. The diaspora community had to work with, depend on and support each other, by setting up schools, benevolent societies, fraternal organizations, and sports clubs to ensure members had personal, professional, and financial support and opportunities to educate their growing families, in their new homeland.
These beliefs and traits have become an intrinsic part of the Brothers’ culture and our club continues to support past and present players, members, and supporters, in Brisbane as well as Queensland, Australia, and the Globe. The Brothers Club has been at the coal face of the development of rugby football in Queensland, with the emergence of Junior (Colt’s) rugby in 1961, the subsequent evolution of Sub-Junior (Underage) rugby teams in 1968, and the formation of a team to join the Women’s competition in 1996. Our Club has continued to be instrumental in providing players, coaches and administrators to both the State and National governing bodies throughout our entire history, with Brothers contributing six State and four National governing body Presidents and 14 State and three National governing body Life Members, which continues to be record for an individual rugby club in Australia.
We also continue to provide players a pathway to both the State and National Teams with an overall total of 258 Queensland Representatives including 26 State Captains and 91 Australian Representatives including 13 National Captains across the men’s and women’s XV’s and 7’s formats.
Brothers is proud of the fact that it was one of the first truly “open” football clubs in Queensland and since the late 1940’s has significantly broadened its player base which has made Brothers an even stronger and more vibrant club. We warmly welcome players, coaches, members and supporters from diverse backgrounds and walks of life from across Queensland, Australia and the globe.
Brothers has continued to build, develop and foster links with other Brothers Old Boys Club’s across Queensland, Australia, New Zealand and throughout the world and was a founding member of the Rugby Fraternity in 2003. Our Club is unique in that we belong to a national footprint of Brothers Clubs that share our guiding ethos. Starting with just one team of 16 participants at Brothers in 2014, the Modified Rugby Program (MRP) aimed to move boys and girls with learning and perceptual disabilities off the sidelines and into the main game. We also commenced a touch rugby competition in 2015 to encourage and develop the participation of girls in sport and our wider Brothers community.
This year’s many accomplishments add to our rich 115-year history of 169 premierships across all grades and competitions including 28 First Grade premierships and 27 Club Championships, five Queensland State Championships and four Australian Club Championships.
This ongoing success is a wonderful example of how the current membership is not only adding to but making their own history as a part of our Club. We all continue to stand on the shoulders of the tens of thousands of players, members and supporters who came before us and continue to build on the legacy and spirit of Brothers Rugby Club.