South Australia Rugby Union
The South Australia Rugby Union (SARU) is the governing body for the sport of rugby union in the State of South Australia, Australia. It is a member of the Australian Rugby Union. The SARU is an 11-team Rugby Union amateur league operating in Adelaide, South Australia. The premier grade is the largest Rugby Union league in South Australia. The league consists of a single division with under 10, under 12, under 14, under 16, under 18, reserves and open (premier/div 1) levels of competition.
|Formerly||SA Rugby Union|
|Inaugural season||1932, Adelaide, South Australia|
|No. of teams||11|
|Most recent champion(s)||Brighton|
The establishment of SA Rugby Union came about following a public meeting assembled in March 1932 by journalist Ian Sabey from The Advertiser. This meeting saw the arrangement of the Adelaide Rugby Club with two 7-aside teams ready to contest each other. Interest had grown and by the end of the year, the Royal Australian Navy, University and the Waratahs (an offshoot, developed from the Adelaide Rugby Club) had also been established and ready to field teams in a local, specific competition.
Adelaide rugby had quickly grown and within a year, South Australia had played its first interstate match against Victoria .
Rugby League benefitted in the 1940s, when the Port Adelaide Rugby Union team split in four, and defected to League.
Over the following two decades, rugby grew across the metropolitan region and by the 1950s, South Australia possessed a total of eight clubs.
In 1951, after finances and management of competitions grew, it was decided that it was in the Union's best interest to become an incorporated body.
Over the following years, SA Rugby continued to grow stronger and by 1971 clubs included Army, Adelaide University, Brighton, Burnside, Elizabeth, Flinders University, North Adelaide, Old Collegians, Onkaparinga, Port Adelaide, Barossa rams, Salisbury, Southern Suburbs, West Torrens and Woodville.
SA clubs that had come and gone include Railways, St Marks, Technical College Old Boys, Kingston, Aquinas, Navy, Waratahs and Gawler. And in 1978 Glenelg was renamed 'Brighton'. And in 2005 Roseworthy college Rams was renamed 'Barossa Rams'
In 1999, SA Rugby again took on corporate change and release its Incorporated Association status and become a Company Limited by Guarantee, further underlining its commercial strength.
In 2006, SA Rugby Union Ltd combined with the SA Junior Rugby Union.
Currently there are eleven senior clubs, six of which have junior sides as well as two independent junior clubs and an Over-35's club.
Current SA Rugby Clubs
|Club||Nickname||Home Ground|| Entered |
|Adelaide University RUFC||Blacks||Waite Oval||1932|
|Barossa Rams RUFC||Rams||Lyndoch Oval||2006|
|Burnside RUFC||Burnside||Parkinson Oval||1946|
|Elizabeth RUFC||Elizabeth||Womma Reserve||1958|
|Old Collegians RFC||Old Colls||Tregenza Oval||1937|
|Port Adelaide RUFC||Pirates||Riverside Oval||1933|
|Southern Suburbs RUFC||Bulls||Bailey Reserve||1946|
|Brighton RUFC||Tigers||Brighton Oval||1950|
|Onkaparinga RUFC||Red Devils||Wilfred Taylor Reserve||1968|
|Woodville RUFC||Wasps||Gleneagels Reserve||1933|
|North Torrens RUFC||Dragons||Dry Creek||1998|
|North East Dist RUFC||NEDS||Dry Creek||?|
Burnside has a long history in the SARU but was a senior club only that had no juniors. The Waratahs Junior Rugby Union Football Club was formed at a meeting held on the 23rd October, 1971. The Club was amalgamated with the Burnside RUFC at the 1992 BRUFC AGM. North Torrens formed when West Torrens and North Adelaide merged, Barossa Rams previously known as Roseworthy Campus.
North Torrens formed when West Torrens and North Adelaide merged, Barossa Rams previously known as Roseworthy Campus.
2011 - Brighton
2007- Southern Suburbs
2006- Old Collegians
2003- Southern Suburbs
2002- Port Adelaide
2001- Old Collegians