Our history

The Premiership Success

Since then the Tigers have won the Hospital Cup on five occasions, in 1997, 1999, 2008, 2013 and 2020. In both 1984 and 1999 Easts won the Welsby Cup and Horsley Cup, while they have also claimed the Doughty Shield on six occasions (1987, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009 and 2020). Following their 2008 Premiership success, Easts went on to become Australian Club Champions by defeating Sydney University. They replicated this feat in 2021 with a victory over Gordon Rugby Club to claim the club’s second Australian Club Championship Title. Without a doubt 2020 was the most successful year in the nearly 75 year history of the club. Securing 6 Premierships in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, Premier Women and Colts 4, the club also won the Doughty Shield for a 6th time. In their history 13 players have received Premier Rugby player of the year honours, our most recent being Ben Mowen in 2020. A total of 29 players that have played for the Tigers have also gone on to wear the Green and Gold jersey for either the Wallabies, Australian 7s, Australian U20s, Australian U18s or the Wallaroos teams.

A new era in Women’s Rugby

On November 12, 1892, when William “Pudge” Heffelfinger was paid $500 to play a game for the Allegheny Athletic Association in a match against the Pittsburgh Athletic Club. This is the first recorded instance of a player being paid to participate in a game of American football, although many athletic clubs in the 1880s offered indirect benefits, such as helping players attain employment, giving out trophies or watches.

In 1947 the Queensland Rugby Union (QRU) started an Old Boys Competition for past students of G.P.S. schools.  One of the teams was the Brisbane State High School Old Boys.  This team became known as Colts in 1948 and finally in 1949, at the suggestion of the QRU, the club assumed the name Eastern Districts.  Today the club is known as Easts Rugby Union Inc.

75 Years Young

The Clubhouse that currently stands on the site at Bottomley park was opened in 1979.  For more information click on the Commemorative booklet 1979 booklet. (pdf 4.6MB)

In 2022 Easts will celebrate 75 Years as a club and we look forward to celebrating this important milestone with our community.

Men's 1st Grade

2020
1st Grade Premiership
2013
1st Grade Premiership
2012
1st Grade Premiership
2008
1st Grade Premiership
1999
1st Grade Premiership
1997
1st Grade Premiership

Colts

2020
Colts 4
2019
Colts 3 Premiership
2009
Colts 2 & 3 Premiership
2001
Colts 1 Premiership
1996
Colts 3 Premiership
1986
Colts 1 Premiership

Women's Premier Grade

2020
Women's Premier Grade
2011
Women's Premiership
2010
Women's Premiership
2009
Women's Premiership
2008
Women's Premiership
2002
Women's Premiership

Colts

2020
Colts 4
2019
Colts 3 Premiership
2009
Colts 2 & 3 Premiership
2001
Colts 1 Premiership
1996
Colts 3 Premiership
1986
Colts 1 Premiership

Grades

2020
2nd, 3rd, 5th Grade
2016
6th Grade Premiership
2015
6th Grade Premiership
2014
4th Grade Premiership
2000
3rd Grade Premiership
1998
2nd Grade Premiership
1991
4th Grade
1989
3rd Grade Premiership
1988
3rd Grade & 4th Grade Premierships
1987
4th Grade Premiership
1982
2nd Grade Premiership
1976
4th Grade Premiership
1972
2nd Grade Premiership
1959
3rd Grade Premiership
1956
4th Grade Premiership

Cups and Trophy's

2020
Australian Club Champions
1987
Doughty Shield
1984
Welsby Cup & Hosley Cup

Tiger Tales by Jim Tucker

Vale Bryan Kassulke

Vale Bryan Kassulke The Queensland Rugby community is mourning the death of Bryan Kassulke, the former Queensland fullback who left an indelible mark on three Brisbane clubs.  The highly-regarded Kassulke passed away at 90 on Monday. He won the 1954 premiership with the University of Queensland, was the inaugural captain of Wests when they became an A…

The Re-Opening of David Wilson Field…The Heart of Tigerland

The upgraded David Wilson Field is back in action on Saturday for the rare return of Australia A flanker Brad Wilkin to the Easts jersey. The improvements in drainage under a full grass cover will make the main field at Bottomley Park the best July club surface in Brisbane. Playing on the main field again has…

A Premiership Weekend to end 2022 on a high

Greg Riley’s first premiership for Easts was 20 years in the making and it tasted just as satisfying as he thought it would. Easts' grand final fans came in all ages like Kohen, 17 months Of all the victory stories and celebrations from grand final weekend, no one had toiled longer to deserve it than...

Grand Final Weekend: Parry returns as Easts hunt 5 trophies

Wallaroos skipper Shannon Parry has been given the all-clear to play for Easts in the quest for a third straight women’s premiership at Suncorp Stadium. Backrower Parry has got lucky with Sunday’s decider falling between two training camps before the Wallaroos’ departure for the Rugby World Cup for women in New Zealand. It’s a huge...

Family affair puts winning vibe into Easts

The family vibe around the Soloai family’s enjoyment of Easts even stretches to eight-year-old Brooklyn joining mum for pre-game warm-ups. When you talk of Easts as a family club there is no better example than this nonstop household of footy boots, jerseys, socks, training kit and misplaced mouthguards. Prop Theresa is already through to the...

Finals Time: Lower Grades…The Engine Room of Tigerland

Finals Time: Lower Grades...The Engine Room of Tigerland Search the rugby dictionary for the term “club stalwart” and you find names like Easts’ fifth grade halfback Mitch Gunning.  No prime-time 3pm kick-offs for him. He hasn’t played a match in that slot since school days at Villanova College in 2009.  On Sunday morning, he’ll be...