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.
From the Archives
THE HISTORY BOOKS ON SOCIALS
Men's 1st Grade
Women's Premier Grade
Cups and Trophy's
Tiger Tales by Jim Tucker
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...
The 2008 Easts Premiers…A Special Vintage Well Aged At Fullback
The 2008 premiership was only the start of the party that put Easts on top of Australian rugby for the first time. Skipper Jade Ingham and his men celebrated long and loud after the 22-21 victory over Brothers to end a 19-year drought without the Hospital Cup. One of the spin-offs was entry into the...
Easts’ World XV… A world of fun, characters and future test stars
Easts has enjoyed an international flavour few fully appreciate because the likes of Anton Toia, Richard Kinsey, Arwel Thomas, the Rauluni brothers and Grant Batty made the club their home. For some, it might have been a one-season stopover on a bigger rugby journey. For others like Toia and his family, the Tigers became a...