About Us

Gold Coast Rugby Union Football Club (Eagles) was the foundation club for Gold Coast Rugby and played its first game in the Brisbane Competition in 1965.  From humble beginnings, the Eagles is now home to hundreds of junior and senior players. The Club has produced more Wallabies and Queensland Reds players than any other Club on the Gold Coast.  Our aim is to provide a club for lovers of exciting rugby, where the spirit of rugby is promoted and grown and the game is played to provide pleasure to players and spectators.

The Gold Coast Rugby Union Football Club was based at Rudd Park, Burleigh Heads prior to 1972, until the Overell family provided the land on Brighton Parade at Southport, on the basis of a rugby club being based and playing at what is now James Overell Park.

The Beginning
The birth of the club can be attributed to a few handy rugby souls who met in the Pink Elephant Bar at Chevron Hotel in Surfers Paradise in November 1964.
Sanctioned by representation at the meeting by Wal Galloway of the Sub-discricts Union (Brisbane), and Barry French of the QRU, it was determined to enter a team in the 1965 Brisbane Sub-districts competition. About a dozen players confirmed over a number of beers that they would have a go! Tom Perrin, Bob Chester, Bob McDonald, Nap Palmer, Paul Perrin, Ken Hughes, George Cross, John Gordon and Chris Oxenford are names of the originals.
Chris Oxenford recalls that the first ever training run, in early 1965, consisted of a session on the beach in front of Woodruff Avenue, Main Beach – conveniently close to a cold beer afterwards, at Tom Perrin’s house! Paul Perrin was the first club captain and coach. (Another Perrin (Fraser) was to reprise the captaincy 23 years later). The first formal training runs were held at the Surfers Paradise Cricket Oval. (located on the site of the present transit centre).
Subsequently however the team found its first home at Rudd Park. (This is now the Caravan/camping ground off Goodwin Terrace Burleigh Heads). Local knowledge was important as the pitch sloped seriously uphill towards the beach and for additional interest, had a concrete cricket pitch in the middle. (covered by sand for training/games). Changing rooms were the public toilets and showers on the beachfront. Post game drinks and celebrations were often at Bert Cockerill’s 5th Avenue Motel at North Burleigh.
The Gold Coast Hotel at Burleigh came to the party as a sponsor in ’65, and offered a couple of rooms to change and shower; and importantly a 5 gallon chef for post match celebrations!
Chris recalls that an important part of the early spirit of the team was the support of ‘the girls’ who were an important [part of the social fabric of the new club. Bi Perrin, Barb Oxenford, Joel McCulloch, Anne Sinclair and Hugh McMaster’s wife are names that came quickly to mind as great supporters who would ‘bring a plate’ to after game functions and were an integral part of club activities.
The team itself tasted success from the kickoff; winning the 1965 sub-districts premiership. This first team included subsequent life members and long time club stalwarts, Chris Oxenford and Graham (Crowey) Fuller.
This early success was followed by a runner-up finish in 1966 and then completing a season as undefeated premiers in 1967, winning the “Truth Shiled”. The captain coach of this 1967 team was Gold Coast rugby legend Bob Sinclair. Bob subsequently left the club to broaden the rugby base on the Gold Coast, by establishing the Surfers Paradise club. Bob always displayed unbridled passion and enthusiasm to help build the game over many years, through many roles at district level.