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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.

South Australian Rugby Union
Formerly SA Rugby Union
Sport Rugby Union
Inaugural season 1932, Adelaide, South Australia
No. of teams 11
Country Australia
Most recent champion(s) Brighton
Official website


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.[1]

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

Current 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.[1] 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.

Premiership Winners

Division 1



2011 - Brighton

2010- Brighton

2009- Brighton

2008- Brighton

2007- Southern Suburbs

2006- Old Collegians

2005- Brighton

2004- Brighton

2003- Southern Suburbs

2002- Port Adelaide

2001- Old Collegians

2000- Brighton

  Divion 2

'2013-old colligians

'2012-old colligians


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