Rugby in the North Brisbane area first took shape in 1929, with the Eagle Junction Club competing for many years before disappearing from the Brisbane Rugby scene in the 1950's.
This void was filled in 1962 when the Teachers Training College at Kedron fielded teams in the Brisbane Senior competition. The first premiership was won in 1963. Hugh Courtney, then Principal of the College, maintained Teachers Rugby Club throughout the 60's and the early 70's. An amalgamation in 1974 with the new entity Norths saw the emergence of the Teachers Norths Rugby Club.
Teachers Norths enjoyed a successful decade in the 70's, winning a 1st Grade premiership in 1976. The Club also produced a number of Australian and Qld players.
Wallabies produced by the Club included Dick Marks, John Cornes, Geoff Richardson, Laurie Lawrence, Rod Hauser, Greg Cornelsen, Tom Barker, Peter Horton, Michael O’Connor, and Chris Roche. In addition, a number of players distinguished themselves at Queensland State level, including Greg Dux, Damien Barker, Peter Trehern, Michael Want and Nev Cottrell.
Chris Roche was the first person in the history of the Rothmans Medal (the forerunner to the XXXX Medal) to win the medal twice. Nev Cottrell from Norths also was a winner of this award.
Three Norths Players have been named in the top 100 Wallabies of all time, being Greg Cornelsen, Michael O’Connor and Chris Roche
During most of the late 70's, the Teachers Norths club had no fewer than 5 Wallabies at any one time. We contested all finals series during this period and reached the Grand Final in 1982. The nature of the teaching profession saw a huge turn-over of players, with players graduating and moving to teaching positions outside Brisbane. Teachers Norths fortunes were in decline at the time of moving to the present club facilities at Shaw Rd in 1984.
A further merger with Redcliffe Rugby Club saw the emergence of the North Brisbane Club in 1991. Despite lean pickings on the field during the 90's the club was still represented from time to time at State level (Penni Vola Vola, Rob McCartney, Isei Nasiganiyavi and Ilie Tabua) and Eddie Harris went on to win the coveted Rothmans medal towards the end of the 90's. Norths sides coached by John Roderick, Gary Hutchinson and Tom Barker - performed admirably during these difficult times.
Norths then formed an alliance in 2001 with Queensland University of Technology (QUT) adding to the list of changes over the course of our history. QUT had previously competed as QIT (Queensland Institute of Technology) with little success, winning only a U19 Premiership in 1974. This alliance has delivered less than what was originally anticipated with QUT moving away from an emphasis on sport, resulting in Norths deciding in 2008 to sever their alliance and stand alone as the North Brisbane Rugby Club.
Our history has been turbulent - we have seen good times and bad. But there have been many people who have acted in the past to keep the club alive and we appreciate all those who have served at our club, either as a player, volunteer, coach or administrator.
2005 saw the return of Chris Roche as the Club's Coaching Director and through the efforts of the team of coaches and players that Chris assembled around him, and those of the Committee, Norths started a remarkable resurgence which saw them defeat the mighty Randwick Club in 2009, as well as 2009 Premiers Brothers, and 2009 Australian Club Champions Easts.
Through Chris, Norths have formed a very strong relationship with PNG Rugby Players and is now the club of choice for players of PNG heritage. In 2009 Australia's most consistent Wallaby and current Queensland Captain, Will Genia, elected to join his brother Frank at Norths.
2010 has seen an infux of new players including former Kiwi Rugby League International Sione Faumuina, former Australian Toucb International Peter Stoddart, and Broncos Under 20 Jacob Samoa and Andrew Rossiter's return from a two year lay off due to injury .
Hospital Cups (1st grade) Rothmans/xxxx medal
*1963 *1978 Nev Cotrell
*1976 *1980 Chris Roche
*1996 Eddie Harris
2nd Grade Welsby Cup (leader after 1st round of premier grade)
3rd Grade Life Members
*1946 *Damien Barker
*1954 *Derek Bond
*1955 *Russell Thompson
*1958 *Jim Lucey
*1960 *Greg Dux
*1962 *Peter Hull
*1963 *Gary Hutchinson
4th Grade *Robert Menot
*1954 *Stephen Platt
*1960 *Cameron Riggall
*1971 *Colin Swain