The QRUFC was formed in 1954 and commenced playing in the ACT Rugby Union Competition in 1955.

The original design of the Queanbeyan playing strip was put forward as a “white Guernsey with a sky blue letter Q embroidered on the left breast and a large sky blue number on the back, white shorts and sky blue socks with white tops”.

1955 Queanbeyan First Grade

1955 Queanbeyan First Grade

The founding Club President was Mr John L Maguire, with Mr Tommy Byrne as the inaugural First Grade Coach. In the Club’s first season, Queanbeyan went on to become joint “Canberra Cup Premiers”.

Building the Whites’ first Clubhouse

Building the Whites’ first Clubhouse

The Whites have since gone on to win the ACTRU Premiership (John I Dent Cup) seven times; including a run of three successive premierships from 1981-1983. The Whites were John I Dent Premiers in 1959, 1981, 1982, 1983, 2007, 2008, and 2010.

One of three 1980’s Premierships

One of three 1980’s Premierships

Queanbeyan won their first Premiership in 1959, defeating Royals 21-14 in the Grand Final. Before losing their title defence on RMC in the 1960 decider.

In 1979, 4th grade won the GF with a young David ‘Campo’ Campese having his first season in senior football for the club.

The club most recently entered a golden period that would rival the early 1980’s, breaking their 24 year premiership drought by defeating Gungahlin Eagles 33-12 in the 2007 Grand Final. The club went back to back when dominating the competition before accounting for Easts 25-18 in the Grand Final of ‘08.

Captain Josh Hastings raises the John I Dent Cup in 2008

Captain Josh Hastings raises the John I Dent Cup in 2008

Heartbreak occurred for the Whites when Tuggeranong Vikings scored minutes after the final siren to deprive Queanbeyan of another “Threepeat”, going down 30-28. However, the Whites got some revenge in 2010, reversing the same score line against the same club with a Nic White penalty in the final minute of play.

In 2012, the club created another chapter in its rich history when all five senior mens and the senior womens grades making the finals.