Formed in 1943, as a city base for all rugby players and lovers of the game, The Rugby Club is a Bernie Larkham RWC winning drop-kick from Circular Quay in the CBD.
It was originally the Headquarters of the New South Wales Rugby Union and later the Australian Rugby Union and where Wallaby touring teams were farewelled and jerseys presented. Many historical meetings that changed the face of rugby took place in the club. In 1983 a group of Australian and New Zealand Rugby officials met at The Rugby Club and developed the concept of The Rugby World Cup, which was adopted by the IRB with the first tournament taking place in New Zealand and Australia in 1987. It was also where the three SANZA nation’s representatives met to plan the Super 10 and Tri-nations tournaments which have contributed so much to the success of the game in the Southern Hemisphere.
The Rugby Club has played a significant role in the consolidation of the game of rugby and in spreading and in strengthening the influence of the game throughout Australia. Today, it is a licensed Club with a history and collection of memorabilia almost unmatched anywhere in the World –certainly, all our overseas visitors remark that they have never seen anything like it in their own countries.
The Club has four floors, with all wine beers and spirits at friendly club prices:
- Ground floor “World Cup” bar – a favourite amongst local Rugby fanatics, features a “Kiwi Corner” with historic All Black jerseys. The bar is immersed in the history of rugby with memorabilia on show from Rugby Greats around the world. With Super 15’s and classic match replays every day on large plasma screens, it also features an outdoor courtyard, with smoker’s area, and al fresco gaming;
- First floor “Waratah Room” and Brasserie @ The Rugby Club is a function room that can seat 120 for lunch and features a menu with choice of juicy steaks, Pizza’s, grilled fish, wraps, salads as well our famous burgers, all at great prices.
- The 2nd floor “Wallaby Dining Room” is the Club’s à la carte restaurant. It seats 100 and boasts the best steaks in town and an extensive wine list;
- The 3rd floor “Barbarian Room” is the boardroom and museum and still features the table where “Bill” was conceived.
With over 2,000 members, it is now a meeting place for all rugby people and has earned its place as “The Home of The True Spirit Of Rugby”. All Super fifteen games are shown live and loud on all floors and regardless of where you’re from, or who you support, you’ll always find someone with a love of rugby for a friendly chat and a beer.