The Victorian Schools' Rugby Union (VSRU) was formed on 10 October 1972 although the first recorded games of Rugby at schools level were played between Scotch College and Melbourne Grammar in the late nineteenth century.
2019 Under 18 Victorian Schoolboys Trials
Venue: Xavier College, Barkers Road, Kew
Date: Sunday April 28
Time: Check-in and Warm-up 9am, Trials 10am - 1pm
Trial Cost: $10 payable in cash upon check-in
Eligibility: Players born in 2001 or 2002 (under the age of 18 years at January 1, 2019) and currently enrolled at a school in Victoria and working towards an appropriate Year 12 exit credential (VCE/VCAL) or its equivalent.
Commitment: 1 - 2 training sessions per week from Sunday May 5 through until Sunday June 30; availability to travel to Sydney and play in the National Schools Championship at Riverview in Sydney from Monday 8 July - Saturday 13th July. Costs involved with participation in the National Schools Championship will be approximately $1150. Sponsorship may reduce this amount.
The early matches of the newly formed union were a series of invitations between Geelong Grammar, Melbourne Grammar and Scotch College played at the end of their Australian Rules football season.
In 1933 the VRU first introduced the code to State Schools and in 1934 established the Victorian Junior Rugby Union. While at the same time some of what were then known as the 'public' schools, notably Scotch College, and the Royal Australian Naval College (RANC) continued to arrange inter-school matches and together with the VJRU organised occasional games against interstate teams . In the 1950's Scotch College remained the strongest team of the period with, the only other contender being Geelong Grammar with undefeated 1st XV's four times in the 1960s. Initially rugby matches were only played between the schools from the Associated Public Schools of Victoria, but that has since grown to include schools from the Associated Grammar Schools of Victoria, the Associated Catholic Colleges of Victoria, State Government schools and provincial country schools. Since 1991, the VSRU competition has been formalised with ladders and competition winners recognised amongst a number of different grades and age groups.
Current full VSRU Members
- Brighton Grammar School
- Carey Grammar School
- Geelong Grammar School
- Haileybury College
- Ivanhoe Grammar School
- Marcellin College
- Melbourne Grammar School
- Melbourne High School
- Scotch College
- St. Francis Xavier College
- St. Kevin's College
- St. Patrick's College (Ballarat)
- Trinity Grammar School
- Xavier College
Current associate VSRU Members
- St. Peter's Cranbourne
- Beaconhills College
For more information on the VSRU and its competitions please click here