South Australia Rugby Union

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<!-- Unsourced image removed: -->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 a 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.


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.

Over the following two decades, Rugby grew across the metropolitan region and by the 1950’s, South Australia possessed a total of eight clubs.

In 1951, after finances and management of competitions grew, it was decided...
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