Nudgee College has a proud sporting tradition with 93 years of participation in the Queensland GPS Rugby competition. In the early years, Nudgee College played in local competitions against a mix of adult and schoolboy opposition. It was not until the advent of the GPS competition in 1918 that the College had the opportunity to regularly test itself against the best schoolboy opposition in the state.
Rugby league was the game of choice in GPS until a return to the 15 man game in 1928. The first premiership made its way to Nudgee College in 1920, and the ensuing years would see a further 38 titles, the latest in 2011. It is a source of pride for the whole community that the College has retained its place as one of the pre-eminent sporting Colleges in Australia.
One of the main reasons for the College’s success is participation as each year Nudgee College fields approximately 45 rugby teams in the GPS and supplementary competitions representing all age levels.
Nudgee College has produced 24 Wallabies including three Australian Captains, Paul McLean, Mark Loane and Rocky Elsom. James O’Connor is the College’s latest Wallaby. In addition, the College has had over one hundred players go on to play in Super Rugby or represent their country as an Australian schoolboy.