The Brothers Rugby Club Foundation Trust

A Foundation to ensure Brothers Rugby Club continues to be the premier rugby club in Australia.

Contact any of the following for more information

Paul Tully 07 3231 0615

Dennis Croft  0411 570 565

Mark Harvey 0402 126 335

Tom Ritchie 0414 484 767

A Brief History Brothers Rugby Club

Brothers Rugby Club [the Club] was established in 1905, making it one of the oldest rugby clubs in Australia which continues to this day. Its playing numbers drew largely from Christian Brothers schools, thus leading to the name of the club in the early period being known as the Christian Brothers Football Club.  The name of the Club evolved over the years to what it is today.

Despite missing a place in that inaugural year finals, over the years that followed the Club has continued to grow and prosper and contribute enormously to the success of rugby at a club, state and national level.

The Club has provided 67 Australian Internationals, 6 Test Captains, in excess of 200 Qld Representatives and many more representatives to State youth and Sevens teams.  It has won over 27 Premier Grade Premierships.  It remains the envy of many rugby clubs in Australia.  As important as these achievements are, it is the many memories and friendships cherished by the Club's players and supporters of all levels of rugby that the Brothers Rugby Club Foundation [the Foundation] seeks to preserve and grow for the future.  The strength of the Club lies in the spirit of its broader community, a community that sustains itself on and off the field through friendship, endeavour, sacrifice, loyalty and laughter.

Like many great institutions, the Club has faced many challenges over the years.  It has faced financial ruin in the 1960s and 1990s.  It even switched to rugby league during WWI!   It has met these threats, faced and ultimately defeated them through the resilient dedication of its players, members and supporters.

The formation of the Foundation is a further step in the evolution of the Club - an important step nevertheless to secure its future to allow it to fulfill its mission to forever provide a facility to play the great game of rugby.  

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The Brothers Culture

It was the great Jack Ross, after whom the Club's ground is named, and whose service to the Club spanned more than 40 years from the 1920s, who penned in a club newsletter:  "Your club plays rugby union because your executive thinks it is the best game.  It is a game that has stood the test of time, it is a game that develops spirit, and it is a game that teaches self control … a greater spirit of camaraderie exists between players in rugby union than any other code."

Similarly effusive about the Club for which he played for many years [and now Patron of the Foundation] the rugby great John Eales wrote in the foreword to a book on the history of the Club "Brothers in Arms": 

"Clubs are the weave within the fabric of Australian sport.  There is no elite without grass roots.  Our boys become teenagers who become colts and then young men.  At Brothers they have done us proud to create history.  They will do the same to create our future."

Having respected and understood the past, the Foundation will support the Club to create its future.  It is through the Club that many lifetime friendships, business and social relationships have been formed.  The opportunity to enjoy such experiences will only exist while the Club is able to provide an avenue for the playing of rugby at all levels. 

The Future

The resources required to maintain a successful rugby club are significant - the cost base large - the technical expertise necessary, world class.  These are challenges the Club alone cannot meet.  It is thus the goal of the Foundation to provide financial and commercial independence.  The Club must continue to attract the leading players, coaches, support and technical staff.  It must have state of the art resources, facilities and grounds.  The Foundation will work with the Club to achieve these outcomes.

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How the Funds are Utilised 

The clear objective of the Foundation is to build a sustainable, large and growing capital base to deliver real outcomes to the Club.  The Foundation will direct funds to: capital projects, coaching and administrative resources, and assets that increase the rugby potential of our players.

How the Funds are Applied  

The Foundation will consider certain projects upon application by the Club. The Foundation believes that each project must be for the objective of furthering the long term interests of the Club.  For too long funds have been raised and used to meet operational matters. This is contrary to the core objective of the Foundation which is to meet the long term aspirations of the Club and its players. 

Tax Deductibility

The Australian Sports Foundation [ASF] has been established by the Commonwealth Government to assist not for profit organisations to raise funds for sport.  Funds are deposited with the ASF.  The ASF will approve projects to which donors may contribute.  These donations are tax deductible.

Alternatively, donors may contribute to the Foundation directly, for which no tax deductible status applies.  This allows the Foundation to grow its capital base without the need to advise the ASF of specific projects.  Freedom within the Foundation exists to divert these funds to the objectives of the Foundation. 


Members will be presented with a commemorative custom-made traditional style Rugby Cap.  It is proposed that all members will be recognized on an Honour Board in the Club.


Assistance is sought from the Foundation to have you, your friends and supporters of Brothers, bequest an amount in your Will to "The Brothers Foundation." It is quite common for other successful Clubs in Australia, who run such Trusts, to seek donations from members’ and supporters’ estates. All amounts would be gratefully accepted as your legacy to this great Club.

The Target

The Foundation wishes to meet a minimum target of $1 million within 10 years. We are into our 4th fundraising year now so much work on an accelerated program is required. With this amount invested the Foundation believes it will be able to apply the interest on funds invested to approved projects.  There will be projects during the capital raising phase that the Foundation will approve.

Management of the Fund

The Board of the Foundation has established a sub-committee to raise funds:

Denis Croft:                                 0411 570 656

Paul Tully:                                0413 011 011

Mark Harvey:   0402 126 335

Tom Ritchie:             0414 484 767

The Board of the Foundation will ensure the funds are managed under strict prudential guidelines to ensure the objectives of the Foundation are met.

The fund will be audited annually.  Donors will be provided with annual audited accounts of the fund.