ABOUT WYNNUM RUGBY

The Bugs started in 1979 after a 7-year-old Evan Willis asked his father Jeff “Willo” if he could “play the game that they play at Ballymore in Wynnum”.  On discovering that Wynnum did not have a rugby club, Jeff and wife Pam went to work about establishing the Wynnum Junior Rugby Union Club at an old tip-site – Elanora Park – on the Wynnum foreshore.

The “Wynnum Bugs” were very nearly the “Wynnum Muddies”.  However, the Redlands Rugby Club, who also started at the same time, claimed the “Muddies” moniker and Willo’s Wynnum team aptly become known as the “Moreton Bay Bugs”.

The first ever Wynnum Bugs team to play in a fixture was an under 8s team that played Ascot Clayfield on 11 April 1979 and recorded a 20-16 win.

From a couple of junior sides in 1979, the Bugs gradually grew through the 1980s in playing numbers and teams.  In 1989, on the back of club president Milton Lovell efforts to assemble an under 16s in 1987, the Bugs would field their first ever senior (over 18) team, a Colts (under 19s team).  This team was coached by club founder Jeff Willis and captained by Paul Davey – two men who would later become life-members of the club

The first Senior (open age) team was fielded in the Queensland Suburban Rugby Union (QSRU) in 1990 and would win their division’s grand final 13-4. That team featured a mixture of the graduating 1989 Colts and some new faces – including Club legend Phil Lee who came out of retirement to add experience to the young Bugs team.

In 1994, the QSRU, on the back of sponsorship from Coca-Cola, formed a strong 8 team Suburban competition.  This comp saw long term Subbies clubs like Wynnum, Redlands, Ipswich, Everton Park, Kenmore and Logan City create a strong tribal competition that would last for around a decade.  The Bugs won multiple Colts premierships across this era, but despite making multiple grand finals through the 1990s and early 2000s, 1st grade were pipped at the post.

In 2007 the Bugs A Grade’s grand final fortunes changed – with Wynnum defeating Easts Longhorns to win the Barber Cup. The Bugs would go on to win the Barber Cup in 2014 and 2018.

After 2018 Barer Cup premiership, the club decided to move its senior grade teams into the Sunshine Coast Rugby Union.

In 2023, the Wynnum Bugs entered its first open women’s side into the Sunshine Coast Competition.

The Wynnum Rugby Union Club from its humble start out the back of a caravan now fields 25 teams from U6 to Open Mens and Womens with over 400 playing members!