Queensland Rugby Union (QRU) today confirmed its major achievements for 2019 at its Annual General Meeting at Ballymore:
- The QRU reported an EBITDA of $900,000 and a net profit of $32,000 for 2019.The organisation confirmed a participation increase across Queensland of 5% in XV-a-side rugby at club level and 10% in XV-a-side rugby at school level, in 2019.
- The Federal Government’s pledge of $15 million towards the development of the National Rugby Training Centre at Ballymore was confirmed.
- The Hospital Cup Grand Final live from Ballymore and the weekly ‘Match of Round’ (on replay) was broadcast nationally – underpinning the QRU’s club rugby broadcast strategy.
- Queensland continues to dominate national elite pathway competitions with success in 2019: WINNERS - National Youth Sevens Championships (Queensland Maroon Youth Girls); U16 Junior Rugby Championship (Queensland Maroon); U19 Rugby Championship (Brisbane City); Aon University Sevens Series (University of Queensland). RUNNERS-UP - Buildcorp Super W (Queensland Reds); National Youth Sevens Championships (Queensland Maroon Youth Boys); Australian Schoolboys Rugby Union Championships (Queensland Maroon); Junior Gold Cup (Queensland White).
- The successes in boy’s and men’s Rugby have assisted the QRU in contracting 90% of the current St.George Queensland Reds (men’s) squad from Queensland’s club and schools pathways.
Today’s meeting of members also elected Andrew Slack a QRU Life Member.
Andrew’s contribution to Queensland Rugby, both on and off the field, has been immense.
Andrew played over 130 games for Queensland between 1975 and 1986, while he also featured in 39 Tests for the Wallabies, captaining the side to both a Grand Slam in the United Kingdom and a Bledisloe Cup victory against New Zealand.
Upon retiring from playing, Andrew has held a number of official and volunteer roles, including QRU Vice President from 2012 to 2019.
He has coached, mentored and been a part of the selection committee at his beloved Souths Rugby Union Club, where he was appointed a Club Patron in 2017.
He has also remained heavily involved at Ballymore, with his influence as an assistant coach helping the Reds to Super 10 titles in 1994 and 1995, before he took on the role of head coach in 2002 and 2003.
He served as Wallabies selector for three years from 2003 and was inducted into the Australian Rugby Union Hall of Fame in 2010.
Andrew’s contribution to the promotion of Rugby Union across Australia, since hanging up the boots, has also been significant, through his Rugby column in Queensland’s Sunday Mail newspaper and his work at Channel 9 in Brisbane as a sports reporter and as sports editor.
Andrew’s nomination to the QRU for consideration for Honorary Life Membership was received from Souths Rugby Club President Anthony Shepley and seconded by GPS Rugby Club President Michael Taylor and also by David Hine, the President of Brothers Rugby Club.
Meanwhile, former Wallaby and Queensland representative Roger Gould was elected QRU President, replacing David Codey.
Roger, QRU #913, a fullback who played for Queensland 64 times and represented Australia on 25 occasions between 1978 – 1987, was a formidable attacking option and was famed for the quality of his drop-goals.
Also, at the meeting, former Wallaby Garrick Morgan was re-elected as a Vice President. Chairman Jeff Miller and fellow Directors Mark Stanton, Selwyn Button and Brett Clark were re-elected to the QRU Board.