Mudgee Rugby Club is one of the oldest rugby clubs in
Australia being a foundation member of the Southern Rugby Football Union formed
in 1874. Only Goulburn (1872) and Albion Maitland (1873) were formed before
Mudgee in Country NSW with Bathurst and Newcastle also being formed in 1874. Goulburn
and Mudgee were the only country clubs to attend the inaugural meeting of the SRFU
which was held at the Oxford Hotel in Sydney with R. Arnold and G.H. Cox
representing Mudgee (Ref. Dr Thomas V.
Hickie – A Sense of Union and They Ran With The Ball). Mudgee was
recorded as attending the meetings of the SRFU from 1874 – 1876. The SRFU later
became the NSW Rugby Football Union.
In more recent times the Mudgee Rugby Club has played in the
Central West at both senior and junior levels. The senior club has participated
in different competitions over the years depending on the number of players
available. They have played in the Blowes Cup (three grades and colts), the
Lang Shield (two grades) and President’s Cup or the ANFD Cup (1 team). After winning the ANFD Cup competition in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013 the club returned to the Blowes Cup competition in 2014 with 2 senior grades and a colts (U/20). In 2015 a third senior grade was added and in 2016 a women’s team participated for the first time, making the grand final. In 2017 two senior grades and a Colts plus a women’s team participated and in 2018 thw Wombats will be entering the 2nd Tier competition with two senior teams and a women’s team.
During the nineties a group of older gentlemen decided they weren’t past lacing up the boots and thus the “Old Muds” were formed. Golden Oldies is an enjoyable but not too competitive way of retired players participating in a great game and having the opportunity to talk about amazing feats on the rugby field that may or may not have happened in the past. The “Old Muds” still appear from time to time in what could only be described as quite a loose arrangement.
Due to the hard work and foresight of members during the
eighties, the club purchased land next to Jubilee Oval and built a clubhouse
which is the envy of many country clubs. The clubhouse has been the venue for
many club and after game functions as well as housing much local rugby
For many years, Mudgee Rugby Club has also hosted the Mudgee Rugby Sevens,
an annual carnival that has proved popular with clubs from all over the state. Due to generous sponsorship, prizemoney has increased significantly in recent years with an accompanying increase in standard.
Mudgee Rugby Club is managed by a committee of dedicated volunteers
who love the game and everything it represents. They promote opportunities to
develop good friendships and to become skilful players but above all they
promote enjoyment of the game and good sportsmanship. Mudgee Rugby Club
welcomes anyone who wishes to participate as a player, as a playing official,
as a club official or as a supporter.