The Rugby League Ipswich is situated on Brisbane’s western fringe, and is one third of the new South East Queensland Division of the Queensland Rugby League.
Ipswich is a traditional home to Rugby League in Queensland and boasts many former greats of the game. Our name – Ipswich Diggers – & Logo pays tribute to the Ipswich region’s proud history as a coal mining centre.
Ipswich’s first senior game of Rugby League was played in Ipswich was on 9th October 1909. The game was played at the North Ipswich Reserve and was between a Brisbane side and a side selected from the Ipswich Rugby Union players, Brisbane winning 43 to 10. Affiliation with the Queensland Rugby League was arranged the following year.
J. G. Stephenson was considered the father of Rugby League in Ipswich during the twenties and thirties. He was the President of the Queensland Rugby League from 1935 to 1941.
The Ipswich Rugby League was incorporated in 1992 and is responsible for all senior Rugby League in the Ipswich area.
The Ipswich Junior Rugby League was created in 1972 for all junior Rugby League in the Ipswich area.
At the Annual General Meeting of the leagues on November 13 2016 it was voted on for the two leagues to combine as Rugby League Ipswich (RLI).
The RLI currently consists of 18 clubs. Our city based clubs boast a great mix of new clubs as Brisbane’s population moves west, & the old traditional clubs (Springfield, Redbank Plains, Karalee , Swifts, Goodna, West End, Northern Suburbs, & Brothers). The remaining five clubs are based in rural communities, Brisbane Valley in Esk, Lowood – Tarampa, Laidley, Rosewood, & Fassifern in Harrisville.
Ipswich Junior players have a tremendous opportunity to earn representative honours.
Our Under 11 & 12 Development sides tour to Maitland in N.S.W. each Easter, and a return tour is held in July.
Our Under 13, 14 and 15 Development sides participate in the Tri-Series tour which see Ipswich compete against Gatton & Toowoomba.
Our Under 13, 14, & 16 sides play the Gold Coast and Brisbane teams to earn positions in the South East Queensland Division teams which in turn contest the State Titles.
Ipswich Senior player have similar opportunities to represent Ipswich, South East Queensland Division and some are lucky enough to have had Queensland selections.
Our A Grade & Colts sides play the Gold Coast and Brisbane teams to earn positions in the South East Queensland Division teams.
We have a proud history of players being named in the State Merit teams.
Our office is located at the North Ipswich Reserve, 43 The Terrace, North Ipswich & is open Monday to Friday 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM. We can be contacted on 3202 4137 or by e-mail at [email protected]