Rats mark 30 years on the field
RUGBY UNION: The River Rats are ready to celebrate as the club hits its 30-year anniversary.
Club president Neal Stevenson said the club kicked off in 1988 and ran for two years before a hiatus until 2011.
“So it hasn’t been a continuous 30 years but we’re still going to commemorate when we first had a go at rugby union in Chinchilla,” Stevenson said.
The club is celebrating with a game against USQ in Chinchilla on April 28, run in conjunction with the Condamine Cods.
“What we’re looking at is trying to get as many of the ex-River Rats players back there on the day, as well as heading to the Club Hotel later on,” Stevenson said.
Stevenson, who has been the club president for five years, said the club was getting stronger, with many players in the beginning thinking “it’d only last a year”.
“But now it’s continued on to more than that,” he said.
It’s a good result for a rugby union club in a “solid league town”.
The River Rats play in the Downs Rugby competition in the C Grade.