ACTRU Premier Division

ACTRU Premier Division
Sport Rugby Union
Founded 1973
No. of teams 7
Country Australia
Most recent
Canberra Royals
Most titles Canberra Royals
Official website Website

The ACTRU Premier Division is a rugby union club competition based in Canberra, Australia, and conducted by the region's governing body, the ACT and Southern NSW Rugby Union. It contains four Senior Grades of competition plus Colts, and is competed by the seven ACT Premier Division clubs, plus ADFA, which fields teams in Colts and 3rd Grade only. First Grade teams compete for the John I Dent Cup. The silver cup, which was first played for in 1938,[1][2] was a gift to the union by the pastoralist John I Dent.[1] The competition finals are now held at Viking Park.[3]

Premier Division clubs

John I Dent Cup winners

Year Premiers[3]                                        
1977 Canberra Royals
1976 Wests Lions
1975 Wests Lions
1974 Wests Lions
1973 Wests Lions
1972 Northern Suburbs
1971 Northern Suburbs
1970 Wests Lions
1969 Wests Lions
1968 Canberra Royals
1967 Northern Suburbs
1966 Canberra Royals
1965 Canberra Royals
1964 Canberra Royals
1963 Northern Suburbs
1962 RMC
1961 RMC
1960 RMC
1959 Queanbeyan Whites
1958 Canberra Royals
1957 Canberra Royals
1956 Northern Suburbs
1955 RMC
1954 Canberra Royals
1953 RMC
1952 RMC
1951 RMC
1950 RMC No. 2[4]
1949 RMC
1948 RMC & Northern Suburbs
1947 Eastern Suburbs
1946 RMC
1945 RMC
1944 RMC
1943 RMC
1942 RMC
1941 Eastern Suburbs & RMC
1940 Northern Suburbs
1939 Royal Military College (RMC)
1938 Royal Military College (RMC)

Other competitions

The Monaro first division is made up of 6 clubs from Canberra and its surrounding regions, with each club fielding both first and second grade teams. The Monaro second division has 5 clubs, all from the surrounding ACT & Southern NSW area, and competing in one grade.

First Division clubs

  • Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA)
  • Yass Rams
  • Cooma
  • Goulburn Dirty Reds
  • Hall Bushrangers
  • Royal Military College (RMC), Duntroon

Second Division clubs

  • Boorowa
  • Bungendore Mudchooks
  • Crookwell
  • Jindabyne Bushpigs
  • Taralga


  1. 1 2 "Club Contol – Rugby by-laws". The Canberra Times. 23 March 1938. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  2. "Norths' Annual Meeting". The Canberra Times. 27 January 1939. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  3. 1 2 3 "John I Dent Cup". Vikings Rugby. 2014. Archived from the original on 27 December 2014. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  4. "Dent Cup prepares to move yet again". The Canberra Times. 17 September 1993. Retrieved 27 December 2014.

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