(See also "The Sentimental Journey" for another view of the club history)
The Bendigo Rugby Club was founded in 1970 by its founding father Alan Newton.
Its home ground is Shadforth Park, 5 minutes north from the centre of Bendigo.
The clubs shares it facilities with a soccer and football club in the winter months and a cricket club in the summer.
This enables the club to have modern change rooms and after match facilities, which were much better than the facilities available at its humble beginnings.
In recent years 2003-2006 the club has been the bench mark in Victorian Country Rugby winning 4 successive flags. The side recently introduced playing country games of rugby under lights, a first for Victorian Country Rugby.
In late 2004 the club ran the 3rd highest attended Australian Rugby Union Try Rugby Program in Australian for that period beating out centres in Queensland and large parts of New South Wales for attendees.
In 2009 the side claimed its 11th premiership from only 18 grand final visits.
Since then there has been many club notables:
- Ian "Noisy" Dyett - Club President for 30 years.
- Glen Roff - Father of Wallaby Joe Roff.
- Doug Ross - Club games record holder and brother of former Wallaby Bill Ross.
- Bill Coulter - Club Stalwart, secretary/treasurer extraordinaire for many years.
- Afu Uasi - Tongan Test player
- Chistia Branum - Norwegian Test Player
- Tvuita Asi - Tongan Test Player
- Nigel Kennedy - Australian School boys second XV representive player.
- Sione Uhi - Victorian Senior team Representative.
- Charlie Ihaka - First Bendigo coach to claim 3 successive Victorian Country Titles.
Premiership years: 1981, 1982, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1997, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009.
Most Caps 309 Doug Ross
Most Games- Father & Son 81 Peter Clark & Nick Poingdestre
Winning Grand Finals – Player 6 Rauna Murray
- Captain 2 Gideon Tauelangi &
- Coach 3 Charlie Ihaka
Most Points in a Season 681 -1995 207 – Brendan Ward 2006
Most Tries in a Season 112 – 1995 25 Sione Uhi 2002
Most Points in a Match 140 v BARC 21/8/2010 45 Michael Critchon v BARC 21/8/2010
Most Tries in a Match 22 v BARC 21/8/2010 9 Michael Crichton v BARC 21/8/2010
Most Goals in a Match 16 v Echuca-Moama 10/8/2002 16 Kingi Uerata v E-M
Most Goals in a Season 69 2002 65 Kingi Uerata 2002
Youngest Player to Play 100 Games 21yr 143 Days Nick Poingdestre
Most Consecutive Games 96 Karim Khodja 2001-2006
Most Consecutive wins 16 1982/3
Updated August 2010