Grey Rugby Stats
View the list of Grey Rugby Stats down the years from 1855 to date, since 1950 Grey worst ranking position was 7th in SA.
Won since 1855
Lost since 1855
Won % 1855-2019
Brief History of Grey College Rugby
Dr Johannes Brill, first great rector of Grey College, recommended in 1873 that sporting equipment be purchased: “Not only will this enable the borders to occupy their free time, but will also strengthen the bonds between those who play together.”
The First recorded rugby match was played 4th of June 1881 against St Andrews School in Bloemfontein. It provided plenty of excitement. This match, like the game played in 1882, which Grey College won both by one goal to nil, was played under the so-called “Winchester”rules, in terms of which teams consisted of 15 players compartmented as ten forwards, two half-backs, two backs and a “goal”. It was at about this time that rugby, as we know it today, became popular in the Western Province.
In the decades between 1880 and 1890, this form of the game was adopted in Bloemfontein too. By 1890, “Rugby Union”(as opposed to “Winchester Rugby”), was firmly established in South Africa.
The school magazine of 1893 reports a “fairly successful”rugby season but adds that “Grey badly needs a man who understands the game thoroughly to teach us the rules and the principal points in playing.” In 1894, two such men joined the Grey College staff. They were EJ Spurway from Queenstown, and D. Pyne-Mercier, from Ireland.
By the time the Anglo-Boer-War broke out, sport was already a regular feature at Grey College. Rugby was the most popular game, with three teams playing regularly. It seems clear that sport at the turn of the century was as popular at Grey as it is today.
Grey College Rugby Stats:
One should take note that Grey College / Kollege played their first matches only against clubs, universities, army, etc. and not against schools with data I have captured until 1914, it could be much later that Grey only started playing against schools.
Grey 1st XV Rugby Stats: (updated 20 March 2019)
Last Match: Garsfontein 30 vs Grey College 53 (19 March 2019)
Current Unbeaten Run: 29 Matches
In last 207 matches Grey lost 15 ( Lost 7.5%)
Since 1997-2019 Played 401 & Lost 27 (Lost 6% past 23 years)
Since 1855-2019 Played 1,376 & Lost 152 (Won +90% past 164 years)
Other Decade Stats:
2010-2019 Played 166 (Lost 14 matches)
2000-2009 Played 169 (Lost 5,9%)
1990-1999 Played 171 (Lost 14.6%)
1980-1989 Played 140 (Lost 4,2%)
1970-1979 Played 166 (Lost 5.4%)
*1960-1969 Played 147 (Lost -21 = 14.3% | 1967 only 5 matches recorded)
SA Schools: 100
Played both SA Schools & Springboks: 21
Springbok Captains: 3
All data below I have collected through the years, this is the only correct historic overview of Grey College/Kollege Bloemfontein.
1st XV Rugby Results & Fixtures archived here www.schoolrugby.mobi/school.aspx?s=4
Stats Copyright© Nelio de Sa (www.Twitter.com/neliodesa)