Queensland Rugby Union launch Cap Project following seven years of painstaking research 

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The Queensland Rugby Union (QRU) today announced the official completion of its ‘Cap Project’ to document all players who have represented Queensland’s senior men’s XVs side in Rugby during the game’s 135-year history in the state.

The QRU Cap Project is the result of seven years of research to determine a full list of capped players and capped matches since Queensland’s first match against New South Wales in 1882.

The research team has identified 1306 capped Queensland players across 977 capped Queensland matches played since 1882. All players have been allocated a special ‘Queensland Representative Number’ (QR#), in line with when they made their debut.

The findings of the project were announced at an official ceremony at St.George Ballymore Rugby House today, featuring current St.George Queensland Reds players James Slipper (QR# 1238), Rob Simmons (QR# 1226), Stephen Moore (QR# 1157) and Quade Cooper (QR# 1202), along with Vintage Reds including Tim Horan (QR# 1007), Stan Pilecki (QR# 843), Tony Shaw (QR# 874) and Andrew Slack (QR# 897).

Each player at today’s ceremony was presented with a physical cap produced by Albion and a pin created by QRU partner Hardy Brothers, which can be worn on the tie or attached to the cap and carries the players’ unique Queensland Representative Number as well as the QRU logo.

Queensland Rugby’s CEO Richard Barker said: “The QRU Cap Project has been a huge undertaking by our dedicated team of archivists and volunteer historians.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for us to celebrate our rich history and the individual stories behind our capped players. What better way to mark the completion of this project than by bringing together Vintage Reds and members of the current squad, as our team prepares for Round 1 of Super Rugby against the Sharks at Suncorp Stadium this Friday night.

“We’ll wait with anticipation to see who will become Queensland Representative Number 1307.”

To view the full list of Queensland Representatives, go to http://redsrugby.com.au/Reds/QueenslandCapProject.aspx.

The St.George Queensland Reds’ season gets underway this Friday when they host the Sharks from Durban at Suncorp Stadium at 7:00 pm. For membership and ticketing information, go to www.redsrugby.com.au.

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