CLUB HISTORY

The club formed in 1969 as the Western Australian Institute of Technology (WAIT), with the likes of Norm Uren and Des Thornton. The club is one of the oldest sporting clubs on campus and has developed solid foundations within the University.

From 1974 - 1978 the club fielded a Team in the Premiership division for the first time with captain Bob Lutherborrow.

In the early 80s the Club was renamed the WAIT Collegians “Black Pigs” when the Wesley Collegians amalgamated with WAIT. The name Black Pigs came from a team put together by the players to play Basketball in the off season, and the name caught on for the club.

In 1986 the renaming of WAIT to Curtin University saw the club itself undergo a transformation into the Curtin “Goats”, to reflect the tenacious nature of its players and teams in a RugbyWA competition dominated by well established “Premier” clubs. Over the years the Curtin RUFC has gained substantial respect from the WA Rugby Community, as a competitive club on the field whilst contributing to the development of Rugby in WA off the field.

In 1999 the Goats fielded Juniors for the first time; an under 6s team run by Laine Doughty that ran for a single year. The juniors were restarted by Adrian Costello in 2011 and ran to 2016 with teams from under 6s to under 10s.

In 2009 to celebrate the 40th year milestone the club held a black tie celebration dinner for all past and present playing and social members. The night also saw the announcement of the “Greatest Of All Time” (GOAT) club players, recognising the number of games played by all players throughout the past 5 decades.

In 2015 the Goats started a women's rugby team for the first time, with Kristin Fairbairn captaining the side. In 2017 the ladies combined with Perth Irish and played as Curtin Irish.

As many of the older club members have gone on to the so called gentleman-like form of the game, a natural bond has developed with the Irish Expats “Golden Oldies”, which has provided that lush green pasture for retiring Goats to continue their love of the game. In 2016 the Knackered Goats were formed by Derrin Rodriguez to compete alongside the Irish Expats.

In 2019 the Goats once again were back in the Premiership division after a 41 year break, just in time to celebrate 50 years. At the end of the 2019 season an outstanding function was held at the RAC Perth Arena to celebrate the 50 years of champagne rugby, with former players jetsetting in from around the world to attend.

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