Rockhampton Grammar School welcomes Capras to Rugby Park

The Rockhampton Grammar School (RGS) and the Central Queensland Capras are teaming up to host Capras home games at RGS Rugby Park in the 2024 and 2025 Queensland Rugby League seasons.

Rugby Park will host up to 24 Capras games while the $54 million redevelopment of the Capras home ground, Browne Park is undertaken.

Central Queensland league fans will get their first Capras game-day experience at Rugby Park on Sunday, 7 April when the club hosts the Burleigh Bears in Queensland’s premier men’s and women’s competitions – the Hostplus Cup and BMD Premiership.

The Capras and Bears will also go head to head in the Mal Meninga Cup (Under 19 male) to kick off the day’s action.

RGS Headmaster Dr Phillip Moulds said the School was proud to support the Capras in providing an alternative venue where they could continue playing home games in Rockhampton, and enable the strong Capras fan base to continue supporting their team.

“The Rockhampton Grammar School contributes and supports a variety of community events each year, and this is just another example of our commitment to our Central Queensland region,’’ Dr Moulds said.

“Rugby Park is a multi-purpose sports venue that is a valuable asset in our community.

“RGS is pleased to host the Capras at Rugby Park and wishes them all the best for their Hostplus Cup games.”

In conjunction with the Capras partnership, the School has also welcomed the announcement of funding from the Department of Tourism and Sport to upgrade the lighting at Rugby Park

Dr Moulds said the funding allowed the lighting to be improved from 100 lux to 200 lux, significantly improving night-time playing conditions at the venue.

"The addition of improved lighting to Rugby Park is welcomed by the School,’’ Dr Moulds said.

“This enhancement will not only elevate the venue's functionality but also underscore its importance as a leading sporting venue in Rockhampton, offering extended opportunities for training, matches, and events.”

QRL chief executive officer Ben Ikin acknowledged the support of RGS.

“QRL is excited to see the Capras and Rockhampton Grammar School strike up a partnership to ensure sub elite rugby league has a home while Browne Park gets redeveloped,” Ikin said.

“Our statewide clubs across regional Queensland are heavily reliant on support from local businesses and institutions, and this is another example of how two organisations can work together to achieve an outcome that will provide great benefits to the broader community.”

Capras chief executive officer Peter White echoed those sentiments.

“It is great to know that we have locked in a quality playing venue for the next two years while Browne Park is out of action,” White said.

“We extend our thanks to Rockhampton Grammar School, the Department of Tourism and Sport, the Rockhampton Regional Council and the QRL for making this happen.”