GPS Rugby Club, colloquially known as Jeeps, is an Australian rugby union club based at Ashgrove in Brisbane that plays in the Queensland Premier Rugby competition. Jeeps also participates in the Brisbane Grades and Colts competitions, the club has produced more than fifty Wallabies, including Ben Tune, Daniel Herbert, and Matt Cockbain, and many other representative and professional players. Jeeps is derived from GPS Old Boys, which was adopted as the name of the club in the 1930s. The club traces its origins back to 1887, when the Past & Present Grammar Club was formed from teachers, students, past & Present Grammar evolved into Past Grammar, and eventually BGS Old Boys. The BGS Old Boys became GPS Old Boys when broadening the base in 1931. Jeeps has no link with the GPS Association, apart from the name. The GPS club exists to promote and foster excellence and enjoyment in the game of Rugby Football. And, in so doing, assist the progress of members along the pathway of life. GPS Old Boys claims to be one of the oldest rugby clubs in Australia, the Past & Present Grammar Club fielded teams made up of teachers, students, and some past students of the Brisbane Grammar School through to 1890. At a meeting of the Old Boys on Thursday 5 March 1891 and this Past Grammar Club was a separate entity from the Past & Present Grammar Club. The Past Grammar Club played in the Senior Grade competition in Brisbane from 1891 through to 1900, the club returned with the reintroduction of the Club Football System in 1905, and played through to 1914. After WWI, Past Grammar rejoined Brothers, Valleys & University and played in the 1919 QRU competition, the Past Grammar Club that moved to Rugby League would later become Northern Suburbs Districts and finally Norths Devils in the Brisbane Rugby League. A new incarnation called BGS Old Boys Football Club was formed in 1928, BGS Old Boys played a number of exhibition games against the newly formed YMCA Club. However this new Club was quite separate to the original Past Grammar Club which was playing in the Brisbane Rugby League Competition. These 2 Clubs would form the heart of the 5 Club 1929 QRU Senior Rugby Competition which also included Valleys, Wynnum District, according to noted rugby historian Ian Diehm in his book Red. The first president of GPS Old Boys was Dr Kenneth Fraser and its first coach Dr Jacky Beath, the former Wallaby and Australian Infantry Forces fullback. Four members of the club - Blow Ide, Bill McLean, Boyd Oxlade and Llewellyn Welly Lewis went to England with the 1939 Wallabies, McLean was the first of GPSs two Australian captains, Arch Winning being the second. The club has had homes, New Farm Park, Finsbury Park and, since 1977
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Brisbane Grammar School's first Rugby Union team, 1887.