Quebec Rugby Football Union

The Quebec Rugby Football Union (QRFU) was a football league consisting of teams from Quebec and formed in 1883. Eastern Ontario teams like Ottawa City and Ottawa College joined in 1894.

League formation and play

The QRFU was formed officially on January 16, 1883, 10 days after the Ontario Rugby Football Union. Teams from the QRFU would compete against member clubs of the ORFU for the Dominion Championship of the CRFU beginning the following season. The QRFU adopted the ORFU point-scoring system in 1884 with the formation of the Canadian Rugby Football Union. The Montreal Foot Ball Club claimed the first ever CRFU Championship 30–0 over the Toronto Football Club.

Teams of the QRFU played 15 men to a side, and did not adopt a down system until 1904, when it agreed that a team must make five yards on its third scrimmage to keep possession of the ball.


The QRFU valued a goal from the field (field goal) as six points, a try (touchdown), goals from a try, penalties and free kicks as four points; two points for safety touches; and one point for kicks to the deadline, rouges and touch in goals.


QRFU Champions

1883Montreal Football Club
1884Montreal Football Club
1885Montreal Football Club
1886Montreal Football Club
1887Montreal Football Club
1888Montreal Football Club
1889Montreal Football Club
1890McGill University
1891Montreal Football Club
1892Montreal Football Club
1893Montreal Football Club
1894Ottawa College
1895Montreal Football Club
1896Ottawa College
1897Ottawa College
1898Ottawa College
1899Ottawa College
1900Brockville Football Club
1901Ottawa College
1902Ottawa College
1903Ottawa Rough Riders
1904Ottawa College
1905Ottawa Rough Riders
1906Montreal Football Club
1907–36No League
1938–42No League
1943Lachine RCAF Hurricanes
1944St. Hyacinthe-Donnacona Navy

Most QRFU Championships

Incarnations of QRFU

The QRFU ceased operations in the 1907 after losing their best teams to the IRFU. The league returned in 1937 for a single season and made another return during World War II.

The league is not related to, nor shares any history, with the Quebec Rugby Federation, which administers rugby football in Quebec.

See also


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