Ebbo Bastard Trophy won by the Lammergeyers in 2010.

Rugby was played in the Northern Natal geographical area (Volksrust, Utrecht, Vryheid, Glencoe, Dundee, Newcastle, Dannhauser, Ladysmith, Colenso Winterton, Bergville and Weenen) since April 1881.

Traditionally Northern Natal Rugby players were included in the provincial rugby teams of the Natal Rugby Union. The Northern Districts Sub Union team and the Natal Country Districts team of the Natal Rugby Union provided players from the Northern Natal area with provincial rugby opportunities until 1973.

During 1973 and 1974 the Northern Natal Rugby team played a number of friendly fixtures as part of a trial period for possible independence for the Northern Districts Sub Union of the Natal Rugby Union.

Page 10 of the Natal Rugby Union story by the author Alfred Herbert, edited by Reg Sweet published by "Shutter and Shooter" in conjunction with the Natal Rugby Union (the NNRU) was founded in 1975).

Northern Natal Clubs played in club rugby competition of the Natal Rugby Union until 1973. Thereafter the official Northern Natal Rugby Union competitions were launched.

Jersey: Green with a broad yellow band across the chest a yellow collar and yellow cuffs.
Pants: White
Socks: Green with yellow band.

1973 - 1975 : Mr. John Allen
1976 - 1981 : Mr. Boet van der Merwe
1981 - 1993 : Dr. Gideon van der Merwe
1994 - 1995 : Mr. GP (Bez) Bezuidenhout
1996 - 2003 : Mr. FRB (Frikkie) Snyman
2004 - 2007 : Mr. Vernon Kriel
20: FC Bester

The Arbor Park Rugby Ground situated in Newcastle is the headquarters

The council, their spouses and the Ebbo trophy, showing that all are involved in achieving a goal - winning the Ebbo Bastard Trophy in 2008.

Symbolism of the LRSU Badge


  • The bird on the badge is the Lammergeyer
  • The habitat of this bird is the Drakensberg and especially in the higher portion of these mountains in our region.
  • Because it can only be found in these regions (higher mountains) of Northern Natal it was selected as the main emblem on the badge.
  • It is a very rare bird, which makes its nest in the very high and unreachable cliffs of the Drakensberg.
  • Its other name in English is the Bearded Vulture.
  • The basin and water symbolises the Tugela basin, which is our region.
  • The green portion symbolises the green mountains in our region.