Wellington Rugby Club’s fields were situated at the old Boys High fields where the Day Hospital is currently situated in Wellington. They later received property from the local government and this is the spot where the Boland Stadium was built and which is now the home of Wellington Rugby Club.
The well-known Mr Markotter, who was a man of the law in Wellington way back when, was involved with the club. History has it that he once even ran on the field for the Wellington Rugby Club First Team after there was an internal squabble about the young 17-year old, Jannie Malan, that was chosen for the team and who was said to be “too young” to qualify to play.
The stadium has a capacity of about 11,000 spectators. It is used mostly for Wellington Rugby Club matches but also for the Boland Cavaliers team’s matches in the Currie Cup competition.
In 1946 tragedy struck when the roof of the stadium blew off. With the help of Bertie Louw, Joubert Cilliers and the management of the club the roof was restored to its current state. In those days Wellington Rugby Club had the only rugby field where international matches could be played.
In 1958 a combined team consisting of WP, Boland and SWD players took on a French team that was touring the country on a Wednesday and defeated them 38 – 8. An estimated 20000 spectators enjoyed the gamed.
In 1975 the stadium was bought by the Boland Rugby Union for R25 000 with the agreement that Wellington Rugby Club would have lifetime access to use the fields for practises and games until Boland Rugby Union can supply them with an alternative field within a suitable radius of the current one.
With the arrival of professional rugby things changed drastically and many rugby clubs ceased to exist. Wellington Rugby Club stood the test of time, but had to move to the old OKB-fields because M-Net became the main sponsor of Boland Rugby Union and they also achieved Curry Cup status.
Dolf Stemmet was chosen as Chairperson of the club in 1999 and he set himself the goal to find a permanent dwelling and place that Wellington Rugby Club could call “home”.
After negotiations with Boland Rugby Union the B-field was revamped and a Club House was built with good changing room facilities. The project was completed in 2003 and in true Wellington Rugby Club style they celebrated this by winning the “Big Challenge Cup” in that same year!
Wellington Rugby Club has been home to successful players such as Marius Joubert and Frankie Horne.
Marius Joubert played for the club’s u21-Team and played for both the SA u21’s (2000) and ran out for the Springbokke in 2001.
Frankie Horne played for the club’s first team for many years and was part of the 2009 Springbok Sevens Team that won the World Cup.