The Barraclough Shield is the trophy for interstate rugby union matches between the New South Wales Suburban and Queensland Suburban representative teams, colloquially known as “Subbies”. The Barraclough Shield has been contested annually since 1966, and was named after Lindley John Forbes (John) Barraclough AM (1926-2005), a former New South Wales MP and stalwart of New South Wales Suburban Rugby.
A Queensland Suburban team is selected from players within the competition each year to play against other amateur representative sides. Until the end of the 2011 season, an under 19 representative Subbies team was also selected to compete in the annual City v Country Carnival. An annual interstate match against NSW Suburban for the Barraclough Shield has been played since 1966.
As of 2015, New South Wales have won the Barraclough Shield on forty two occasions, Queensland have won five, with three matches drawn. Recent matches have usually been played at Ballymore Stadium in Brisbane, but the match in the 50th year of Subbies Rugby in Queensland was played at Suncorp Stadium as the curtain-raiser to the Queensland Reds match against the British and Irish Lions.
The following players have represented the QSRU in the Barraclough Shield for 5 or more times:
List of Barraclough Shield winners since 1966:
|2016||New South Wales 38 d Queensland 3|
|2015||New South Wales 62 d Queensland 13|
|2014||New South Wales 60 d Queensland 19|
|2013||New South Wales 45 d Queensland 0|
|2012||New South Wales 35 d Queensland 16|
|2011||New South Wales 12 d Queensland 9|
|2009||New South Wales 41 d Queensland 21|
|2008||Queensland 31 d New South Wales 28|
|2007||New South Wales 33 d Queensland 19|
|2006||Queensland 17 d New South Wales 12|
|2000–05||New South Wales|
|1993–99||New South Wales|
|1992||Queensland 18 d New South Wales 13|
|1986-91||New South Wales|
|1985||Queensland 22 d New South Wales 13|
|1979–84||New South Wales|
|1973–77||New South Wales|
|1972||Queensland 13 d New South Wales 12|
|1967–71||New South Wales|