The Southerners Sports Club is an informal, non-commercial club based in Bangkok with expat and Thai members drawn together to enjoy a game of sport in a friendly environment.  The feature of our club is a strong, but relaxed social atmosphere that we take with us on the sporting fields, or out for the night.  Our sections include:

  • Rugby (Men’s: Sevens, Tens, 15’s, vets Women’s: Sevens, Tens)
  • Netball (Women’s: Currently 4 teams playing in the Bangkok Netball League)
  • Touch (Men’s, Womens & Mixed)
  • Cricket (Men’s: Currently three teams)
  • Social


Club history

In October 1994, New Zealand Rugby side Taradale planned to tour Thailand and play in a rugby sevens tournament alongside teams from Thailand, Guam and Taiwan. A group of Australians and New Zealanders agreed to help organize the tournament, entering a Thailand team they decided to call “The Southerners”.  Former New Zealand All Black Zinzan Brooke was a member of that inaugural side.


Club Presidents

First President Mark Webster (Nov 1994 – Aug 1995)
Second President David Dufall (Aug 1995 – Feb 1999)
Third President John Greenaway (Feb 1999 – Feb 2002)
Fourth President Colin Johnson (Feb 2002 – Feb 2003)
Fifth President Vaughan McClear (Feb 2003 – Jun 2010)
Sixth President Dana Piggott (Jun 2010 – Incumbent)


Club Milestones

First Rugby coach Peter Fox (New Zealand)
First Rugby captain Paul Cummins (Australia)
First Cricket captain David Dufall (Australia)
First Touch captain John Kowalczeck (New Zealand)
First Netball Captain Emma Perry (New Zealand)



Being a Southerners member also means you are supporting the continuity of this great social club in Bangkok, while helping the development of each of the club’s sports in Thailand.
Each sports section plays in Bangkok-based tournaments and competitions throughout the year, as well as travels locally and internationally to compete against teams from around the region (some just go to booze…).

Socially, on top of the week-to-week personal and club meet ups, the club organises monthly TGIF drinks, days at the horse races, an annual ‘tour’ to Khao San Road, and makes sure to celebrate big club news and personal milestones.  Late in the year we host our annual Southerners Ball, one of our big yearly functions where club members and friends dress up, get together and celebrate the year that was.

While started by a bunch of Aussies and Kiwis over 15 years ago, our has grown into a club of over 500 social and sporting members originating from every corner of the globe.

We always welcome new sports or social members, regardless of playing ability, so feel free to contact us.