Griffith University Colleges Knights Rugby Club are set to battle it out on the rugby field in a new red kit.

Knights, have introduced new club branding, as Griffith University signs a six year partnership with the club from this season.

As part of this, all Knights teams will wear kit displaying the Griffith University logo, with the club changing its colours from green and gold to now red.

Griffith Uni Colleges Knights president and Business alumnus Phil Verheijen said the partnership was consistent with the club’s successful rise through the rugby pyramid and future youth development plans.

The partnership will integrate university classes, such as physiotherapy, into the Knights games and training sessions.

“It is going to be like a professional club and students will get real life experience out of it.”

The Knights were formed in 1987 and called Colleges as part of a joint venture with the College of Advanced Education — now called Griffith University and Gold Coast TAFE.

In 2008, the club changed its name to Griffith Uni Colleges and grew to become the biggest senior club on the Gold Coast.

The club is based at the fields of GC TAFE in Ashmore and has more than 200 members across junior and senior divisions.

It also has the only women’s senior rugby union side on the Gold Coast

Plans are now in place for the club to compete in the QLD Premier Rugby Competition within the next five years.

“We are aspiring to play Premier Rugby in 2020,” Verheijen said. It is our goal and now with support in place we can get there.”

Director of Marketing and Communications, Mr Dean Gould said that the rebrand is truly representative of the club’s roots.

“The jersey now acknowledges the history of Knights Rugby, which has over 25 years of tradition to celebrate, and continues to bring Knights right into the forefront of that.”

The first home game of the season for all grades will be held this weekend (March 21) at Ashmore.