History

The Jacksonville Rugby Football Club is USA Rugby Men’s Division II Rugby team and member of the Florida Rugby Union. We compete in the South region of USA Rugby along with teams from Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. In- state we plays team such as Orlando, Miami, Tampa, Ft. Lauderdale, Boca Raton & Naples.

The Jacksonville RFC was formed by some past college players and a few locals with a screw loose in 1972. The Jacksonville RFC team initially had varied success and the ups and downs experienced by any new club, but after a few lean years in the early 1980s, the club re-established itself as a competitive force in Florida Rugby.

JAX_Rugby1990sThe 1990s showed way to a trend within Jacksonville Rugby of UK born coaches, leading to the most successful times in the clubs 35 year existence. Brian Black was coach for the club’s most successful season, a 1995 final four participant. In 2000, John Graham and then Chris Cassells took over to lead the club. Now in the 2010s, Scottish-born coach Ricky Brown is now leading the squad.

Over the years, the men’s club has been a leader in Florida rugby. Recently, Jacksonville RFC has been Florida Cup finalists, Florida matrix winners, USA Rugby South Champions, and National Final 8 participants. Current members have founded and coached the University of North Florida, Jacksonville Axemen Rugby League, & Jacksonville Women’s Rugby.

Jacksonville RFC prides itself as being leaders in the Jacksonville community as well. The club has over 100 active and past members representing a wide range of professions including lawyers, doctors, dentist, police officers, businessmen, engineers, military personnel, tradesman and others. We have held charity golf tournaments to donate to the Special Olympics. We also have affiliations with the Loyal Order of the Moose charities, Habijax, and Adopt a Highway programs.