The St. Louis Royals Rugby Football Club (RFC) appeared on the St. Louis rugby scene in the Fall of 1971. Two friends, Tim Harris and Pat McMahon, originally envisioned the team as a refuge for ruggers with full-time jobs who could not make regular Saturday games (playing on Sundays instead). Soon however, the club became a staple in the Missouri Rugby Football Union (MRFU) as a competitive force. Throughout the years, the Royals have etched out a reputation for excellence on the pitch, winning multiple state and regional titles and making appearances at the coveted USA Rugby National Championship tournament placing second in the nation in Division III in 2010 and making 2 more appearances in the national playoffs in 2011 and 2014.
The Royals sponsor 3 high school teams in the area, the oldest one is in Eureka with Roger Tucker, a great Royal, as the head coach. Two recent additions to the family include Marquette with Patrick Grant coaching, and Francis Howell with Trevor Locke as the head coach. We have also had 6 of our players make the big leagues in college with D1 powerhouse Lindenwood: Trevor Locke, Toma Ghattas, Jacob Divich, Stephen Duff, Chris Chiatava, and Prince Russell.
The Royals pride themselves on being not only a competitive rugby club, but also a family. Teammates live together, work together, go to school together, socialize and workout together not only during the rugby season, but year-round. The close bonds between teammates provide a unique atmosphere absent from many club-level sports teams.
The Royals are continuously seeking new and experienced rugby players to join their mission to get back to the National Championships. If you or anyone you know is looking for an exciting, fast-paced sport on a team that has the dedication to succeed combined with life-long friendships, look no further than the Royals.
No matter what athletic background you come from, there is only one question you need to ask yourself:
Do you have what it takes to be a Royal?