In April 1998, on a dark and stormy night in the back of the smokiest pub in Brussels, five pillars of the local Irish ex-pat community got together over a few drinks, and, in what can only be described as a rare moment of clarity, put pen to paper to form a new rugby club. This new club would be open to ex-pats from the world over as well as all Belgians, be they Flemish or Walloon! It would be open to all players and levels of experience. And what a ride it’s been since then!
The club has experienced the highs of promotion up to Division II, including a perfect league season with 18 wins out of 18 matches, one near-perfect season with a single league loss, victory in two national knock-out competitions, qualifying for the play-offs in our very first year in Division II and winning the Plate in a 7s tournament. Alas, then came the troubled years, with the departure of key players, field issues and the lows of relegation.
But those obstacles were duly swept aside! The club secured a fantastic pitch at the VUB in 2008, and has been growing in strength ever since.
In 2005 a Touch rugby team was added to the club. While Touch maybe considered a summer sport in many countries, here in Brussels we play all year round. Touch grew rapidly from a small group of dedicated people that trained on the same pitch as the men’s rugby team to a large and important part of the club to include female members (fondly considered The Great Leap Forward!)
In 2006 we started a Rugby School with an eye firmly on the club’s future. We already have Under-17s, U-15s, U-13s, U-11s & U-9s age groups that train every week and take part in regular league matches and tournaments. In less than five seasons the school has gone from non-existent to having over 100 active members of every nationality.