Rugby Club Luxembourg is Luxembourg’s oldest and biggest rugby club. Our goal is to promote what we truly believe to be the greatest of team sports and its core values of honesty, integrity, hard work and respect, both for your teammates and opponents. As Luxembourg is so small our senior and junior sides play in a variety of local leagues in Germany, Belgium and France, while our veteran’s side play occasional friendly matches when and where possible. All of our teams reflect the growing popularity of Rugby Union as a team sport and an outlet for personal achievement. RCL celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2008 and the club now boasts a growing and diverse membership from within the local community. RCL actively nurtures the development of the game in the Grand Duchy and via its players, the success of the national team.
Founded in 1973, the inaugural game was in September of that year against US Castillionnaise, at the old soccer pitch in Moutfort. Gilbert Courades founded a Rugby School in 1974 and it has now evolved into a separate club (CSCE) run by Bernard Jargeac and John Watson, with the assistance of Luxembourg Development Officer Marty Davis. In 1976, RCL led Luxembourg into the international scene through FIRA (La Fédération Internationale de Rugby Amateur). RCL has contributed many players to the Luxembourg national side and is proud of all its players, past, present and future, who have represented the country with such distinction.
Up to and including the 1994-95 season, the RCL senior side played in the French (Alsace-Lorraine) regional leagues. For a number of reasons, it was decided to leave France and, for the 1995-96 season, RCL entered its senior side in the Belgian league. The team effectively played in Division Two for the first three seasons winning the Division Two final at the Heysel Stadium in 1998. RCL competed in the Belgian First Division until the end of the 2000/2001 season.
In the season 2000-2001, RCL launched its own Rugby School led by Greg Brittin and Gordon Mallaby, and we now have over 100 children from the ages of 5-17 playing regularly in matches and tournaments both at home and abroad. The juniors have flourished in recent years, participating in many high profile tournaments, notably winning the London-Irish event in 2007. In 2007 RCL established its own Juniors event, with the aim of making this a standard bearer for the club. 6 teams competed in 2007, with Boyne RFC from Ireland winning the event. In 2008, 12 teams took part from all over Europe and it was appropriate that the original rugby school, now the CSCE club, were crowned champions. The event is held each year at the end of May and we look forward to its continued success for many years to come.
From 2002 to 2009 RCL competed in the Alsace-Lorraine second division in France. The club had a number of top four finishes, coming second in our first year back, and wining our division in 2008.
Following an invitation to join the league and subsequent play-off qualification, the RCL senior XV joined the German Bundesliga 2 South from the season 2009 – 2010. The Club colours are white and blue shirts, navy blue shorts and red socks.