Dallas Rugby Football Club

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Dallas Rugby Football Club
Nickname(s)Dallas Reds
Short nameDRFC
ChairmanJeff Robertson
WebsiteClub website

The Dallas Rugby Football Club (also Dallas Reds or DRFC or Dallas Rugby), is a rugby union club in Dallas, Texas. Dallas Rugby fields multiple teams, including: Division I Men's, Division II Men's, Division III Men's, Division IV Men's, Division II Women's Side, and Youth Rugby. The Club plays in the Red River Rugby Conference (formerly the Texas Rugby Union), which is one of the conferences (geographic unions) under USA Rugby.[1] Dallas Rugby also fields a Rugby Sevens ("7s") team that competes at the national level.[2][3][4]

Dallas Rugby Football Club, Inc.
Full Name Dallas Rugby Football Club
Union USA Rugby
Conference Red River Rugby Conference
Nickname Dallas Reds
Founded 1968
Director of Rugby Filip Keuppens
President Jeff Robertson


Dallas Rugby (aka the "DRFC") was conceived in 1968 and officially founded on January 18, 1969 by Bill Woodfin. As of the 2019-2020 season, Dallas Rugby is the only Club in USA Rugby's club membership to field four men's sides and a women's side.[5] The Club was officially incorporated in Texas in 2002, and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes rugby in the United States and encourages growth in the sport locally.[6] The Club also manages the Dallas Youth Rugby Club,[7] which is a program started in 2016, partnered with City of Dallas Parks and Recreation Department.[8]


Dallas Rugby is currently one of the premier rugby clubs in Texas, and has consistently enjoyed success at the local and national level since the 2000's.[9] The Club has also had many players compete at top levels in professional rugby unions such as PRO Rugby and Major League Rugby, and other notable clubs throughout the world.[10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17]

Most notably, In 2016, the Reds finished second in the RRRC, and second in the inaugural USA Rugby Gold Cup Championships.[18] In 2017, the Reds won the USA Rugby Gold Cup Championships, which consisted of the top four teams in the nation from the previous season.[19][20]

Dallas Rugby 7s

Led by their coaches, Chris Howard, Lynn Howard, and Dale Russ, the Dallas Rugby 7s teams have had great success at the local and national level. Dallas Rugby fields 2-3 sides every 7s season, with its top side competing in the regional National Qualifier[21] Tournaments and the 2nd and 3rd sides competing in TOLA[22] and social tournaments. Some notable players in recent history have made National All-Star 7s squads and have competed at the highest level.[23][24][25] Impressively, the Dallas Rugby 7s program has placed in the top 10 at the National Championships in three consecutive years (2017, 2018, 2019), and has done so only with the organic, grassroots support of their sponsors, fan, and volunteers.


Dallas Rugby is sponsored by various organizations, including, but not limited to: Baylor Scott & White, 3 Nations Brewing Co., [26] Swinglift Transport Service,[27] The Pickle Juice Company,[28] Thorin's Mead, [29] Glast Phillips & Murray,[30] OT Tavern, and M Stone.[31]


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  2. TRY OF THE TOURNAMENT? | 2018 Club 7s, retrieved 2020-04-20
  3. Alvarado, Marissa (2019-08-01). "Dallas Reds make their way to national rugby championship". Lake Highlands. Retrieved 2020-04-21.
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  5. "Club Competitions". USA Rugby. Retrieved 2020-04-20.
  6. Long, Jackson (2017-05-02). "Rugby, Aussie Rules and Gaelic Football Have a Footing in Dallas". Dallas Observer. Retrieved 2020-04-21.
  7. https://dallasyouthrugby.com/
  8. https://www.dallasparks.org/
  9. "Club Honors". Dallas Rugby Football Club. 2013-10-22. Retrieved 2020-04-20.
  10. "Houston SaberCats Adds Chad Joseph". djcoilrugby. 2019-03-01. Retrieved 2020-04-20.
  11. "Houston SaberCats Adds Chris Saint". djcoilrugby. 2019-02-22. Retrieved 2020-04-20.
  12. President, T. R. U. (2011-02-23). "Player of the Month – Kelly Kolberg". Texas Rugby Union. Retrieved 2020-04-20.
  13. "Houston SaberCats Kelly Kolberg". djcoilrugby. 2019-02-01. Retrieved 2020-04-20.
  14. "Kelly Kolberg". Americas Rugby News. Retrieved 2020-04-21.
  15. "Match Report: SaberCats vs. Glendale Raptors". Houston SaberCats. Retrieved 2020-04-21.
  16. "Chad Joseph", Wikipedia, 2019-11-03, retrieved 2020-04-21
  17. "Chad Joseph". Americas Rugby News. Retrieved 2020-04-21.
  18. "Gold Cup, Red River points on the line when Austin hosts Dallas". USA Rugby. 2016-02-11. Retrieved 2020-04-20.
  19. "Mixed results enough for Dallas to clinch Gold Cup". USA Rugby. 2017-04-04. Retrieved 2020-04-20.
  20. Curtis. "Dallas Reds Win Rugby Gold Cup". Retrieved 2020-04-20.
  21. http://www.usaclub7s.com/
  22. http://texasrugbyunion.com/competitions/texas-sevens-series/
  23. "19 Year Old Ludwig Van de Merwe Taking Names". www.florugby.com. Retrieved 2020-04-20.
  24. You can't stop Dmontae Noble and Narada Jackson | Rugby 7s Highlights, retrieved 2020-04-20
  25. "Dallas Reds, Dmontae Noble, And A Dream". www.florugby.com. Retrieved 2020-04-20.
  26. https://3nationsbrewing.com/
  27. http://www.swinglifttransport.com/
  28. https://www.picklepower.com/
  29. http://www.thorinsmead.com/
  30. http://www.gpm-law.com/
  31. https://www.mstone.us.com/

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