The Fort Lauderdale Knights Rugby Football Club was founded in January 1977 by a small core of former college players and has grown to become one of the premiere clubs in South Florida by consistently fielding quality teams and serving as an international ambassador of the sport. Since that first year, the club has hosted a springtime tournament — now called the Fort Lauderdale Ruggerfest — which has attracted teams from across the U.S. as well as Canada, the Bahamas and South America. We have also hosted international touring teams from around the globe, including Argentina, the Bahamas and Caribbean, Canada, England, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Russia, Venezuela and Wales. Meanwhile, the Knights have traveled extensively, including tours to Ireland, New Zealand, the Bahamas, Canada and numerous places around the U.S.
Through the years, the club has made many contributions to charity, including the Broward County Dynamo Club, which provides assistance to special needs children. Other community activities include the Easter Seals and Broward County School System Physical Education Youth Rugby Program. Several former and current players now coach youth teams in our ever-expanding effort to promote the game we love.
Today, the Fort Lauderdale RFC has a membership of more than 150 people, including 60 active men’s players and scores of old boys who are not only active in the management of the club but also continue to play, some into their 60s. As always, Fort Lauderdale remains committed to enhance the reputation of the sport of rugby in the state of Florida and beyond through our spirited play on the field and charitable work off of it.
The Knights have won multiple state championships and most recently finished runner-up in the 2013-2014 season.