Miami Rugby

Miami Rugby Club is a rugby union club in Miami, Florida. According to rankings in Rugby Magazine, Miami list’s amongst the top five clubs in the Southeastern United States. They have won the Florida state championship regularly. Miami Rugby traces its origin to 1969 when it was founded by Father John Howells, who was the Catholic priest at the University of Miami and wanted to provide visitingBritish Royal Navy ships with competitive rugby. Miami Rugby competes in the USA Rugby Southagainst clubs from Florida, as well as touring Argentine, Uruguayan, British and West Indies Clubs. Miami Rugby also periodically tours Europe, the Southern Hemisphere and North America.

Miami Rugby players come from all over the globe. Players from Miami Rugby have competed on United States Eagle National teams and on USA Rugby-South select side (all-star) teams. Miami Rugby players and “Old Boys” also lend coaching assistance to local universities such as University of Miami Rugby Football and Florida International University RFC’s.

Miami RFC Competes in Division 2 within the Florida Rugby Football Union. As recently as 2008, Miami Rugby was ranked 19th in the nation by USA Rugby after winning a Florida State Championship. Since 2009, the club has started (Youth Divisions). As of December 2009, it has more than 50 players enrolled in three categories, U8, U13 and U15.

In May 2014, Miami Rugby won the Florida State Championship and represented Florida in the Southern Club Championship played in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Miami Rugby practices year round and welcomes players of all levels and experience,  interested in playing rugby at the highest levels of competition.


  • 1969-1977: 261 Wins and 30 Losses
  • 1969-1679: 298 Wins and 37 Losses
  • 1969-1980: 339 Wins and 39 Losses
  • 1969-1981: 349 Wins, 39 Losses and 5 Ties
  • 1969-1983: 358 Wins and 42 Losses

1980: Florida 7th Champions and Florida Cup Champions – Finished with 11 games won, 1 lost, and 1 tied

1981 -Mar 14th Florida Championships at FIU Campus in Miami: Won Div. I by Forfeit and won Div. II against Ft. Lauderdale 32-0

1983: State And Regional Champions