The Dallas RFC was conceived by Dr. Bill Woodfin in 1968, and officially christened on January 18, 1969. The club is a charter member of the Texas Rugby Football Union, and Major League Rugby. Dallas RFC is one of only seven first division clubs in the Texas Rugby Union, whose membership now numbers 67 clubs.
From the beginning, Dallas RFC has been recognized as a leader in developing rugby, with three of the current seven clubs in the Dallas area owing direct linkage to Dallas RFC. Dallas RFC is the third oldest club in Texas, and the oldest in the North Texas area.
Plans are underway to celebrate the club’s upcoming 40th anniversary. The club celebrated its 30th anniversary with a tour of Ireland. The 25th anniversary was celebrated with a gala dinner and dance at City Place. The 20th anniversary was celebrated with a two week tour of Australia. The club has traveled extensively in the United States and overseas. Dallas RFC was the first Texas team to tour overseas, with the 1978 tour of England and Wales. The club again toured England and Wales in 1982, toured Canada in 1986, Australia in 1988, and Ireland in 1999.
In 1995 and 1996, Dallas RFC hosted the Texas Rugby Union Club Championship Tournament. This past June, the club hosted its 23rd Annual 7’s Tournament, which was also a USA Western RFU National Qualifier.
Dallas RFC has a long history of success in major and minor tournaments. The club has twice won the Texas Rugby Union First Division championships, and has qualifier for the National Seven-a side Club Championships on three occasions.
Former club member Mika Sika represented the United States Eagles, the national team, on 17 occasions as fullback. Thaddeus Hill has represented the U.S. Eagles 7-a-side team as a winger in 25 matches.
The membership includes many past and present administrators, referees, coaches, and representative players in the North Counties, Texas Rugby Union, and the Western Rugby Union. With this solid base of experience and a influx of new members, the club field three sides, plus a “old boys” side.
The future of the Dallas RFC continues to look bright as new tours are planned, with this years goal set to win the Texas Rugby Union Club Championships.
Assassination City Roller Derby is the only Women's flat track roller derby league in Dallas County, with over 100 skaters. The Kennedy Conspiracy-themed league is composed of four home teams who bout regularly on the third Saturday of every month, a traveling team that competes for bouting experience, and an All-Star travel team called Special Ops that competes on a nationally ranked level. Join the Conspiracy.
The Dallas Harlequins Rugby Football Club was formed in January, 1971 and named in honor of the venerable Harlequin FC of London, England. The Club grew quickly from a handful of members to become a force in the Texas Northern Counties Rugby Football Union, the Texas Rugby Football Union and, beginning in the 1980's, the Western Rugby Football Union and the United States Rugby Union.
For over twenty years, the Harlequins have been one of the top clubs in the United States, having earned their way to the "Final Four" of the National Rugby Championships six times. In 1983, the club reached the Championship finals in Chicago and, in 1984, the Harlequins won the National Club championship in Hartford, Connecticut, defeating the Los Angeles Rugby Club by 31 points to 12. Since that time, the Harlequins have finished third in the National Championships four times: 1986 in Tampa, 1991 in San Diego, 1992 in Denver and 1995 in Austin. Of the more than 1700 rugby clubs in the United States, few have matched the Harlequins' success at the national level.
Comprised exclusively of North Texas area police officers, firefighters, EMT and detention facility personnel, the Dallas Defenders are a registered 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, who through spirited competition of full-contact football, raise vital funds for the families of fallen police officers and firefighters. Players donate their vacation time and personal funds to offset the team's administrative costs. All proceeds from games and other promotional events are donated to charity.
The Dallas Defenders are members of the National Public Safety Football League (NPSFL) and the American Football Association. The National Public Safety Football League has 25 teams located across the United States. All NPSFL players are exclusively First Responders - not professional athletes - who donate their time, money and effort to supporting their community in their markets one game at a time. The six conference league plays under the rules and guidelines set for football by the NCAA.
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