P.R.F.C. was founded in the fall of 1969 by several local athletes with rugby experience and players from the Brown University Rugby Team.
The club got its start in 1969 thanks, in part, to the efforts of Dave “Ace” Zucconi, a Brown Alumnus who learned the game while serving in the U.S. Air Force overseas. Zucconi drafted several Brown Alumni to play on Sundays and in the first year (’69–’70) the team won all of the thirteen matches they played.
P.R.F.C.’s first official season was the spring of 1971. The club was recognized by the New England R.F.U. after an organizational meeting by five of P.R.F.C.’s founders – Mike Diffley, Jay Fluck, Bob Hoder, Bill Mullin and Hal Wilder. In it’s first season P.R.F.C. posted an 11-4 record, including a second Guinness Championship. Since then, the club has won the annual N.E.R.F.U. championship twice, 1975 and 1990, two championships at Saranac Lake, 1976 and 1977, plus several successful tours to England and Scotland in 1976, Ireland in 1979, and to England, Scotland and Ireland in 1987.
In more recent history, the Providence Rugby Club has continued to build upon the winning ways of the club’s founders.
The 2005 season saw the club make the National Sweet 16′s for the second time in club history, doing so by virtue of hard fought wins in the North East Regional Playoffs against Union, NJ and a highly regarded Hartford team. Unfortunately the successful campaign of 2005 led to a number of retirements, which, when combined with injuries to key players, left Providence with a disappointing 4-4 2006 season.
After finishing just out of playoff competition due to tiebreaker criteria in the fall of 2004 Providence placed second in the Spring NERFU. In 2002, PRFC captured the regular season New England Division II championship by virtue of a 7-1 record. A remarkable turnaround considering the 2001 fall campaign finished with a disappointing 1-7 record and made all the more impressive considering the quality of teams competing in NERFU Division II.
Providence continues to field highly competitive and successful summer 7’s teams. The team has used the summer to foster strong relationships with returning local college players and as a stepping stone to successful conference play in the fall season.
Providence Women’s Rugby Football Club was founded in January 2004 by a group of local college graduates living in the area and looking to continue playing rugby. The women – who were primarily from Providence College, URI, Stonehill College and Brown University – decided to work with the established men’s team in Providence start a sister club.
Following three seasons of summer 7′s in which the women’s team consistently brought home hardware, including 1st place at Danbury in 2004, the ladies faced a challenging 15′s schedule in their first season, but have quickly gone from a new club trying to find its footing to a playoff contender, by knocking off the longstanding top teams in the league, Seacoast and Hartford.
In 2006, the women rose to the challenge of a tough league schedule to finish with a 4-1 record in league play, and a 5-1 record overall. The season ended in a disappointing fashion: despite completing the season with the same record (4-1) as the other top teams in the division, Providence lost the playoff seed due to the scoring system tiebreaker.
However, the women have made a name for themselves as a top club in NERFU DII in a short period of time and with a young core group the team should be a top contender for the league title for years to come.
Anyone interested in playing please contact us through team captain Dana Ayoub.
Providence Rugby has a rich history dating back to 1969. The club has many former members who play with the Rhody Old Cocks. If you think you are over the hill, think again and check out the Rhody Old Cocks.