HRC Was Founded
The inspiration to form Helsinki RFUC came during some rugby discussions over a few pints in Molly Malone’s Irish Bar in Helsinki between some rugby friends in 1999. The club logo shows the nationalities involved in the formation of the club: Finnish, English, French, South African and Australian. The club colors are taken from the Finnish Flag, blue and white.
Club’s First Season
In the club’s first season, 1999, HRC played one game, which was narrowly lost to a representative team from Sweden.
Club was granted its first official home ground
In 2000, the club was granted its first official home ground in Myllypuro by the Helsinki City Council. The club also claimed its first victory as a team representing British Navy ship HMS Sheffield was defeated. The club also took part in the Stockholm 10`s Tournament for the first time and we organized our own Baltic Plate Tournament.
Finnish National Championship was launched
In 2002, Finnish National Championship was launched and HRC took the title. This was followed by another title in 2003. Some HRC players also got a taste of international rugby as 9 players from the club were selected to play in Norway vs. Finland match in 2002.
First Tour Abroad
In 2004, the club had its first tour abroad: this took place in Riga, Latvia. Same year Finland played its first home international. The game was organized by HRC.
HRC ladies participated in inaugural Women’s Finnish Championship
The club kept growing bigger and in 2006 HRC ladies participated to inaugural Women’s Finnish Championship.
Baltic Plate Tournament was transformed into Midnight Rugby Tournament
In 2008, Baltic Plate Tournament was transformed into Midnight Rugby Tournament and took its position as a annual mid-June rugby party in Helsinki.
club celebrated its 10 year anniversary in the British Embassy
In 2009, the club celebrated its 10 year anniversary in the British Embassy.
The inaugural men’s 7’s championship was launched
The inaugural men’s 7’s championship was launched in 2010 and HRC took the first ever title. Both in 2010 and 2011 HRC men advanced to the semi-finals in the 15’s Championship, only to lose agonizingly at the last minute in both games.
men’s 7’s team was invited to European 7’s Champions Trophy
In 2011, men’s 7’s team was invited to Moscow for European 7’s Champions Trophy.
HRC ladies re-enter the women’s championship
In 2012 saw HRC ladies re-enter the women’s championship after few years hiatus.
club organized the Finnish Championship finals in Töölö
In 2013 the club organized the Finnish Championship finals in Töölön pallokenttä, attracting probably the highest ever amount of spectators at a Finnish rugby game.
men claimed the 15’s championship
A new golden era started in 2014, when men claimed the 15’s championship after a 11 year drought. At the same time, HRC ladies advanced to the finals first time in their history, this time finishing in the runner-up position.
women celebrated their first ever 15’s title
A year later, in 2015, the roles changed as women celebrated their first ever 15’s title, whereas men narrowly lost the title in the final. 2015 was, however, glorious in many respect for the men’s team: men’s 7’s team won the 7’s championship title. In addition, HRC men’s 2nd team won the men’s 1st division.
The club’s finest hour was truly in 2016 when the club accomplished a “double-double”: both men and women won both the 7’s and 15’s championships. Men’s 7’s team got a taste of European top level rugby as they participated to European 7’s Champions Trophy in St. Petersburg.
the success continues
2017 continued the club’s success in 7’s as both men and women reclaimed the titles. The club also participated Ghent in traditional Ghent Easter 7’s tournament and finished in men and women’s competitions second and third, respectively. In the 15’s season, men and women finished in the runner-up position in their respective championships.