WRFC 1871 - 2021

In 2021, WRFC will celebrate 150 years of amateur rugby in Worcester.

To tell it's story, a commemorative book is being produced. That story is your story and to tell it we need your memories: anecdotes; magic moments; disasters; matches; people; places; fathers; sons; mothers; girlfriends; wives…

No memory is too insignificant.

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If you can help, either record your details on this website via the contact page, or put pen to paper(*) or talk to one of the editorial committee: David Hallmark, Derek Thompson, Peter Richardson, Mike Clarke, Richard Cumming, Lawrence and Rosemary Threadgold.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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(*) Pen to paper: WRFC Ltd. Weston's Fields, Offerton Lane, Hindlip, Worcester WR3 8TR

A Brief History of WRFC

The club was founded in 1871 by the Reverend Francis John Eld, with the first known game played against the First Worcester Artillery Corps at Somerset Place, which later became Flag Meadow.

Other grounds played on in those early years, included Pitchcroft, New Road adjacent to The County Cricket Ground, The Lodge Northwick Road and Perdiswell, with various hotels and public houses providing changing accommodation and refreshments.

The club began playing at Bevere in Worcester in 1956 and left Bevere for Sixways in 1975 when the clubhouse was opened. Finally with the formation of Worcester Warriors professional club WRFC relocated across the A4538 (Pershore Lane) to a new facility on Weston's Fields in 2017.

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Worcester Wanderers

With the success of WRFC professional team and recruitment from outside the club, there was no route for many amateur players to play league rugby. Permission was granted by the RFU for a second league club to operate from Sixways. A fully amateur club entered at level 11 (lowest at the time) in 2001. The Wanderers were returned to being WRFC in 2017.

Worcester Ladies

Worcester Ladies were established in 1993 and since then the Club has gone from strength to strength, being crowned Premiership champions for the first time in their 20-year history in the 2012/13 season.

Mixed Ability Rugby

Mixed ability rugby is a result of a new initiative proposed in 2016 aimed at encouraging new players at all levels into rugby. A dedicated and enthusiastic group.

Mini/Junior Rugby

Mini rugby at Worcester commenced at Bevere in 1973 with a small group of 7 & 8 year olds. It has grown into a 400-500 strong section with teams at all age groups , 6 years of age to 17 years of age.

Worcester Colts

Formed in 1957, Worcester Colts have been the most successful section of the club, providing many senior players into the club and the First XV. During the pre-professional years, their fixture list boasted most of the first class clubs of the time.

Rugby at Worcester since 1871

Worcester Greyhounds - 1963
Worcester Rugby Football Club Colts - 1979
Worcester Rugby Football Club First XV - 1956/57
Worcester Rugby Football Club First XV - 1890's
Ladies Night 1958 - Bevere
Worcester Rugby Football Club First XV - 1971
Worcester Rugby Football Club First XV - 1920's
Worcester Rugby Football Club First XV - Promotion 1990