Charlotte Rugby Club

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Charlotte RFC
Full name Charlotte Rugby Football Club
Union USA Rugby
Nickname(s) Olde Originals
Founded 1971
Ground(s) Skillbeck Athletic Grounds (Capacity: 900)
Coach(es) Flag of Scotland.svg David Hamilton
League(s) Rugby Super League
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.charlotterugby.com

Charlotte Rugby Club, nicknamed the "Old Originals", are a rugby union team based in Charlotte, North Carolina. They currently play in USA Rugby Division III, and are members of the Mid-Atlantic Rugby Football Union (MARFU), the organizational body for rugby in the Mid-Atlantic States, though they are in the geographical territory of USA Rugby South. As such they are affiliated with both the Virginia Rugby Union and the North Carolina Rugby Union.[1] They play home games at Skillbeck Athletic Grounds.

Charlotte Rugby Club was founded in 1971. In the ensuing decades they became one of the most dominant teams in the region, often competing for state and regional championships. As a result of their success they were invited to join the Rugby Super League, the country's highest level of rugby union competition, in 2006. They competed in the Rugby Super League from 2006–2010.[2]

History[edit]

Charlotte RFC formed in 1971 by former college rugby players living in the Charlotte area. In 1974, some of the players decided to leave and form a separate club, the Charlotte Gargoyles. The succession prompted Charlotte RFC to adopt the nickname "Olde Originals" to distinguish themselves from the other Charlotte team.[3] Charlotte joined the Rugby Super League in 2006; in 2010 they announced they would not compete in the 2011 Super League season. Michael Cook was the first person to score a try for Charlotte in the RSL. [4]

Grounds[edit]

The Olde Originals play their matches at the Skillbeck Athletic Grounds located in Coulwood, Charlotte. Built in 1988, the grounds includes a 5,800 ft² clubhouse with a 900 ft² deck overlooking the pitch. The grounds also has an apartment for the players and a bar room for social events. When it was first built, it was considered to be one of the finest rugby facilities in the country.

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