Welfen SC Braunschweig
|Full name||Welfen-Sport Club Braunschweig e.V.|
|Union||German Rugby Federation|
|2013–14||2nd Rugby-Bundesliga North/East, 9th|
Welfen SC Braunschweig is a German rugby union club from Braunschweig, Lower Saxony, currently playing in the 2nd Rugby-Bundesliga. Apart from rugby, the club also offers other sports like athletics, tennis and judo. The club is named after the House of Welf.
The club was founded in 1973. However, the history of the club's rugby section goes back to 27 January 1954. On that date, the rugby section of Post SV Braunschweig, a large multi-sports club, was founded.
The club played mostly in regional lower-tier competitions, but in 1991 won their first (and only) promotion into the Rugby-Bundesliga, but suffered relegation again after just one season at the top-level. In the late 1990s, Post SV Braunschweig ran into financial problems, which eventually lead to the club's dissolution in 2001. Due to this, the rugby section separated from the parent club and joined Welfen SC Heidberg, another local sports club, in 1999. The club, based in the Heidberg district of Braunschweig, later changed its name into Welfen SC Braunschweig.
After several seasons in the Rugby-Regionalliga, Welfen SC won promotion back to the 2nd Rugby-Bundesliga in 2011.
Recent seasons of the club:
|2010–11||Rugby-Regionalliga (III)||1st — Promoted|
|2011–12||2nd Rugby-Bundesliga North/East (II)||8th|
|2012–13||2nd Rugby-Bundesliga qualification round – North||3rd|
|Ligapokal – North/East||3rd — Quarter finals|
|2013–14||2nd Rugby-Bundesliga qualification round – North||3rd|
|Ligapokal – North/East||1st — Quarter finals|
- Hoffmeister, Kurt (2010). Zeitreise durch die Braunschweiger Sportgeschichte: 180 Jahre Turnen und Sport in Braunschweig (in German). p. 161.
- Welfen SC Heidberg e.V. (2004). 50 Jahre Rugby in Braunschweig. 1954 bis 2004 (in German). p. 5. Online version: 50 Jahre Rugby in Braunschweig. 1954 bis 2004 (German) (Welfen SC Heidberg – 50 Years of rugby in Brunswick), accessed: 30 August 2014
- 50 Jahre Rugby in Braunschweig. 1954 bis 2004 (in German). p. 20.
- Hoffmeister (2010). p. 147.
- 50 Jahre Rugby in Braunschweig. 1954 bis 2004 (in German). p. 29.
- RugbyWeb Ergebnisarchiv (German) rugbyweb.de - Results archive, accessed: 27 August 2014