New Orleans Rugby Football Club
|Full name||New Orleans Rugby Football Club|
|Location||New Orleans, Louisiana|
|Coach(es)||Trip McCormick (head)|
|League(s)||Deep South Rugby Football Union|
The New Orleans Rugby Football Club (also known as NORFC), founded in 1973, is a men's rugby union team based in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. The club competes in and is governed by the Deep South Rugby Football Union (LAU), True South Geographical Union (GU), and USA Rugby.
The New Orleans Rugby Football Club is a member of the Deep South Rugby Union (DSRFU). New Orleans Rugby competes against other DSRFU teams such as: Battleship Rugby Football Club, Birmingham Rugby Football Club, Jackson Rugby Football Club, Montgomery Rugby Football Club, Okaloosa Rugby Football Club, Panama City Beach Rugby Football Club, Pensacola Rugby Football Club and Tallahassee Rugby Football Club.
NORFC won the USA Rugby South Division II Deep South Pool in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. In 2011, NORFC fielded a 2nd XV in the DIII competition. This team won the Deep South Pool and advanced to the South Finals. New Orleans won the 2011 DII Club Rugby National Championship, defeating defending champions Tampa Krewe. In 2012, New Orleans DI side won the South union. The DIII side went 22-0 and won the USA Rugby DIII National Championship. The DIII side has since been promoted to DII.
Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.
Notable alumni players
Gary Giepert, Tim Falcon, Bob Olsonowski (USA Eagles), Chip Curtis (USA Eagles) and countless others.
Trip McCormick is the current head coach of NORFC. Geoff Ormsby is the assistant coach. Messrs. McCormick, Ormsby and Dr. Todd Fitzgerald coach New Orleans' Division II side.
Currently the NORFC practices at the Gretna Rugby Pitch located on Gretna Blvd, just off Belle Chase Hwy. in Gretna, Louisiana. New players as well as experienced ones are always welcome to come out and join. Practice starts at 7:00 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays. See NORFC's Home Page for contact info about practice.
New Orleans Rugby Football Club is able to display logos on team jerseys and paraphernalia as well as on the playing field during games and tournaments.
High School Rugby Program
NORFC created the Louisiana High School rugby program, with clubs such as the Jesuit Blue Jay Rugby Club, the Brother Martin Crusader Rugby Club, Rummel Raiders Rugby Club, Shaw Eagle Rugby Club, Audubon Rugby Club, Lake Area High School Rugby Club, St. Paul's High Rugby Club and ESA Rugby Club.
- True South Geographical Union
- Deep South Rugby Football Union
- USA Rugby
- Rugby union in the United States
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