RK 03 Berlin
|Full name||Rugby Klub 03 Berlin|
|Union||German Rugby Federation|
|Founded||1967 (BSG Post Rugby)
2003 (RK 03)
|2015–16||Rugby-Bundesliga North/East, 1st|
The club was formed in 2003, when the rugby department of the Post SV Berlin left the club. Post SV Rugby itself had been formed in 1967 as BSG Post Berlin Rugby.
Post SV Rugby
Post Rugby took part in the East German championship, the DDR Rugby-Oberliga. It celebrated its greatest success in this league in the last decade of its existence, finishing third from 1985 to 1988, followed by two runners-up finishes in 1989 and 1990. Throughout its history, the club also provided a number of East German rugby internationals.
In 2003, the clubs rugby department left Post SV to form its own club, the RK 03 Berlin.
PSV had last been playing in the 2nd Rugby-Bundesliga North/East in 2002-03 and RK took its place there, winning the league in its first attempt. After a 28-23 victory over South/West champion BSC Offenbach, the team earned promotion to the Bundesliga.
A seventh place in the first division in 2004-05 proved not enough and RK was relegated immediately, having won only one out of its fourteen games and losing the relegation match to DSV 78/08 Ricklingen 12-14. The season after, in the 2nd Bundesliga, the club won the league once more but lost the championship final to SC 1880 Frankfurt. In the following promotion match with now Bundesliga side DSV 78/08 another loss meant another year in the second tier.
In 2008-09, the club was struggling against relegation, finishing in eight place, its rival for league survival being bottom of the table side DRC Hannover. DRC accepted direct relegation at the end of the season, making the relegation final unnecessary, meaning, RK 03 will be playing in the Bundesliga for another season.
On 19 January 2009, the club received the long awaited approval from the city of Berlin to upgrade its facilities, allowing, among other things, the instalment of flood lights.
With the Australian Allan Nugent, RK 03 hired a new coach for the 2009-10 season, relieving player-coach and captain Christian Lill from some of his duties, as he is also in charge of the German under-18 team.
The 2011-12 season saw the club finish above local rival BRC for the first time, in 8th place and thereby condemning the other Berlin club to a relegation spot. RK 03 finished second in their group in the 2012-13 season and qualified for the north/east division of the championship round, where it came third. The club was knocked out in the quarter finals of the play-offs after a 10–36 loss to SC Neuenheim.
In 2013–14 the team qualified for the championship and the play-offs once more, defeating RK Heusenstamm 33–19 in the first round and losing to Heidelberger RK in the quarter finals. In the 2014–15 season the club finished second in the north-east championship group and was knocked out by RG Heidelberg in the quarter finals of the play-offs. In the 2015–16 season RK won the north/east division of the Bundesliga but lost to TV Pforzheim in the semi-finals of the play-offs.
- 2nd Rugby-Bundesliga
- Champions: 2004, 2008
- Division champions: 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008
- East German rugby union championship
- Runners up: 1989, 1990
- East German rugby union cup
- Runners up: 1980, 1982, 1987, 1988
Recent seasons of the club:
|2nd Bundesliga North/East qualification round||2nd — Promoted|
|1999–2000||2nd Rugby-Bundesliga North/East (II)||4th|
|2nd Bundesliga North/East qualification round||1st|
|2000-01||2nd Rugby-Bundesliga North/East||2nd|
|Bundesliga qualification round||3rd|
|2001-02||2nd Rugby-Bundesliga North/East||1st|
|2002-03||2nd Rugby-Bundesliga North/East||2nd|
|2003-04||2nd Rugby-Bundesliga North/East (II)||1st — Promoted|
|2004-05||Rugby-Bundesliga (I)||7th — Relegated|
|2005-06||2nd Rugby-Bundesliga North/East (II)||1st|
|2006-07||2nd Rugby-Bundesliga North/East||2nd|
|2007-08||2nd Rugby-Bundesliga North/East||1st — Promoted|
|2012–13||Rugby-Bundesliga qualification round – East||2nd|
|Rugby-Bundesliga championship round – North-East||3rd — Quarter finals|
|2013–14||Rugby-Bundesliga qualification round – East||2nd|
|Rugby-Bundesliga championship round – North-East||3rd — Quarter-finals|
|2014–15||Rugby-Bundesliga qualification round – East||1st|
|Rugby-Bundesliga championship round – North-East||2nd — Quarter finals|
|2015–16||Rugby-Bundesliga North-East||1st — Semi finals|
- Until 2001, when the single-division Bundesliga was established, the season was divided in autumn and spring, a Vorrunde and Endrunde, whereby the top teams of the Rugby-Bundesliga would play out the championship while the bottom teams together with the autumn 2nd Bundesliga champion would play for Bundesliga qualification. The remainder of the 2nd Bundesliga teams would play a spring round to determine the relegated clubs. Where two placing's are shown, the first is autumn, the second spring. In 2012 the Bundesliga was expanded from ten to 24 teams and the 2nd Bundesliga from 20 to 24 with the leagues divided into four regional divisions.
|2005-06||Regionalliga East (III)||1st|
|2008–09||Women's 2nd Rugby Bundesliga (II)||4th|
|2009–10||Women's 2nd Rugby Bundesliga||7th|
In Germany's 2006–08 European Nations Cup campaign, no player from the club was called up for the national team, while, in the 2008–10 campaign, Lukas Rosenthal, Benjamin Ulrich and Lukas Hinds-Johnson were new additions to the German team, selected from the RK 03 squad.
In the 2010–012 European Nations Cup campaign, Lukas Hinds-Johnson was again called up for Germany.
The club, under the name of BSG Post, also produced the following East German internationals:
- Harald Lorenz
- Burt Weiß
- Christian Demuth
- Willi Ebel
- Wolfgang Michaelis
- Peter Wieczorek
- Frank Bittermann
- Frank Drenkow
- Thomas Boeck
- Andreas Rakoczy
- Roland Stutz
- Oliver Woeller
- Gert Lieck
- Jörg Pachmann
- Thomas Führer
Recent coaches of the club:
|Christian Lill||- 2009|
- Post SV Berlin Rugby - Archiv (German) Chronik 30 Jahre - History of Post SV Berlin Rugby, accessed: 11 April 2010
- Post SV Berlin rugby website (German), accessed: 24 January 2009
- Rugby-Bundesliga table 2004-05 rugbyweb.de, accessed: 24 January 2009
- 2nd Rugby-Bundesliga table 2005-06 rugbyweb.de, accessed: 24 January 2009
- 2nd Rugby-Bundesliga table 2007-08 rugbyweb.de, accessed: 24 January 2009
- DRC Hannover verzichtet auf Bundesliga-Playdown (German) Rugby Journal, accessed: 16 May 2009
- TotalRugby kurz nachgefragt... beim RK 03 Berlin (German) totalrugby.de, published: 20 August 2009, accessed: 7 April 2010
- Rugby-Bundesliga 2011-12 (German) rugbyweb.de, accessed: 3 May 2012
- RugbyWeb Ergebnisarchiv (German) rugbyweb.de - Results archive, accessed: 24 July 2012