Trident (Miami) Rugby Football Club

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Trident RFC
TridentLogo.jpg
Full nameTrident Rugby Football Club
UnionUSA Rugby
Nickname(s)Tridents
Founded1973; 46 years ago (1973)
LocationMiami, FL
Ground(s)Ben Franklin Park
PresidentTrinidad and Tobago Jose Bermudez
Coach(es)United StatesMiguel Pena
Captain(s)France Damien Clemente
League(s)Florida Rugby Union, Premier Division,
Official website
www.miamitridentsrugby.com

The Trident Rugby Football Club is a Miami, Florida based men's rugby union team. Since its founding in 1973, the Tridents have been the preeminent Miami rugby club. The Tridents compete within the Florida Rugby Union and currently field a competitive top division team as well as competitive second and developmental teams.

Following an undefeated 2015/16 regular season, winning by an average margin of 30 points per game (a Florida Rugby Record), the Tridents entered the Florida Rugby Playoffs as the top seed. A 72-10 semifinal win over Jacksonville secured the Tridents a berth in the State Finals against Naples RFC. On April 16, at the state rugby championship in Wellington, FL, the Tridents defeated Naples 28 to 0 to become the State of Florida Top Division Champions.

History[edit]

The Trident Rugby Football Club was founded in 1973, by a group of players from the University of Miami Men’s Rugby club. The UM rugby club, formed four years earlier, had grown too large, and the lack of playing time prompted these players to meet in the spring of 1973 to establish their own, independent club; the Tridents.

The Tridents' first match was in the summer of 1973 against the rugby team of HMS Ark Royal, a warship of the Royal Navy that regularly called at the Port of Miami. The Tridents lost the contest 0 to 15. That same autumn, the Tridents played in their first divisional match, a winning effort against Naples RFC. Subsequently, the Tridents lost their second divisional fixture to UM RFC and ended their inaugural season 1-1.

On Wednesday, September 7, 2016 the Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez alongside Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz recognized the team following an undefeated season by proclaiming September 7th "Trident Rugby Football Club Day" in Miami-Dade County. A great honor that was followed by the first ever lineout performed inside City Hall.

Today, the Tridents continue to play rugby in Miami as a member of the Florida Rugby Union.

Practices[edit]

During regular season, usually October through April, practices are held at Ben Franklin Park in North Miami Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7PM.

Matches[edit]

Home matches are typically played on Saturdays at 2pm throughout autumn, winter, and spring. A current schedule of matches is published on the club's website.

Sponsors[edit]

The Tridents Sponsorship List

2015/16 1st XV squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.

Player Position Union
Miguel Pena Hooker United States United States
Christopher Jewett Hooker United States United States
German Jimenez Prop Argentina Argentina
Neil Morvant Prop United States United States
Patrick Maignan Prop United States United States
Oliver Hire Lock England England
John Kessenich Lock United States United States
Philippe Ryser Flanker Chile Chile
Nicolai Mojica Flanker United States United States
Hein Erasmus (c) Number 8 South Africa South Africa
Josh Durbach Scrum-half New Zealand New Zealand
Matthieu Burke Scrum-half France France
Sean Murray Fly-half Ireland Ireland
Dimitri Efthimiou Centre Greece Greece
Tom Hultgren Centre United States United States
Connie Bulgarides Centre Greece Greece
Justin Kloppel Wing United States United States
Mitchell Hoffman Wing United States United States
Connor Christie Fullback Wales Wales

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