Trident (Miami) Rugby Football Club
|Full name||Trident Rugby Football Club|
|Ground(s)||Ben Franklin Park|
|League(s)||Florida Rugby Union, Premier Division,
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.
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.
During regular season, usually October through April, practices are held at Ben Franklin Park in North Miami Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7PM.
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.
The Tridents Sponsorship List
- Social Sponsor - Gramps Wynwood
- Social Sponsor - Heineken International
2015/16 1st XV squad
Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.