Westmount Rugby Club
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|Full name||Westmount Rugby Club|
Garci Igino (Men's)Kaneb Uphill (Women's)
|League(s)||Fédération de Rugby du Québec|
|2015||Two Men's teams, One Women's and juniors|
Despite McGill University having a team in 1874, Westmount, which claims to have been established between 1876 and 1878, it is the oldest independent (as opposed to college-affiliated) rugby club in North America.[non-primary source needed]
In the 1930s, the Rugby Club split from the MAA, and changed its name to the Montreal Scottish RFC, and had a Scottish-only player policy. In the 1950s this policy resulted in the creation of two new teams of non-Scots in Montreal: the Montreal Wanderers RFC, and the Montreal Barbarians. Soon after, the club opened its memberships to non-Scots.
By the 1970s, the team had moved to Westmount, and had changed its name to the Westmount Rugby Club, officially incorporated in 1976.
The club continues to play in the B Division of the Rugby Quebec, winning the C division championship in 2011. The home field is Westmount Park field, in Westmount. It currently has one competitive men's team, one social men's team, one women's competitive/social team, a juniors program and a minis program.
In 2016 the women's team had an undefeated season and won the Development Division Championship. In 2017 they were promoted to the next higher division.
Presidents- Past and Present
This list is incomplete.(January 2010)
- 2006-2009 Guillaume Rieucau
- 2009-2012 Tony O'Driscoll
- 2012-2013 Karl Frigan
- 2013 Tony O'Driscoll
- 2014 Jeremy C. Moore
- 2015 Charles Marsh
- 2016 Joseph Pogson
- 2017 Joseph Pogson
The founding of Rugby Quebec
The Westmount Rugby Club were one of the founding clubs of Rugby Quebec (FRQ in French). Other founding clubs included Montreal Irish Rugby Football Club, Barbarians, Montreal Wanderers RFC and Town of Mount Royal (TMR). Every one of these clubs continues to this day, fielding teams across multiple levels of the FRQ league.