Krewe History

Krewe Rugby started in 1991 after breaking away from another local rugby club, Tampa RFC. With a goal of starting a locally respected team, Krewe aimed at saving a strongly bonded group of rugby players. Starting with 17 players, the team was told time after time they would fail by other local clubs. Playing their games in St. Petersburg, Krewe traced many challenges both on and off the field. They played Tampa RFC, their former team, a few times and never lost. Through these tough times, Krewe endured practices with only 4 players and other challenges presented to this relatively new team. Krewe always found enough guvs to play their games no matter what.

 

Background

The Krewe is ultimately a large rugby family providing opportunities for men, women, and youth rugby players throughout the west-central region of Florida. The Krewe began as most rugby teams do with a small core of dedicated ruggers committed to forming a local club.  Today, the Krewe has expanded into a preeminent club both on and off the pitch.  On the pitch, Krewe is an amateur rugby club that operates under USA Rugby.  Our teams compete through a fall pre-season and a winter/spring regular season with matches across Florida and throughout the southeastern United States.  Post season play requires travel up the eastern seaboard and ultimately out to Glendale, CO where the USA Rugby National Championships are held each year.  Off the pitch, Krewe has partnered with the Lowry Park Zoo, Toys for Tots, the Pediatric Cancer Foundation and the North Tampa Boys and Girls Club as we fulfill our own commitment to being good community partners.  In 2012 we will hold our first Rugby Skills Sports Camp for grade school athletes across Tampa Bay to introduce them to the sport of rugby.

Demographics

Our demographics are deep between the ​international players, our national elite athletes, our weekend warriors, the men, women, and Old Boys who boot up every Tuesday and Thursday night for practice, and the young players we involve through our Youth Academy and skills camp.  We have nearly fifty players registered through USA Rugby.  Our coaches and players live in Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, and Pinellas County.  The bulk of our members are males between the ages of 22 – 40 many of whom were college athletes at some level and continue to spend a significant amount of their free time engaged in training and competing in athletics.  Our players are employed in all sectors of the economy as doctors and lawyers, software and medical device salespeople, members of the Armed forces, and construction and manual labor workers. We also have a very strong contingent of service members within our ranks and we appreciate their commitment to our country and our team. With full time jobs our players are invested in the effort and expense it takes to train and compete to be a part of Krewe rugby.

Home Field Advantage

In the fall of 2012 the Krewe  moved their home field to Cuscaden Park located in the historic Ybor area of Tampa Bay.  Cuscaden Park has a rich history in sports from baseball greats to boxing and and now Rugby.


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Success

2015

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2014

Florida Cup Semi-Finalist

2013

Florida Cup Champions

2011

USA Rugby Men’s National Runners-Up

USA Rugby South Champions

Florida Cup Champions

2010

USA Rugby Men’s National Champions

USA Rugby South Champions

Florida Cup Runners-Up

2009

​USA Rugby South Champions

Florida Cup Champions

 

Competition

Fielding four different men’s teams this year, the Krewe encourages and supports all levels of athletes from rising national stars to newcomers, to our respected Old Boys.

Division II: Scheduled matches with Jacksonville, Daytona, Orlando, Naples, Boca Raton,  Ft. Lauderdale, and Both teams from Miami

Division III: Starting this fall (2014)

Old Boys/Social Side: Scheduled matches generally include teams from across the west-central region of Florida

U-19: This group of young men compete throughout Florida from Orlando to Daytona and Miami

Women’s Social Side: The Krewe Women are back, splitting practices with USF Women and Tampa Bay Krewe men’s.  More participation is needed but the ladies are committed to growing women’s rugby in the Tampa Bay Area.

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