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FT Adler Kiel Rugby

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Location  Kiel, Germany
Chairman  Klaus Schmäschke
League  2. Rugby-Bundesliga (II)
Ground(s)  Professor Peters Platz
Coach(es)  Alwin Klick
Founded  1999
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Full name  Freie Turnerschaft Adler Kiel von 1893 e.V.
Union  German Rugby Federation

The FT Adler Kiel Rugby is a German rugby union club from Kiel, currently playing in the 2nd Rugby-Bundesliga North/East. It is part of a larger club, the FT Adler Kiel, which also offers other sports like volleyball, table tennis and handball.


The term Adler is the German word for eagle.


Rugby in Kiel begun in the 1930s, when workers of the local shipyards and members of the German Navy, then called the Reichsmarine, formed the 1. Kieler Rugby Fussball Verein.

In post-Second World War Germany, competitive rugby in Kiel resumed in 1949, when three local clubs competed in a league with clubs from Hamburg. The three clubs were the 1. Kieler Rugby Fussball Verein, PSV Kiel and FT Adler. Rugby in Kiel greatly benefited from a strong support through the British Army, which was stationed at Kiel-Holtenau.

Towards the end of the 1950s, rugby in Kiel declined and the clubs were only able to field a combined team. By 1963, even this team had to be disbanded. As a form of farewell to rugby in Kiel, a final friendly was organized, against a team selected from a visiting detachment of the Japanese Navy. After this, rugby disappeared from the city for almost 30 years.

Current club

Rugby returned to Kiel in the late 1980s through the efforts of foreign students at the University of Kiel. The current rugby department of FT Adler was formed in 1997 however.

FT Adler took out the 2008 championship in the Regionalliga North but failed in the promotion round, losing on aggregate to RU Hohen Neuendorf.

The club earned promotion from the Rugby-Regionalliga North, after another championship there, to the 2nd Rugby-Bundesliga, the second tier of German club rugby, in 2009.

Kiel lasted for only one season at this level before being relegated again to the Regionalliga, where it came fourth in 2010-11. At the end of the 2014–15 season the club was promoted back to the 2nd Rugby-Bundesliga after a Regionalliga championship.

Club honours

  • Rugby-Regionalliga North
  • Champions: 2008, 2009, 2015
  • Recent seasons

    Recent seasons of the club:


    FT Adler Kiel Rugby Wikipedia

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