Rahul Sharma

Hamilton RFC, Sea Point

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Nickname(s)  Hammies
Director of Rugby  Dean Berry
Founded  1875
President  David Kagan
Coach(es)  Anton Moolman
Union  Western Province

Full name  Hamilton Rugby Football Club
Location  Sea Point, Cape Town, South Africa

Hamilton Rugby Football Club was founded in March 1875 in Cape Town, and states that it is the oldest rugby union club in South Africa. Hamilton RFC played in the first official match at Newlands Stadium on 31 May 1890.

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Origins

The club's inception occurred when a Mr. W. Nightingale called together a meeting of football enthusiasts at the offices of Messrs. Hamilton Ross & Co. The meeting took the name of their club from a Hamilton Football Club (est. 1868) in Scotland of which Nightingale had been a member. The club merged with Sea Point Rugby Football Club in 1910 and in 1914 adopted its current jersey colours of three wide bands of red, black and yellow.

Club honours

  • 2013: Hamiltons qualified to participate in the 2014 national club competition, the SARU Community Cup, by ending at the top of non-university sides in the 2013 edition of Western Province's Super League A.
  • 1883-2011: Hamilton RFC won WP's Grand Challenge Cup 15 times, in 2009, 1936, 1929, 1927, 1908, 1906, 1900, 1898, 1895, 1890, 1889, 1887, 1886, 1885 and 1883.
  • 2010: Hamilton RFC's sevens team won the 120th international Melrose Sevens competition in Scotland, and were runners up in 2011 to Melrose RFC.
  • 2009: Hamiltons won WP's Super League A and went on to beat Pukke 36-34 at Loftus Versfeld Stadium to claim the SAA national club championships.
  • 2009-14: Hamiltons hosted the inaugural Cape Town Tens rugby tournament, "the biggest ten-a-side tournament in world rugby", and will do so again for the 6th time in February 2014. The event was launched by former Springboks Robbie Fleck and Bob Skinstad in 2009, and organizers anticipated "more than 2,000 players and 12,000 spectators" to participate.
  • References

    Hamilton RFC, Sea Point Wikipedia


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