February 24, 2018 Match WIRFC v. PAC Exiles
Kickoff at Noon, Kenilworth Park

Washington Irish Rugby Football Club

The Irish

The Washington Irish are a Division I & III Men’s Rugby Football Club in the Mid-Atlantic Rugby Football Union of USA Rugby.  The club was founded in 1980 and we are based in the Washington, DC, metro area of the United States.  Rugby is not only an intriguing sport, it is also a tremendous social community.


The Irish are very proud of our acceptance of new members and our tight knit family of current and past players as well as their families and friends.  We welcome anyone interested in the sport of rugby to come watch and learn about the sport.  Individuals interested in playing, experienced or not, are also very welcome to come to our practices and games and participate.

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2017-2018 SEASON

Practice is currently being held at Rosedale Recreation Center, Tuesdays and Thursdays 8-10pm.  Please keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter feeds for the most up to date practice and match information.

Practice Location:

Rosedale Recreation Center

1701 Gates St NW

Washington, DC 20002 




Washington, DC, June 5, 2017 - The Washington Irish Rugby Club announces the promotion of its top side team to Division 1 for the upcoming 2017-2018 season. As winners of the 2016-2017 Division 2 Mid-Atlantic Conference Championship, the Irish welcomed the opportunity to move up to Division 1 for the upcoming 15s season.


"Moving up to the D1 wasn't something that was decided overnight," stated Julius "Toga" Fanueli, Head Coach of the Washington Irish. "Our Executive Committee worked really hard to create more opportunities for players to play at a higher-level against solid competition. The Irish are also affiliated with Tiger Rugby to create additional pathways for our players to keep growing."


Club President Whitney Stowell, commenting on the promotion, stated, "We would like to thank our players, coaches, Old Boys, sponsors and supporters for a successful D2 season, and we look forward to the upcoming 15s season in D1. Our D3 team that has been critical to developing and supporting the club, and we look to continue growth in D3 this upcoming year as well. Our focus now is shifting to 7s where we are excited to get out and compete with the best."


The Mid-Atlantic Division 1 Conference includes Baltimore-Chesapeake Brumbies, Norfolk Blues, Pittsburgh Harlequins, Potomac Exiles, Rocky Gorge RFC, Schuylkill River Exiles, and the Washington Irish.


The Irish were founded in 1980 and have D1 and D3 men's teams competing in the Mid-Atlantic Conference of USA Rugby. For more information, you can visit the Washington Irish online at www.washingtonirishrfc.org.


Let's go Irish!

Washington, DC and                                            Northern Virginia's Premier Rugby Club