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The Heidelberger RK is a Germanmarker rugby union club from Heidelbergmarker, currently playing in the Rugby-Bundesliga. Apart from rugby, the club also offers rowing as another sport.

History

The clubs origins date back to 1872, when, on 9 May, the Deutschen Flaggen-Club Heidelberg was formed, a rowing club. In the early days, rowing clubs were formed in Heidelberg and disappeared again, but the remaining ones merged in 1875 to form the Heidelberger Ruderclub, under the leadership of the Flaggen-Club.

The game of rugby was introduced in the club in the early 1890s by Edward Hill Ullrich, who was partly of English descend and had a great love of "English" games, translating the rules of rugby into German. It is from this beginnings that the HRK claims to be the oldest rugby club in Germany. This is true in the sense that its the oldest rugby-playing club in Germany but other clubs have an older rugby department.

The club had a golden era in the late 1920s, when it reached the German championship final three years in a row, winning the title in 1927 and 1928.

After years of stagnation and a lack of home ground, the HRK formed a youth department and moved to the Sportgelände an der Speyererstraße in 1961, which is still its current home. This development soon bore fruit and the club earned three championships in the 1970s, also qualifying for the new Rugby-Bundesliga in 1971. The club continued to be a force in German rugby well into the 80's, earning its last championship in 1986.

After a period of decline, it found itself in the 2nd Rugby-Bundesliga, where it was promoted from back to the first division in 1997. After a short stint in this league, the team had to return to the 2nd Bundesliga in 2000, where it was to remain for the next couple of seasons.

The club dominated the 2nd Bundesliga South/West in 2004-05, winning all 16 regular season games, the largest win being a 146-5 victory over BSC Offenbach. In the final against the North/East champion DSV 78/08 Ricklingen, a 18-6 victory meant promotion back to the Bundesliga.

Since then, the club has existed as a lower table side in the league, sitting just above the relegation zone. In 2008-09, the clubs performance has much improved and a second place saw the team return to the German finals for the first time in over 20 years. In the semi-finals, the club beat SC Neuenheim, to reach its first national championship final since 1986, where it narrowly lost 11-8 to SC 1880 Frankfurt.

The clubs reserve side plays in 2008-09 in the league below, the 2nd Bundesliga South/West.

Club honours

Men





  • 2nd Bundesliga
    • Champions: 1997, 2005


Women

  • German rugby union championship
    • Runners up: 2007, 2009


  • German sevens championship
    • Champions: 2006, 2008, 2009


Recent seasons

Year Division Position
1998-99 Rugby-Bundesliga South/West (I) 5th
Bundesliga qualification round 3rd
1999-2000 Rugby-Bundesliga South/West 5th
Bundesliga qualification round 5th - Relegated
2000-01 2nd Rugby-Bundesliga South/West (II) 5th
2nd Rugby-Bundesliga South/West qualification round 1st
2001-02 2nd Rugby-Bundesliga South/West 3rd
2002-03 2nd Rugby-Bundesliga South/West 2nd
2003-04 2nd Rugby-Bundesliga South/West 2nd
2004-05 2nd Rugby-Bundesliga South/West 1st - Promoted
2005-06 Rugby-Bundesliga 6th
2006-07 Rugby-Bundesliga 7th
2007-08 Rugby-Bundesliga 6th
2008-09 Rugby-Bundesliga (I) 2nd
  • Until 2001, when the single-division Bundesliga was established, the season was divided in autumn and spring, a Vorrunde and Endrunde, whereby the top teams of the Rugby-Bundesliga would play out the championship while the bottom teams together with the autumn 2nd Bundesliga champion would play for Bundesliga qualification. The remainder of the 2nd Bundesliga teams would play a spring round to determine the relegated clubs. Where two placing's are shown, the first is autumn, the second spring.


Current squad 2008-2009

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