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The RK 03 Berlin is a Germanmarker rugby union club from Berlinmarker, currently playing in the Rugby-Bundesliga.

History

Logo of Post SV Berlin rugby department
The club was formed in 2003 when the rugby department of the Post SV Berlin left the club. PSV's rugby department had been formed in 1967 in what was then East Germanymarker.

PSV had last been playing in the 2nd Rugby-Bundesliga North/East and RK took its place there, winning the league in its first attempt. After a 28-23 victory over South/West champion BSC Offenbach, the team earned promotion to the Bundesliga.

A seventh place in the first division in 2004-05 proved not enough and RK was relegated immediately, having won only one out of its fourteen games and losing the relegation match to DSV 78/08 Ricklingen 12-14. The season after, in the 2nd Bundesliga, the club won the league once more but lost the championship final to SC 1880 Frankfurt. In the following promotion match with now Bundesliga side DSV 78/08 another loss meant another year in the second tier.

In 2006-07, RK only came second in the 2nd Bundesliga but the season after, 2007-08, it won its division once more and a 22-6 win over ASV Köln earned it a second Bundesliga promotion.

In 2008-09, the club was struggling against relegation, finishing in eight place, its rival for league survival being bottom of the table side DRC Hannover. DRC accepted direct relegation at the end of the season, making the relegation final unnecessary, meaning, RK 03 will be playing in the Bundesliga for another season.

On 19 January 2009, the club received the long awaited approval from the city of Berlin to upgrade its facilities, allowing, among other things, the instalment of flood lights.

Club honours

  • 2nd Rugby-Bundesliga
    • Champions: 2008
    • Runners up: 2004, 2006


Recent seasons

Year Division Position
2003-04 2nd Rugby-Bundesliga North/East 1st - Promoted
2004-05 Rugby-Bundesliga (I) 7th - Relegated
2005-06 2nd Rugby-Bundesliga North/East (II) 1st
2006-07 2nd Rugby-Bundesliga North/East 2nd
2007-08 2nd Rugby-Bundesliga North/East 1st - Promoted
2008-09 Rugby-Bundesliga (I) 8th


Current squad 2008-2009

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