The Rugby Club was formed in 1927 by 6 YMCA members, who had up till then been playing their rugby for Huddersfield RUFC. The ground and clubhouse is still on the original site although there have been a number of changes since then.

A concrete Club House was built and opened in 1975 with this being replaced by the present building “The Lawrence Batley Centre” which was built and opened in 1995. Prior to these and during redevelopment projects, players were fed and watered in a number local of hostelries including the White Swan & Packhorse Mews, Spotted Cow, Dusty Miller and Wappy Spring. The present main pitch was opened in 1989 with the “Lawrence Batley Stand” following in 1996.

A Junior Section started during the summer of 1971. The 2012/13 season marked the 40th anniversary of developing and promoting junior rugby for every age group – from U6s through to colts and seniors.

In 2018, the club’s first women’s team started called the Senior Roses and added to the growing women and girls section at the club. The women’s team currently boasts approximately 30 registered players. The Senior Roses played their 19/20 season within the new Inner Warrior Challenge Series Borders

League Records

Promotions & Relegations
  • Yorkshire League 2 Runners-up 1987-88
  • Relegated to Yorkshire 2 League 1989-90
  • Relegated to Yorkshire 3 League 1995-96
  • Yorkshire League 3 Champions 1996-97
  • Yorkshire League 2 Champions 1997-98
  • Yorkshire League 1 Champions 1998-99
  • Promoted to North East 3 League 1999
  • Re-formed Yorkshire 1 League 2000-01
  • Yorkshire League 2 Champions 2001-02
  • Relegated to Yorkshire 2 League 2007-08
  • Promoted to Yorkshire 1 League 2010-11
  • Promoted to North 1 East League 2012-13
  • Promoted to National League 3 North 2013-14
  • Relegated to North 1 East League 2015-16
  • Relegated to Yorkshire 1 League 2019-20
  • 2020 – 21 (No rugby due to COVID-19)
  • 2021-22 RFU League reform (no relegation)
  • Relegated to Counties 2 Yorkshire League 2022-23
  • Counties 2 Yorkshire League 2023-24 (current)
Cup Honours
  • Yorkshire Silver Trophy Winners 1982-83, 1995-96
  • Yorkshire Cable Shield Runners-up 1996-97
  • Yorkshire Shield Winners 1997-98
  • RFU Junior Tetley Bitter Vase Winners 1997-98
  • Papa John’s Counties 1 North Shield Winners 2022-23 (Darlington MP Stadium)