Club History: The Early Years
The Boca Raton Buccaneers Rugby Club was founded in the fall of 1974 by Alan Seader, a veteran rugger from Portland, Maine who wished to share the many joys of the sport with others in the area. He interested a few friends to join him in practice sessions at St. Andrews playing fields.
Initially the Club was composed primarily of FAU students and played its first game against the State Champions, University of Miami. Boca lost the game, despite scoring a try in the first two minutes and leading at the half.
The club joined the Florida Rugby Union in the fall of 1976 and posted the best record for any first year club. The Club went on to post 7-17 during its first full season. The Club’s colors were kelly green and white. Other clubs in competition at the time were the Miami Smugglers, Miami Tridents, Iron Horse, Orlando, Tallahassee, and Jacksonville.
Through the next few seasons the Club struggled to establish an organization, grow its membership, and develop a competitive side.
In the fall of 1978, Tim Jones, an original Club member assumed leadership as President and Coach. The Club’s colors were changed to red, white, and blue. Recruitment of a few experienced players from Colorado and New York helped in coaching and the finer points of the game.
During it’s fourth season (1979/80), the Club came into it’s own, posting a 23-6-1 season, winning the Division 2 Championship of the Florida Rugby Union and advancing to Division 1. Games during these years were played at the the polo fields. During its first year of competition in Division 1, Boca finished second in the Union.
In 1981 Bing Towne took over as President of the Club. Membership continued to grow, and the overall general organization continued to develop. Boca won the state championships in 1982.
Steve Sanger was elected Captain in 1984 and Bing Towne took over as Coach and the team were state runners-up in 1984 & 1985
Working together, the team completed a very successful 1985-1986 season. The team had a record of 23 wins and 2 losses while scoring a record 861 points and having only 148 points against them. The team also won the Fort Lauderdale Tournament, Citrus Bowl Tournament, the George Rodgers’ Tournament, and finished the season first in the Florida Rugby Union.
Boca were Div II champions again in: 1990,1997,1999 and state runners up in 87,88,89 and third place in 1991.
Boca won the State Championship again in 1993 and 1996. The team has played well-known teams from all over the United States, England, Germany, Wales, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, and various Caribbean nations.
Steve Sanger, Allen Spriggs, Gavin Curtis, Carlos Balbe, Chris Bryant, Rick McBride, Jerry Veit, Mike Szmanski, Ken Arnold, Chuck Cagle, Chris Hynes, Walter Jones, and Conrad Merry have all distinguished themselves in various state, regional, and national select-side competition.
Club History: The Early Years
If you’ve ever had the desire to participate in Rugby Union in Florida, then Boca Raton is the club for you. We are always looking for new people to become involved with the club as players, coaches or as social members and/or supporters who just want to be involved with a great group of Rugby Union enthusiasts. Should you be considering a career move to the Boca Raton area and wish to continue to play amateur rugby, or are just looking for a temporary location to prove or improve your rugby skills, we would like to have you join us!