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The Rugby Club RFC Gouda counts about 150 members and is still growing. Our Senior and U15, U17 and U19 teams compete in the national competition. In The Netherlands, youth rugby teams consist of players of two-year classes (except for the youngest category: The "Turven" are 6, 7or 8 years old). Please see the table below for more details of youth rugby teams in The Netherlands.

Rugby laws

Rugby is played in accordance with the "Laws of the Game of the Rugby Union" of the International Rugby Board (IRB), and the "Rugby Continuum" of the Rugby Football Union (RFU).

There are special rules (in Dutch) that apply to the various youth classes. They can be obtained from the website of the Dutch rugby union, the "Nederlandse Rugby Bond" (NRB).


Training hours of our U9, U11 and U13 teams are on Thursdays from 18:45 until 20:15 hs. Additional (facultative) training of U11s and U13s on Mondays is focussed on improving general condition. The U15 and U17 players are trained twice a week: On Monday and Wednesday (19:00-21.00 hs). Finally, the Seniors and U19 train on Tuesday and Thursday (20.00 - 21.30 hs). More information on the teams including match reports (in Dutch) and pictures can be obtained by clicking on Teams or Verslagen and then selecting one of the (youth) categories.


The "Agenda"  shows the fixtures for each category in the coming period. All teams play one or more games a week, on the average on three Saturdays (seniors and U19 on Sundays) a month. The rugby season starts in September and ends in May.

Special events including foreign trips are organised during the playing season. Our youth teams attended rugby tournaments in the UK, France, Germany and Belgium in previous years.

How to become a member

If you are interested in rugby at RFC Gouda please feel free to contact Patrick vd Bovenkamp (president) or the youth contactperson. For new members we offer a trial membership of six weeks for EURO 25, -.

RFC Gouda also welcomes foreign teams to our pitch and clubhouse, the "Rugger's Inn", for a friendly game and some good time. For general information please click on "Contact - Routebeschrijving" for full address and directions.

Season 2013 - 2014

Team nameAge groupBorn in
TurvenU92004 or later
BenjaminsU112002 or 2003
MinisU132000 or 2001
CubsU151998 or 1999
JuniorenU171996 or 1997
ColtsU191994 or 1995
Seniors 1993 or earlier