Inglewood Rugby has a proud history within the Taranaki Region. Rugby in Inglewood began in 1893, when Inglewood’s first rugby club, the Athletic Club, was formed. Shortly after in 1896, the Pirates Club was formed. After many years of fierce rivalry between the two clubs, it was found that it would be in the best interests of the town if these two clubs united to form one formidable club. Thus, in 1898, the Inglewood United Rugby Football Club was born.
For a town with a population of a mere 3,000 people, Inglewood has proven they are able to hold their own against other teams throughout Taranaki, with a total of 40 championship titles being won across the club since 1940. We are proud to have produced some very talented rugby players over the years, with many going on to higher honors; most notably our All Blacks John Major (1963-67), Dave Loveridge (1978-1985) and Chris Masoe (2005-2007). Since the introduction of the professional era, the club has been lucky enough to have many players consistently representing us at both provincial and Super Rugby level.
Over the years, the culture within our Club has evolved from a male dominated bastion in to a community orientated and family focused club with the goal of creating an environment where everyone feels welcome. The progress the club has made was highlighted in 2001 when Inglewood Senior Netball was welcomed into the club. As with rugby, a number of our netball players have represented us at provincial and national levels, with Erika Burgess earning a spot in the Silver Ferns squad in 2008. We currently have four Senior and ten Junior Rugby teams as well as four Senior Netball teams within the club, of which we look forward to watching grow in the future.