Doha RFC History

The club had the typical start of many Gulf expatriate clubs. Some like-minded, mainly British expatriate workers started throwing a rugby ball around. An "official" club was formed in 1974 and was known as the Qatar Rugby Union Football Club. It is one of the oldest clubs of any type in Qatar and one of the oldest rugby clubs in the Arabian Gulf.

The club originally used a sand pitch in West Bay which has since been covered in large office blocks.

The club's name was later changed to Qatar Rugby Football Centre for legal reasons. To all we are just "The Rugby Club".

In 1974 the AGRFU was formed and the club was a founder member of the organisation.

In 1977 the club moved to its present site and slowly but surely the facilities have improved, from laying a grass pitch in 1998 to putting in a 4G pitch and stand and shop in 2016.

Today our membership is representative of the many nationalities resident in Qatar and includes a thriving minis and youth section.

The club currently fields 2 senior mens teams, a veteran mens team, two ladies teams and a full range of junior sides from under 19 years to under 6 years. In addition to Rugby there is a thriving netball league who make full use of our netball courts, the 4G pitch has become very popular with 5 aside footballers, and there are many keep fit classes which take place at DRFC throughout the week.

DRFC is always a favorite venue for rugby and football playing naval and military forces visiting Qatar. During the run up to the 2006 Doha Asian games, the club was pleased to offer training facilities and many trial matches to the Qatar national Rugby Team