The Club was formed by a group of enthusiasts in 1950 and is celebrating it's 60th Anniversary this season.

Throughout the formative years games were played in Higham Ferrers. The first headquarters was The Green Dragon Hotel with a changing room in the converted stables at the rear of the hotel.


After much searching the club moved "over the hill" into Rushden.

In 1969 there was another move to the present ground at Manor Park.

In fifty years a club has been built which is the envy of many rugby clubs throughout the East Midlands. 

It has been built through hard work and dedication of members who have laid the foundations of an organisation that is bound to continue for many years.

The club now has an established clubhouse with three pitches, extensive changing and showering facilities, treatment room and social areas.

At Rushden & Higham RUFC the main aims follow a simple and concise structure of continued growth and accessibility to all members of the local community.

The club realises that retaining an amateur styled club, managed on a professional basis by volunteers, is the key route to survival and growth.

The club currently fields three senior squads, a Colts squad, a Ladies squad and a Mini and Junior section that has teams from under 7's to U17.

As a result the club has had many representative players throughout its history up to England U19's, U18's and Colts squads, and currently we have players in various East Midland Rugby Union and County Schools squads.

The most important area of the club's commitment is that of: -

"ensuring that the games is played to the highest level by all players, 
in the traditional spirit of the game"

With this attitude the club will continue to be successful, and fulfil the requirements of its players and members.

The main aim of Rushden & Higham RUFC is: -

"To ensure the continued growth and success of rugby football within the local community, and to allow access to the playing of rugby football to the widest spectrum of the community possible.

We aim to continue to build a club, that is a family club, under the control of all its members".



East Midlands Champions

1971 - 72

1983 - 84


East Midlands Division II Champions

1991 - 92


East Midlands Division 1 Runners-up

2001 - 02


Midlands 4 East (South) Champions

2002 - 03


East Northants Cup Finalists

1972 - 73

1973 - 74

1974 - 75

1977 - 78

1982 - 83

1983 - 84

1986 - 87

1987 - 88

1990 - 91

2002 - 03


Jubilee Cup Winners (2nd XV)

2003 - 04




I. A. Lutter - England 19 Group 1974

M. J. Ord - England 18 Group 1988 & England Colts 1989

M. Wright - England 18 Group 1990 & England Colts 1991




The Rugby Union

East Midlands Rugby Union

East Midlands Rugby Union Referees Society

East Northants Rugby Union