Welcome to the home of the Pirates clubhouse
The Edmonton Rugby Football Club is the oldest club in the Edmonton Rugby Union having been established in 1953. Based in North Edmonton, the Pirates field teams for Men, Women and Junior players of all ages and abilities.
We have a large modern clubhouse and three full size pitches which we use to run our wide range of rugby programs. We welcome both experienced and new players.
Besides rugby programs, the Pirates also offer a warm friendly atmosphere and a vibrant social line up throughout the year.
If you are a long-time rugby player or you are just starting to play, come out to a practice and see what the Pirates can offer you!
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ERU Youth Skill Sessions — Starting Soon!

January 10th, 2017


Rugby Resolutions

January 1st, 2017

New Year’s Resolutions.  Love them or hate them, they are a tradition as old as the Babylonians, who used to promise the gods to repay their debts and return items borrowed from others.  While resolutions are often reserved for the individual, the Edmonton Rugby Football Club does have some lofty goals for the 2017 season – developing a more diverse social climate, running a second senior women’s team, rebuilding our men’s program, and growing rugby in our junior ranks.  When searching for examples of the ‘best’ rugby programs for inspiration, there is no doubt the All Blacks would clearly be considered top dog using many metrics: they have never ranked lower than third in the World Rugby rankings, they are the winners of the most World Cups, holding three championships, and they were the first to successfully defend a World Cup championship title.  But even the best clubs go through transitions.  In 2003, the All Blacks faced their lowest world ranking, forcing the program go through an overhaul.  The basic premise was ‘better people make better All Blacks’. The results speak for themselves: other than a couple of periods between 2007 and 2009, the All Blacks have been first in the world rankings.  The strategies implemented by the organization were outlined in Legacy: 15 Lessons in Leadership, written by James Kerr, who followed the team in early 2010.   If you’re looking for some inspiration for your own rugby resolutions, grab the book, or check out this summary blog by Gavin Hickie.

There is an intimate link between individual attitude and club or team success.  The culture of the All Blacks is summed up in two words: ‘No Dickheads.’  They have a team-first policy.  Their values funnel down from that statement and are enforced by the members themselves.  For 2017, some of the board members have decided to share their resolutions for promoting a club culture we can all be proud to be a part of.  See if you can match the resolution with the board member!

To be more punctual for practices and games. To let cooler heads prevail on the field and let go of disagreements with referees.

To finish every project I start.  I have too many half completed projects.

To introduce myself to any new players I see at the club.

To contribute to club unity by bringing back more social events.

To focus on three basic principles: inclusiveness, competition, and success.

To make sure no one goes alone, on or off the field.

To grow my capacity as a leader, as well as others, and develop a stronger connection between the men’s and women’s programs.

To encourage volunteerism within the club by acting as a model of it myself and publicly acknowledging the contributions of others.

Wishing all of our friends and family the best in the coming New Year.  We look forward to sharing our success stories with you as we take the pitch.

- Rex


Terry Smyrl (1948-2016)

November 29th, 2016

We have received word that a former Pirate, Terry Smyrl, has recently passed away.  Terry played with the Pirates in the 1970′s.  His obituary link is below.


2016 Awards Banquet

September 29th, 2016

The 2016 Banquet is scheduled for October 29th at the Kingsway Legion.

Ticket Pricing

Early Bird Price (Now-Oct 7th) – $40
October 8th-22nd – $50
Couples Package – 2 for $80 (Available until Oct 22nd)

Contact Jordan at Jordanwithers@hotmail.com for more information

Banquet and Awards 2014

November 13th, 2014

Thanks to all who attended this years banquet.  The following awards were handed out after dinner:

Junior Girls MVP: Kylie Zazula

Junior Boys MVP: David Chmiel

Women’s Rookie of the Year: Cheris Blair

Men’s Div III Rookie of the Year: Jordan Withers

Men’s Div II Rookie of the Year: Robert Burstall

Women’s MIP: Sabrina Hewitt

Men’s Div III MIP: Chris Quinn

Men’s Div II MIP: John Rota

Women’s MVP: Karlee Walters

Men’s Div III MVP: Rob Engels

Men’s Div II MVP: Clay Brower and Will Grady

Disco Cheetah: Jen Minchau

Pig of the Year: Mark Grenier

Barf Killips: Jordan Withers and Dylan Orr

Clubperson of the Year: John Rota

Sportsman of the Year: Levi Fournel


ERU Banquet and Awards

October 28th, 2014

All Pirates: Interest in the ERU Banquet:
The ERU holds their AGM and banquet on November 15 this year. The 3rd Div men will be receiving their plaque for winning cities at the ceremony. If you are interested in attending, tickets are $40 as we already have over 8 people committed. AGM is at 2 pm, cocktails at 6 and dinner at 7.

We have a bunch of the women going this year already, so it would be awesome to see a bunch of the guys come out too.

For more information, please email Michelle Maycock, or you can purchase your tickets directly through Carmen at erp@edmontonrugby.com or 780-988-5245.

ERU Champions — Div 3 Men

October 9th, 2014

Congratulations to the Div 3 Men on their successful season.  After winning the ERU championship at the end of September, they put the boots on one last time in Calgary to challenge for the provincial title.  Sadly, it was a loss, albeit a close one, with only 2 points separating them from the winning Calgary Canucks.  Thank you for all your hard work this season!  We look forward to another exceptional season of rugby in 2015!ERU Champions

2014 Banquet Tickets

October 9th, 2014

Time is running out to get your banquet tickets.  Please contact Melissa Dziwenko to get yours.

AGM 2014 Results

October 9th, 2014

The AGM has come and gone and with it a new board for 2015 has been selected.  Please see the contact page for the list of board members.

Banquet and Awards 2013

October 16th, 2013

Thanks to all the Pirates and their friends and family who showed up to celebrate another great season of Pirates Rugby.  Below is the list of award winners for those who could not be there.

Junior Boys MVP: Tyree Quintal

Junior Girls MVP: Sara Cline

Women’s Rookie: Jessica Kampjes

Women’s MIP: Sara Rehberg

Women’s MVP: Sara Haring

Disco Cheetah: Veronica Haring

Men’s Rookie: Jarret Barton

Div 3 Men’s MIP: Tyler Hancock

Div 3 Men’s MVP: Nick Rumbles

Div 2 Men’s MIP: Paul Hokansson

Div 2 Men’s MVP: Tom Toma

Pig of the Year: John Vizza

Barf Kilips: Michael West

Sportsman of the Year: Sara Haring

Clubperson of the Year: Alexa Fleming