Old Priorian RFC
Sponsor Mike Dias
Originally formed by old boys of St Benedict’s School, Ealing, the OPRFC now attracts all local rugby players with over 30% of our membership coming from non-old boys. It has a long history dating back to the 1960’s and beyond when it regularly fielded a strong rugby side in a Sunday league.
The club survived through the 1970’s before experiencing somewhat of a stop-start existence during the 1980’s and early 1990’s. In 1998 the inaugural OP 7’s tournament was played. It invited “age-group” based teams of old boys to enter and has been a successful annual tournament ever since attracting over 300 supporters and players.
By 2002 the OPRFC played a few matches based at the Barclays Bank Playing Fields without having entered a league system. The endeavour faded, based as it was upon two key age groups who were soon split across the country at various Universities.
The re-formation of the OPRFC was announced in May 2008 with an immediate view to enter a team into a league and cup structure for the 2008/09 season. A full review of the clubs previous formations was undertaken and the following key points were outlined to make the club a success.
The club aimed, and continues to aim, to build upon the success and strength of St Benedict’s, Ealing as a prominent rugby school. Following five years of successive Daily Mail Cup achievement in reaching at least the 6th Round (including an U15 Cup victory in 2005, U18 Semi-Final in 2007 and U18 Runners-Up in 2008) the club aims to make the most of the friendships formed at school and allow Old Priorians to continue to play rugby during a Gap Year, whilst at University and beyond.
OPRFC is here to provide a club in the local area for players seeking a fun, friendly, amateur and competitive rugby club. This club is not a closed club and at the moment 30% of our membership didn't go to St. Benedict's school.