The Austin Blacks Rugby Club was founded in the spring of 1967, the first club in the Southwestern United States. Later that year they played the first match in Texas, defeating Baylor Medical School of Houston. ARC has since gone on to record many other rugby “firsts” in the years following the inaugural match: 1969, hosted the first tournament; 1971, founding member of the Texas Rugby Union; 1972 hosted the first touring side to Texas – Club Champagnat of Buenos Aires; 1978, became the first rugby club in the United States to purchase its own grounds; 1985 built a clubhouse and is still one of only two rugby clubs in the United States with their own clubhouse and grounds.
In July 1992, ARC incorporated and began a reorganization of the club structure and perspective, seeking to expand its stature within the community. By 1994 ARC has created a truly corporate organization focused on community activities, charitable work and a closer corporation and involvement with the business community in Austin. In August 1994, Austin installed its first water sprinkler system on field 1 and then field 2 and 3 within the next 2 years. Having remodeled and improved the interior of our clubhouse provides a professional and comfortable environment suitable for corporate picnics and other community recreational activity use such as soccer, lacrosse, little league football, and more.