Tanglin Rugby Club (TRC) has come a long way from its’ beginnings in the corner of a muddy field in 2005. The handful of kids has turned into approximately 900, 3 to 18 years old playing touch and contact rugby each week. TRC exists due to the hard work of its member volunteers who run a non-profit, professional and ever developing rugby club in Singapore.
TRC’s mission is to provide kids the best possible start in ‘Rugby for Life’ encompassing TRC rugby values and sportsmanship. TRC alumni can be found in schools, clubs and representative sides across all parts of the world, all who are still members of the TRC family.
We are a registered society in Singapore and are also an affiliated member of the Singapore Rugby Union (SRU).
TRC will provide the best rugby and touch to ALL.
Commitment To Learning
Every Head Coach and age group Coach is World Rugby (IRB) Level 1 / Level 2 qualified. All coach training is free and TRC has established coach-the-coach initiatives and continued learning opportunities. Equally applied is to referee training where courses are at club cost, and TRC practice matches scheduled to allow new referees to fine-tune their craft in a more relaxed environment. Any parent or youth player who has an interest in coaching or refereeing will have the support of the club.
Commitment To New Development
TRC leads the growth of girls contact rugby in Singapore. A few years ago on the back pitch at TRC, we had ten girls training and learning to play contact rugby. Today, through the hard work and enthusiasm of our club members, support from the SRU and other Singapore clubs there are over 100 girls playing contact rugby across five age groups. Since 2017, girl’s rugby has grown so fast teams have played in the TRC Cup, Centaurs, SCC and Titans tournaments, and teams have been on rugby tours to Hong Kong, Bali, and Cambodia. TRC also host the Girls Rugby TRC Cup and have done so annually since 2017 (Covid breaks in 2020 and 2021).
Commitment To Touch Rugby For All
TRC has played a key role in the growth of Touch Rugby in Singapore, supporting the Touch Association of Singapore (TAS), the formation of a new governing body Touch Singapore (TSG) and helping other clubs become established. TRC hosts the annual TRC Touch Trophy, which in 2019 had 70 teams from across Asia and Australia participate.
Commitment To Our Parents
It’s not only the children’s rugby and touch development we support but also our PARENTS! Every Sunday we have parent groups who train to compete in the TSG League. Read all about our parent and coach teams Touch MAD, Coffin Dodgers and Old Dogs, New Tricks HERE.
Commitment To Our Players
TRC holds 4 major tournaments a year all through the efforts of our volunteers. In 2019 we successfully held the TRC Junior Cup in May, the TRC Cup in September, the Clifford Chance Touch Trophy in October, and the Singlife Girls Rugby TRC Cup in December. Along with TRC hosted tournaments, we also participate in a number of overseas tours and tournaments through the year.
At TRC we provide extra specialised training sessions through the TRC Rugby Academy run by the TRC Club Head Coach. At regular times during the year guest coaches also provide our players additional skills training be it either rugby or touch. We have had International Sevens player, Dan Norton train our senior players, and Todd Mills and Andrew Moylan, travelling from Australia to train with our touch players.
Commitment To Our Community
Through member’s fundraising, TRC brought kids from Kampuchea Ballop (Cambodia) and Futurehope (India) to play rugby in Singapore with enormous success on and off the pitch, an enriching experience for children on both sides and raising funds and awareness for the NGOs.
Commitment To Fun!
The social side of a rugby club is promoted with several annual events including a Dinner and Dance, a Curry & Quiz Night, Awards Ceremony and Family Fun Day.
Specialised role of Club Head Coach (World Rugby Level 3) who oversees all rugby age groups and is Head Coach of the U15 and U17 players.
All age groups coaches are minimum World Rugby Level 1 (and a number are Level 1 qualified referees).
Our parents have varied and distinguished playing careers. Some are still playing rugby and touch on a regular basis, while others have played at the very highest levels, being ex International and/or Professional rugby and touch players.
We encourage all our coaches to further their coaching knowledge by attending World Rugby courses run by the SRU.
Every year we invite guest trainers to run our very own coach the coaches sessions.