RK Speed

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RK Speed
Full name Rugbyklubben Speed
Founded 31 March 1949
Location Kastrup, Copenhagen, Denmark
Chairman Jørgen Larsen [1]
Coach(es) Kaare Frandsen [2]
Henrik Shengor
Team kit

RK Speed is a Danish rugby club in Kastrup, Copenhagen on the island of Amager. They are the oldest rugby club in Denmark.


In 1947-48 after the Second World War a group of young Danes, who had served in the British Army learnt the rules of rugby.

They met again in Copenhagen after their return, and decided to start a rugby club that would take the name of “Ex-Army”. Their rivals were mainly visiting teams from Great Britain and then the Police Rugby Club, formed in 1948–49 by Eigil Hemmert Lund, who also founded the DRU (Danish Rugby Union).

During the beginning of 1949, the veteran soldiers were not meeting as regularly as the previous years, so they did not play as much, however, rugby had already stuck with other locals who were interested in continuing playing. Therefore, all interested in giving rugby some continuity were invited to a meeting on March 31, 1949.

A good mix of people was present that day, both new players that wanted to become club members, and a few of those former soldiers who wanted to keep on playing rugby.

They decided they had to change the club’s name and narrowed down the possibilities to two names. Since they could not decide on one, they made it a democratic choice, putting both names in a piece of paper and then inserting the pieces in a man's hat, the paper that was to be picked would be the final name of the club. That is how RK Speed took its name, and was later founded.

The club was established in 1949 and has played senior-level rugby in Denmark since its formation, becoming the oldest Danish club, even a day older than the Danish Rugby Union, formed by Eigil Hemmert Lund on April 1 of 1949, although established in 1950.

RK Speed has been one of the most successful clubs in Danish Rugby ever since.

  • 11 Danish Championships
  • 3 Cup Trophy’s
  • 1 Nordic Championship

are amongst others, the clubs honours.

Actual International Capped Players[edit]

  • Denmark Oliver Le Roux
  • Denmark Johannes Mackeprang


  1. ^ PlayRugby.dk
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2012-05-03. 

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