Lloyd’s RFC was started in the mid 1920’s primarily to play an annual match against the London Stock Exchange. The club lay dormant until after the Second World War when it was revived with its original objective in view, namely, to play an annual match against the Stock Exchange. The sale of programmes for the matches succeeded in raising quite a substantial sum each year for the Royal British Legion and the sums so subscribed were always donated to the disabled.
It was found useful to have, if possible, a practice match before selecting a side to play the Stock Exchange and this has gradually grown so that now the club plays a number of matches each year against other City Institutions including The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and The London Stock Exchange. The club went from strength to strength, leading to the very first Lloyd’s Rugby Tour to Paris in 1976. As the club’s success continued to grow, its members were able to broaden their horizons even further on trips as far afield as the USA, Far East and Australasia.
As the club settles into the 21st Century, its adaptation to the rigours of the professional game has been a successful one. The club has revisited the USA and Singapore, and also ventured to the fresh pastures of Chile, China and Argentina. Lloyd’s Rugby Club is also becoming a familiar face at the Bermuda Rugby Classic, where global insurance market meets international rugby. The club was honoured to open the ceremony in 2008 and narrowly defeated a strong Bermudian side as a curtain-raiser to the 2010 final.
Lloyd’s Rugby Club are also strong contenders in the London City League Championship, having won the title in 2008 and 2010. Recently the club has seen extremely strong support from both the more experienced Lloyd’s stalwarts, and an encouragingly large number of younger members demonstrating an abundance of skill on the field and dedication to the LRFC culture off it. To this end, we are optimistic that the club’s ongoing successes will be plentiful and that its historic contribution to the London insurance market will continue long into its centenary.