The Las Vegas Blackjacks Rugby Football Club (Las Vegas Blackjacks RFC) is a rugby union team based in Las Vegas, Nevada. They were members of the Southern California Rugby Football Union and competed in the Senior Men’s 1st (Red) Division of USA Rugby. The highest Nevada based rugby club on the United States ladder, they used to play their home games at Sunset Park in southeastern Las Vegas.
The Blackjacks finished in fourth place at the USA Rugby Nationals – Division 1 Tournament and won their first SCRFU Regular Season title in 2008. The Blackjacks won the regular season again in 2009 and made it to the National Final where they lost to the Gentlemen of Aspen. Redemption was found in 2010 as the boys claimed the nation’s top prize with a win in the national final against Belmont Shore.
The Las Vegas Rugby Club was established in 1976, following a newspaper advertisement to recruit players for a local rugby club. The Blackjacks have reached the National Final 4 competition three times since 2006 and were the national runner-up in 2009.
In 2010, LVRC signed a player development agreement with Orion Sport and they signed Seta Tuilivuka to the Top 14 side, Montpellier Hérault RC. The agreement with Montpellier will have the French side sending young players to play with LVRC during France’s off-season, while allowing amateur players with the Blackjacks the opportunity to play top-level professional rugby.
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