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Burgess Hill Rugby Football Club

Burgess Hill Rugby Football Club
Union Rugby Football Union
Nickname(s) Sussex All Blacks
Founded 1868
Location Burgess Hill, England
League(s) Sussex Spitfire 1
Official website

Burgess Hill Rugby Football Club or BHRFC, known as the Sussex All Blacks,[1] is a rugby union club in Sussex, England.[2][3] The team currently fields a 1st XV in the Sussex Spitfire 1 league,[4] and a 2nd XV in the Sussex 'Oranjeboom' 2 West league.[5]

The team is based at the Southway Recreation ground, on Poveys Close, Burgess Hill, which is owned and managed by Mid Sussex District Council.[6]


The club was formed in late 1961 and the first game was played towards the end of the 1961-2 season away to Hove Yeoman (3rd XV), winning the game 28-0. The first matches were played in a white and blue kit, but at the end of the season the club voted to move to an all black strip.[7]

The first full season was in 1962-3 and the team was based at the Fairfield recreation ground, with social aspects being undertaken at the Kings Head public house. The social venue moved on to the Potters and then to the Junction Inn until a permanent club house was built in 1970 at the Southway recreation ground, where the club is based to this day.[7]


The team has consistently played in the Sussex RFU leagues, posting its highest ever league finish in the 2010-11 season, coming second in the Sussex Division 1, although missing out on promotion in the playoff against Sheppey Rugby Football Club.[8][9] In the same year the team won the knockout Sussex Shield competition[9][10] and the Maastrich International 10s tournament.[11]

External links

  • Official Burgess Hill RFC website


  1. ^ "Councillors agree strategy for new Burgess Hill homes". Mid Sussex Times. 2009-10-22. 
  2. ^ "Twickenham dream is still alive for three Sussex clubs". The Argus. 2006-12-12. 
  3. ^ "Sports Clubs". Burgess Hill Town Council. 
  4. ^ "Match by Division: Sussex Spitfire 1".  
  5. ^ "Two West Table". Sussex Rugby Football Union. 2010-01-30. 
  6. ^ "Southway Recreation Ground". Mid Sussex District Council. 
  7. ^ a b "Club History". Burgess Hill Rugby Football Club. Retrieved 2010-02-11. 
  8. ^ "Playoff ends a successful season but Sheppey just a bridge too far". Burgess Hill Rugby Football Club. 
  9. ^ a b "Sussex All Blacks muscled out in their big finish to the season". Mid Sussex Times. 
  10. ^ "Burgess Hill WIN Sussex Shield". Burgess Hill Rugby Football Club. 
  11. ^ "BHRFC win the Maastrich International 10's Tournament". Burgess Hill Rugby Football Club. 

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