Legacy of Success
The Potomac Exiles are Washington DC’s premier Division One Men’s Rugby Club, competing in USA Rugby’s Mid-Atlantic Conference and located in the Washington DC Metro area. The club was formed in the fall of 2014, when two former rivals, the Potomac Athletic Club (based in Washington DC) and Maryland Exiles (based in Bethesda and Silver Spring, Maryland), set aside the bruised shoulders and ribs, and decided to join forces.
The Maryland Exiles Rugby Club formed in 1993 when three local clubs joined forces: The Maryland Old Boys (MOB), Old Red Rugby Club, and Montgomery County Rugby Club. Since 1993, the Maryland Exiles Rugby Club has toured England, Sri Lanka, Grand Cayman, and conducted national tours of Chicago and Aspen. In 1994 and 2001, the Exiles took second in the National Club Sevens Championship.
The Potomac Athletic Club (PAC) traces its origins to two of the oldest rugby clubs in the Mid-Atlantic, the George Washington Rugby Football Club and Sudamericano Rugby Football Club, both founded in Washington, DC in 1967 and 1969 respectively. In 1988 these two teams merged to form the Potomac Athletic Club. In 1993, PAC made their first appearance in the national final four, finishing 3rd. In 1995 PAC returned to the final four and won the USA Men’s Division 1 National Championship. A perennial in the national club championship playoffs, PAC established itself as a top ranked premier club in the United States and one of the dominant teams in the North East.
Rugby and Brotherhood
Rugby is a sport highlighted by the bond between teammates as well as opposing players. One of the core values of the game is respect and you can expect to leave the field with a greater amount for any person who stepped on the field for battle. At the Exiles we make sure to take time off the field to celebrate the brotherhood that comes from the hard work and dedication given to the game on the field.