Ealing Rugby Club played its first match on Ealing Common in 1869, two years prior to the formation of the Rugby Football Union (RFU) in 1871. Ealing was started as a rugby club that embraced the Corinthian principles of fair play and moral values. The club situated itself across different areas of west London in the early 20th century, including Gunnersbury Park and Horsenden Hill, before finally settling at Trailfinders Sports Club, west Ealing in 1999.
Ealing’s centenary match against Harlequins preceded two decades of on-field success, including finishing top of London Division 1 in 1987 and winning three Middlesex Senior Cups in 1989, 1990 and 1994. Thereafter, the club underwent difficult times that ultimately contributed to the success it is today, with the move to Trailfinders Sports Club coming three years after relegation from London Division 1 in 1996.
The club itself is currently excelling on all fronts; with minis and juniors at all age levels, along with an established academy side with links to local colleges and universities that supply the next generation of talent to pull on the green and white Trailfinders shirt. The youth teams cater for children at all levels of ability and have players representing their respective county at all age group levels.
The first team take part in the Championship, the second tier of English rugby and compete for a place in the Gallagher Premiership. In recent years, the first team have been at the forefront of the club’s development, navigating their way through the English rugby system from playing in the National Division Three South in 2007/08 to reaching the Championship play off final against Saracens in 2021. With hopes of reaching the Premiership greater than ever, all efforts behind the scenes from coaches, staff, volunteers and fans are focused on making Ealing Trailfinders the best rugby club in the country.
Combined partnerships with national and local businesses, the club’s main partner in Trailfinders has enabled the thriving nature of the club over the last two decades with world-class facilities at Trailfinders Sports Club, a premier venue for sports in west London. Ealing Trailfinders intends to maintain its ‘one club’ ethos, ensuring that all members are integrated and share in the success and enjoyment of rugby at every level of the club, be it an individual team or the overall community that is Ealing Trailfinders Rugby Club.