Harrogate Rugby was formed back in 1871. The first ever match, played against Leeds was on 16th December 1871 on the area currently known as the West Park Stray.
Although Harrogate were defeated, they learned the game quickly and remained unbeaten for the first four seasons until 1876.
The 1st team has always been in the National Leagues and currently play at National 2 Level. In addition the club caters for all levels of rugby and has been a breeding ground for many talented rugby players coming through the ranks.