Preston Grasshoppers Rugby Football Club
is a rugby union
team from Preston, Lancashire
. It was founded on 28 September 1869 at a meeting held at the Bull Hotel, Preston making one of the oldest 'northern' rugby union teams.
Grasshoppers' players who have progressed to bigger stages include A.N. Hornby
, the first man to captain both the English national rugby and cricket sides, Dick Greenwood and his son Will Greenwood
, later to play outside centre
, second row star Steve Borthwick
, captaining Bath
and playing a key role in the England international side, Wade Dooley
, who won 55 caps in the second row for England, and Paul Grayson
, who went on to play a number of games at fly half
. Other past players gaining England caps include Paul Grayson, Pat Sanderson, and Iain Balshaw.Norwich City
striker James Vaughan
, also played rugby union for the side before switching more permanently to football.
When the national league structure was introduced in the mid nineties Hoppers remained in National League 3 (North) until their promotion in the 1998-1999 season. This was achieved with the help of Australian Michael Lough and winger Ian Bruce who between them racked up over 50 tries.