Belmont Shore Women’s Rugby Club began in 1974 as one of
the first women’s clubs in California and an offshoot of
the Belmont Shore Men's Rugby Club. Since their inception, the
Landsharks have been a perennial power in the Southern California
Women's Rugby Football Association.
In 1981 the Belmont Shore Women's Rugby Club went on its first
major tour and earned the first place seed for the Pacific Coast
region in the National Championships in Chicago. With a fine display
of hard-hitting and free-flowing California style rugby, the Belmont
team emerged as 1981 National Rugby Champions. The club won its
second National Championship in Minnesota in 1991.
In recent years, the Landsharks have continued to make their mark
on Southern California rugby. They have been finalists in 22 out
of 30 major tournaments they have entered in California and Arizona
and the club’s members have pulled in eleven MVP awards
at major tournaments, toured New Zealand, and played for the U.S.
Eagles in the 1990 inaugural Rugby World Cup.
The Landsharks are currently working their way back to the National
title. The Belmont side consists of 24-30 women between the ages
of 18 and 51 with an average experience level of six years.