East Dorset Rugby Club was known as Portcastrians until 2003. Under guidance from the RFU the name was changed to attract more local players and sponsorship; a decision that has worked well to achieve both.
Portchester School games master Niel Grant founded the club in 1966. Matches were first played at Merrick Park in the centre of Bournemouth, with local pubs being used for post game socialising. The main haunt of those early years was the Cricketers Arms in Springbourne.
Club membership grew and in 1979 and a Sunday team was established, made up from Portcastrian and Bournemouth Rugby Club members. These links remain today with regular fixtures between the two clubs.
1990 was the year that saw the club moved from Merrick Park to the new ground at Iford Playing Fields. A disused clubhouse was soon turned into a rugby club, with players and supporters soon building a bar, seating area and kitchen, and so enabling the members to have the basics on what any rugby club is built on.
The Portcastrian Vets side plays approx 6 fixtures a season with the emphasis being very much on playing hard and then enjoying some beer!