The Inline Framing Sharks RFC were founded in 2010 in readiness for the inaugural John Smith’s Super IV’s season. Those early years of rugby on the rock proved a tough period for the Sharks, as they sought to establish themselves in a Super IVs competition that was dominated by the three other sides. Although struggling on the pitch, the comradery and togetherness shown off the field helped the Sharks build up a strong core that helped bring new faces in, and likewise helped develop existing players that are still at the club today.
After years of finishing in the wooden spoon place, the 2012/13 season would finally prove a breakthrough year for the club. In what many would call one of the best games of rugby seen on the rock for years, The Sharks beat league winners The Buccaneers to claim a maiden cup success to cement both respective side’s place at Gibraltar rugby’s top table.
With both teams tied at full time the game moved into the golden score period. In front of great Sharks support (including the newly formed Sharkets), Welsh fly-half Gareth Corcoran wrote himself into Sharks folklore by bursting through the Bucs’ back line for both the winning try and the Sharks’ maiden piece of silverware.
That success provided the platform and the springboard for the historic double the season after, which saw the Sharks becoming the first ever side to successfully defend the cup. That Sharks side will go down in Gibraltar rugby history as one brimming with international class however, it proved the peak of the Sharks’ powers with several moving on at the end of the season and the club in transition thereafter.
After spending two years in the wilderness, the Sharks returned to the ascent of Gibraltar Rugby in 2017 with a penalty from Gibraltar international fullback and recent recruit Jonathan Reyes seeing Sharks beat the Buccaneers with the last kick of the game. That 19-17 success saw the club win a first piece of silverware in three years and saw the culmination of so much hard work behind the scenes by John Howard, Scott Kay, Chris Griffin and more, help re-shaping a side that was decimated by players moving on through either leaving the rock, retirements or injuries.
It has taken time for the Sharks to return to former glories but with a strong core of young, hungry and enthusiastic players, the future looks bright for the Inline Framing Sharks.