Terry Curtler, the founder of James River was a member of Richmond RFC in the spring of 1969. A touring side from Richmond, England was scheduled to play an A/B&C match with Richmond, VA at City Stadium.
Curtler was selected to play in the B side match, but arrived just as the game was to begin, so he settled for playing in the C side match. As the B side match ended, Curtler walked on the pitch but was told he wasn't going to play, that he had been replaced by someone who had played in one of the two earlier matches.
The idea of James River RFC wasn't born until that night at the party for the English visitors. Curtler and Ed Lee, then a member of Richmond RFC, got into a dispute, and Curtler decided at that instant that Richmond, Virginia needed two rugby clubs. He announced that he was forming a new rugby club in Richmond . His decision to start this club and several more clubs after James River not only improved the game of rugby in Richmond, but also throughout the state of Virginia.
Bleed Blue and Green!
It was decided that since Richmond RFC was named after the city, the new club should take the name of another area landmark. The mighty and historic James River, the avenue for the foundation of this country was a perfect fit. Additionally, the fact that the river divides the city offered another reason as the new club was looking to start fresh, separate from the old.