Tis the Season

With the holidays upon us, there is so much to be thankful for. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or whatever, there is one thing that everyone can celebrate – the return to rugby. Indoor practices begin in one month’s time.

Sessions will be 7:00am at the FORCE location on Richmond (26555 Richmond Road Bedford Hts., Ohio 44146). We will be practicing Saturday mornings starting January 10.


Fall 2014 by the Numbers

Numbers never lie. Here’s what the numbers have to say about how the Cleveland Rugby Club disposed of the most recent season.**

364 – The Cleveland Rugby Club scored a total of 364 points this season.*

  • The Club amassed 90 points against the West side Mouth Breathers and 137 against Dayton in the two matches played against these opponents.

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    Cleveland Rugby Club celebrating a strong performance after a rugby match.

  • The team put up an average of 40 points a match.

6-2-1 – The Club ended the season with six wins, two losses and a tie. The season started off slowly, with the team only taking home two wins out of the opening five matches. After the halfway point of the season, the Club tore through the rest of their schedule.

33 – The Club was awarded 33 points in the Midwest standings for their performance throughout the fall, landing them in second place behind the undefeated Detroit Tradesmen.

35 – The gap between the Club and the Tradesmen was 35 points, the closest anyone got to stropping them this year. The Club was also the one of three teams to hold the Tradesmen to under 60 points.

7 – That’s the number of new players that joined the Club this season. Thank you for your contributions Trent, Taryn, Joe, Dilbert, PJ, Q and Paul for becoming a part of our team this season.

*Overall score numbers affected by the forfeit by the Impalas and do no include scores from the rescheduled match against Detroit RFC.
**All numbers are taken from the USA Rugby Stats Web site.


The Rugby Ball Celebrates 50 Years of Rugby in the City

Join the Cleveland Rugby Club as we celebrate 50 years of rugby in our fair city. On Saturday, November 22, the Cleveland rugby community will gather at the Inter Continental Hotel to celebrate our sport’s history in the city and look towards its future. The Rugby Ball is a black tie optional occasion and set to be the social event of the year for the rugby community.

Here’s a list of all the amazing speakers that have been assembled to spend the evening with the city’s rugby community. Here are their bios, in brief:

Tom Selfridge: Cleveland native and USA Rugby Hall of Fame Inductee, USA Eagle Player and Manager, USA Rugby Executive Board

Nigel Melville: Current CEO of USA Rugby and former scrum half and captain of the English national XV.

Dr. John Bergfeld: The founder of rugby in Cleveland, John is also a highly acclaimed orthopedic surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic and former team doctor for the Cleveland Browns.

Dan Arbeznick: Northeast Ohio youth and high school rugby developer, St. Ignatius High School Coach and Manager, and Ohio referee.

This line-up of speakers covers rugby from the past, present and into the future. Hear what all the voices from every era of Cleveland rugby have to say about their experiences and the state of the sport in the Cleveland area.


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