First 15s Session Down

A lot of new faces and a lot of the usual suspects showed up today. Glad to see everyone out and looking fit. Play was crisp and on point, with the new guys catching on quickly.

We’re on the right track for another strong successful Fall, but it’s not too late to join. If you’re interested in playing for Cleveland’s premier rugby team head to the Metro Peaks Pitch Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30pm. All are welcome. Directions are on the Practice page.

Keep up with the Cleveland Rugby Club as the Fall goes on and come take in a game or two.

See you at the pitch.


Fun Time Fitness with the NDC Boys

Just finished playing Take-A-Lap Sevens at Progressive with some of the Notre Dame College boys.

The youngsters put on a good showing, especially when the heavier players got hands on the ball. But the hands down MVP of the day was one Mark Derrickson, who managed to sneak his way past the opposing defense numerous times on the day.

We’ll be out again Thursday at 6:00pm, at the Progressive soccer complex, squeezing the last bit of 7s juice out of the summer before we get into 15s.

See you at the pitch.


Training Begins Soon

Training for 15s begins August 5 at the Metroparks Pitch. Sessions are Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning at 5:30pm.

“Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up, it knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the lion or a gazelle-when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.”

― Christopher McDougall, Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen


Change is on the Horizon

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, change is coming to Cleveland’s premier men’s rugby team. The men who have run riot throughout the Midwest as the Cleveland Eastern Suburbs Rugby Football Club are returning to their roots and changing their name back to the Cleveland Rugby Club. Be on the lookout for new logos, jerseys and swag of all kinds.

Don’t worry. The quality of rugby will be the same high-quality, high-impact style you have all become accustomed to.

Stay tuned for further developments!


It’s That Time of Season Again

The Rock n Roll 7s tournament is this weekend. While there is no Qualifier bracket, there is plenty of quality rugby to be seen. Come on out and take in a beautiful day and some intense 7s action. See you at the pitch!

Check out the brackets and schedule here

The tournament will be held at Kreuger Park in Mentor, Ohio again.


Mark Your Calendars!

That’s right folks, the Fall 15s schedule has been announced; and it’s going to start off with an old fashioned Cleveland derby. Here’s how it all looks as of now:

Fall 15s Fixtures:

8/23/14 @Cleveland Rovers
8/30/14 Off (Labor Day Weekend)
9/6/14 TBA
9/13/14 Dayton (Home)
9/20/14 @Indy
9/27/14 Tradesmen (Home)
10/4/14 Detroit RFC (Home)
10/11/14 @Pittsburgh
10/18/14 Indy (Home)
10/25/14 Cleveland Rovers (Home)
11/1/14 TBA
11/8/14 @Dayton
11/15/14 @Detroit RFC


Sevens Practices Moved to Different Location

Sevens practices will now be held at the Progressive Soccer Complex at 300 North Commons Blvd. Mayfield Village, OH 44143. Sessions will still be on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 6:00pm.



Closing Out the Spring Right

Over the Memorial Day weekend the ESRFC held their annual Old Boys game, when the members of the club that are more advanced in age and experience come out to play again with the younger, more active club members. A good time was had by all as Old Boys took to the field and sidelines to take in a good day of rugby on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. Thank you to everyone who made it out.

Old Boys Game 2014

Old Boys Game 2014


Sevens Season Set to Officially Start

Cleveland area rugby players looking to play high-level sevens this summer should join the CARPS (Cleveland Area Rugby Premier Side). The team will send a competitive side to all the Midwest qualifiers. If possible, a second side will accompany the competitive group to each tournament to participate in the Open or Social brackets. The fill slate of tournaments is posted on the Schedule page of the site and will be updated with the overall results of each tournament regularly.

Training sessions kick off this week. They will be Tuesdays and Thursdays on the Notre Dame College campus in South Euclid. Sessions will go from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

See you at the pitch.


Green Horde Keeps the Cup Again

When the ESRFC and Rovers kicked off over the weekend to contest the greatest prize in Ohio rugby it looked touch-and-go for a second there, but only for a second.

Leading up to the match, the Green Horde hadn’t done much quality preparation, having two slow weeks of practice and a weekend lull the weekend prior. For those two weeks, at every practice session, coach Randy Viviani urged his players to take practices seriously and not to under estimate the West side club. He warned, even right up to the first whistle, that if the Green Horde took their competition lightly that they would get embarrassed once the opposition took advantage and capitalized.

And, early on in the match the Rovers did just that. The Rovers drew first blood and crossed over the whitewash for a try, much to the delight of their supporters. The Green Horde was surprised but undeterred. They had been caught sleeping. They under estimated their opponents and, like Viviani had warned, the Rovers had taken advantage. Fortunately, the ESRFC started taking them seriously and switched on their game. The Green Horde ran their offensive system to near perfection. The West side club, who was already hurting due to injuries earlier in the season, got even more beaten up through the full 80-minute match. Whether the ball went out wide, stayed tighter or if it was taken right up the middle, the Green Horde just seemed to always have a leg up on their opposition. With a few hiccups here and there, everything seemed to be coming up roses for the Green Horde.

The home side fought back, though. Never ones to give up, they made a number of runs at the Green Horde line. One time, after a barrage of penalties the West side ruggers punched their way through the defenses to get over the line. The only problem was that one of the ESRFC forwards was under that ball, resulting in the score not counting and a scrum on the five-meter line. That was as close as they came to putting in another try.

Towards the end of the match, the high-scoring match got a little out of hand when a scuffle following a try by Nick Viviani almost came to blows. Fortunately, it was mostly pushing and shoving that resulted in players from each team being thrown in their respective sin bins. Unfortunately, it happened at all; and even worse is that there were young players on the sidelines to witness the ordeal. Heads cooled and the game continued on without incident.

In the end, the ESRFC won on the road, 64-7.

CORRECTION: The ESRFC will be wrapping up the season with an Old Boys Match on May 24 and starting sevens shortly after. Those players who choose to play for the CARPS, will begin practicing May 20 on the Notre Dame College campus. Practice sessions will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. The CARPS plan to attend all of the qualifier tournaments going on this summer throughout the Midwest, with a possible second side going into the social and open brackets. Stay tuned for results and details from the summer’s slate of games.

See you at the pitch.


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