Cleveland Rugby Represented in US Rugby Hall of Fame

Tom Selfridge (4th from right in back) with the Cleveland Blues

Tom Selfridge (4th from right in back) with the Cleveland Blues

A man who helped lay the ground work for what Cleveland rugby is today, Tom Selfridge, is being honored in Houston, Texas as part of the US Rugby Hall of Fame’s 2014 Class. Selfridge started his career in Cleveland and played around the world from there.

Here’s a brief bio on Selfridge and his rugby pedigree:

Tom Selfridge began playing rugby in 1969 as a wing/outside center for the Cleveland Blues RFC. He moved to Schenectady, NY in 1973 and was soon selected for Upstate New York and Eastern Rugby Union Select Sides at No. 8. Selfridge played five times for the United States National Team, including the Eagles’ first three test matches in the modern era. Off the playing field, Selfridge was President of the Cleveland Blues, Schenectady Reds, Windhover RFC, Upstate New York Rugby Union and the Eastern Rugby Union. He served on the Board of Directors for the Upstate NY Rugby Union, the Eastern Rugby Union, the United States of America Rugby Football Union and the United State Rugby Foundation. He managed ERU teams to Wales, Zimbabwe and Bermuda; was manager for the United States Eagles against Canada in 1988 and was instrumental in organizing the USA vs South Africa match in 1981.

Congratulations Tom. Hopefully, there will be more Cleveland rugby players in the future that follow the trajectory your career has taken and can use your achievements as inspiration and motivation.

This honor is just one more example of strong rugby coming from Cleveland.

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Stepping Out

The countdown to the official start of the 2014 Spring season is officially down to less than a week – six days until the Cleveland Eastern Suburbs Rugby Football Club comes out of hibernation and visits Cincinnati Wolfhounds.

The first game of the season, especially Spring, is always tough. Fortunately, this won’t be the first outdoor competition of the season for the Green Horde, who came in third place at this year’s pre-St. Patrick’s Day rugby tournament in Savannah, Georgia. The Wolfhounds aren’t a club to come into a match unprepared either. The Southern Ohio club was also at the Georgia tournament to defend their 2013 crown.

Both teams should be evenly matched in a season opener that will be a good tune-up for both teams. For the Green Horde, this will provide an effective gauge to see where they are in their fitness and execution as well as where they need to go if they want to be successful in their playoff match next month.

The Wolfhounds and Green Horde are no strangers. In the past they have traded players – first scrumhalf Brandon Wolfe and more recently utility forward Mark Viviani. Now, they will go toe-to-toe and see who comes out on top.

Stay tuned for highlights of this and future games. See you at the pitch.

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Congrats 2014 Six Nations Raffle Winners!

Our raffle was a big success this year. Thanks to everyone who participated; your support for the club and the entire Northeast Ohio rugby community is very much appreciated!

A special congratulations to our top prize winners:

  • Grand Prize:Lolita Johnson
  • Second Prize: Joe D’Alessandro
  • Third Prize: Ben Conklin

Cheers!

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