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.