Sponsor the Wolfhounds
Competing at the highest level involves supporting player travel and maintaining the best pitches in the Midwest. Promoting player development begins with youth programs across our region, thru partnerships with local high school teams, in providing the Midwest collegiate players’ Overseas Rugby Experience Program, and much more. From simply cheering on any one of our teams at Brimelow Fields to adopting a player, there are numerous ways to get involved in Cincinnati rugby. Help us break the gain line. Donate today!
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Midwest Rugby Development Foundation
Incorporated in 1996, the Midwest Rugby Development Foundation works to increase the growth and awareness of Rugby and to further the development of amateur athletes by promoting educational rugby activities. As a 501(c)(3) entity, the MWRDF offers a unique opportunity for organizations to get involved in rugby. Your generosity assists directly in the training, preparation, and growth of rugby throughout Greater Cincinnati and help to provide a bright future for young athletes.
The Cincinnati Rugby Football Club cordially invites you to attend our annual winter banquet on. Please plan to join us as we celebrate the team’s accomplishments from the 2021 season, recognize player achievement, and congratulate this year’s CRFC Hall of Fame inductee. More information coming soon.
Annual Euchre Tournament to benefit the Midwest Rugby Development Foundation on. This charity event includes a double elimination tournament, raffle prizes, and split the pots. The venue will be showing football playoff games and offering drink and food specials.
Our Mission & Vision
Philosophy & Style of Play
The ‘Hounds are known and respected across the country for their fierce, hard-nosed style of play and the strenght and class of the organization.
Why Join Us?
Our Club is a family. We support player development from children to international players for both men and women. We have respect for people and the game. Finally, we play to the best of our abilities.
CRFC is the Premier Rugby Club in Ohio. Founded in 1974, the Club fields competitive teams in Men’s Division 1 Midwest Premiership, and Sevens Teams for both Men and Women. A very active over-35 Greyhound group ensures the history and culture of our Club are embodied. Since inception, the Wolfhounds remain one of only two teams in the Midwest Rugby Union to compete in Division I for their entire history.
CRFC maintains the premier rugby piches in the midwest - Brimelow Fields. We have two regulation-size picthes with natural grass, scoreboards, and stadium lights. Located near Cincinnati, Ohio it is easily accesible and accomodating. Several national tournaments are hosted there as well as club, college, and high-school events. Brimelow Fields: 6440 Stockton Rd. Fairfield, OH 45242
Our Clubhouse has hosted legends of the league and rugby in general. We host international players, Grayhounds, teams, and events throughout the year here. Some of our fondest memories have been made, and continue to be made, in this 5 bedroom house with a meeting room/bar in the basement. The huge back-yard hosts our socials and parties where we can bond with eachother and others.
The snack shack at Brimelow fields offers tasty, as well as healthy, treats along with meal-type options, drinks, and merchandise for patrons and players during game and tournament days. We have a liquor license that allows us to sell beer or daily memberships for beer as well. The snack shack is volunteer-operated and all income goes to club improvements.
- NO CARRY IN ALCOHOL
- ZERO TOLERANCE
- Any/all alcohol brought in will be confiscated upon entry.
- All confiscated alcohol will be kept on ice and enjoyed by the day’s volunteers after you have gone home
If caught with alcohol on property, you will be EJECTED and not refunded (parking / tournament entry / etc.)
1. You could try to pull the old, wait-till-the-tourney-is-done-and-then-breakout-the-beer-when-they-all go home. So, I guess, if you want to bring it in... Thanks, I guess, but your alcohol will be confiscated.
- Alcohol is for sale- You must be 21 to purchase alcohol.
NOTE: Helicopters are free… because that would be sweet!
- NO PARKING in driveways down the street, your vehicle will be ticketed and towed. Not by us. But they will gladly have you removed
1. We’re cool with dogs, as long as they’re on a leash and well behaved
2. Please remember to bring your own plastic bags for cleanup
3. Cats?? Cats are jerks and probably don’t like rugby anyway - they’re into tennis and crap like that… whatever, if you want to bring your cat, you can… same rules apply though.
4. Other animals? Don’t be that guy/girl and be the weirdo that brings a snake or lizard or something.
Do these rules seem familiar? Aside from the basic fact that this how almost EVERYONE runs a tournament, we did get some help. We liked the “House Rules” for the Firehouse 7s so much that we borrowed them for our tournament. Thank you, Chicago Blaze!
Our Teams & Programs
Men’s Division I
The DI Men’s team competes in the Midwest East League with fall and spring seasons starting in August and February, respectively.
Men’s Second Side
The Men’s Second Side competes in the Midwest League with fall and spring seasons starting in August and February, respectively.
The Women’s 7’s team competes in the Midwest 7’s circuit and the season starts in April. The season runs through August.
The store has all kinds of Wolfhounds gear, including t-shirts, dry-fits, sweatshirts, jackets, hoodies, shorts, scarves, and hats. The best part is, SquadLocker passes along 10% of every order directly to the club. Visit the link here to browse the store, Go Hounds!
Competing at the highest level involves supporting player travel and maintaining the best pitches in the Midwest. Promoting player development begins with youth programs across our region, through partnerships with local high school teams, in providing the Midwest collegiate players’ Overseas Rugby Experience Program, and much more. Help us break the gain line. Donate today!
Annual subscriptions determine Club privileges and certify participation at general meetings. Team members and Grayhounds can pay through our site. For specific information regarding Undergraduate or Overseas members, contact our Club Treasurer.
The Cincinnati RFC was founded in 1974 by members of the University of Cincinnati, Xavier University, and other local schools, with the objective of playing the highest level of rugby possible. The team, known as the Wolfhounds, currently competes in the Midwest East region of USA rugby.
The first team Wolfhounds have played in the Midwest Championship Tournament nineteen times and reached the national “sweet sixteen” five times, finishing fifth in 2005, fourth in 2007, and ninth in 2011. Success has also come frequently in non-league tournaments such as the Savannah, GA St. Patrick’s Day Tournament, recently winning the Premier division in 2015. The Wolfhounds have featured 5 USA Eagles national team players amongst its list of accomplished ruggers, including Luke Gross.
Midwest Championship Tourney Appearances
National Sweet Sixteen Appearances
USA Rugby National Team Eagle Players
Founded and have maintained a D1 team since
Hall Of Fame
In honor of those who have provided extraordinary service to the Club, on and/or off the pitch, for an extended period of time.
|Brian & Lois Brimelow|
Below is the list of Men that Captained the CRFC Wolfhounds on the field of play.
|Heidrich, Mark||2006||Eight Man|
|Heidrich, Mark||2005||Eight Man|
|Heidrich, Mark||2000||Eight Man|
|Heidrich, Mark||1999||Eight Man|
|Hassett, J.R.||1993||Scrum Half|
|Hassett, J.R.||1992||Scrum Half|
|Hassett, J.R.||1990||Scrum Half|
|Glassmeyer, Ken||1985||Fly Half|
|Burkhardt, Jake||1984||Eight Man|
|Barrett, Mike||1977||Eight Man|
|Shiels, Buck||1974||Fly Half|
Our current officers operating for the Club.
|Head Coach||Al Lucas|
|Club Captain||Drew Binegar|
|VP of Recruiting||Augie Murphy|
|VP of Fundraising||Tom Shutrump|
|Secretary/Marketing Chairmen||Cam McGoon and John Kuebler|
|Selectors||Sam McAninch and Nick Brett|
|Match Secretary||Phil Bryant|
|Social Chairman||Wendell Whitehead|
|Clubhouse Manager||Darryl Rice|
|Bar Manager||John Kuebler|
|Field Chairmen||Luke Pinkston and Brody Critzer|
Want to Join The Club?
Get involved with any of our teams, committees, Grayhounds, the Midwest Rugby Development Foundation, youth programs, and more by getting in touch with us. We would love to have you involved!