Grand Rapids Rugby

About Grand Rapids Rugby Club Project

Established In 1978

The history of the Grand Rapids Gazelles RFC dates back to the spring of 1978. Ed Teliczan was playing with the Kalamazoo Harlequins and decided to start his own team in Grand Rapids. Success quickly followed for the club, and we have since acquired several national championships in both 15’s and 7’s play. The Gazelles compete in club competition regulated by USA Rugby. Currently we have a Men’s Division III. The Men’s Division III side are nationally ranked, and compete for National Titles each year.

No experience is needed to join. We host a Division 2 side. This means that there is plenty of opportunity for everyone to play on game day, regardless of skill, age, or athleticism. With two sides, we still practice as one unit; this allows for new comers to gain valuable insight and experience from more seasoned players.

Additionally, the Grand Rapids Gazelles are passionate about giving back to the Grand Rapids and West Michigan communities, as well as the local rugby scene. The club regularly participates in community engagement throughout West Michigan, facilitates fundraising events, and contributes back to the sport. We have partnered with several organizations including: The Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Patient Assistance Fund for the Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at Spectrum Health, the Humane Society of West Michigan, the Grand Rapids Parks & Recreation Department, the Michigan Youth Rugby Association, The West Michigan Sports Commission, the West Michigan Rugby Association, and Unreal Fitness. For more information regarding the Grand Rapids Gazelles, please reach out to

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