The Toledo Celtics RFC was founded in 1974 originally as a collegiate men’s club at the University of Toledo. After aging out of college eligibility Mike Fosnaugh, Bill Bingle and a select group of ruffians transitioned the club to a men’s team, competing in the Midwest Rugby Union. Known for their blue-collared physicality, the club competed throughout the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s with many victories and much success. The Celtics entered the 21st century with the same game plan and some newer faces to carry on the traditions of its founders. The Celtics currently compete in the Midwest Union’s Division 3 Eastern Conference and have many recent successes, including a Midwest Championship and National semifinal appearance in 2006, and a Midwest Championship appearance in 2017. The club now claims participants from northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan and has local affiliations with sponsored high school clubs at Anthony Wayne (boys and girls), Perrysburg, St. Johns, and Whitmer. The Celtics strive to promote our players’ talent with successes at every level including Rich Schurfeld of the US National Team,  Demecus Beach and Lance Cavanaugh who were awarded full rugby scholarships to Davenport University (winners of two collegiate national titles).

     The club currently is comprised of the D3 “A”side and a competitive D4 “B” side for less experienced players. We also have a social “ole boys” side for players over 35 that participates in competition against other local ole boys squads as well as going on tours. Recent tours to the Cayman Islands, Ft. Lauderdale, Savannah GA, have served to round out the camaraderie and competitive nature of the club.

     The Celtics are comprised of men from every walk of life, including college students, businessmen, teachers, clergy, doctors, military vets, factory workers, steel men, firefighters, and local miscreants with great variations in age, experience and athletic ability. We are always looking for new players and welcome new participants year round. Whether you’re a grizzled, battle scarred veteran or a newcomer that has never played a minute, the Celtics welcome you to come to practice, get a solid workout and enjoy the greatest team sport on the planet.