Cranbrook Rugby Football Club

Welcome to Cranbrook RFC

Cranbrook Rugby Club has a long history in the town and continues to play a vital role in the community.

The club has developed and maintains strong links with schools and community organisations and is widely recognised as adding significant value to the area.

Outside of hosting rugby festivals, County representative matches and County Finals, Cranbrook Rugby Club opens its doors to other sports like lacrosse, athletics, triathlon and cricket as well as hosting private parties, Comedy evenings and the local Slimmers Club.

Not only do we cater for sport but try to provide a hub for the local community.

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CRFC are delighted to announce that our main sponsor, Hire 4 Lower (Tool Hire & Sales) Ltd, has recently signed a new 3 year contract to continue sponsorship of the club through to the 2020/21 season. In addition to being a direct sponsor, Hire 4 Lower have supported the club in a number of other ways over the last 3 seasons, and owner and Managing Director Colin Tall who lives locally, as well as a number of the company's staff and clients, have also been regular visitors to the club at various matches and club lunches. 

To mark the occasion of Hire 4 Lower's sponsorship renewal with the club, and to help support the new clubhouse building fund, Hire 4 Lower are very kindly running a promotion on their new Facebook page: For every "like" they receive from Cranbrook RFC or Cranbrook Ladies members, their families or friends, Hire 4 Lower will donate £1 to the new clubhouse building fund, up to a maximum of £1000. The promotion runs until the end of October 2018, and it would be great if we could all show our support for Hire 4 Lower, in return for the support they give us, whilst at the same time generating a nice donation for the club. Please follow this handy link and get liking, and encourage friends and family to do the same, to maximise the donation to the club. (A Facebook account is required and you will be required to log in to "like" the Hire 4 Lower page).

We would like to thank Colin and Hire 4 Lower for renewing their sponsorship and for their continued support of the club, and we look forward to welcoming them at the club again in the near future.

Hire 4 Lower (Tool Hire & Sales) provide a reliable tool hire and sales service at competitive prices throughout London, Kent and the Home Counties. They serve a variety of high profile building companies, businesses and organisations, in addition to hiring to the general public. Trade accounts are available. Please contact them on 020 7091 9997 or or visit their website to download a credit account application form. . Discounts are available to CRFC members, please mention when ordering.






TEL 0845 466 7777





Cranbrook XV don't have a match.

Cranbrook Ladies lost 10-26 at home to Heathfield & Waldron Ladies in their Womens NC South East 2 match.

The Nomads/Ladies match day programme can be viewed here.

The HSBC match day programme can be viewed here

The Ashford match day programme can be viewed here

Folkestone II forfeited their match against the Nomads late Friday evening.

On Sunday....


The Minis are away at the Blackheath Festival I believe (well the U9s & U10s are, for sure).

The U12s are away to Ashford.

The U13s are away to Ashford.

The U14s are away to Ashford.

The U15s are at home to Ashford.

The U16s are ?.

The U17s are at home to Beccehamians.

All above fixtures as per updates on the respective age group pages. If these aren't updated at time of "print" then they won't be noted and you should contact the respective head coach and ask why?

Youth Registration


Age Grade Player Registration, formerly known as Youth Registration, becomes a fully online process from 2018-19. This reduces the burden on everyone and streamlines the process to help players, parents and volunteers in the Age Grade sections of our rugby clubs and in particular our Club Registrars.

It provides more consistent, accurate and usable information for clubs and the RFU to help players and parents enjoy their Age Grade Rugby and transition into the adult game. In addition it will ensure GDPR compliance and brings the process more in line with the adult registration process.

A simple process involves the parent or guardian of the player completing their details and those of the player, directly through an online registration form. This then triggers an automatic verification process for the parent/guardian and Club Registrar to complete and confirm that the player is registered.

In order to reflect the changes in the game in recent years, this system will now be called Age Grade Registration, not Youth. Registration of all age grade players remains a requirement in Regulation 15.

The online system means that the current paper registration forms will no longer need to be used. The parent or guardian is able to complete and verify their registration online, rather than writing out and handing over the form. The Registrar simply completes the process by reviewing pre-populated information rather than having to input it all into GMS themselves.

The new system will assist clubs with GDPR compliance and by creating and/or updating the single club membership profile for the individual.

Implementation of the new online Age Grade Registration process starts from the coming season in 2018-19. It will be further developed for September 2019.

A step by step guide for parents can be found here and the link in order to create an account can be found here


City Lunch 2018

Once again, Cranbrook RFC are hosting a lunch at The Stationer's Hall in the City of London on Friday 16th November with guest speaker Rob Vickerman.

Please click on the image to the left for further details!



New Senior Team appointments!

The new First team Captain for 2018/19 is Chris Tomlin.

After completing Levels 1 and 2, Chris Catt is part of Lead Coach Dominic Palacio's coaching team.

Niall O'Sluaigh continues as Second Team Captain.

Phil Catt who took over the running of the Second team last year is to continue in that role and is officially recognised as Coach and Manager of the Second Team.

Well done all and here's to a cracking 2018/19 season. S&H!




The club has been allocated the following tickets for the Quilter series Internationals being held at Twickenham. The following is what is left...

England v South Africa

Saturday 3rd November, 2018

Kick Off – 3.00 p.m.

Price                                      Allocation

£105                                                    SOLD OUT

£90                                                      7

£50                                                      4

England v New Zealand

Saturday 10th November, 2018

Kick Off – 3.00 p.m.

Price                                      Allocation

£115                                                   SOLD OUT

£95                                                     SOLD OUT

£70                                                     SOLD OUT

England v Australia

Saturday 24th November, 2018

Kick Off – 3.00 p.m.

Price                                      Allocation

£105                                                    8

£90                                                    10

£50                                                      4




In addition to the individual ticket cost there is a required donation to the club of £5 per application request (not per ticket). The tickets will be sold on a “FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS” and you must be a PAID UP Cranbrook Sports Club MEMBER.

Also due to the size of the club allocation, there will be a severe restriction on the number of tickets. This will be limited to only one match attendance and only two tickets allowed per match per application, unless there is an odd number available. Please note all tickets remain the property of the R.F.U.

So, if you are interested, kindly send your requests to the following address below (accompanied with your name, address, telephone number and cheque - to be made out to Cranbrook Sports Club) or contact me.


3, Carriers Road,



TN17 3JU

Contact details are:

Tel No 01580 714489

Mobile: 07884 056 237


All data will be held securely and, as requested by the R.F.U., records kept of where people are seated for a minimum of two years; after which the data is securely destroyed.


Adrian Foulkes

International Match Secretary

Cranbrook Sports Club.

New Coach Appointment

We are delighted to announce that Dominic Palacio has been appointed to be the Club Coach from July 2018, following the decision by Graham Arkley to step down after 7 years.

Dominic is Currently working towards RFU Coaching Level 3 and has worked at Harlequins, Saracens and Tunbridge Wells. Dominic is currently the coach at Southwark Lancers, where he has overseen a great turnaround this season. We beat them twice this season but only by 3 points over both games.

We were impressed by his vision and coaching philosophy. We are confident that under his guidance, the Cranbrook rugby teams will continue to thrive and enjoy their rugby.

Tim Fagg

Your club needs you !!

The Cranbrook sports club committee consists of a handful of volunteers who are tasked with ensuring that the club functions smoothly and efficiently. Contrary to folklore the committee members are not paid but give up their time willingly.

According to the RFU there are about 60 positions that could be filled on a committee. Currently we have about 15 or 16 carrying out those tasks. Although the committee only meets once a month to look at policy and confirm decisions taken by the subcommittees if necessary, there are decisions being made every week about organisation of events, referee liaison, fixtures at all levels, sponsorship related matters and other problems that arise daily whether great or small.

Several on the committee have been in post for many years, although this season we have recruited some younger members. The reality is that we need more younger members because it is important that we look to succession in order to develop the club in the years ahead; there are challenges in relation to the new clubhouse and to ensure our progress as a sports club. The cricket section have gone from strength to strength, the minis and juniors remain vibrant and it is to be hoped that in the near future promotion for our senior teams will be forthcoming.

Of course we have many volunteers on the playing side of the minis and juniors, but our playing successes could not happen without the administration behind the scenes.

We welcome anyone in the club coming along to committee meetings to see how we operate and the amount of voluntary work carried out. Please feel free to come forward and offer your services. The committee details are in the handbook or on the website. Thank you.

Tim Fagg

Parking arrangements for Sundays

Please refrain from parking on Angley Road and also do not park up on the pavement at Jaegers (or anywhere else for that matter). You will risk a fine from the Police and/or a few sharp words from Club Officials.

If the car park is full at the club then please use the parking facilities at The High Weald Academy further down the road next to the Weald Sports Centre.