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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Although, the First Team's match against Thamesians in the RFU Junior Vase has been conceded by the opposition, the England vs Australia test at Twickenham will still be shown at the club. Kick off for this match is still scheduled to be 3pm so get here early for prime seats and enjoy a bite to eat with some refreshment!

Cranbrook Sports Club - Clubhouse Redevelopment

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The proposed clubhouse redevelopment is being undertaken by the Club in order that in the future in will add value to our local community and make the playing of sport accessible for all.

Clubhouse Redevelopment

The planned clubhouse will provide a multi-use venue serving the needs of a broad spectrum of individuals and local groups seeking general relaxation and social activities, there will be training and development opportunities in sports and leisure, a space for community activities, meetings, exhibitions and other entertainment activities.

Rugby Aware at Cranbrook RFC

Rugby Aware at Cranbrook RFC

Rugby Aware Comes to Cranbrook

Player welfare and safety is at centre of everything we believe in at Cranbrook RFC.

The recent School Injury Prevention Study has shown a beneficial impact of a newly-devised exercise programme aimed at reducing injuries within youth rugby.  The results are so encouraging it has led to the RFU putting together an evening training session on how to implement this exercise programme.

The club are pleased to announce that we are hosting one of these sessions at the club on Monday 16th October from 7pm-10pm.

Places are limited but are open to all coaches, players and parents.  Please email David Martin ( to register your interest in attending this event.

Message from new Club Chairman Tim Fagg

Dear Members of Cranbrook Sports Club

I thought that it would be prudent to write to you all as some of you may not know that I have taken over as Chairman of the club from Peter. Peter has done an outstanding job over the past six years and it is the mark of the man that it will take several volunteers to take over all his tasks.

The theme that I will pursue is, that we are ONE Club with four sections making up the club, namely the senior men’s and ladies’ teams, the juniors/colts, the minis and the cricketers. As a club we have great potential which can only be realised if we all pull together. Club policies apply to all members equally.
The committee is already putting in place initial strategies to ensure that we achieve this common aim.

To ensure our effectiveness and efficiency, there is a need for more volunteers to assist whether by way of specific jobs or by offering extra pairs of hands. Dave Martin   07799 600 911   is in charge of volunteers for the club and so please feel free to contact Dave ( or Steen, Tom, Michelle or myself) if you feel that you can help.

Initial dates to look forward to:

  • 9th September – Club lunch. We do hope that as many members from all sections will attend. It is a very social occasion and good value. The 1sts have their opening League game against old Gravesendians that day.
  • 10th September- Cranbrook RFC and School Super Sunday, starting with training/Barbecue and then an open coaching session with Hika Reid (Famous All Black), followed by an adult Trial game for the second team, the Vets and those wishing to return to play.
  • 17th  September - the first Ladies league game of the season at home against Hove.

I will be at the Club on 3rd September for Minis and junior registration Day. Please feel free to talk about any issues of concern regarding the whole Club.
Strength and honour
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.



Elliot Mantle

Elliot Mantle

As many of you may already know, Elliot Mantle very sadly passed away last month after a long illness with cancer. Elliot’s service was held yesterday (10th May) at St Michael’s and All Angels Church in Marden, which was very well attended by over two hundred people, which showed just how much Elliot was held in esteem.

Elliot was a long time member of the club and a member of the Club’s Committee. Elliot also ran the club shop and managed it in a typically professional manner. On a personal note I will miss Elliot’s presence around the club and his valuable input when I needed to consult him.

A word I often heard about Elliot, and one that I think speaks volumes about him, was “Gentleman”. He was a true gentleman and will be greatly missed by me and all at the club.

All our sympathies are with Lara, Max, Henry and Alice at this very difficult time.

Ruaridh McConnochie grabs Silver Medal

Ruaridh McConnochie grabs Silver Medal

Cranbrook RFC's Ruaridh McConnochie gained a silver medal in Rio as part of a very successful GB Sevens squad. Despite losing to very worthy winners Fiji in the final, they played in some very tight games beating Japan, New Zealand Argentina and South Africa in their run to the Gold Medal match. Ruaridh was delighted to receive his medal and said "It's been a hell of a journey and minutes on the pitch were never a goal, just to enjoy the moment and I really did!" Cranbrook RFC is very proud of your achievements and we know you have more to come!