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




THIS WEEKEND'S MATCHES (18th/19th January):

The First team are at home to Old Gravesendians in their next Shepherd Neame Kent 1 League match this Saturday. Kick off is 2.00pm.

The Nomads are at home to Edenbridge I in their next Kent & East Sussex Division 4 Rural League match this Saturday. Kick off is 2.00pm.

The Ladies are at home to Worthing Ladies in their next Women's NC South East 2 League match this Sunday. Kick off is 2.00pm.


The media programme for the HSBC home match on 28/09/19 can be viewed here

The media programme for the Whitstable home match on 09/11/19 can be viewed here

The media programme for the New Ash Green home match on 23/11/19 can be viewed here

The media programme for the Faversham home match on 14/12/19 can be viewed here

The media programme for the Old Gravesendians home match on 18/01/20 can be viewed here


Pitch allocations for this coming Sunday are as follows:


Mini’s- all training at home.  Thanks Steen for agreeing that the juniors can use Moss for a match & that you’ll find the U11’s a home for the morning- thanks James!

Girls- usual training spot by scrum machine

Ladies- home match v Worthing KO 2pm on Sands – match tea numbers to Mandy by 2pm Tuesday please.


U12- training on Lower Jaegers (thank you Graeme, enjoy the change of scene!)

U13- training Lower Jaegers

U14- match v Beckenham on Upper Jaegers- car parking duty at High Weald and main road please.  No changings rooms available sorry. Match tea numbers to Mandy by midday Tuesday.

U15- match v Ashford on Moss.  KO 10.45am.  2 x changing rooms (must be cleared by 12.15 please) Match tea numbers to Mandy by midday Tuesday please.

U16- training Rammell

U17- training Rammell

U18- training Rammell (or as discussed Dicky!)


Match teas can I please remind everyone that match tea numbers must be to Mandy promptly as requested above……. I understand that they are coming in as and when, and it makes Mandy & Luke’s jobs very difficult.  They need to know how many they are cooking for, order and purchase the food and hearing Thursday is not helping. 
Also, as a reminder, if you order 35 match teas for your teams, that is how many Luke will provide.  The food is not for coaches, parents, siblings- only for players.  Thanks.

Cranbrook RFC is very sad to announce the sudden passing of Fergy Gask last night. Fergy was a Minis coach on Sundays and brightened up the rugby field on a Saturday. He will be sorely missed and the club sends its heartfelt best wishes to his family at this very difficult time.
A justgiving page has been set up by his two best friends to help pay for the funeral of Fergy. Please give generously.


For all those who would like to attend Fergy Gask’s memorial-Ferg’s memorial is now set at St Laurence Church, Hawkhurst, Kent. The date is 31st January and the time is 14:00, dress code formal. Absolutely no flowers to the family please. If people want to give anything, please make a donation to the Royal Marines Association.




The club has been allocated the following tickets (which are the only ones left) for the Guinness “6” Nations Internationals.


France v England – Sunday 2nd February 2020 K.O. 15.00, Stade de France, Paris


4 tickets at £54 .32 per ticket


Italy v England – Saturday 14th March 2020 K.O.16.45, Stadio Olimpico, Rome


4 tickets at £49.32 per ticket.


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 2019/20 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 for the England v Ireland and England v Wales matches. 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.

Girls Rugby


Ruaridh RWC 2019 England Squad




Cranbrook RFC's own Ruaridh McConnochie is named in the England squad for the 2019 World Cup in Japan! 


Read more here!


Read the latest Independent piece on Ruaridh


Mike McMinnies


It is with deep regret that Cranbrook Sports Club must announce the passing of our beloved President Mike McMinnies on 2nd May 2019.

Mike was a true gentleman in every sense of the word, a loyal supporter and at all times wise counsel to the Club. Cranbrook Rugby Club was formed in its present form in 1958 following a game between some Old Cranbrookians and the School in 1957 in which Mike and his brother Dave played.

Mike was the first Club Secretary in 1958 and remained on the Committee for most of the following 61 years. Mike became President in the 1980s and was the soul and spirit of the Club. His comments and advice at Committee meetings were invaluable and with his encouragement the Rugby Club became the Sports Club, embracing cricket, netball and American Football. Mike fully supported the decision to improve the facilities at the Tomlin Ground.

Following his retirement Mike gathered his friends together at the Club on Thursdays to ensure the fabric of Clubhouse and Ground was in good order. Mike loved the Club and was there on Saturdays and Sundays to support all sections of the Club; he was very forward looking and thought that the advent of a Ladies team was great news.

How wonderful that Mike attended a Club lunch 26 days before his passing and as usual gave an urbane and witty speech.

Rest in peace, Mike. You will be missed by us all.

Our thoughts at this time are very much with Trisha and their children and grandchildren 

Tim Fagg. Chairman










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


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.