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 Club has grown in recent years and now includes the Toledo Celtics Rugby Club Inc foundation; a 501c3(tax exempt) charitable non-profit organization designed to promote and fund the growth of rugby in NW Ohio. The organization sponsors youth rugby clinics, hosts tournaments and helps organize local coaches and referees as well to bring the sport of rugby to people of all walks of life within our region.
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 ( Boys and Girls), and the City of Toledo Jr Celtics. The Celtics strive to promote our players’ talent with successes at every level including Rich Schurfeld and Demecus Beach to the US National Team. Several players have earned full rugby scholarships to play in college as well.