Club Spotlight: Brandywine RFC

Brandywine RFC, 2017 Scrum for 6

The Brandywine Rugby Football Club has been at the very heart of the EPRU for over 35 years. To recognize this relationship, the BRFC has been selected as this week's club spotlight.

Brandywine RFC History

The Brandywine Rugby Football Club was formed in 1983 by West Chester University graduates who wanted to play rugby while still continuing their careers. The club’s founding father, Scott Johnson, grabbed some mates and moved around from the elementary schools and parks to play their favorite sport.

The BRFC has been in the National Elite 8 in 2009, 2010, and 2011, and came in second in the nation in 2008. In 2001, the team traveled to Scotland as part of their tour — a far cry from the days the club didn't have their own field or enough players for a game.

Brandywine currently has about 100 club members, including 40 active players and an Old Boys Team for those over 35 years of age.

The BRFC hosts an annual “Scrum for 6” fundraiser for sufferers of Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS), in memory of Mike Bartone, the former number-six player who died from the disease.

14th Annual Scrum For 6

The "Scrum for 6" is an annual rugby event held at the home pitch of Brandywine Rugby Club. Now in its 14th year, the tournament benefits the ALS Association for the purpose of researching a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. ALS took the life of Michael Bartone in 2003 and the tournament has been held every year since in his honor.

The "Scrum for 6" event continues to exceed expectations year after year. And in 2017, hundreds of people came out to support ALS research and to eat, drink, be merry and watch rugby. 

The 2017 fundraiser opened with a big win from the Brandywine Old Boys against Philly Whitemarsh Alumni. Soon after, the BRFC men's side fought hard for the full eighty minutes against a younger and more athletic team from the Schuylkill River RFC. With 4 minutes remaining, and after surviving a late push from the opposition, the BRFC finally sealed the deal with a slippery run, dodging defenders and scoring a good 6 point win for Brandywine, ending the year going 3-1 in the last four.

Another great day from Brandywine Rugby, the Michael Bartone Memorial Foundation, ALS Philly Chapter, and all the fans in attendance.

Get social with Brandywine

The Brandywine team invites you to join the team and experience the wonderful world of rugby. There are many benefits that playing rugby on an adult team can offer, even if only as a social member.

The Brandywine family includes past players and social members who give tremendous support on the sidelines, at fundraisers and at social events. They’re proof that there is always a way to be part of the Brandywine team! 

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