The history of the Grand Rapids Gazelles RFC dates back to the spring of 1978. Ed Teliczan was playing with the Kalamazoo Harlequins and decided to start his own team in GR. Our club has been known for tenacious defense and bone crushing tackles. Slotting goals, and sound breaking tries. We have a winning tradition, and have acquired national championships along the way, both 15’s and 7’s. We have welcomed immigrant players from all over the world including Australia, South Africa, Ireland, England, France, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Bosnia, and more.
The Gazelles represent the best of rugby throughout West Michigan with over 90% of collegiate and high school coaches crafting their knowledge while playing for the Orange and Black. These include coaches at Davenport University, Grand Valley State University, Ferris State University, and Calvin College. High School teams include Grandville, Rockford, Catholic Central, West Catholic, Forrest Hills, and Sparta.
The Gazelles compete in club competition regulated by USA Rugby. Currently we support a Division III side, a Division IV side, and a Women’s Division II side. The Division III side is undefeated going into the spring with a 653 point differential over 8 games in the fall. They are one of the favorites to take the Midwest Championship, and push for the USA Rugby National Championship. The Division IV side also went undefeated last fall, and will contend for the Midwest Championship this May. The women’s side is low on players currently, but still winning games with 13 players! They should be top of their league in no time.