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About US


We are proud to be Germany’s first gay and inclusive rugby club, offering rugby for everyone over 18. No matter how you want to play, we have a training for you, including:

Non-contact touch rugby for all gender identities. 

FLINTA* touch and full contact options for women, lesbians, intersex, non-binary, trans and agender people.

Men’s Team, which plays full contact in the Regionalliga and is welcomes cis men, trans, intersex, non-binary
and agender people.

We train in english to maximise inclusiveness

Quick facts

previous rugby experience isn't required

The History of the Bruisers

The Berlin Bruisers were founded in 2012. At first, training took place at Tiergarten and Tempelhofer Feld. Later, the club partnered with the Berlin Irish for training, but now, the club trains on its own at Neue Krugallee.

The club's first-ever match was a friendly game against the Emerald Warriors in March 2013. The first official match took place at the 2013 Union Cup against the Stockholm Berserkers.

In 2014, the club started the bi-annual BashAbout - a barbarian 15s rugby tournament - that still takes place to this day.  

The Bruisers featured in the 2018 documentary 'Tackling Life'. It premiered at Dok.Fest Munich and was shown at Berlinale in 2019.

In 2021, the club founded its first FLINTA* team - opening competitive and touch rugby to all gender identities for the first time in its history.


The Bruisers are proud members of International Gay Rugby (IGR) and proudly take part in both the Bingham and Union Cups when we can.


The board

The day-to-day running of the Berlin Bruisers is conducted by the board. It is currently made up of seven club members elected annually at the Annual General Meeting. 

Board members are volunteers and perform their rules in line with the club's constitution.


Uli Stadfeld


I'm Uli, the president of the Bruisers. Day to day, I ensure the club has everything it needs to provide training and host matches. I also play in our touch rugby team.


Timo Prouvost


Hi, I'm Timo. As Treasurer, I look after the Bruisers' accounts. Having played rugby for a number of years, I now coach and play with our touch rugby team.

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Rachel Schneider

Vice President

Hi, I'm Rachel. I started playing rugby around eight years ago and founded the FLINTA* team here at the Bruisers. I can't wait to see you on the pitch!


Alex Arc


I'm Alex, secretary of the club. I work with Zac in the coordination of the league team - specifically with the Bundesliga. I also work to ensure the club meets its legal requirements.


Zac Connelly

Board Member

Hello, I'm Zac. On the board, I work as our league team liaison and coordinate communication between it and the captains. I can normally be found playing as fullback. 


Bobby Rae

Board member

Hi, I'm Bobby. Prior to the Bruisers, I played rugby in London and Glasgow. With a number of years of experience in other IGR clubs, I now play with our touch rugby team.


Kieran murphy

board member

I'm Kieran and as a board member of the Bruisers, I help new people get integrated into the club. Currently, I play for our league and touch rugby teams.


Questions‭? ‬Feel free to reach out to Bruisers President, Uli.‬


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