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About US

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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* full contact rugby 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. 

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.

In response to an increasingly hostile environment towards trans* players in sport, in 2022 the club hosted the first FLINTA* Rugby Weekend. This created a space for FLINTA* rugby players from all over Europe to come train, play, and learn from one another with an express emphasis on TIN* inclusion. A highlight was a talk by sports scientist Blair Hamilton on her research into trans athletic performance. 

IGR

The Bruisers are proud members of International Gay Rugby (IGR) and proudly take part in the Bingham and Amanda Mark Cup as well as the Union Cup when we can.

Members of our club currently serve as a Trustee as well as a Representative for the Central Europe and Scandinavia Region.


 

The board

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

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

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Uli Stadfeld

President

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.

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Timo Prouvost

Treasurer

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!

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Joel Fisher

Flinta* Team Rep

Hi, I'm Joel (they/them). I started playing rugby two years ago when the FLINTA* team was founded, and I'm proud to represent the team within the club, as well as be an ambassador for our team externally.

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Jose

Social media manager

Hi! I’m Jose and I’m social media manager of the Bruisers. My life with rugby started last January, when I moved to Berlin from Ibiza. What started like a hobby now is a passion, perfect to share with my creative side. The Bruisers helped me to meet new people and made it easier for me to settle into the city.

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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 Men's Inclusive and Touch rugby teams.

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Nico

Equipment Manager

Heya, I am Nico and I joined the Bruisers in 2013, so that makes me the Methusalem of the Bruisers! I am in charge of the equipment and medkits. My goal is to be a great Support Bear for my team!

CONTACT

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