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Tickets are available at the door. PD match kicks off at 4pm.


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Posted: November 1, 2017 in NYPD R.F.C. in the News

If you can not attend our fundraiser for Christopher Freda but would like to donate and help out click the link bellow. We have set up a Go Fund Me Page that will go directly to medical bills.


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Posted: September 20, 2017 in NYPD R.F.C. in the News

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Posted: June 4, 2017 in NYPD R.F.C. in the News

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IMG_20170504_183456_463come out and show your support. Location: field #10 Randals Island, Manhattan, NY. Kick Off 1800 hrs.


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NYFD in Red and NYPD in Blue

The New York Police Department (NYPD) and the New York Fire Department (NYFD) held their annual memorial rugby match, honoring two fallen comrades. The game this past weekend was held at Gaelic Park in the Bronx, a small stadium venue (2,000) created in 1926 originally for Irish hurling matches, but used occasionally for rugby and other sports. Manhattan College purchased the site in 1991

NYPD were the victors 20-14 in a spirited game. The police were coached by Iona’s Bruce Maclean, and sponsored by Rhino Rugby.

The afternoon was abetted by much pageantry from a drum and bugle corps and a bagpiper band.

(Photo Credit – Gary Low)

Riverdale Press article: NYPD vs FDNY Charity Match

Game raises funds for fallen officer’s family

Posted May 13, 2016

The NYPD and the FDNY met up at Gaelic Park on Saturday for their annual rugby match to raise money for officers killed in wars overseas.

Proceeds from this year’s game went to the family of Det. Joseph Lemm, a 15-year veteran of the NYPD, who was killed during his third tour in Afghanistan on Dec. 11. Det. Lemm worked in the warrant division, one floor above the 50th Precinct.

Two other fallen first responders, Firefighter Chris Engledrum and Officer James McNaughton, were also honored at the event.

“They do it every year, they’ve been playing years and just adding names to it,” said Deputy Inspector Terence O’Toole, the commanding officer of the 50th Precinct. “Unfortunately, we keep adding names to it.”

Families of all three servicemen were present at the event.

On the field, the NYPD dominated the majority of the game, scoring 5 points by halftime and three times in the second half to propel the team of officers and volunteers to a 20-14 victory over the FDNY.

One of the highlights of the game came late in the second half when Charles Brown, a volunteer for the NYPD, scored the game-clinching try on a break-away run from almost mid-field.

“I think for the first half, we were pretty fundamental. We kept it slow and steady,” he said. “Then the game plan towards the end was to try to close it out, get big runs, don’t do too much go to ground and just eat up yards.”

This is the second defeat in a row that the FDNY has suffered at the hands of the police, after beating the NYPD by 40 points in 2014.

“Most of these guys play in the tri-state area [rugby] league and we just come together a couple of times a year to play each other,” Firefighter Keith Rogozinski, the captain of the FDNY’s team said after the game. “It’s been the Engledrum and McNaughton game for a couple of years, but Det. Lemm died this past year, so we decided to give the money to his family, and that’s basically what we’re here for. We can get together in the park and play anytime, but this is an event.”

Many former and current police officers and firefighters assembled to watch the game, including retired police Officer Sam Perez, and his son Chancellor, who had commuted from Philadelphia for the day. The pair was with former Officers Manny Alayon, Freddy Velez and Ben Beron, whose son was playing for the NYPD

Saturday’s game was also played as part of police memorial week, when events are held nationwide to celebrate police officers who have died in the line of duty.



Tickets sold at the door. T-Shirts and Jersey’s will be sold at the event as well. All Proceeds will be going to help out the Lemm family.

Jersey’s can also be found online at:

NYPD Rugby Rhino Jersey’s Jersey’s


The NYPD Rugby Team  was proud to present the PBA with a check for $5,000 dollars to help support the PBA Widows and Children’s fund. We would like to thank the NJ Bayonne Bombers Rugby club for the great turn out and support in making this donation possible. Thanks to Patrick Lynch, Joe Strong and Desmond Stafford  from the PBA.

Donating money to the PBA Widows and Children's fund

Donating money to the PBA Widows and Children’s fund