San Francisco Golden Gate RFC

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SFGG Rugby
SFGG-green.png
Full nameSan Francisco Golden Gate Rugby Football Club
UnionUSA Rugby
Nickname(s)SFGG
Founded2001
Ground(s)Ray Sheeran Field
PresidentTony Wells
Coach(es)Grant Wells, Mike Caravelli, Karl Thomson
League(s)Elite Cup, NCRFU
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.sfggrugby.com
 
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SFGG Rugby
SFGG-green.png
Full nameSan Francisco Golden Gate Rugby Football Club
UnionUSA Rugby
Nickname(s)SFGG
Founded2001
Ground(s)Ray Sheeran Field
PresidentTony Wells
Coach(es)Grant Wells, Mike Caravelli, Karl Thomson
League(s)Elite Cup, NCRFU
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.sfggrugby.com

San Francisco Golden Gate Rugby Football Club is a rugby union club based in San Francisco, California. SFGG's first side competes in the Northern California Rugby Football Union's Division I and newly formed Elite Cup. The SFGG Youth Program includes high school age Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Frosh-Soph teams through to non contact U8's. SFGG also fields nationally competitive Rugby Sevens squads over the summer. The SFGG Old Boys team, the Señors, feature in occasional matches.

SFGG are the 2009 & 2011 Rugby Super League champions, after defeating Life University in the Grand Final 23-13 and 20-5 respectively.[1]

History[edit]

San Francisco Golden Gate RFC formed in 2001 as the result of a merger between the former San Francisco and Golden Gate rugby clubs. Golden Gate had been a founding member of the Rugby Super League in 1996. Since its creation in 2001, SFGG has qualified for RSL playoffs every year, winning its first championship in 2009. The club had previously advanced to the Finals in 2004 and Semifinals in 2007.[2] Prior to the merge the Golden Gate Rugby Club had advanced to National Division I finals in 1999 and semifinals in 1996 and 2000 but not reached RSL playoffs.[3]

Ray Sheeran Field[edit]

San Francisco Golden Gate RFC leased land and a former PX building from the city of San Francisco on Treasure Island in the summer of 2005 for the purpose of building a field and clubhouse. The facility was opened in November 2005 with a Grand Banquet/Dedication featuring former All Black captain Reuben Thorne and former US Eagle captain Dan Lyle. The pitch was formerly named for former club President and current Director Greg Rocca. In March 2011, the pitch was renamed to Ray Sheeran Field.

Ray Sheeran Field hosted the 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 Emirates Airline USA Rugby National Rugby Sevens Club Sevens Championships.

Notable current players[edit]

Club honors[edit]

  • US Men's Division I
    • Semifinalists: 1996, 2000, 2010
    • Finalists: 1999

Notable former players[edit]

Internationally capped players are in bold.

  • United States Brian Barnard
  • New Zealand Nathan Couch
  • Australia Tony Daly
  • United States Philippe Farner
  • United States Robbie Flynn
  • United States Oloseti Fifita
  • United States Jay Hansen
  • United States Britt Howard
  • United States Fred Forster


  

Sponsorship[edit]

Notable primary sponsors include Canterbury of New Zealand, Hilton Hotels and New Zealand Rugby Apparel. The club also has several secondary sponsorship's from local and regional businesses.[5]

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