San Francisco Golden Gate Rugby Football Club
, commonly abbreviated to SFGG, is a rugby union
club based in San Francisco, California
. SFGG's first side competes in the Rugby Super League
. SFGG also fields a developmental squad in the Northern California RFU's
Division II. The SFGG Youth Program includes high school age Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Frosh-Soph teams. SFGG also fields nationally competitive Rugby Sevens
squads over the summer. The SFGG Old Boys team, the Señors, feature in occasional matches, usually to correspond with home Rugby Super League games.
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, advancing to the Finals in 2004 and Semifinals in 2007. 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.
Since its inception, SFGG has remained an amateur club. It is common practice that most, if not all, kit and travel costs incurred in-season is covered by club, but all other financial responsibilities reside with the players. .
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 is named for former club President and current Director Greg Rocca.
Rocca Field will host the 2008 National Rugby Sevens Championships on August 9-10, 2008 .
Notable Current Players