- San Francisco Golden Gate RFC
teamname = San Francisco Golden Gate RFC
fullname = San Francisco Golden Gate Rugby Football Club
nickname = SFGG
url = www.sfggrfc.com
founded = 2001
president = flagicon|New Zealand Tony Wells
coach = flagicon|United States of America
league = Rugby Super League, NCRFU
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San Francisco Golden Gate Rugby Football Club, commonly abbreviated to SFGG, is a
rugby unionclub 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 Sevenssquads 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 [ [http://www.premier-rugby.com/template.php?sid=131 Rugby Super League history] ] . 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 [ [http://www.usarugby.org/ USA Rugby] ] .
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. [ [http://sfggrfc.com/generic77.html Official Recruitment Policies] ] .
San Francisco Golden Gate RFC leased land and a former PX building from the city of
San Franciscoon 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 Thorneand 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 SevensChampionships on August 9-10, 2008 [ [http://www.americanrugbynews.com/artman/publish/national/Championship_venues_finalized.shtml American Rugby News article] ] .
Notable Current Players
Notable primary sponsors include
Hilton Hotelsand New Zealand Rugby Apparel. The club also has several secondary sponsorships from local and regional businesses. [ [http://www.sfggrfc.com/generic23.html Official SFGG Sponsors] ]
* [http://www.sfggrfc.com/ Official Site]
* [http://www.premier-rugby.com Super League]
* [http://www.usarugby.org USA Rugby]
* [http://www.youtube.com/sfgoldengate Official video site]
* [http://www.starsnetball.com San Francisco Stars Netball Club]
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