Fog Rugby Celebrates 8th Anniversary

(15 Oct 2008) Fog Rugby this week is celebrating its eighth anniversary of founding as the nation’s preeminent rugby club geared toward those traditionally under-represented in the sport.

The San Francisco Fog RFC was officially founded by Derrick Mickle, Cameron Geddes and Bryce Eberhart eight years ago on October 14, 2000, as the nation’s second gay-friendly rugby club (after the Washington DC Renegades). Nine players attended the first organized practice.

Fog Rugby is well known due in part to Mark Bingham, an early member of the club, who was aboard United flight 93 when it crashed in rural Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. The Fog honored his life by creating the biennial Bingham Cup® rugby tournament, the international championship event for gay and gay-friendly teams.

The Fog has won the Bingham Cup® tournament twice, in 2002 and 2004. It has also introduced the sport to hundreds of newcomers through its developmental team, and has fielded a successful women’s side since 2006.

More information about the club’s first four years can be found in the history section of our website.