Fog Women begin training for Spring season

Training for the women’s spring season began Tuesday, February 2, and will be held every Tuesday and Thursday, 7:30 - 9:30pm, at the Fog Rugby pitch on Treasure Island. New players are encouraged to come out!

Upcoming events for the women’s side include the Fog-hosted Rugby 101 clinic on February 20, a scrimmage against the Berkeley All Blues on February 27, and the Champagne Classic tournament in San Diego on March 6 and 7.

Rugby 101 Clinic - Saturday, Feb 20

Interested in learning the basics of rugby in a fun, no-pressure atmosphere?

Join us on Saturday, October 3rd for a full day of rugby instruction, fun, camaraderie, and a BBQ with beer and great food and folks.

No experience is necessary — we’ll teach you everything you need to know. All shapes and sizes are welcome, with women especially encouraged to attend.

You will learn basics of rugby:

  • rugby laws
  • tossing and catching the ball
  • painless tackling with less effort
  • forming rucks and mauls
  • line outs
  • scrums
  • rugby songs

The Clinic starts at 11:00am (sharp!) on Treasure Island at the Fog Rugby pitch (near the intersection of 9th St and Ave D).

Note: Participants must be 18 years or older to participate in this Rugby 101, but please feel free to contact us about our Youth Rugby program.

Military chief favors ending "don't ask, don't tell"


Adm. Mike Mullen

Testifying before the Senate today, Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that ending the U.S. military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy would be “the right thing to do.”

Mullen told the Senate’s Armed Services committee gay people should be allowed to serve openly in the nation’s armed forces.

President Obama repeatedly stated his opposition to the policy during his campaign for the White House, and pledged during the State of the Union address last week to repeal the ban within a year.

Mullen stressed he was “speaking for myself and myself only.”

Defense Secretary Robert Gates appeared before the same Senate panel, announcing that he would initiate a year-long review of the policy.

“The question before us is not whether the military prepares to make this change, but how we best prepare for it,” Gates said. “We received our orders from the commander-in-chief and we are moving out accordingly.”

“Don’t ask, don’t tell” was passed by Congress in 1993, and permitted gay men and lesbians to serve as long as they kept their sexual orientation secret. “Homosexual conduct,” however, was sufficient grounds for discharge from the military.

Since then, nearly 11,000 troops have been dismissed under the policy.

Fog Men vs. Shasta - Jan 30

The Fog Men travel to Redding this Saturday, January 30, to face the Shasta Highlanders. Their last meeting — the Bingham Stein Memorial Match on December 12 — resulted in a 50-5 victory for the Fog.

The game is scheduled for 1pm at Foothill High School. Directions to the pitch are posted below.


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Fog Friday Beer Bust! - Jan 22 @ 6pm

This Friday, January 22, join the men and women of Fog Rugby at the LookOut Bar in the Castro to enjoy all the Budweiser beer you can drink from 6pm to 9:30pm for only $10!

Be sure to check out the selection of Fog Rugby T-shirts and hats on sale that night. We’ll also be raffling off exciting prizes throughout the evening.

Come on out, unwind after a hard work-week, and enjoy a beer with the men and women of Fog Rugby.

Place: LookOut Bar (corner of 16th and Market Streets, San Francisco)
Date: Friday, January 22
Time: 6:00pm to 9:00pm