Former international rugby star Gareth Thomas became the first openly gay top-level rugby player after coming out in an interview with British newspaper The Daily Mail.
The 35-year-old Thomas, Wales’ most-capped player after appearing in 100 tests*, retired from internationals after the 2007 World Cup, but still plays for Welsh provincial side Cardiff Blues.
* Translation: Thomas was a member of the Welsh national team on 100 occasions against other teams in international competition.
The Fog Men will take a brief holiday break before launching into league play early next year.
This week’s Thursday night (12/24) training will be replaced by voluntary Christmas Eve touch rugby at Fog Rugby’s Treasure Island pitch.
Next week, the men will hold a regular training session on Tuesday, December 29, followed by a “Christmas and New Year’s Spectacular All-Welsh Pub Crawl” (further details available that night at training). Training is suspended on New Year’s Eve (Thursday, December 31).
Fog Rugby will be ringing in the New Year on Saturday, January 2, with a pre-season A-side vs. B-Side trial game at 1pm, January 2, on Treasure Island.
Regular training resumes on January 5 in preparation for the first league game of the 2010 season on Saturday, January 9, against Berkeley on Treasure Island.
Grab your beach towels (?!) on Wednesday, December 16 and celebrate the holidays with Fog Rugby at White HOT Christmas Bingo, a benefit for Tenderloin Tessie’s and the SFFD Local 798 Toy Drive presented by The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.
In addition to feasting your eyes on a special performance by Fog ruggers, you can win big money at the games, haul home great prizes from the raffle, and show off your “holiday package” in the tropical swimsuit competition! Not your ordinary bingo…not your ordinary holiday…who knew winter could be this hot?! Learn more at www.sistersbingo.com.
Bring a new, unwrapped toy/gift (for infants to 12-year-olds) for the toy drive and get 10 free raffle tickets! They are especially looking for gifts for older children (sporting goods & bath/body products).
Place: Green Room at the War Memorial Building (401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco)
Date: Wednesday, December 16
Time: 7:00pm to 10:00pm
This Saturday, December 12, the Fog Men will host two matches honoring the memories of two larger-than-life rugby players.
The annual Bingham Stein match kicks off at 11:30am with the Fog Men’s A-Side facing off against the Redding Highlanders. The Bingham Stein is a symbol of the first meeting between the two teams, which took place a few weeks after September 11, 2001. Proposing that the match be played in honor of the Fog’s No. 8, Mark Bingham, who lost his life aboard United flight 93, the Highlanders furnished a commemorative beer stein that each year goes home with the winner.
At 1pm the Fog B-Side will play the San Jose Silverhawks in the Mike Sammon Memorial Game, held in honor of the late Mike Sammon, a long time member of the Seahawk rugby family and fixture in the South Bay rugby community for 26 years who passed away in 2006.
Both matches will take place at the Fog Rugby Pitch on Treasure Island.
Come out to Treasure Island this Saturday, December 5, for a day of exciting Fog Rugby matches!
The first kickoff is at 11am, with the Fog Women hosting the South Bay Sequoias in a friendly match.
The afternoon will see the Fog Men facing off against the University of Nevada, Reno. The A Side match kicks off at 1pm with the B Side match to follow.
All matches will take place at the Fog Rugby pitch on Treasure Island.