About the Fog

The San Francisco Fog R.F.C. is a club committed to an ethic of inclusion. The vision of the club is to be the preeminent rugby club in the world that actively pursues the participation of people of color, gay men, women, and other groups traditionally under-represented in rugby.

The Fog has a strong coaching philosophy. We believe in developing each player to his or her potential as a rugby player.

Symbols & traditions
Perhaps because rugby is a product of Victorian England, there seems to be a strong tendency within the sport toward the development and maintenance of any number of time-honored rituals, customs, and symbols. Sometimes these traditions are known throughout the world–such as “shoot the boot” or kangaroo court–while others are unique to a particular team. Mindful of this, the San Francisco Fog R.F.C. has already begun establishing a legacy that future generations of Fog players can call their own.

THE COAT OF ARMS: One of the first efforts in this direction was the creation of the Fog coat of arms–a symbol that appeared first on our game jerseys. It is in some ways our team “logo,” but beyond being merely an identifier, it also serves as a link to and reminder of the culture in which the game began. After a team trip to London and Manchester in January 2001, it seemed only fitting that the Fog develop arms of its own that were both meaningful and attractive.

In the language of heraldry, the Fog coat of arms is described as Barry nebuly of six Argent and Azure, on a bend Sable three mullets of the first. Colloquially, that’s three silver stars within a black diagonal stripe, laid over a wavy blue-and-silver background.

Though it’s by no means required, arms are sometimes developed with specific meanings in mind for each of the elements comprising it, and so it is with the Fog crest.

The patterned background, for instance, is called “barry nebuly” in the variant of Old French that is used in heraldry, and it’s often taken to represent clouds, water, or air–all of which seemed appropriate for a team named after San Francisco’s most famous meteorological phenomenon. The stars (or “mullets”), meanwhile, stand for the club’s three constituencies: the players, the staff, and the supporters.