Old Mission Beach Athletic Club RFC
|Full name||Old Mission Beach Athletic Club Rugby Football Club|
|Location||San Diego, CA|
|Ground(s)||The Little Q Rugby Field|
|League(s)||Pacific Rugby Premiership|
Old Mission Beach Athletic Club Rugby Football Club is a rugby union team based in San Diego, California. OMBAC RFC is directly affiliated with the Old Mission Beach Athletic Club. The rugby team plays at The Little Q Rugby Field, adjacent to Qualcomm Stadium (hence the name).
Founded in 1954 by Mike Curren and other members of the San Diego community, The Old Mission Beach Athletic Club (OMBAC) is the parent affiliation of OMBAC Rugby Football Club. The Athletic Club has approximately 500 active members and supports numerous athletic, social and charitable associations.
OMBAC began sponsoring a rugby team in 1966. The club was founded by several OMBAC members who also played rugby and wanted to have a San Diego team. Fed by alumni members of the SDSU rugby team, OMBAC RFC was playing in first division competitions by 1968. Since that time, OMBAC RFC has remained at or near the top of the rankings for USA RUGBY men's club teams. OMBAC RFC has won 7 USA Rugby Sevens and 8 USA Rugby Fifteens Championships. The club has dominated its league and region.
In 1991 OMBAC raised funds to build a new clubhouse joining only a handful of teams in the United States to have such a facility. Currently OMBAC plays its home matches at the "Little Q". This site was previously the NFL San Diego Chargers practice facility. It is now a nationally renowned rugby pitch that has hosted the USARFU National Championships, the USA Eagle NA4 developmental matches, and a host of other youth and collegiate matches.
Current 1st XV squad
Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under IRB eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-IRB nationality.
Notable former players
OMBAC players Mike Saunders, Brian Vizard, Kevin Higgins, Steve Gray, Chris Lippert and more recently, Dan Lyle, and Dave Hodges, have captained the United States national rugby union team in international competition.
OMBAC was represented in the 2007 Rugby World Cup by team members Todd Clever, Tui Osborne and Dan Payne. Former OMBAC player Will Hafu has played internationally for Tonga and also played professionally in England for Moseley RFC.
OMBAC Rugby has distinguished itself with the following accomplishments:
- 2010 U.S.A. D3 National Champions
- 2006 Rugby Super League Champions
- 1996 U.S.A. National Champions
- 1994 U.S.A. National Champions
- 1993 U.S.A. National Champions
- 1991 U.S.A. National Champions
- 1989 U.S.A. National Champions
- 1988 U.S.A. National Champions
- 2006 U.S.A. 7's National Champions
- 2002 U.S.A. 7's National Champions
- 2001 U.S.A. 7's National Champions
- 2000 U.S.A. 7's National Champions
- 1995 U.S.A. 7's National Champions
- 1985 U.S.A. 7's National Champions
- 2014 Pacific Rugby Premiership Third place
- 2003 Super League Runners-Up
- 2002 Super League Semi-Finalists
- 2001 Super League Runners-Up
- 2000 Super League Semi-Finalists
- 2000 Third Place U.S.A. National Club Championships
- 1997 Third Place U.S.A. National Club Championships
- 1995 Runners-Up U.S.A. National Club Championships
- 1996 Runners-Up U.S.A. 7's National Club Championship
First XV Honors
- USA Rugby Division I Champions - 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996
- Second place - 1995
- Third place - 1997, 2000
- USA Rugby National Club Sevens Champions - 1985, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2006
- Second place - 1996, 2005, 2007
- Third place - 1997
- USA Rugby Division III Champions - 2010
- Rugby Super League Championship
- First place - 2006
- Second place - 2001, 2003
- Fourth place - 2000, 2002
OMBAC Rugby's sponsors for the 2014 Pacific Rugby Premiership are the following:
- Community sponsor - Turner construction company
- Social sponsor - The beachcomber mission beach
- Event sponsor - The Tilted Kilt mission valley
- Kit sponsor - Iron Fist Athletic