The Olde Gaels Rugby Football Club is located in the San Francisco East Bay Area (Orinda) of California. The Gaels compete in the Northern California Rugby Football Union's (NCRFU) Division 2 and 3 competitions. In 2009, the Gaels made it to the first round of the Division 2 playoffs, beating the Portland Pigs RFC and eventually losing to the Red Mountain Warthogs. In 2012, the Gaels placed third in the Pacific Northwest, losing to Snake River RFC but defeating Oregon Rugby Sports Union. In 2018, the Gaels won the NCRFU Division 3 competition before losing to Bend RFC in the Pacific Northwest regional finals.
Olde Gaels RFC
|Full name||Olde Gaels Rugby Football Club|
|Ground(s)||Wilder Athletic Fields (Orinda, CA)|
|President|| John Compaglia|
|League(s)||NCRFU Division II|
The Olde Gaels RFC was founded as the result of the merger of two separate clubs known as Peacock Gap and Piedmont Rugby Clubs in 1971. St. Mary's College Rugby Coach Patrick Vincent, former Captain of the 1956 New Zealand All Blacks, suggested that his graduating seniors join the club. In so doing, the name Olde Gaels was selected, as the college athletes joining the club were no longer young Gaels.
The club has competed in the Northern California Rugby Football Union continuously for the past 48 seasons, since its founding. The Olde Gaels RFC is privileged to have players from various colleges, universities, and secondary schools throughout the United States as well as overseas (including Tonga, Wales, England, New Zealand, and Ireland). In 2017, the Gaels were coached by former Tonga International Tevita Vaikona and former Welsh league player Paul Read. Currently, the Gaels are coached by former United States Mens National Rugby Union player Roy Helu and Jon Straka.