Old Mission Beach Athletic Club RFC

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).

Old Mission Beach Athletic Club RFC
Full nameOld Mission Beach Athletic Club Rugby Football Club
UnionUSA Rugby
LocationSan Diego, CA
Ground(s)The Little Q Rugby Field
Coach(es)Jason Wood
Captain(s)Ian Denham
League(s)Pacific Rugby Premiership
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website


The Old Mission Beach rugby club was established in 1966 under the wing of Old Mission Beach Athletic Club (OMBAC) which was founded in 1954. Many past students of the San Diego State University rugby team joined, and the OMBAC rugby club entered first division competition two years later in 1968. The club has won 6 national Rugby Sevens titles and 8 national Rugby Fifteens titles.


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

Players in bold are internationally capped.

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.

National Championships

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

National 7s

  • 2006 U.S.A. 7s National Champions
  • 2002 U.S.A. 7s National Champions
  • 2001 U.S.A. 7s National Champions
  • 2000 U.S.A. 7s National Champions
  • 1995 U.S.A. 7s National Champions
  • 1985 U.S.A. 7s National Champions

National Placement

  • 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. 7s National Club Championship

First XV Honors

This is a list of honors awarded to the OMBAC rugby union team.[1]

  • 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:[2]

  • Community sponsor - Turner construction company
  • Social sponsor - The beachcomber mission beach
  • Event sponsor - The Tilted Kilt mission valley
  • Kit sponsor - Canterbury


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