Santa Monica Dolphins


The Santa Monica Rugby Club was founded in 1972 by graduates of UCLA rugby, USC rugby, and St. Mary’s College rugby teams. The initial season of 1972-73 was remarkable, compiling an undefeated record in Southern California (SCRFU) Division I, and taking the championships in both the San Diego/OMBAC Tournament and the Monterey National Invitational, the predecessor to today’s national club championships. Since that founding season, the winning tradition has continued. Santa Monica Rugby has won the SCRFU Division I league title seven times, captured top spot at the San Diego/OMBAC Tournament seven times, been to the national championships 8 times — winning on five occasions, and even triumphed at the prestigious Santa Barbara International Tournament. Of course, great teams are composed of great players, and Santa Monica has had their share. Twenty Santa Monica Rugby players have represented the United States in international competition on the USA rugby team, “the Eagles” — three of them captained the national side. Three additional Club players have represented the USA on the World XV. Former Club and USA Eagles captain Craig Sweeney is honored by the Club’s Craig Sweeney Fund, tax-deductible contributions go to support the long-term goals of Santa Monica Rugby.
2005 USA Rugby National Champions 2006 USA Rugby National Champions

Prospective Players

Santa Monica Rugby Club welcomes players of all levels of experience and ability. We will field 3 teams in the Southern California Rugby Football Union (SCRFU) for the 2013 season so we have time and space for everyone. Be a part of our 41 year tradition of competing for and winning regional (So Cal Rugby) and national championships (USA Rugby). Please submit an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. A Club administrator will generally respond within 24 hours.