November 14, 2016
The Southern California Rugby Football Union (SCRFU) Selects-Griffins will face off against the Northern California Rugby Football Union (NorCal) Selects-Pelicans this Saturday November 19, 2016 at Cal Maritime's Bodnar Field in Vallejo.
The women's selects will kickoff at 1pm and the men's kick off is at 3pm.
Last year the selects met on December 3rd in Newport Beach on Balboa Island, the home pitch for Back Bay RFC where the Pelicans edged out the Griffins.
The final training sessions are this week and final rosters are still to be determined.
The Pelicans will be headed by Alex Houser currently of Life West, who has also headed up the likes of SFGG PRP side and Arkansas State. Houser was also a player at Cal.
Assistant Coach is Frik Fourie who was part of the Pelican's staff last few years and coached the Pelican's in their win over the Griffins in December. Fourie is the head coach for Fresno RFC.
Jake Nelson is heading up the women's side. Nelson has been a member of SFGG (both club andPRP sides) and as well as a stint in PRO Rugby as a player. He is a founder of the Tight Five 7sTournament and a Strength and Conditioning Coach.
Nathalie Marchino- will be the assistant coach with the women's Pelican's side. If you aren't familiar with Marchino (go back and read our stories on her). In short Marchino is a former member of the Berkeley All Blues, a member of the USA Eagle's 7s and 15s World Cup sides, and most recently an Olympian with Colombia at the 2016 Olympics.
NorCal's President Ben Parker is serving as the manager (he's also head coach of the Sacramento Blackhawks).
Adriaan Ferris is the Director for the Pelican's program. Ferris's most recent experiences include Athletic Director for Life Chiropractic College West, Head Coach for Life West Rugby, as well as assistant coach for the San Francisco Rush (of PRO Rugby).
The Griffins have an equally loaded coaching team which includes Ray Egan as Director of Coaching. Egan is also the head coach for Belmont Shore's PRP side, PRO Rugby's San Diego Breakers as well as Tiger Rugby (in Southern California).
Justin Boyd is the Griffins's backs coach. Boyd is a former USA Eagles 7s standout and member of Tiger Rugby and a one-time Griffin himself.
Patrick Rashidian (the Rhino) is the forwards coach. Rashidian has been with the Griffin's program before and has also led the Orange County Ravens. Zack Winter is the Head Coach for the Griffins Under 23 side and Perter Sio the 7s program head coach.
We will try and provide the Selects rosters as soon as they are finalized and available. NorCal's will not be finalized until their final training session on Wednesday. We will work to get both sides as soon as they are availabl