Receiving the Bingham Plate in Amsterdam, 2018

Receiving the Bingham Plate in Amsterdam, 2018

Developmental Social Inclusive

The San Diego Armada is an inclusive rugby union club. We welcome all players and supporters regardless of skill level, orientation, gender identity, religion, or national origin.

As a developmental team we routinely field players with a few weeks of rugby experience next to players with a decade on the pitch; its okay to be new we love to help people learn the game. Being a social club means that our primary goal is to have a great time and make friends by playing. Inclusivity means that everyone is welcome in the Armada, we are too busy playing rugby and having fun to be judgmental.

The Bingham Cup

On September 11th, 2001, Mark Bingham gave his life on flight 93 to protect others. The San Francisco Fog, the seconds inclusive team he helped found, created the Mark Kendall Bingham Memorial Tournament the following year. It has since become the largest rugby tournament in the world and the largest amateur sports gathering in the world.

Winning the Mark Kendall Bingham Memorial Rugby Tournament is the pinnacle of our team’s existence.  If we have to choose between taking a strong side to national playoffs or the Bingham Cup we will always choose Bingham.  Our team will always register and send players to the Bingham Cup even if it isn’t a full side.

In 2016 we attended the tournament in Nashville, Tennessee, hosted by the Nashville Grizzlies. It was the first time that we sent a full team to a Bingham Cup. Throughout the tournament we dominated the competition by scoring 116 points and giving up only 29. Our record was 5-1 with a single loss coming to the Chicago Dragons. The Armada took third place in our division and brought home the Hoagland Plate.

 The post game presentation of the Hoagland Plate in Nashville, 2016. We would later be formally presented with it at the closing ceremonies.

The post game presentation of the Hoagland Plate in Nashville, 2016. We would later be formally presented with it at the closing ceremonies.

In 2018 we travelled to Amsterdam, Netherlands to compete for the Bingham Cup. Because of our heavy score differential in 2016 and growing team presence we were placed in the top tier of competition. Again we finished 5-1 with our sole loss from the Kings Cross Steelers, one of the first gay teams in the world and an incredible organization. Every game we played was extremely competitive and all had very narrow margins of victory.We brought home the Bingham Plate, taking third place in the world.

 The post game presentation of the Bingham Plate in Amsterdam, 2018. The woman kneeling on the left is Alice Hoagland, Mark Bingham’s mother.  We would later be formally presented with it at the closing ceremony (top of page).

The post game presentation of the Bingham Plate in Amsterdam, 2018. The woman kneeling on the left is Alice Hoagland, Mark Bingham’s mother. We would later be formally presented with it at the closing ceremony (top of page).