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The Utah Warriors are a professional rugby union team that competes in Major League Rugby, the top-level rugby competition in the United States that played its first season in 2018.[1] The team is based in Salt Lake City, Utah, and was founded in 2017 by Rugby Utah Ventures.

Utah Warriors
Utah Warriors rugby logo 2018.png
UnionUSA Rugby
Founded2017
Ground(s)Zions Bank Stadium
Herriman, Utah
CEOKimball Kjar
Coach(es)Alf Daniels (Head)
Stevie Scott (Forwards)
James Semple (Backs)
Sica Glauser (Trainer)
Mark Drown (Manager)
Top scorerTim O'Malley (110)
League(s)Major League Rugby
2018Semi-finalist (playoffs)
4th place (regular season)
Team kit
Official website
warriorsrugby.com

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Home fieldEdit

The Utah Warriors play at Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman, Utah, which has a seating capacity of 5,000.[2] The adjacent training facility includes two full-sized indoor turf fields. The Warriors share the venue with Real Monarchs, a USL Championship team affiliated with Real Salt Lake.[3]

Players and personnelEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players have been reported for Utah for the 2019 season:[4][5]

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.

Player Position Union
Logan Daniels Hooker   New Zealand
Alex Vorster* Hooker   South Africa
Metai Tuimoala* Hooker   Tonga
Jeremy Leber* Hooker   Australia
Blake Burdette Hooker   United States
Angus MacLellan Prop   United States
Huluholo Mo'ungaloa Prop   United States
Franco van den Berg Prop   South Africa
Frikkie de Beer Prop   South Africa
Alex Tucci Prop   United States
John Cullen Lock   United States
Matthew Jensen Lock   United States
Saia Uhila Lock   United States
Vilame Vuli Lock   Fiji
Thomas Kacor Flanker   United States
Jackson Kaka Flanker   United States
Jahmin Gernhoefer Flanker   New Zealand
Awara Elkington Flanker   United States
Kendrick Scott Flanker   United States
Arthur Bergo Flanker   Brazil
Lance Williams Flanker   United States
Maika Hafoka Number 8   Tonga
Les Soloai Number 8   United States
Player Position Union
Jake Christmann Scrum-half   United States
Ian Luciano* Scrum-half   Australia
Joseph Nicholls* Scrum-half   Zimbabwe
Sione Ika Scrum-half   Tonga
Tim O’Malley Fly-half   New Zealand
James Semple** Fly-half   New Zealand
Josh Reeves Fly-half   Brazil
AJ Tu’ineau Centre   United States
Gannon Moore Centre   United States
Calvin Whiting Centre   United States
Jared Whippy Centre   United States
Iniki Fa’amausili Centre   United States
Simon Quickfall Centre   New Zealand
Penivea Pahulu* Centre   New Zealand
Vatemo Ravouvou Centre   Fiji
Fetuʻu Vainikolo Wing   Tonga
Vernon Ale Wing   United States
Josh Anderson Wing   United States
Tonata Lauti* Wing   Tonga
Jeremy Misailegalu Wing   United States
Nolan Tuamoheloa Wing   United States
Ben Connolly Wing   Australia
Don Pati Fullback   United States
Josh Whippy Fullback   United States
  • Internationally capped players in bold
  • MLR teams are allowed to field up to five overseas players per match

* Players qualified to play for United States on dual nationality or residency grounds ** James Semple signed as backs coach but is registered to play in MLR


Signed but unable to compete in 2019 season due to delays in obtaining a visa:

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.

Player Position Union
German Kessler Hooker   Uruguay
Adam Thomson Flanker   New Zealand

Head coachesEdit

  • Alf Daniels (2018–present) [6]

CaptainsEdit

Honorary membersEdit

  • Josh Pray (2019-present)

Warriors Selects SquadEdit

The Utah Warriors have agreed a strategic partnership with Rugby Utah with the aim of exposing more players to a professional environment. The following players have been assigned to that squad coached by Ben Nicholls.

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.

Player Position Union
Ray Forrester Hooker   United States
Lote Tu'ipulotu Hooker   Tonga
Pio Vatuvei Prop   United States
Taumata Mama’o Prop   United States
Tino Mafi Prop   United States
John Martinez Prop   United States
Kory Olsen Lock   United States
Tucker Francis Flanker   United States
Wineera Elkington Flanker   United States
Artur Bergo Flanker   Brazil
Maka Tameilau Number 8   United States
Player Position Union
Ben Nicholls Fly-half   Zimbabwe
Havea Unufe Centre   United States
Paki Afu Centre   Tonga
Misitana Afeaki Wing   United States
Alekisa Kalougata* Wing   Fiji
Peceli Rinakama Fullback   Fiji
  • Internationally capped players in bold
  • Players qualified to play for United States on dual nationality or residency grounds*

RecordsEdit

Season standingsEdit

Year Pos Pld W D L F A +/− BP Pts   Playoffs
2018 4th 8 3 0 5 269 274 -5 10 22   Lost semi-final 21–34 to Glendale Raptors
2019 8th 16 2 2 12 381 517 −136 9 21   Did not qualify

HonorsEdit

2018 seasonEdit

Date Opponent Home/Away Venue Location Result
March 30 Glendale Raptors° Home Rio Tinto Stadium Sandy, Utah Lost, 42–15
April 6 Ontario Arrows° Home Rio Tinto Stadium Sandy, Utah Lost, 24–20
April 20 Prairie Wolf Pack° Home Zions Bank Stadium Herriman, Utah Won, 80–12
April 29 San Diego Legion Away Torero Stadium San Diego, California Lost, 24–31
May 5 Glendale Raptors Home Zions Bank Stadium Herriman, Utah Lost, 29–36
May 11 Austin Elite Home Zions Bank Stadium Herriman, Utah Won, 41–22
May 20 Seattle Seawolves Away Starfire Stadium Seattle, Washington Lost, 30–41
May 26 Houston SaberCats Away Dyer Stadium Houston, Texas Won, 36–30
June 1 Austin Elite Away Round Rock Multipurpose Complex Austin, Texas Lost, 33–41
June 16 New Orleans Gold Home Zions Bank Stadium Herriman, Utah Lost, 43–46
June 23 Houston SaberCats Home Zions Bank Stadium Herriman, Utah Won, 31–27
June 30 Glendale Raptors°° Away Infinity Park Glendale, Colorado Lost, 21–34

° = Preseason game
°° = Playoff semifinal
     Matches won are colored green

2019 seasonEdit

ExhibitionEdit

Date Opponent Home/Away Venue Result
October 13, 2018 Glendale Raptors Away Infinity Park Postponed
October 20, 2018 Glendale Raptors Home Postponed
January 12, 2019 Life West Home RSL Academy Indoor Field Won, 25–10
February 9, 2019 New England Free Jacks Home Zions Bank Training Center Won, 70-15

Regular seasonEdit

Date Opponent Home/Away Venue Result
February 1 Austin Elite Away Dell Diamond Win, 17-9
February 17 San Diego Legion Away Torero Stadium Lost, 10-21
February 23 Glendale Raptors Home Zions Bank Stadium Draw, 26–26
March 2 New Orleans Gold Home Zions Bank Stadium Lost, 19–21
March 9 Rugby United New York Home Zions Bank Stadium Lost, 21-47
March 23 Houston SaberCats Away Constellation Field Lost, 27-29
March 30 Toronto Arrows Home Zions Bank Stadium Lost, 31-64
April 5 Seattle Seawolves Home Zions Bank Stadium Lost, 36–48
April 13 New Orleans Gold Away Gold Stadium Lost, 19-28
April 20 Rugby United New York Away MCU Park Lost, 22-24
April 27 Austin Elite Home Zions Bank Stadium Won, 35–19
May 4 Glendale Raptors Away Infinity Park Lost, 22-64
May 12 Toronto Arrows Away York Stadium Lost, 21-28
May 18 San Diego Legion Home Zions Bank Stadium Lost, 21–31
May 26 Seattle Seawolves Away Starfire Sports Draw, 27–27
June 1 Houston SaberCats Home Zions Bank Stadium Lost, 27–31

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "MLR Notes: Utah announces name, Seattle picks venue". This is American Rugby. 2017-09-25. Archived from the original on 2017-09-26. Retrieved 2017-09-26.
  2. ^ "Utah Warriors Announce Home Venue for the Major League Rugby Season". Utah Warriors. 2018-01-25. Archived from the original on 2018-02-05. Retrieved 2018-02-05.
  3. ^ "Zions Bank Real Academy new home for Real Salt Lake development pyramid". Real Monarchs. May 24, 2017. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  4. ^ "2018 Major League Rugby – Utah Warriors". Americas Rugby News. 2018. Retrieved 2018-12-23.
  5. ^ "MLR Off-Season Update – December 13, 2018". Americas Rugby News. 2018. Retrieved 2018-12-23.
  6. ^ "Utah Warriors Names Alf Daniels Head Coach". djcoilrugby. 2017-10-18. Archived from the original on 2017-11-19. Retrieved 2017-11-19.

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