Utah Warriors (Rugby Super League)

The Utah Warriors was an American rugby union team based in Salt Lake City, Utah. The team played in the Rugby Super League in the 2011 season,[1] but then folded in 2012.

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Full nameUtah Warriors Rugby Union Football Club
UnionUSA Rugby
Founded2010; 11 years ago (2010)
CEOSean Whalen
Coach(es)Jon Law
League(s)Rugby Super League

HistoryEdit

The Utah Rugby Union made a formal request to join the Rugby Super League in 2010 and was accepted into the national competition for the 2011 season. The Utah Warriors team was formed mainly from rugby players within the state of Utah, but also attracted marquee signings such as US national players Mike Palefau and Jason Pye.[2] The Warriors had an active roster of more than 35 players. Utah entrepreneur Sean Whalen oversaw the team's operations and Jon Law was the head coach.[2]

I'm excited at the level of talent that we’ve attracted to this team. With the strength in local talent, and the vision and motivation of this staff, we have created a top-notch team that can rival any team in the league. We are expecting great things from the Utah Warriors.

— Jon Law, Head coach, December 13, 2010.[2]

The Warriors finished mid-table in their conference with a 3–3 record in 2011 and did not make the play-offs. The team was dropped from the league for the 2012 season after failing to register their players by the required deadline.[3]

SuccessorEdit

In 2017, Rugby Utah Ventures resurrected the name "Utah Warriors" for their team to compete in Major League Rugby.

– See: Utah Warriors

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "New team joins Super League". We Are Rugby. Archived from the original on 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2011-12-10.
  2. ^ a b c "Utah CEO Sean Whalen and Rugby Super League announce new Utah team, Utah Warriors". Business Wire. 2010-12-13. Archived from the original on 2010-12-16. Retrieved 2017-09-26.
  3. ^ "Warriors Out". Rugby Mag. 2012-03-08. Archived from the original on 2012-04-21. Retrieved 2012-04-21.

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