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Utah Warriors
Utah Warriors rugby logo 2018.png
UnionUSA Rugby
Ground(s)Zions Bank Stadium
Herriman, Utah
CEOKimball Kjar
Coach(es)Shawn Pittman (Interim head)
Ben Nicholls (Assistant)
Shaun Davies (Backs)
Sica Glauser (Trainer)
Mark Drown (Manager)
Brandon Sparks (Director of Rugby Operations)
Top scorerTim O'Malley (134)
Most triesTonata Lauti (10)
League(s)Major League Rugby
20198th place (regular season)
Team kit
Official website

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 2010 as Utah Warriors (Rugby Super League) and re-refounded in 2017 by Rugby Utah Ventures.

Home field

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]


2019 home games were shown on KMYU a CBS affiliate station owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group. Jarom Jordan and Jonny Linehan were the on air talent.


Season Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2018-2019 XBlades Nui
2020–present Paladin Sports None

Players and personnel

Current squad

The Utah Warriors squad for the 2021 Major League Rugby season is:[4]

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
Sama Malolo Hooker Australia Australia
Michael Payne Hooker United States United States
Veremalua Vugakoto Hooker Fiji Fiji
Elijah Hayes Prop United States United States
Olive Kilifi Prop United States United States
Angus MacLellan Prop United States United States
Paul Mullen Prop United States United States
Alex Tucci Prop United States United States
Franco van den Berg Prop South Africa South Africa
Matthew Dalton Lock Ireland Ireland
Aston Fortuin Lock South Africa South Africa
Matt Jensen Lock United States United States
Puna Vuli Lock Fiji Fiji
Thomas Tu’avao* Flanker England England
Saia Uhila* Flanker Tonga Tonga
Lance Williams Flanker United States United States
Bailey Wilson* Flanker Australia Australia
Jurie van Vuuren Number 8 South Africa South Africa
Player Position Union
Michael Baska Scrum-half United States United States
Fraser Hurst Scrum-half Canada Canada
Danny Giannascoli Fly-half United States United States
Cliven Loubser Fly-half Namibia Namibia
Hagen Schulte Fly-half Germany Germany
Tyler Fisher Centre South Africa South Africa
Rodney Iona Centre Samoa Samoa
Logan Tago Centre United States United States
Dom Toluono Centre United States United States
Jared Whippy* Centre Fiji Fiji
Calvin Whiting Centre United States United States
Derek Ellingson Wing United States United States
Tonata Lauti* Wing Tonga Tonga
Joseph Mano Wing American Samoa American Samoa
James Vaifale Wing American Samoa American Samoa
Josh Whippy Wing United States United States
John Powers Fullback United States United States
Mike Te'o Fullback United States United States
  • Senior 15s and senior 7s internationally capped players are listed in bold.
  • * denotes players qualified to play for the United States on dual nationality or residency grounds.
  • MLR teams are allowed to field up to ten overseas players per match.

Training squad

The following players were named in the Utah Warriors Senior Training Squad:[5]

  • Mexico David Perez (Prop)
  • United States Kal Kistner (Lock)
  • United States James Mocke (Lock)
  • United States Cumorah Saulala (Fly-half)
  • United States Aaron Wade (Wing)

Head coaches


Honorary members

  • Josh Pray (2019–present)


Season standings

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
2020 7th 5 2 1 2 125 134 -9 2 12   Season currtailed due to the COVID-19 pandemic


2018 season

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 season


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 season

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

2020 season

On March 12, 2020, MLR announced the season would go on hiatus immediately for 30 days due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[8] It was cancelled the following week.[9]

Regular season

Date Opponent Home/Away Result
February 9 Rugby ATL Away Lost, 19–28
February 15 New England Free Jacks Home Won, 39–33
February 22 Austin Gilgronis Away Draw, 20–20
February 29 Colorado Raptors Away Lost, 14–22
March 7 Seattle Seawolves Away Won, 33–31
March 13 New Orleans Gold Home Cancelled
March 27 San Diego Legion Home Cancelled
April 4 Toronto Arrows Away Cancelled
April 11 Houston SaberCats Away Cancelled
April 18 Austin Gilgronis Home Cancelled
April 25 Seattle Seawolves Home Cancelled
May 3 Old Glory DC Away Cancelled
May 8 Colorado Raptors Home Cancelled
May 16 Rugby United New York Home Cancelled
May 25 San Diego Legion Away Cancelled
May 30 Houston SaberCats Home Cancelled

See also


  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. ^ "Utah Warriors". Americas Rugby News. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  5. ^ "Utah adds seven players to senior training squad". Americas Rugby News. 9 December 2020. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  6. ^ "Utah Warriors Names Alf Daniels Head Coach". djcoilrugby. 2017-10-18. Archived from the original on 2017-11-19. Retrieved 2017-11-19.
  7. ^ "Utah Warriors announce resignation of head coach Chris Latham". OurSports Central. January 14, 2021.
  8. ^ "MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY SUSPENDS 2020 SEASON FOR 30 DAYS". March 12, 2020. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  9. ^ "Major League Rugby cancels remainder of 2020 campaign". Yahoo! Sports. AFP. March 19, 2020. Retrieved March 19, 2020.

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