Warriors Wednesday: Rugby Community Night & 2020 Plans
May 1, 2019
We had such a great time this past Saturday with many of you at the Warriors’ Rugby Community Night. Our Warriors played some of their best rugby all season and beat the Austin Elite 35-19.
Not only was the win a good one, but it was great to see our Utah Youth Rugby partners as well as Utah’s Collegiate and Men’s and Women’s clubs unite on the field at halftime as we recognized each of them and Utah’s unique place in the American rugby landscape.
Thank you to all of those teams, players, coaches, administrators and parents for making Utah such a great rugby community! The Utah Warriors wouldn’t be here without the decades of sacrifice and time of so many in our rugby community.
At Saturday’s halftime, I referred to the international perspective of America as the “Sleeping Giant.” I heard that perspective repeatedly through my years of travel with the US National Team. And as Major League Rugby begins to wake up that giant, it was our goal by being a founding member of the MLR that we positioned Utah is the heart of the soon-to-wake giant.
From Highland Rugby, to BYU, to the University of Utah, to the Rugby Utah MPD and Selects, to our rich Polynesian heritage, the Utah Rugby community is an epicenter of rugby success incomparable to anywhere else in America.
And with the MLR’s expansion set for 2020 from nine to twelve teams by adding the New England Freejacks, DC Glory and Rugby ATL, it’s the goal of the Utah Warriors that our great rugby community continues to be the epicenter of American rugby on and off the field. We want Utah to stay as the heart of the “sleeping giant” as he wakes from his slumber.
And to do that we need to keep working together at growing this game. Growing the game includes getting more kids playing the sport, but also introducing people this sport. And the Utah Warriors are trying to do our part by partnering with Utah Youth Rugby with their Little Rugby program and by creating the JR Warriors Kids Club.
But we’re also trying to help our rugby community introduce more of our friends and neighbors to rugby. So, to support that we announced during Saturday’s halftime the creation of the “Bring a Friend” 2020 Season Ticket package. If you buy 2-3 seats you’ll get an additional seat for free and if you buy 4 or more, we’ll give you 2 more seats for free so you can use those seats to bring your friends and others to future Warriors games.
We also announced the Rugby Bundle Season Ticket package which includes an autographed rugby ball, FREE JR Warriors memberships for all your kids 14 and under and discounts to Utah Warriors Summer Camps. These packages, along with the Season Ticket Renewal package for current season ticket holders, are our way to say thank you to Warriors Nation, but to help us deliver on our goal to keep Utah as the heart of the soon-to-be American rugby giant.
For the full details on these packages please visit www.warriorsrugby.com/season-tickets. Please remember that the benefits for these packages are only good until June 1st.
Momentum is growing behind Major League Rugby and despite the Warriors 2019 record there’s excitement around the future of this team and how we can impact Utah’s community. We hope you’ll join us as we continue this ride together!
Please stay tuned to these Warriors Wednesdays posts where I’ll be able to update you on exciting Utah Warriors player and team news.
As always, we welcome your feedback and are appreciative of you support as we build Utah as the epicenter of North American rugby!
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