Utah Warriors

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
UnionUSA Rugby
Ground(s)Zions Bank Stadium
Herriman, Utah
CEOKimball Kjar
Coach(es)Chris Latham (Head)
Ben Nicholls (Assistant)
Shawn Pittman (Forwards)
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

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

Players and personnel

Current squad

The following players have been reported for Utah for the 2020 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
Ricky Tu'ihalangingie Hooker Tonga
Ratu Veremalua Vugakoto Hooker Fiji
Angus MacLellan Prop United States
Huluholo Mo'ungaloa Prop United States
Franco van den Berg Prop South Africa
Frikkie de Beer Prop South Africa
Kalolo Tuiloma Prop New Zealand
Michael Payne Prop United States
Matthew Jensen Lock United States
Saia Uhila Lock Tonga
Jurie van Vuuren Lock South Africa
Richard Stanford Flanker Australia
Caleb Meyer Flanker United States
Awara Elkington Flanker New Zealand
Jackson Kaka Flanker United States
Lance Williams Flanker United States
Bailey Wilson Number 8 United States
John Cullen Number 8 United States
Player Position Union
Joseph Nicholls* Scrum-half Zimbabwe
Michael Baska Scrum-half United States
Dwayne Polataivao Scrum-half Samoa
Hagen Schulte Fly-half Germany
Robbie Povey Fly-half Canada
Jared Whippy Centre United States
Gannon Moore Centre United States
Calvin Whiting Centre United States
Blake Hohaia Centre New Zealand
Tyler Fisher Centre South Africa
Fetuʻu Vainikolo Wing Tonga
Kendrick Scott Wing United States
Tonata Lauti Wing United States
Nolan Tuamoheloa Wing United States
Vatemo Ravouvou Fullback Fiji
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

Head coaches


Honorary members

  • Josh Pray (2019–present)


Season standings

Year Pos Pld W D L F A +/− BP Pts   Playoffs
2018 4th 8305269274–51022   Lost semi-final 21–34 to Glendale Raptors
2019 8th 162212381517−136921   Did not qualify


2018 season

March 30Glendale Raptors°HomeRio Tinto StadiumSandy, UtahLost, 42–15
April 6Ontario Arrows°HomeRio Tinto StadiumSandy, UtahLost, 24–20
April 20Prairie Wolf Pack°HomeZions Bank StadiumHerriman, UtahWon, 80–12
April 29San Diego LegionAwayTorero StadiumSan Diego, CaliforniaLost, 24–31
May 5Glendale RaptorsHomeZions Bank StadiumHerriman, UtahLost, 29–36
May 11Austin EliteHomeZions Bank StadiumHerriman, UtahWon, 41–22
May 20Seattle SeawolvesAwayStarfire StadiumSeattle, WashingtonLost, 30–41
May 26Houston SaberCatsAwayDyer StadiumHouston, TexasWon, 36–30
June 1Austin EliteAwayRound Rock Multipurpose ComplexAustin, TexasLost, 33–41
June 16New Orleans GoldHomeZions Bank StadiumHerriman, UtahLost, 43–46
June 23Houston SaberCatsHomeZions Bank StadiumHerriman, UtahWon, 31–27
June 30Glendale Raptors°°AwayInfinity ParkGlendale, ColoradoLost, 21–34

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

2019 season


October 13, 2018Glendale RaptorsAwayInfinity ParkPostponed
October 20, 2018Glendale RaptorsHomePostponed
January 12, 2019Life WestHomeRSL Academy Indoor FieldWon, 25–10
February 9, 2019New England Free JacksHomeZions Bank Training CenterWon, 70–15

Regular season

February 1Austin EliteAwayDell DiamondWin, 17–9
February 17San Diego LegionAwayTorero StadiumLost, 10–21
February 23Glendale RaptorsHomeZions Bank StadiumDraw, 26–26
March 2New Orleans GoldHomeZions Bank StadiumLost, 19–21
March 9Rugby United New YorkHomeZions Bank StadiumLost, 21–47
March 23Houston SaberCatsAwayConstellation FieldLost, 27–29
March 30Toronto ArrowsHomeZions Bank StadiumLost, 31–64
April 5Seattle SeawolvesHomeZions Bank StadiumLost, 36–48
April 13New Orleans GoldAwayGold StadiumLost, 19–28
April 20Rugby United New YorkAwayMCU ParkLost, 22–24
April 27Austin EliteHomeZions Bank StadiumWon, 35–19
May 4Glendale RaptorsAwayInfinity ParkLost, 22–64
May 12Toronto ArrowsAwayYork StadiumLost, 21–28
May 18San Diego LegionHomeZions Bank StadiumLost, 21–31
May 26Seattle SeawolvesAwayStarfire SportsDraw, 27–27
June 1Houston SaberCatsHomeZions Bank StadiumLost, 27–31

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. "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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