Utah Warriors (rugby union)
|Full name||Utah Warriors Rugby Union Football Club|
|League(s)||Rugby Super League|
History and formation
The Rugby Super League (RSL) received a formal request from a team representing the Utah Rugby Union to be part of the RSL for 2011. The RSL accepted their participation for the upcoming season. This new team was made up of rugby players who currently play for clubs within the state of Utah as well as some players who play in other parts of the country.
Jon Law was the head coach and local Utah entrepreneur Sean Whalen oversaw the teams operations. “I’m excited at the level of talent that we’ve attracted to this team,” added Law. “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.”
Whalen and Law have attracted key players to the team such as US national players Mike Palefau and Jason Pye who is too injured to play on the national team. The team will have an active roster of more than 35 players. Utah Warrior marketing was done by SEOWerkz.
On March 9, it was announced the Utah Warriors were dropped from the RSL because they failed to register their players by the deadline. All games against the Warriors will become byes for the remaining RSL teams.
The team had an active roster of over 35 players. They signed Mike Palefau, John van der Giessen, and Jason Pye.
Notable former players
- Rugby Mag, RUGBYMag 7s Nationals All-Tournament Team, August 9, 2011, http://rugbymag.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1652:7s-nationals-all-tournament-team&catid=72:club-sevens&Itemid=98