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Membership Requirements

 Any player or non-player who wants to be a part of our club must register with OPRFC. All OPRFC members will have access to special benefits, including access to updated news and information, free merchandise, discounts, invitation to club events, socials and more.

Any player who wants to play rugby must also register with USA Rugby.  Once these requirements are fulfilled, you will be an official member of our large OPRFC family and have the opportunity to play the best sport on earth.

Matt Schmidt

Matt Schmidt


Phone: 5206033562

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Who We Are

The Old Pueblo Rugby Football Club is a Tucson rugby club that has grown to feature competitive rugby programs for men (Old Pueblo Lions), women (Old Pueblo Lightning) and under-19 (U-19 Lions) squads.  As a 501(c)(3), OPRFC is expanding its reach in a charitable way by supporting various local youth programs and providing more recreational opportunities to underprivileged children curious about trying a different—but phenomenal—sport.  For that reason, OPRFC has launched “Engage.”

In addition to running three competitive rugby teams, OPRFC hosts fun-filled, minimal-contact rugby clinics for kids. At the end of each program, OPRFC will give each child an athletic bag including a rugby ball, water bottle and T-shirt. Because rugby only requires a ball and a patch of land, this will give kids the opportunity to share the various games they have learned with their friends.

Our Cause


OPRFC Newsletter: Scrimmages, Charity Events and more

By Matt Schmidt 10/17/2016, 10:00am MST

*The men's squad scrimmaged with 24 players last Saturday and had a social on the field afterwards. Both sides were evenly matched and loaded with both new talent and veteran experience. There is lots to improve on, but the men are further along at this point in the preseason than they were last season and have a lot more matches lined up before the season kicks off in January.

*We are excited to host Big Brother's and Big Sisters of Tucson on October 22 and 23 for two days of clinics with their kids and mentors. OPRFC's new charity "Engage" is designed to provide more recreational opportunities for the local underprivileged youth. This year we have put together 100 athletic kits including bag, ball, water bottle and t-shirt for our kid participants. For more information, check it out.

*The Men's Fall Match Schedule

Sept. 24 @ Phoenix (Won: 7 tries to 6)
Oct. 1 Flagstaff 10's (1-1-1)
Oct. 15 Intersquad Scrimmage (OP won)
October 21-22: Engage charity event with Big Brothers Big Sisters
November 19: Round Robin @ Estevan with Tucson and other teams TBD
December 10: Exhibition game in Bisbee vs. Scottsdale
December 17:  OPRFC v. Las Vegas Irish

* Women's Fall Schedule

  • Oct. 1 - Flagstaff 10's (2-1, 2-1)
  • Oct. 22 - Friendly @ Las Vegas
  • Nov. 4 - Inter-squad scrimmage @ Estevan
  • Nov. 19 - Round robin with GCU and NAU @ Estevan
  • Dec. 3 - Arizona Rugby Festival @ Scottsdale

*We continue to stress the importance of registering with OPRFC to become a member of our club. Registration allows us to get critical contact, medical and other information from you. For alumni, registration allows us to keep track of what you are up to so we can send you business and other perks.

*We are always recruiting, whether you a man or woman,  new or old to the sport. Now is especially a good time to join us as we prepare for our upcoming season. If you have questions, please contact Matt Schmidt at or check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

*For more information about upcoming events, check out our calendar or join us on Facebook.

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These fine organizations make what we do possible. Please show your support to these amazing sponsors and thank them for their commitment to our organization. Interested in becoming a sponsor? Click here to learn more about our sponsorship opportunities

Sponsored by Kinerk, Schmidt & Sethi, PLLC

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Representing Tucsonans who have been injured or lost a loved one against wrongdoers and their insurance companies.

Sponsored by Dragoon Brewing Company

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The best craft brewery in Tucson

Sponsored by Frog n' Firkin

Frog n' Firkin

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Our social host, the Frog is a standout among other bars and restaurants in the bustling University area. Great food, a large tap list, large TV's and a good time to have with OPRFC family.