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We are always recruiting and welcome all experience levels. Come to a practice for a great workout and an excellent sports adventure! Check out our FAQs for information on what to expect or contact us with any questions.

Spring Practice

Tuesdays and Thursdays
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Starting January 3, 2017

Rillito Regional Park
4205 N 1st Ave
Tucson, AZ 85718
Look for the field with the lights and the uprights

Click image for directions

Recent Lightning News

Recap: Lightning Wins SoCal in Injury Time

By The Rugby Breakdown 05/01/2017, 11:00pm MST

Advances to USA Rugby quarterfinals to be held in Tucson

Old Pueblo (O.P.) Lightning is the Pacific South DII club champion, a title that took two come-from-behind playoff wins … decided in the closing minutes … on back-to-back weekends. In the semifinals, the Tucson team defeated Ventura on a closing-minutes penalty kick to win 23-22. In Saturday’s final, an injury-time try produced a 27-24 victory over Pasadena. The reward is a good one: a berth to the western portion of the DII national quarterfinals, which will be held in Tucson.

Read the full recap at The Rugby Breakdown...

Recap: Lightning advances in playoffs

By OPRFC 04/25/2017, 5:15pm MST

Squeaks out a 23-22 win in the last minute of semi-final

Old Pueblo Lightning Women's Rugby faces off against Pasadena in San Diego on Saturday, April 29th to determine who will represent the Southern California Rugby Football Union at the USA Rugby Regional Competition in May. Click here for event details.

Click here to read the full game recap featured in the Tucson Sentinel.

Newsletter: Regular Seasons Wrapping Up

By Matt Schmidt 04/03/2017, 10:45am MST

Lions Wrap Up Season

The men finished their season with a win, beating Camelback 32-17. The men's squad vastly improved this year, beating Yuma and Camelback. They came within  about three plays of winning three additional matches (losing those games by an average of only 5 points), and the scores of both their losses to the Magpies does not reflect how close those matches were for the majority of the game. The Lions improved their average point differential from roughly 30 points a game to only 5.   

The men will be participating in 7s this summer. Details soon.

Lightning Wrapping Up Regular Season, Then On To Playoffs!

The Lightning play their final regular season match this Saturday @ Las Vegas, and it's a big one. Both teams are tied in 1st place with home field advantage  scenarios on the line for playoffs. Playoffs will begin for the ladies on April 22.
April 8: @ Las Vegas


Win a chance at several fantastic prizes (now valued over $3,000) this June 10 at All in for Kids: Engage Fundraiser at the Temple of Music and Arts featuring poker tournament, silent auction, raffle, food pairings from Simplicit with beverages from Dragoon Brewing Co.The Independent Distillery and Whiskey Del Bac by Hamilton Distillers, as well as merchandise from The Underestimated City. Proudly sponsored by Kinerk Schmidt & Sethi, PLLCThe Volpe Team at Nova Home Loans, Design Modulars Inc., CAID Industries and the Law Offices of Maggie Higgins Schmidt.

Engage is officially supported by USA Rugby and has teamed up with both Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson and the Boys and Girls Club of Tucson.

For more information about Engage or how you can show more support, contact Matt Schmidt or check out the website here.


You can check out all of our merchandise here. OPRFC is currently in talks with The Underestimated City to role out some new merchandise with them. Details soon!

Other Stuff

*We are always recruiting, whether you a man or woman,  new or old to the sport. We also always have something going on, so it's never too late to join. If you have questions, please contact Matt Schmidt at or check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

*For more information about upcoming events, including matches, training, workout sessions, practices, socials, community involvement and much more, check out our calendar or join us on Facebook.

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