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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

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Recent Lightning News

October Newsletter

By Matt Schmidt 10/03/2017, 12:15pm MST

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Our charitable Youth Program has been a huge success.  Over 65 kids showed up at our clinic from all over the place, including the Boys and Girls Club, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Tucson, The Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind, the military and more. Each kid received a bag with a rugby ball, bag, water bottle and T-shirt. Approximately 45 kids decided to continue with our Thunder Cubs Youth Flag Rugby League, which will take place every Sunday in October at Rillito Park from 9-11am.  Kids who do not have cleats have been given their own pair with help from The Shop.

For more information, contact Matt Schmidt at

Old Pueblo Lightning

The women start practice this week and will go every Tuesday and Thursday at Rillito Park from 6:30-8:30pm.

Their new and awesome jerseys are also for sale, so get them while they last.

The women have a lot in store this Fall, inlcuding Flagstaff 10's, Las Vegas and the Arizona Rugby Festival. They are also hosting their very own tournament this November: The Sonoran Series.

Check out the calendar for more or contact Alison Miller at 

Old Pueblo Lions

The men will begin practice at Rillito soon. In the meantime, they will prep this Fall for Flagstaff 10's, Las Vegas and the Bisbee Cup, to name a few matches. For more information, contact Luis Lizarraga at

The men are also gearing up for their biggest fundraiser of the year, the Nauglehead Golf Tournament at Randolph on October 28th. The Tournament will include a costume contest, craft beer from local breweries, golf, a raffle and more! For more information about how to sign up or sponsor, contact Mark Bell at 

High School Lions/Thunder

The brand new High School Thunder (girls) will begin their practice at Rillito Park on October 17, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 5-6:30. You can reach Angela for more information at

The High School Lions (boys) will begin their practice on November 1 at Rillito Park, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-7:30pm. We are happy to announce our new head coach, Camden McGregor, who comes from Colorado with lots of coaching experience. You can contact him  at or Kyle Knutson at  for more information.


Don't forget to grab some OPRFC merch to kick off the season right.

Sponsor of the Month

A big shout out the The Underestimated City, who created all of the shirts and jerseys for the Engage Youth Program. In addition to making great rugby merch for OPRFC, check out their Beat Cancer shirts on sale this month.

Season Recap: Women finish top four in USA

By OP Lightning 07/12/2017, 2:30pm MST

Old Pueblo Lightning has best season yet

Old Pueblo Lightning Women's Rugby wrapped up the 2017 competitive season with the best showing in its history.  At the end of regular league play, Lightning finished on top of the standings within the Southern California Rugby Football Union (SCRFU) women's Division II for the second year in a row.

OPRFC's "Engage" Moving Forward

By Matt Schmidt 06/21/2017, 10:30am MST

Charitable Program Tops Fundraising Goals For This Year

On June 10th, OPRFC hosted a fundraiser for its charitable program "Engage" which is designed to provide more underprivileged kids the chance to play the fastest growing sport in America in a fun and safe environment. The event featured a poker tournament, food and beverages, yard games, a raffle, silent auction, photo booth, dancing, merchandise and more. 

Due to the excellent support of the local community, OPRFC exceeded its fundraising goals, meaning not only will Engage be able to execute every aspect of the program originally planned, but now have the funds to help more kids than anticipated should the demand and need arise. At minimum, this includes:

*Hosting mini clinics at the Boys and Girls Club summer camps and donating balls to each clubhouse for their use while we are away.

 *Hosting approximately 100 kids from local nonprofits in our Big Annual Clinic, which provides each kid with an athletic kit including bag, water bottle, rugby ball and jersey.

*Inviting kids who want more to participate in our Fall Youth Camp, a non-tackle program every Sunday in October that will include coaches, referees, training and two hand touch rugby games.

*Donating cleats to participants in our Fall Youth Camp who could not otherwise own a pair of their own.

Engage has also partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of Tucson, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Tucson and USA Rugby to make this program especially great.

The  success for Engage's first fundraising year would not have been possible without the help of its wonderful sponsors and donors:

Kinerk, Schmidt and Sethi, PLLC

The Tucson Conquistadores

The Zuckerman Outreach Community Foundation

The Volpe Team at NOVA Home Loans

Design Modulars Incorporated

CAID Industries

The Law Offices of Maggie Higgins Schmidt

Dragoon Brewing Company

Whiskey Del Bac by Hamilton Distillers

The Independent Distillery

R + R Grill

The Underestimated City


Sports Insitute of Tucson

Crossfit Milo

Trident Grill

BluSteel: A Salon

Crooked Tooth Brewing Co.

Black Rose Tattoers