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Firebirds Youth Rugby

2022 Boys U16 State Champions

The Birds won a hard fought battle against Red Mountain to win the title.  Read more here.



(Updated 4/24/22)

The U16 Boys are U16 State Champions!!

The HS Boys are the HS D2 State Champions!!

A great year for all the boys, overcoming lots of challenges along the way, but staying together and working hard for each other all the time produced great results.

Youth Results

That's a wrap for our 2022 Youth Season.  We'll be back at it in October for the 2022-23 season, we look forward to seeing you then!

Finals Results of Rugby Arizona Youth & HS/U16 Girls State Championships on 2/26/22:
U10  = Champions
U12 = 3rd place
U14 Boys = 2nd place

U16 Girls (Big Dogs) = 2nd place
HS Girls (Big Dogs) = 3rd place

Click here to see the season's match results



Start: March 19 (after Spring Break bye week)
End:  April 23 

Duration:  5 week program, excluding Easter weekend (4/16)

Model:  2 hour training each weekend

Mar 19 - training camp in Tucson (Kino Stadium/10:00 A.M. - Noon)

Location: Kino North Stadium
Address:  3600 S Country Club Rd, Tucson, AZ 85713

Mar 26 - training camp in Phoenix (WSC Field 15, 10:00 A.M. - Noon)

April 2 - training camp at Sahuarita HS (10:00 A.M. to Noon)

Sahuarita High School
9000, 350 W Sahuarita Rd, Sahuarita, AZ 85629

Training will be on the high school football field and ample parking is adjacent to the field.

April 9 - training camp in Phoenix, at WSC (10:00 A.M. to Noon)

April 23 - exhibition matches at WSC before HS Boys Finals (time and field TBA)

Head Coach:  Tim Pappas (Tucson)

Assistant Coaches:  Jeremy Fonoimoana (Tucson) & Brawley McCaslin (Tucson)

Overall training plan for the program to be set by Coaching Staff.

Club coaches are welcome to attend and watch.

Rosters for exhibition games will be set by Coaching Staff based on their discretion with the goal being to field 2 evenly matched teams and all camp attendees to get playing time.

No cost to the players, this is part of their RAZ season of rugby activities.  Only requirement is that the girls have a current registration in Sportlomo with RAZ.

This is RAZ sponsored and as such is not affiliated with any other local academy such as EIRA, Bobcats, Rhinos.




The teams competing in the 2022 Winter Season are as follows:


  • U8/10 Touch - 5 teams.
    Phoenix/Eclipse/Marana combined team, Tempe A, Red Mountain, Tempe B, and Scottsdale. 
  • U10 Coed tackle - 4 teams.  
    Phoenix/Eclipse/Marana combined team, Scottsdale, Red Mountain, and Tempe.
  • U12 Coed - 5 teams. 
    Phoenix/Eclipse B combined team, Red Mountain, Eclipse A, Tempe, Marana/Scottsdale combined team.
    U14 Boys - 4 teams.
    Phoenix/Eclipse/Marana combined team, Tempe, Scottsdale, Red Mountain.


  • U16 Boys - 4 teams.
    Phoenix, Scottsdale, Eclipse, Red Mountain.
  • HS Boys D2 - 6 teams.
    The Birds (Phoenix+Tucson), Brophy, Glendale, Salpointe, Sahuarita, Red Mtn B.
  • HS Boys D1 - 2 teams.
    Red Mountain, Tempe
  • U15 Girls - 2 teams.
    Phoenix, Scottsdale, Eclipse, Marana will play together in a combined format.
  • U16 Girls - 3 teams.
    Big Dogs (Phoenix, East Valley, Marana), Sahuarita, Scottsdale/Tempe.
  • HS Girls - 4 teams.
    Big Dogs (Phoenix, East Valley, Marana, North Valley), Sahuarita, Scottsdale, Cienega.


winter season practices started january 3rd.

we welcome new players to give rugby a try!


We welcome all aspiring new rugby players as well as our returning players to the 2021-2022 season! 

For those wanting to give rugby a try, it is free to come to practice and have a go. Bring a new friend with you to show them how much fun rugby is, just have them wear athletic clothing and running shoes or cleats if they have them.

We happily accept new players at any time of the season for all age grades.  Spread the word to family and friends!.
We are fielding teams in all age grades - U8/10/12 co-ed; U14/16/High School boys and girls.

Practice Location:  Longview Elementary
1209 E Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85014

Parking is off 12th St.

Monday and Wednesdays
Youth (U8-U14):  6:00-7.30 p.m.
U16/HS:  6:00-8:00 p.m.

2021-2022 Phoenix Firebirds Registration is now open:   Click here for more info

2021 - 2022 Season Overview

Key Calendar dates (click here to go to our Calendar).

Winter Season

Start Winter season practice on Mon 1/3/22, first games on 1/8/22.

Winter Youth:  8 wks total duration: 1/8 - 2/12 for 6 wks of league games, semis on 2/19, finals on 2/26/22.
Winter HS/U16 Boys 15s: 16 wks total duration:  1/8 preseason scrimmage, then 1/15-4/2 for 12 wks of league games, semis on 4/9, finals on 4/23/22.
Winter HS/U16 Girls 7s:  1/8 preseason scrimmage, start 1/15/22 but not determined what sort of season yet until they get an idea of numbers.
Spring HS/U16/U14 Girls 15s: March 19 - April 23
Duration:  5 week program, excluding Easter weekend (4/16)
Model:  2 hour training each week
Proposed Time:  mornings (tentatively around 9:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.)   Final time TBA

  • Mar 19  10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.:- training camp in Tucson (Kino Sports Complex)
  • Mar 26 - training camp in Phoenix (WSC - Westside Sports Complex)
  • April 2 - training camp at Sahuarita High School
  • April 9 - training camp at Sahuarita High School
  • April 23 - exhibition matches at WSC before HS Boys Finals

League byes:
3/5 - LA7s
3/12 - Spring Break
4/16 - Easter

Match Fields
All youth games plus our HS/U16 home games will be played at the Westside Sports Complex.  Some HS/U16 away games could be played in Tucson.

Address: 2209 N 99th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85037


Our 2021-2022 Coaching Staff

HS/U16 Boys:  Rob Speers, Glenn Rose, Brett Catchpole, Brad Sandig, Cyprian Miller.

HS/U16/U14 Girls: Louis Quiroz, Hannah Struzyk, Kyland Ward, Dave Perez.

U14 Boys:  Caleb Jones, Steve Hansen, Dave Rushton.

U12 Co-ed: Aaron Baldwin. Drew Kingston

U10/8 Co-ed: Travis Johnson, Boris Musakwa.

General Manager: Yvette Speers
BHS/U16 Manager: Aimee Perez
GHS/U16/U14:  Trisha Quiroz

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Facebook Page

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for additional news and updates:

Firebirds Match Videos

Our parents have filmed various games over the years and posted to Youtube:

Rob Speers channel
Taylor Miller channel  
Louis Quiroz channel


In order to grow our numbers to fill out these teams we need help from all current players to bring their friends out to give rugby a try!

Come and join a practice and see what rugby is all about!  It is free to come to a practice and check it out.

Also, we are a co-ed squad so bring out the girls as well as the boys!  Girls rugby is also a fast growing sport (check it out at the Olympics!) and the Firebirds encourage girls to come out and give rugby a try.  

REMEMBER:  It is never too late to get started with rugby.  If you have kids that are interested and want to give it a shot, bring them out to practice and we'll get them involved!

Practice Location & Schedule

All age grades share the practice field together.

Practice is generally on Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:00 pm to 7.30 pm for Youth and 6.00 pm to 8:00 pm for High School & U16.

For the 2021-2022 Rugby Arizona league season we will again be offering the following teams and levels for kids to play:

  • Boys and Girls tackle 7s & 15s rugby for High School, U16, U14
  • Co-ed tackle 7s rugby for U10, U12
  • Co-ed FIT (international rules)  Touch rugby for  U8, U10, U12, U14

Location:  Longview Elementary School
1209 E Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85014

Phoenix Rugby Club Sponsors

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. 

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Discount rates:  All Phoenix Rugby Club (Firebirds, Men, Women)  players & family = $40

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