The Utah Warriors rugby team was founded in 2018. The club played its first match at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah before moving to Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman, which has become home to Warriors Nation. The team was one of seven founding members of Major League Rugby, the USA’s professional rugby division. The league has since expanded, with 13 teams playing in the 2023 season. No other professional sports team in North America has seen this level of league growth in its early years.
The Warriors boast the top attendance for MLR games, leading the league in the 2022 season with 5 of the top 6 game attendances. They were also the first team in the MLR to put a development pathway program in place, a program that continues to grow and produce grassroots talent each year.
The team has several players who have been called up to represent their countries. Most recently, Paul Mullen and Paul Lasike competed with the USA Eagles in their attempt to qualify for the World Cup. The team is captained by Bailey Wilson, a flanker who set the Warriors’ franchise record for tackles in a single season in 2022 with 201.
The Warriors are coached by Greg Cooper, with Kimball Kjar as CEO.