Rugby is Back!

After more than a year long hiatus, rugby is back in Minnesota (with safety precautions)

After taking over a year long hiatus due to the Coronavirus pandemic – rugby is back! The St. Paul Pigs resumed practice beginning on April 8th, 2021. The last time the Pigs played a match was the 2019 Midwest championship vs. Fox Valley RFC; a nail biter of a match that ended in a 13-15 loss and put an end to the Pigs’ national playoff run.

There was still plenty to be proud of about the 2019 fall season, including an undefeated (8-0) regular season, lowest points allowed (only 84 on the season), multiple dominant shut-out wins, winning the State Championship and a win at the Midwest D3 Playoffs.

See video of our match here (taken by Fox Valley): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0Q3cRx6SvE

The Pigs have nationals in their sights again this year and preparation starts now.

If you’re looking for a new club to join, feel free to join us at practice and be sure to send us a message via our contact form and we can get your questions answered.

Practice Schedule

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm at Afton Heights Park (unless otherwise communicated).

Spring 2021 Match Schedule

DateOpponentLocation
Saturday, May 1st 1pmSt. Cloud Bottom FeedersHome
Saturday, May 15th 1pmEastside BansheesHome
Saturday, June 5th 1pmRochester RoguesAway

If you plan to attend a match this year, please ensure you are following all CDC and State of MN guidelines to help keep everyone safe and ensure that we can have a successful season this spring.

St. Paul Pigs to Host 7’s Tournament

This year as part of the Minnesota 7’s series five part tournament, the St. Paul Pigs will host the Jesse James 7’s tournament on June 22nd 2019. The Pigs will be participating in the tournament throughout the summer. Be sure to check out our Facebook event for details on registration.

7’s practice for the pigs begins on Thursday, May 23rd at our home pitch at Afton Heights Park at 6pm and will continue every Tuesday and Thursday going forward. New players are welcome! For more information about our 7’s program, click here. If you’d like to contact our 7’s organizer, Nick Bannon, fill out our contact form here.

16th Annual Mike “Buca” Lundberg Tournament

In 2004, the Mike Lundberg Memorial Tournament started as a fun opportunity to play winter rugby for men and women of all skill levels while donating 100% of the proceeds to help defray the costs of Mike’s treatments. Sadly, Mike lost his long battle with Leukemia in 2008. At the request of his family, we have continued the tournament to celebrate his life and help a member of the Minnesota rugby community in need. 

The tournament will be held at Hoffman Park in River Falls, WI. Registration begins at 9:30 and the cost is $35 per person. This includes a tournament T-shirt and food and beer at the social after the tournament. Please RSVP by February 17th via our Facebook event or by emailing Ben Hanson at lhprop1@hotmail.com.

15th Annual Mike Lundberg Memorial Rugby Tournament

In 2004, the Mike Lundberg Memorial Tournament started as a fun opportunity to play winter rugby for men and women of all skill levels while donating 100% of the proceeds to help defray the costs of Mike’s treatments. Sadly, Mike lost his long battle with Leukemia in 2008. At the request of his family, we have continued the tournament to celebrate his life and help a member of the Minnesota rugby community in need. 

The tournament will be held at Hoffman Park in River Falls, WI. Registration begins at 9:30 and the cost is $35 per person. This includes a tournament T-shirt and food and beer at the social after the tournament. Please RSVP by February 17th via our Facebook event or by emailing Ben Hanson at lhprop1@hotmail.com.

Pigs 2017 Fall Schedule

D2 D4
19-Aug @Metropolis @Metropolis
26-Aug @Green Bay BYE
2-Sep Banshees Banshees
9-Sep BYE BYE
16-Sep Blaze St. Cloud
23-Sep Wisconsin Mankato
30-Sep Metropolis Mayhem
7-Oct @Bremer BYE
14-Oct @Banshees Rochester
21-Oct BYE @Faribault
28-Oct BYE D4 Playoffs
4-Nov Playoffs  Playoffs
11-Nov Playoffs  Playoffs

 

Home matches will be held at our pitch at Afton Heights Park in Maplewood and Typically start around noon. Actual start times will be announced the week before the match.

Summer 7’s Schedule

The St. Paul Pigs Wolfpack 7’s team will be fielding a side for the following tournaments:

Minnesota 7’s, Eagan, MN – June 10th

Madtown 7’s, Madison, WI, June 17th

Lake Front 7’s, Milwaukee, WI – July 1st

All are welcome to join us for 7’s practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 at Afton Heights Park in Maplewood.

For more information about summer Rugby, please contact Nick “Kroost” Bannon at nbannon001@gmail.com.

2017 Mike Lundberg Tournament Beneficiary Announced

This year the proceeds from the 14th annual Mike Lundberg tournament will go to Daniel Taylor aka “Try-Hard” from the SCSU Fighting Carp. Daniel came down with a viral infection in his throat that spread to his chest and is still undergoing treatment to restore function of his vocal cords while attending school. Please join us on March 4th in River Falls, WI to play some rugby and support Try-Hard!

See the flier below for details or check out our facebook event.

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14th Annual Mike Lundberg Memorial Tournament

The St Paul Jazz Pigs Present:

14th Annual Mike Lundberg Memorial Tournament

WHEN: Saturday, March 4, 2017—10:00 am until ????

WHERE: Hoffman Park, 547 Hanson Drive, River Falls, WI

WHAT: All-Comers tournament. There is an entry fee of $30 per player. Names are drawn from a hat to determine the teams. The number of entrants will determine the format. (7s, 10s, 15s) There will be a post-tourney social with food and drinks for all participants. MEN AND WOMEN RUGGERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND.

In 2004, the Mike Lundberg Memorial Tournament started as a fun opportunity to play winter rugby for men and women of all skill levels while donating 100% of the proceeds to help defray the costs of Mike’s treatments. Sadly, Mike lost his long battle with Leukemia in 2008. At the request of his family, we have continued the tournament to celebrate his life and help a member of the Minnesota rugby community in need.

We are required by USA Rugby to verify the CIPP of all tournament participants. Verification will take place Friday, March 3 at 2:00 pm. IF YOU ARE NOT CIPP REGISTERED AT THAT TIME, YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PLAY. THERE ARE ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS.

Please RSVP to Ben Hanson at LHPROP1@hotmail.com by February, 17 so I can order shirts and food. Directions can be found at www.saintpaulrugby.com You can also RSVP and get the latest updates at https://www.facebook.com/events/1779958882326238/or follow us on twitter @stpaulrugby Entry fee is to be paid the morning of the tourney. 100% of the proceeds go to help a member of MN rugby in need. Donations are also greatly appreciated.

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Fan Appreciation Day on Oct 8th

Fan Appreciation Day this year will be on October 8th, 2016 at Afton
Heights Park(2511 Upper Afton Road Saint Paul, MN 55119). We will have two matches that day against Metropolis with D2 playing at 1pm and D4 playing at 3pm. We will have free hot dogs, burgers, sides, and soda for the fans.

After the second match the Team will be heading to Half Time Rec to enjoy a few adult beverages. And for the kids we we will have a couple of people supervising them at the playground next to the pitch. I look forward to seeing everyone there to support the St. Paul Jazz Pigs.

If your kids or maybe you want to make some extra money and are old enough to watch the kids at the playground. Please let Goose know.