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.

17th 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 on Saturday, March 7th, 2020. 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.

 

Buca 2020 Flyer

 

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.

2019 Annual Saulala Mafi Pig Roast

Join us after our match on Saturday, May 11th for the 2019 Pig Roast! As usual there will be pulled pork, beer and a raffle! Also, new this year you can purchase your tickets online via our website. See the attached link on this event for tickets.
 
We are looking for raffle items! If you would like to donate something for the raffle please email Wyatt McMullen (wyatt.mac555@gmail.com).
 
Kickoff for the match vs. Eastside Banshees will be at 1pm at our home pitch at Afton Heights Park.
The schedule is as follows:
Pigs vs. Eastside Banshees – 1pm kickoff @ Afton Heights Park
Pig Roast – 3:30pm @ Crumbs of Love Retirement home (764 Marshall Ave. St. Paul, MN)
Tickets are $15.00, buy them from your favorite pig or fill out the form on our event page.

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.

Fall 2018 Schedule

Fall 2018

August 11th Friendly vs. Mayhem @ Irish Fair
August 18th @ Mankato
August 25th Bye
September 1st Bye
September 8th vs. Mankato (At All-MN in Otsego)
September 15th Home vs. St. Cloud
September 22nd @ Rochester
September 29th Bye
October 6th Home vs. Rochester
October 13th @ Eastside Banshees
October 20th Home vs. Eastside Banshees
October 27th @ St. Cloud
November 10th Playoffs TBD

The match at All-MN vs. Mankato will be held at the VFW Fields on Otsego, MN.

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.

Pigs Spring 2018 Schedule

Mark your calendars, the Pigs spring schedule is here!

April 7 – Home vs Saint Thomas, 1 pm
April 14 – @ Bremer County, Waverly, 1 pm
April 21 – @ All-Saints Tourney, Saint Cloud
April 28 – Home vs Saint Cloud, 1 pm
May 12 – @ Banshees, Eagan, 1 pm
May 19 – Home vs NE Iowa, 1 pm (Pig Roast)

Home matches are played at our pitch at Afton Heights Park in Maplewood.

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.