The Saint Paul Pigs International Tour 2017

The pigs are joining forces with our friends from the St. Cloud Bottom Feeders for our international tour to Wales this year. The team leaves on Thursday, November 16th to embark on their journey across the pond. Starting first in Dublin, Ireland and taking a Ferry over to Holyhead, Wales and then down the eastern side of the country; the Pigs will play three matches along the way. Here’s a summary of our itinerary:

Thursday, November 16th

7:40PM – Depart Minneapolis (Delta #162)

Friday, November 17th

10:50AM – Arrive in Amsterdam

12pm – Depart Amsterdam (KLM #635)

12:40pm – Arrive in Dublin

Arlington Hotel
23-25 Bachelors Walk
O’Connell Bridge
Dublin, 1, Ireland
+353 1 804 9100

Saturday, November 18th

2:30pm – Depart from Dublin Port aboard the Dublin Swift

4:30pm – Arrive in Holyhead, Wales

Travelodge Bangor (Two Nights)
Llys-y- gwynt, A5,
Bangor LL57 4BG, UK
Tel + 44 871 984 6061

Sunday, November 19th

2:30pm – Match with Bethesda RFC

Monday, November 20th

12pm – Travel to Aberystwyth
Starling Cloud Inn (Two Nights)
Boulevard St Brieuc
Aberystwyth, Wales
Tel + 44 1970 623743

Tuesday, November 21st

7:30pm – Match with Aberystwyth RFC

Wednesday, November 22nd

1pm – Travel to Cardiff

The Royal Hotel (Four Nights)
88 St Mary St
Cardiff, Wales
Tel +44 2920 550 750

Thursday, November 23rd

7pm – Match with Bedlinog RFC

Saturday, November 25th

5:15pm – Attend Wales vs. New Zealand match at Principality Stadium

Sunday, November 26th

12:55pm – Depart London Heathrow (Delta #11)

4:10pm – Arrive in Minneapolis


We’d like to thank Bethesda, Aberystwyth and Bedlinog RFC’s for hosting us and we’re looking forward to expanding our rugby skills and knowledge via international play and helping grow the game of rugby in the United States.

September 30th – Fan Appreciation Day

The pigs are holding fan appreciation day on September 30th during our home match vs. Metropolis and the Mayhem. There will be a bounce-house, baby sitters to watch the little ones, food provided for our fans and a raffle.
Here’s the schedule:

12pm – DII Kickoff vs. Metropolis
2pm – DIV Kickoff vs. Mayhem

Our home pitch is located at Afton Heights Park

You can RSVP via our Facebook event
We hope to see you there!

Pigs 2017 Fall Schedule

D2 D4
19-Aug @Metropolis @Metropolis
26-Aug @Green Bay BYE
2-Sep Banshees Banshees
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

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 by February, 17 so I can order shirts and food. Directions can be found at You can also RSVP and get the latest updates at 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.

Match Reports: St. Paul Jazz Pigs D2 and D4 vs. Eastside Banshees D2 and D4

The St. Paul Jazz Pigs D2 and D4 squads kicked off their season Saturday, August 27, 2016 hosting the Eastside Banshees at the Jazz Pigs’ beautiful pitch in Maplewood.  The grass had been recently cut and the lines freshly painted.  There had been a slight amount of rain; just enough to make the ground slightly softer when landing on it and the ball just more difficult to catch.   The sun came peaking out behind the clouds making the air temperature in the mid 70s.  A perfect day to play rugby.

The Jazz Pigs started the first match against the Banshees D2 squad.  The Piggies sent a message to the Banshees by retrieving their own kick on kick-off.  From there the Pigs marched down the field, smashing the Banshees in the mouth, making them regret not catching the ball.  As the Pigs marched closer to the Banshees try zone, the Banshees became flustered and committed a penalty within their own 10 meters.  The Pigs took advantage of this mistake with a quick tap and smashed the ball into the try zone to take an early lead, 5-0.

Unfortunately, this lead did not last long as the Pigs committed penalty and the Banshees took advantage.  They kicked for touch, caught the ball on their own line-out, and then marched the ball into the try zone with a maul to even the score 5-5.

For the rest of the half, the scoring was one-sided.  The Banshees capitalized on Jazz Pigs mistakes; whereas, the Pigs were unable to capitalize on the Banshees mistakes.  The score at half was 5-22; Banshees lead.

This did not discourage the Pigs as they came out from half scoring a try and conversion to bring the score to 12-22.  The second half was a hotly contested half with the Banshees scoring an additional try; however, they did so through undisciplined play.  They received multiple yellow cards for a dump tackle, repeated high tackles, and repeated off-sides.  As time ran out, the Banshees were able to score one more try to take the final score to 12-33.

The D4 match did not goes as well for the Bombers.  The Banshees came roaring out and took a 33-7 lead into half-time; however, the Bombers made multiple adjustments to make the second half more competitive.  Ultimately, the Banshees took the match with a final score of 45-7.  While the Banshees won the match, the Bombers were able to get many young players into the match to gain more experience.  Furthermore, there were some Pig who played 80 minutes in the D2 match and jumped in the D4 match to help out.

The Jazz Pigs and Bombers may have dropped two matches against the Eastside Banshees on Saturday, but they did not lose the St. Paul spirit.  They fought hard, delivered bone crushing hits, and punished the Banshees for every meter earned.  And as always, the Jazz Pigs and Bombers won the social.

The Jazz Pigs and Bombers will have two weeks to make adjustments before their next matches on Saturday, September 10th against Metropolis’ D2 and D4 squads at the All-MN Rugby Tournament.

Once a Jazz Pig, Always a Jazz Pig. Oink, Oink, Oink!!!