About Us

The ‘Pies

The Tucson Magpies were founded in 1980 by three standouts from the University of Arizona: Dave Sitton, Rick Rendon and Rich Rectanus. In the Magpies history they have developed a strong tradition of winning, as it took titles in the Warren Lee Sevens in 1983 and 1984 and the Kachina Sevens in 1984. Playing in the Arizona Rugby Union, the Magpies have won the league championship in 1989, 2003 and tied in 1988, sharing it with the Tempe Old Devils. The Magpies also won the Western Division Michelob Rugby Classic title in 1993. As hard hitting and aggressive as the Magpies are they have also been gentlemen. In 1989 and 1992 and 1993 they were recognized for this by winning the Craig Sweeny Memorial Trophy, awarded to the club that demonstrates outstanding sportsmanship, team spirit and pride in the game of Rugby.

The City

The lifestyles that define Tucson also provide a wealth of activities and attractions. A lush desert, ruggedly handsome mountains, gently rolling hills and clear blue skies create unmatched natural beauty. Tucson is a fast-growing metropolitan area of more than 725,000 people and an exciting blend of contrasts: a modern city of arts, fine culture and world-class entertainment, enhanced by the influence of centuries of human habitation and breathtaking, accessible natural wonders. Tucson enjoys more sunshine than any other city in the United States, about 350 days each year. Winter temperatures are mild, while summers allow for rugby at any hour of the day or evening. Two rainy seasons replenish the desert landscape. Low humidity complements sunny living for most of the year by making warm temperatures feel cooler.

The Game Pitch

The Magpies call Estevan Rugby Pitch home. The field is one of the nicest in the state equipped with stands for the hoards of Magpie fans or “Maggies” attending games. Estevan Rugby Pitch is located on the Southwest corner of Speedway Blvd. and Main Ave. (Click for directions) All home matches usually begin at 1:00pm. For more information on attending Magpie matches or playing the ‘Pies please drop us a line.

The Tucson Black Birds

2011 Marked the inaugural year of the Tucson Magpies U19 Team, The Black Birds. Lead by head coach Tim Pappas, the Black Birds are certain to be one of the top youth programs in Arizona. The U19 program is a great way to get kids into the game early, and assure them much future success later on as a Magpie. If you would like to help out with the youth program in anyway please send Tim an Email.

Rugby In Action

The Host Pub

This year the Magpies will once again call No Anchovies on University it’s home pub. No Anchovies is located at 870 E. University Blvd.. Good times will be had by all. Make sure to visit No Anchovies during the week, tell them the ‘Pies sent you. The ‘Pies are always there on Thursday nights after practice. Great pub, great pizza

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Happening Now!

November 18th, 2015 at 11:13pm
HUGE shout out to one of our league's new teams, El Mirage! We had a blast, made some new friends,… https://t.co/ERUNyNZJBP
November 18th, 2015 at 1:01pm
2016 schedule! Mark your calendars! #tucsonrugby #wildcatcrossfit #tucsonaz #rugby @usarugby @… https://t.co/feADWr3E9S
November 12th, 2015 at 8:46pm
Don't forget!! Practice tonight! Dan Felix Park. 7-9. BE THERE. (@ Dan Felix Park) https://t.co/dtOkpZJY3E


Whether you are in town for a short amount of time and want to just get a run in, or want to play, sponsor, or spectate, feel free to reach out and we'll be in touch as soon as possible!

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2016 Season Matches
          Date    Location     Opponent   Result   Score
January 9th     Estevan  vs     Salt River
January 16th Away  vs    Red Mountain
January 23rd BYE
January 30th Estevan  vs         Tempe
February 6th Estevan (Home) vs Old Pueblo
February 13th Away vs Salt River
February 20th Away vs Northern Arizona
February 27th Estevan vs Phoenix
March 5th IRB 7's  Las Vegas
March 12th     Away  vs Scottsdale
March 19th Estevan (Away)  vs Old Pueblo
March 26th BYE
April 2nd Estevan  vs Camelback
April 9th Div III Playoffs: Div III South No. 2 @ Div III North No.1
Div III Playoffs: Div III North No. 2 @ Div III South No. 1
April 23rd & 24th Arizona / Rio Grande Playoffs in Albuquerque, New Mexico
May 7th Play-off for Elite 8 (Div II & Div III) SoCal vs Arizona / Rio Grande in Phoenix, Arizona

Club Achievements

Tucson Cup Champions 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 Arizona DIII Champions 2003, 2011, 2014 Regional Champions 2011 National Sweet 16 Appearances 2011, 2012, 2014 National Elite 8 Appearances 2012 National Final 4 Appearances 2012

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