Phoenix Storm Rugby Football Club

Phoenix Storm Rugby Football Club


it’s 7’s szn bb’s ✨🏉✨
What a fun night of Loteria- thank you for having the Phoenix Storm out! Also thank you for all you do for our community with HIV treatment, prevention, and education. Can’t wait until next week! RipplePHX 💘
We’ll see you tonight!!
Thinking of joining the team? This will be a great opportunity to meet our players and find out why rugby is the greatest sport of all time!
The season may be over, but we’re still busy bees! 🐝 Join our rugby fam today!
Join us this Thursday at Bro-teria with RipplePHX at Thunderbird Lounge at 8pm! There will be lots of prizes and vendors, and the Storm will be calling out a round and talking about the team! 🏉

RSVP here:
Great turnout at last night’s touch and a few new faces! It’s never too late to try rugby! Join the Storm & Scottsdale Blues at touch this week T/Th at Apache Park 6pm-dark! 🏉
Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time this weekend!! We had a packed weekend with 4 volunteering events- helping Rainbows Fest get set up on Friday & Saturday, Beer Bust fundraiser Saturday night, and Rainbows breakdown Sunday night. WE COULDN’T HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT YOU! Also, big thank you to all who came to our fundraiser at Bunkhouse! Next stop, Madison Madtown Scrumdown! 🏉🏉🏉
Happy Rainbows Festival 🌈 & Phurfest 🐻 weekend! Hope to see you tonight at our Beer Bust & Jello Shot fundraiser at Bunkhouse starting at 8pm! 🍻 Thank you for supporting our team!! 🏉 Phoenix Pride
Terrific article by Alyssa Gomez from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism about harmful anti-trans legislature here in Arizona and how important LGBTQIA+ sports are for our community!
Cactus Cities Softball League
Saguaro Cup
Official N.A.G.A.A.A. Softball
IGR International Gay Rugby
The Storm will be joining the Scottsdale Blues for touch this week! Come get a run in, no experience necessary! 🏉
Rugby is for everybody!

The Phoenix Storm is an all-inclusive rugby team. Members of International Gay Rugby & SW Rugby Union The Phoenix Storm Rugby Football Club is a non-profit adult rugby team based in Phoenix Arizona welcoming all players regardless of size, race, age, fitness or sexual orientation.

We are a team striving to be stronger, faster, smarter and competitive in all aspects including integrity, excellence and good sportsmanship.

Operating as usual


Thanks Scottsdale Blues RFC for letting us crash your practice! Monterey fields were flooded from our little drizzle on Saturday. Fields should be good for Thursday, 8-10pm at Monterey but keep checking/message us for updates!


Big hits all day 💪💪 Practice Thursday has been moved to 8pm! 🏉


We start tackling this week so bring your mouth guards! 🤩

Photos from Phoenix Storm Rugby Football Club's post 10/07/2022

Still thinking about the Storm representing IGR International Gay Rugby at the Desperado LGBTQ Film Festival where we screened In From The Side! 🎥🌈🏉

Photos from Phoenix Storm Rugby Football Club's post 10/07/2022

Third week of practices and we’ve got rookies scoring tries on vets 😱😱 Our babies are learning so fast 😭


Get your rugbussy out to practice! 🤪 Same time & place Thursday 💪🏉


We’re always happy to have new players come out! Bring a friend to rugby practice today! 🏉

Photos from Phoenix Storm Rugby Football Club's post 10/03/2022

Annual Storm camping trip was a blast as always! No bear sightings this time… 🏕️

Photos from Phoenix Storm Rugby Football Club's post 09/28/2022

Our rookies continue to master every drill we give them! All we’re missing is YOU! Next practice is Thursday at Monterey Park at 8pm! 🏉


The first of 8 Sports Jams! Looking to join a sport? Come meet other LGBTQ+ athletes and teams from around the valley!

Next Sunday - Grab your Jersey or Team Shirt and come out to Kobalt Bar for the first Sunday Sports Jam!!! The Pickup Lines Band will be playing live on the patio, eat food from el Tako Roll, and play games and win prizes with the Ripplette Cheerleaders!!

The first 100 people wearing their LGBTQ+ Sports League Shirt or Group Shirt will get a FREE meal from the El Tako Roll Food Truck!

Photos from Phoenix Storm Rugby Football Club's post 09/26/2022

Please note the change in practice location this week!

Photos from Phoenix Storm Rugby Football Club's post 09/25/2022

is it just us or did it get a bit dusty towards the end 🥲 bravo!! 👏👏👏 In From The Side Desperado LGBTQ Film Festival

Photos from Phoenix Storm Rugby Football Club's post 09/23/2022

A little drizzle never hurt anyone! ⛈️ We are called the Storm, after all! 😜

Photos from Phoenix Storm Rugby Football Club's post 09/22/2022

Let’s run those buns off tonight! This is a great opportunity for new players, even people who have no rugby experience! See y’all tonight! 🏉


First practice of the season! Let’s keep the momentum going!! 💪💪💪 Same place and time Thursday night 🏉

Photos from Desperado LGBTQ Film Festival's post 09/21/2022

We’d love to watch this film with you this Saturday @ 7:30pm at the Desperado LGBTQ Film Festival!


Practice field is located behind the Encanto Sports Complex in front of the baseball field! 🏉

Desperado 2022 - IN FROM THE SIDE Q&A 09/19/2022

Desperado 2022 - IN FROM THE SIDE Q&A

Q & A with the Director and cast of In From The Side. We can’t wait to screen this film on Saturday at the Desperado LGBTQ Film Festival! Catch more films all weekend long by purchasing tickets on their website! 🏳️‍🌈🎥 🏉

Desperado 2022 - IN FROM THE SIDE Q&A Screening Saturday, September 24, 7:30pmFacilitated by The Movie Revue's Ben CahlamerDirector Matt Carter, Actor Alexander Lincoln, and Actor Alexander King

Photos from Phoenix Storm Rugby Football Club's post 09/18/2022

Introductions, pronouns, coaches & captains 🙇‍♂️


What an awesome turnout to Storm Boot Camp this morning! People who had never played before learned the basics- tackling, rucking, and passing and then we played touch 😎 Hope to see you all at touch this Tuesday & Thursday at Encanto Park 8-10pm! 🏉


Amazing turnout for our Rugby Bootcamp! Anyone that came out and needs help getting into our pool party please message us to get in!
Thank you and can’t wait to see you all Tuesday and Thursday!


Two of our Board members, Markus and Darius, attended today’s Compete Sports Diversity Summit! Eric is not only the CEO of Compete, but is also a former Storm member as well! 🏉 It was great networking with other nonprofits and local LGBTQIA+ businesses and learning about how we can improve our community through partnerships with each other! 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈


Join us in attending the showing of In From The Side at the 14th Annual Desperado LGBTQ+ Film Festival click the event page for more info!


Getting very excited y’all! ✨


With you 💙

With you Mark...Always.


We are proud to help bring to the Desperado LGBTQ Film Festival, “In from the Side,” a drama based on a LGBTQ rugby team. The screening will be Saturday, September 24, 7:30pm at Paradise Valley Community College. For more info on the festival and how to purchase tickets go to:


Be on the lookout for flyers around town! The Storm is gearing up for Boot Camp on September 17th! 🏉 All are welcome regardless of experience or fitness level! Check our events for more info 😊


Great interview by Jean-Francois Laberge & Amanda Mark on the Bingham Cup, inclusivity in rugby, and representation in rugby 🏉 Well said!

Now that almost everyone is home or on their way home - we wanted to do one last thing for everyone. We know it's hard to describe everything that you've experienced when in Ottawa: especially for those who have never attended one of the larger editions of the Bingham Cup. We also know that one week post-Bingham, those blues do set in: it's the crash after living such a high. So for you this week, we'll bringing you Bingham Cup Ottawa 2022 - Throwback Edition. Check out our socials and website to relive and share all the wonderful videos and highlight moments of the tournament!

First: a teaser. The national morning CBC radio interview with Amanda Mark and Jean-François Laberge.

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Maintenant que presque tout le monde est rentré chez soi ou sur le chemin du retour, nous voulions faire une dernière chose pour vous tous. Nous savons qu'il est difficile de décrire tout ce que vous avez vécu à Ottawa, surtout pour ceux qui n'ont jamais assisté à l'une des grandes éditions de la Coupe Bingham. Nous savons aussi qu'une semaine après la Coupe Bingham, le blues s'installe : c'est l'effondrement après avoir vécu de si beaux moments. Alors pour vous cette semaine, nous vous présentons la Coupe Bingham Ottawa 2022 - Throwback Edition. Rendez-vous sur nos réseaux sociaux et sur notre site web pour revivre et partager toutes les merveilleuses vidéos et les moments forts du tournoi !

Tout d'abord : un teaser. L'interview nationale matinale à la radio de CBC avec Amanda Mark et Jean-François Laberge.


Thank you for helping us raise over $700 tonight at our jello shot fundraiser! See you back at Sazerac PHX on September 10th! All proceeds are going to getting our team to Rucktacular in LA this December! Come give rugby a try Saturday, September 17th at our Rugby Bootcamp 🏉

Photos from Phoenix Storm Rugby Football Club's post 08/25/2022

Storm got together last night for some pizza and watched the Bingham Cup championship match! 🍕

We also made jello shots for our fundraiser this Saturday at Sazerac PHX! Some said it couldn’t be done, but we used 4 bottles of vodka this time to make over 400 jello shots! 😬😬 We’ve got triple berry & blue raspberry for sale, 1 for $2 or 3 for $5. All proceeds will go to our travel expenses to the IGR Rucktacular Tournament this December in LA! 🏉

RSVP here: Storm Jello Shot fundraiser @ Sazerac

Upcoming events:
September 17th- Storm Rugby Boot Camp
September 24th- Desperado LGBTQ+ Film Festival
Oct 1st- Storm Camping Trip


Our ruggers know how to handle more than just rugby balls! 😏🎳


Always an exciting time at the Southwest Rugby Union annual general meeting

- Thank you PJ Rovinelli for your service as VP, new VP is Ray Howell from Tempe RFC
- Alex Davidson voted in for another term as Treasurer
- Congrats to the El Paso Women’s Rugby team for completing your associate season!
- SWRU will enter discussions merging with RAZ
- clubs are required to have a new referee trained each new season and ref minimum one match per season or will not be eligible for playoffs
- all field setup equipment & scoreboards will be provided and stored by SWRU at Westside Sports Complex

D2/D3 (gold)
Vegas I
Red Mountain
Camelback I

D3 (blue)
Old Pueblo

D3 (red- Rio Grande)
Sante Fe
El Paso

D4 (green)
Vegas II
Camelback II
Tempe II

Photos from Phoenix Storm Rugby Football Club's post 07/24/2022

We are so proud of our rookies who, yesterday, turned into veterans, earning their team tie!! We celebrated our annual Storm Awards Banquet Arizona-style which meant jumping in the pool! 💦

Kangaroo Court came after, so if you see them out in public with interesting items covered in glitter, now you know why 😅 Y’all better watch ya conduct!! ⚖️🦘

Congratulations to the following award recipients:
Victor Grimes Award: Bo Swartz
Angel Award: Susan Swartz
Player of the year: Marcus Tan
Back of the year: Conti Ajay
Forward of the year: Daniel Swanson
Spirit Award: Nicolas Boles
Most improved player: Art Ortiz
Leadership award: Chris Wohletz
Rookie of the year: Joel Farias Godinez Jr
Best passer: Kevin Meier
Ironman Award: Darius Enos
First try awards: Conti, Art, Kevin, AJ, CJ


Rugby is meant for EVERYONE and that includes TRANS players 😤😤😤

IGR's public statement in support of transgender & non-binary rugby players inclusion in the game of Rugby Union

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One of our Storm members, Daniel Swanson (Tohono O’odham Nation), was interviewed on the Tohono O’odham Young Voices Podcast on an episode entitled Indigenous Athletes! The Storm is proud to have 4 Native players on the team currently, and many more alumni in the past. We’re lucky to have such a diverse team with people from so many different backgrounds. Go give the podcast a listen!

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Some shots of our practices. So far all our rookies look good! Give us a like to keep up to date on practices, matches, ...
9.23.22 Storm at the screening of In From the Side at the Desperado Film Festival. #representation #rugby #prideinrugby ...
Join the Phoenix Storm Rugby team for practice Tuesdays and Thursdays at Encanto Park 8pm-10pm.
Congrats Joel & Mirella on their second kiddo! Another Storm baby is on its way! 🦤👶🏉⚡️
First official rugby practice of the season! Join the Phoenix Storm today! T/Th 7pm at Perry Park 🏉
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Storm boot camp Sat. 9/11 Colter Park 7-11am
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