Scouting has existed in Utah for decades. And while Scouts have a long history in our state, the Utah Warriors Professional Rugby Team is on the flip side of that spectrum. When major League Rugby announced its inaugural season in 2018, the Utah Warriors was one of seven teams that founded the league. With the second largest youth rugby program in the country, Utah was the perfect place for this new league to take root. Now in their second season, the Utah Warriors future is bright, as they are committed to being the epicenter of U.S. Rugby.
While the Warriors are a few years into their existence, Scouting has played a major role in the life of head coach Alf Daniels and local players like starting lock Matt Jensen.
Because of the integral part Scouting has played for these professional players, the Utah Warriors would like to give back in a few ways:
Half-Off Scout Nights
For the remaining two home games on May 18th (7pm) and June 1st (6pm), all Boy Scouts, troops, leaders, friends and family that are within the Utah National Parks Council area will receive 50% off single-match tickets which a portion of the proceeds will return back to the Council. All home games are at Zions Bank Stadium (14787 S Academy Pkwy, Herriman, UT). To get these tickets and support Scouting, click HEREand use the following promo code:
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Pies & Tries Meet and Greet
On May 31st, from 6-8pm at Zions Bank Stadium, the Warriors are hosting their FREE Pies & Tries Fan Appreciation Night where guests can meet team members, participate in interactive games, and enjoy authentic New Zealand meat pies. With 10 different countries represented by the team, Scouts will have the opportunity to talk with team members to learn about different cultures and pass off requirements for their American Cultures merit badge. First 100 guests to come will receive a free meat pie and a ticket to the June 1st match.
To register, click HERE.
Before meeting Matt and Coach Daniels in person, check out their Scouting experiences
Matt Jensen came to Highland, UT after high school where he played rugby for the first time under Coach Larry Gelwix, and then was a walk-on for the BYU Cougars Football Team. After coming back from his two-year service mission to Paraguay, Matt opted to play for the BYU Rugby team where he won two National Championships. He has also earned numerous honors including All-American Honors and then a nod to play for the U.S Eagles National Rugby Team.
Even with all these accolades, Matt still remembers his younger Scouting days and what the Boy Scouts program taught him. As an Eagle Scout, Matt said:
“Scouting taught me a lot of useful things, most of them practical in nature. Many of the badges teach you important life skills that you will use throughout your life. For instance I was able to use all the knot tying I learned to help build a multi-million dollar set for a motion picture. I would say one of the biggest things it taught me was how to ask for help and work with people to accomplish a goal. Scouting encourages you to seek out the wisdom of others and helps you realize that you really don’t know as much as you think (which is a fine!). I learned how much knowledge other people around me had and it made me want to learn more. This has helped me in work and rugby. Even though I’ve played at the highest levels, there is still a ton to learn from the people around me. It also taught me how to work hard and push through things that may have been uncomfortable. For instance, I played my first game of rugby a week after I did my first 20 mile hike with my troop. I love Scouting and still have life-long friends that I made at camps and in my troops.”
Coach Daniels is a highly decorated rugby coach originally from New Zealand and has coached all ages in New Zealand, Japan, and the United States. While in New Zealand, he also participated as part of New Zealand’s version of the BSA, known as the Queen Scout Program. Due to a rugby injury however, Coach Daniels was unable to attend his final camp that prevented from receiving his Queen Scout Award (equivalent to our Eagle Scout recognition).
Even with this regret, he still remembers all that scouting has taught him. He says:
“I learned many skills and talents as a result of Scouting. I loved camping and being in the bush most. It was not unusual to attend 3-4 camps a year at times. Hiking, fishing, eeling, hunting, braving the elements in the middle of winter, bathing in freezing cold rivers, kayaking and being with my mates were just some of the highlights of my scouting years. My most memorable times included winning a cake baking competition that got me a free trip to see snow, a 48 hour survivor camp where our leader dropped us off at a farm with a knife, a tent, and a gun and said, “See you in two days,” (wild goat and watercress from the creek never tasted so good!) and working on my auto-mechanic badge. Many of the skills and lessons I learned during my scouting days, have served me well in all areas of my life. I enjoyed being a Leader to my sons during their scouting days also. Scouting is something that I would recommend to all youth. Get away from civilization and technology, and get back to nature. It’s refreshing and brings a newness of life.”
The Warriors are proud to be involved with Scouting. We hope to see all Scouts, friends and families at the pitch soon!
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Author: Carson Whitlock | Utah Warriors Rugby