Tucson Blackbirds High School Rugby

Welcome to the Blackbirds!

Hello and thank you for visiting us.

The Tucson Blackbirds are one of three high school rugby teams in Tucson. We are part of the Arizona Youth Rugby Union which includes teams statewide. Although the Blackbirds have only been around for a handful of years, our men’s team has been competing for over 30 years. Our players have positive attitudes and are challenged physically and mentally each week. Our goal as a club is to develop competent and well-prepared young rugby players in a safe, fun and very competitive environment.

Fall 7's starts October 3rd!

The 2017 Fall Sevens season is quickly approaching so if you are interested in playing I would like to hear from you! If you know someone who you think might be interested in playing rugby this season pass Coach Tim Pappas's information onto them OR just print out a flyer and give it to them. Now is the time to start recruiting, our team will only be successful if we have enough people to fill every position and people behind them competing for that spot. Print the flyer HERE and put them up at your gym, church, locker rooms (if allowed) and any other places you go to that you think people might see it who would want to give rugby a try. See you all at practice on October 3rd 5pm-7pm at Dan Felix Park.

Ready to play?

Sign up today to play with Tucson Blackbirds, you can find all the forms you'll need to fully participate HERE

News and updates


Attention Players and parents,
You are invited to attend The Tucson Rugby Club Annual General Meeting (AGM) 


This Saturday (9/23) at 5:00 pm.

This meeting is a great way to meet fellow members, administrators and coaching staff of the Tucson Rugby Club, including  Blackbirds, Roosters and Magpies. We will discuss topics such as, ways that you can become more involved with the club, finances and plans for the future, as well as acknowledging individual and team  accomplishments. 

Anyone interested in Tucson Rugby, including existing or new players, parents and fans. 

I am looking forward to seeing everyone on Saturday. If you cannot make the meeting I will see you at practice on Tuesday, 10/3

Coach Tim Pappas

Blackbirds time to get stronger and faster

Coach has said to get out and train before the season starts. I have been training fellow Blackbirds Kinson, Tala, Tiloi and Coach Jeremy this past summer and they are doing amazing things. They are a lot stronger and faster. You can be too. I am a sports performance coach with USA weightlifting, which means I know how to teach you the Olympic lifts like the clean and jerk and snatch as well as the powerlifts, like how to squat, bench and lift correctly to maximize power and avoid injury. Can you imagine having the explosive power that it takes to clean and jerk or snatch, and then transfer that to the rugby pitch? The control and muscle that you gain allows you to run FASTER be more agile and capable of avoiding tackles (I think you guys call it "mad jukes") and blowing through tackles when you can't avoid them. We also do Crossfit (I have my Crossfit level 1 certificate) and Strongman style workouts. You will also get nutrition coaching so you have the proper fuel in your body to do this amazing work! 

I'd love to have you join our 5:30 or 6 pm class, or if that doesn't work I can accommodate your schedule. We have a lot of fun and your abilities will increase exponentially when you put in the work! Gym fees are $60 per month for Blackbirds and Magpies new to our gym. Check out our website at Fealtyfitness.com or Facebook at Fealty Fitness. Lots of fun pictures there too. 

Call, text or email me with your questions 

Good luck,
Jayna Jarvis 

Fall 7's sign ups

After the AGM we will have our sign-ups for Fall Sevens so if you plan to play this season it would be good if you attend the meeting so you can get signed up for sevens. You can find the registration forms HERE.


Dues for Fall Sevens for Blackbird Players:

Blackbird dues = $40

USA Rugby CIPP fees = $70 and covers both Fall and Spring seasons. 

Players are required to complete this registration online at www.usarugby.org


I am looking forward to seeing everyone on Saturday. If you cannot make the meeting and still plan on playing sevens just bring your paperwork with you to practice on Tuesday, 10/3 


Coach Tim Pappas

Practice Location

Dan Felix Park 5790 North Camino De La Tierra, Tucson, AZ 85741

Practice Schedule

Every Tuesday and Thursday: 5pm - 7pm