HomeNewsArticle Display

Armed Forces Rugby invades Colorado

GLENDALE, Colo. --  The Air Force rugby team gains possession of the ball after a scrum against Marine rugby players Aug. 19. The Air Force lost their first Armed Forces Rugby Sevens Championship match in eight years, 31-33, to the Marines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kathrine McDowell)

GLENDALE, Colo. -- The Air Force rugby team gains possession of the ball after a scrum against Marine rugby players Aug. 19, 2012. The Air Force lost their first Armed Forces Rugby Sevens Championship match in eight years, 31-33, to the Marines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kathrine McDowell)

GLENDALE, Colo. --  Air Force rugby players run past Marine players during their first match in the Armed Forces Rugby Championship. The Air Force team went on to lost their second match to the Marine team, 31-33. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kathrine McDowell)

GLENDALE, Colo. -- Air Force rugby players run past Marine players during their first match in the Armed Forces Rugby Championship Aug. 19, 2012. The Air Force team went on to lost their second match to the Marine team, 31-33. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kathrine McDowell)

GLENDALE, Colo. --  The Marine rugby team maintains possession of the ball during their first match against the Air Force rugby team Aug. 18. The Marines went to win the Armed Forces Rugby Championship match against the Air Force 33-31.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kathrine McDowell)

GLENDALE, Colo. -- The Marine rugby team maintains possession of the ball during their first match against the Air Force rugby team Aug. 18, 2012. The Marines went to win the Armed Forces Rugby Championship match against the Air Force 33-31. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kathrine McDowell)

GLENDALE, Colo. --  Players from the Air Force (left) and Marine (right) rugby teams huddle before their first match-up during the Armed Forces Rugby Championship Aug. 19. The Marines won their second match against the Air Force, 33-31, to win gold. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kathrine McDowell)

GLENDALE, Colo. -- Players from the Air Force (left) and Marine (right) rugby teams huddle before their first match-up during the Armed Forces Rugby Championship Aug. 19, 2012. The Marines won their second match against the Air Force, 33-31, to win gold. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kathrine McDowell)

GLENDALE, Colo. -- The Air Force rugby team pose for a photo after their last match of the International Defense Sevens Tournament Aug. 19. The team lost their gold tier match, 19-21, against the French Armed Forces rugby team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kathrine McDowell)

GLENDALE, Colo. -- The Air Force rugby team pose for a photo after their last match of the International Defense Sevens Tournament Aug. 19, 2012. The team lost their gold tier match, 19-21, against the French Armed Forces rugby team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kathrine McDowell)

GLENDALE, Colo. -- A member of the Air Force rugby team gains possession of the ball after a scrum against Army rugby players Aug. 19, 2012. The Air Force team smashed their Army competetion in the Armed Forces Rugby Sevens Tournament. (U.S. Air Force photo by Riley Johnson)

GLENDALE, Colo. -- A member of the Air Force rugby team gains possession of the ball after a scrum against Army rugby players Aug. 19, 2012. The Air Force team smashed their Army competetion in the Armed Forces Rugby Sevens Tournament. (U.S. Air Force photo by Riley Johnson)

GLENDALE, Colo. -- Armed forces teams from all five branches of service took to the pitch Aug. 18-19 to see who would reign supreme as the best rugby team in the Department of Defense. The U.S. military teams weren't the only ones represented, as international military teams also came to prove their mettle.

The Air Force team, who had won the title the last eight years straight, fought their way into the finals where they squared off against the Marine Corps team for the tournament hardware. After a grueling battle between the seven-man teams, the dust settled leaving one team still standing. The Marine Corps team claimed victory in a thrilling 33-31 finish to be named the best rugby team in the military.

In the international matches, the Air Force team scrapped with the British Army team and the French Defense Forces team.

"Being able to show well against the British Army and also the French Defense Forces, that for me was a very nice part of this competition," said Maj. Andy McQuade, Air Force team head coach.

The tournament was hosted at Infinity Park, an official rugby stadium that seats 4,000 people in Glendale. With the volume of fans and the level of competition, many of the players stated the championship was memorable.

"Playing out in front of the fans really lifts our spirits and helps us play better," explained Staff Sgt. Marcus Satavo, Air Force team captain. "The level of competition here is really high."

This was the first time the event was hosted at a location other than a military base, as well as the first time international teams were invited to participate against the U.S. military teams.
USAF Comments Policy
If you wish to comment, use the text box below. AF reserves the right to modify this policy at any time.

This is a moderated forum. That means all comments will be reviewed before posting. In addition, we expect that participants will treat each other, as well as our agency and our employees, with respect. We will not post comments that contain abusive or vulgar language, spam, hate speech, personal attacks, violate EEO policy, are offensive to other or similar content. We will not post comments that are spam, are clearly "off topic", promote services or products, infringe copyright protected material, or contain any links that don't contribute to the discussion. Comments that make unsupported accusations will also not be posted. The AF and the AF alone will make a determination as to which comments will be posted. Any references to commercial entities, products, services, or other non-governmental organizations or individuals that remain on the site are provided solely for the information of individuals using this page. These references are not intended to reflect the opinion of the AF, DoD, the United States, or its officers or employees concerning the significance, priority, or importance to be given the referenced entity, product, service, or organization. Such references are not an official or personal endorsement of any product, person, or service, and may not be quoted or reproduced for the purpose of stating or implying AF endorsement or approval of any product, person, or service.

Any comments that report criminal activity including: suicidal behaviour or sexual assault will be reported to appropriate authorities including OSI. This forum is not:

  • This forum is not to be used to report criminal activity. If you have information for law enforcement, please contact OSI or your local police agency.
  • Do not submit unsolicited proposals, or other business ideas or inquiries to this forum. This site is not to be used for contracting or commercial business.
  • This forum may not be used for the submission of any claim, demand, informal or formal complaint, or any other form of legal and/or administrative notice or process, or for the exhaustion of any legal and/or administrative remedy.

AF does not guarantee or warrant that any information posted by individuals on this forum is correct, and disclaims any liability for any loss or damage resulting from reliance on any such information. AF may not be able to verify, does not warrant or guarantee, and assumes no liability for anything posted on this website by any other person. AF does not endorse, support or otherwise promote any private or commercial entity or the information, products or services contained on those websites that may be reached through links on our website.

Members of the media are asked to send questions to the public affairs through their normal channels and to refrain from submitting questions here as comments. Reporter questions will not be posted. We recognize that the Web is a 24/7 medium, and your comments are welcome at any time. However, given the need to manage federal resources, moderating and posting of comments will occur during regular business hours Monday through Friday. Comments submitted after hours or on weekends will be read and posted as early as possible; in most cases, this means the next business day.

For the benefit of robust discussion, we ask that comments remain "on-topic." This means that comments will be posted only as it relates to the topic that is being discussed within the blog post. The views expressed on the site by non-federal commentators do not necessarily reflect the official views of the AF or the Federal Government.

To protect your own privacy and the privacy of others, please do not include personally identifiable information, such as name, Social Security number, DoD ID number, OSI Case number, phone numbers or email addresses in the body of your comment. If you do voluntarily include personally identifiable information in your comment, such as your name, that comment may or may not be posted on the page. If your comment is posted, your name will not be redacted or removed. In no circumstances will comments be posted that contain Social Security numbers, DoD ID numbers, OSI case numbers, addresses, email address or phone numbers. The default for the posting of comments is "anonymous", but if you opt not to, any information, including your login name, may be displayed on our site.

Thank you for taking the time to read this comment policy. We encourage your participation in our discussion and look forward to an active exchange of ideas.