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Things got dirty at Scottsdale rugby bowl

Scottsdale Stadium hosted a sport other than baseball on April 18.

The 2nd annual Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale: Beauty and the Beast Rugby Bowl featured three rugby games inside of the San Francisco Giants’ Spring Training facility.

Around 2,000 fans turned out to watch the matches.

The division one high school championship started the series of games off. Red Mountain held a consistent lead over Scottsdale through the course of the game.

Red Mountain was the defending champion heading into the game. Following a 47-19 win, Red Mountain held on to their title.

Moving into the collegiate games, Grand Canyon played University of Southern California following the high school match.

Grand Canyon is in their inaugural season, but their playing tactics said otherwise. The Lopes got on the board early with a score from freshman Darien Pickett. At the half, Grand Canyon had a significant lead of 28-3.

Grand Canyon didn’t give USC many chances to score in the second half either and clinched the match over USC 59-8.

To create a change of pace in between games, Phoenix Fashion Week held a Warning Track Fashion Show. Although Phoenix Fashion Week isn’t until October, the group hosts multiple events throughout the year to build energy.

Models showed off attire for both playing and watching the sport. Once the models had finished their walk about the track, they formed tunnels for the players to run out through to get the ASU vs. OSU game started.

The Arizona State and Ohio State matchup was chalked up to be a rematch from the 1997 Rose Bowl in football.

“We look at it as the fact that Ohio State and Arizona State don’t play each other very often,” Arizona State head coach Gary Lane said.

Arizona State currently ranks tenth in the nation. Over the past five years, they have consistently been in the top 15.

The matchup went scoreless for the first ten minutes, but the Sun Devils were the first to get on the board. Once the points started to roll in for ASU, they didn’t stop.

For halftime entertainment, world arm wrestling champion Travis Bagent took on a handful of people.

Challengers included Mike Bauer from Fox Sports 910, Arizona Republic contributor Dan Bickley, Scottsdale Councilman Guy Phillips, and Maricopa Country Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Coming back from halftime, Arizona State kept their staggering lead and continued to keep Ohio State at bay.

Arizona State forwards Matt Brennan and Nick Howard created a pummeling offense where they scored over thirty points combined.

ASU went on to shut out OSU 59-0.

Aside from Rugby, fans could check out a variety of vendors on the concourse.

Rugby Bowl founder Jason Rose also hosts a Polo Party in the fall.

“People encouraged us to do a second Polo event, but Rugby is actually a lot more popular,” Rose said.

Rugby is making a come back and will be reintroduced to the summer Olympics in Rio in 2016. The last time Rugby was played in the Olympics was 1924, and the United States took gold that year.


Beauty and the Beast Rugby Bowl comes to Scottsdale

Scottsdale Stadium is home to the San Francisco Giants for spring training, but a different type of sporting event will be hosted at the venue April 18.

The 2nd annual Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale Beauty and the Beast Rugby Bowl offers spectators a chance to experience three rugby games in addition to a fashion show and arm wrestling championship.

Founder Jason Rose started the Rugby Bowl after he had much success with the Bentley Polo Championship.

“People encouraged us to do a second Polo event, but Rugby is actually a lot more popular,” Rose said.

The all-day event starts at 11 a.m. with the Arizona high school rugby championship game. After that, matchups between Grand Canyon and USC as well as Arizona State and Ohio State will fill the rest of the day.
For those who have never seen rugby, it’s a combination of hockey, soccer, and American football without the pads.

“Fans should expect an action packed game that doesn’t stop for eighty minutes with lots of hard hitting,” ASU Head Coach Gary Lane said.

The Grand Canyon and USC scrum will start at 1 p.m.

This season is GCU’s inaugural year for rugby.

“This is very exciting for the team,” GCU Head Coach Ryan Kelly said. “We’re getting there in terms of playing. We’re predominately freshmen. We only have two seniors out of 50 players.”

The last matchup of the day will feature ASU and Ohio State. ASU is nationally ranked team and one the premiere programs in the country while Ohio State is a former Big 10 champion.

“There’s a lot of lessons to be learned from playing in front of a crowd,” Lane said. “Last year we didn’t know what to expect, so we’re more prepared this year.”

Although this is a rugby game, the Arizona State and Ohio State game is essentially a repeat of the 1997 Rose Bowl where Ohio State football triumphed 20-17. The ASU rugby team is aiming to extract revenge from the loss 18 years ago.

In addition to the excitement of rugby, there will be events inside of the main event.

World Arm Wrestling champion Travis Bagent will be on hand to challenge opponents.

“I wouldn’t focus so much on winning if I was them,” Bagent said in regards to those looking to take him on.

Before the Arizona State, Ohio State matchup, the “Warning Track” Fashion Show will take place. Presented by Phoenix Fashion Week, the event brings with beauty to the beast aspect of the day.
The venue offers a unique experience for spectators. The Rugby Bowl will be the first rugby event played inside of Scottsdale Stadium. In addition, the location offers a number of bars and restaurants for guests to enjoy before or after the event.

The event will offer a variety of seating options for fans. From on field to grandstand seating, the venue will be utilized to maximum capacity to give fans the best views for the action.

Tickets for the event are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Fans can upgrade to Premium Grand Stand Seating and Field Passes for just a few bucks more. Current ASU, Ohio State, GCU, and USC students receive discounted tickets. VIP Tickets and experiences are available as well.

Ticket info is available at therugbybowl.com.


ASU and Ohio State to square off in Rugby Bowl

On Saturday, April 18th, 2015, ASU is hoping that the results will be different than they 
were 18 years ago for it
s football team. At 3:00 P.M./6:00 P.M. E.T., ASU Rugby will seek to exact revenge against Ohio State Rugby at the 2nd Annual Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale Rugby Bowl: Beauty & The Beast for a football loss the Sun Devils suffered at the hands of the Buckeyes in the 1997 Rose Bowl with a nationachampionship on the line.

Ohio State fans remember January 1, 1997 as day of victory and school pride, while Arizona State fans remember the day as one of the most heartbreaking in the history of the university’s athletics. On that day, one of the most dramatic finishes to a college football bowl game unfolded on the gridiron at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

The undefeated Arizona State Sun Devils football team, coming off an 11-0 season and ranked #2 in the AP College Poll, entered the game brimming with confidence. Led by senior quarterback and Heisman Award finalist Jake “The Snake” Plummer, the Sun Devils sought the university’s first football national championship. The season’s results justified the team’s expectations for the 1997 Rose Bowl. On its way to an undefeated season, the Sun Devils had even held the 1996 College Football National Champion Nebraska Cornhuskers scoreless in a 19-0 victory.

OSU also had high expectations for the 1997 Rose Bowl.  The team finished the season with a 10-1 record and was ranked #4 in the AP Poll. OSU Football head coach John Cooper was also no stranger to the Sun Devil athletics program. Cooper had led the Sun Devils from 1985 to 1987. Additionally, the Buckeyes quarterback Joe Germaine was a Mesa, AZ-native who had even spent one year at Scottsdale Community College before transferring to Ohio State.

The game was a back-and-forth affair. As time wound down in the fourth quarter, Plummer scrambled for an 11-yard touchdown run to put the Sun Devils in the lead with 1:40 left in the game. After starting at their own 35-yard line, Germaine led OSU to one of the most unforgettable game-winning drives in college football history. With 19 seconds left in the game, Germaine threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver David Boston. Ultimately, the Buckeyes triumphed over ASU, 20-17. 

“We want to get payback for our football team, which lost the 1997 Rose Bowl to Ohio State in a heartbreaking fashion. That loss motivates us to achieve more,” said Lane. 

On the other hand, Rooney wants to keep up the Buckeyes’ success against the SunDevils. “The word is getting out among OSU alumni living in Arizona about the Rugby Bowl, and we know they’re coming to this unique event. Both alumni and the team want to recreate the 1997 Rose Bowl’s result.”


Scottsdale Stadium to host rugby event in April

The Fiesta Bowl is over, the Super Bowl is nearing, and in April Scottsdale will be the site of one of the country’s biggest Rugby showdowns, as four of the hottest collegiate teams, plus the Valley’s high school champs duke it out in The Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale Rugby Bowl: Beauty & The Beast on Saturday, April 18.

Sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale and presented by Smith & Forge Hard Cider, feel the excitement as Arizona’s largest Rugby event, the fastest growing collegiate and North American sport hits Scottsdale Stadium for an all-day party featuring three exciting match-ups, a “Warning Track” Fashion Show and even the World Arm Wrestling League Qualifier featuring the world’s best, Travis Bagent.

Produced by the founders of The Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships, the Rugby body slamming action starts at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 18th with Arizona’s High School Rugby Championship. That’s followed by the USC Trojans taking on the NAU Lumberjacks at 1:00 p.m. and then the party really gets going as the nationally ranked, ASU Sun Devils battle it out with the former Big Ten champion TheOhio State Buckeyes in the best scrum of the day at 3:00 p.m.

“The sport is growing by leaps and bounds right now across the country and there are few championship games to showcase our talents. Come root us on and make sure Ohio State doesn’t win another bowl game this year,” said ASU Head Rugby Coach Gary Lane. “Some Arizona sports fans will lament the last time Arizona State and Ohio State faced off, the 1997 Rose Bowl.”

From beasts to beauties it goes, at 2:30 p.m. fasten your seatbelt for a one-of-a-kind “Warning Track” Fashion Show, featuring a unique production by Phoenix Fashion Week. But that’s not it — rugby revelers will get to test their arm strength against World Arm Wrestling Champion Travis Bagent at the World Arm Wrestling League Qualifier. Don’t miss some of the Valley’s fanciest cars on display thanks to Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale and local auto clubs and dealerships.

Tickets are on sale now at www.TheRugbyBowl.com with a variety of seating options including:

·  General Admission – Lawn seats and grandstand seating. Includes admission for all three matches. $10 in advance / $15 at the door.

·  Premium Grand Stand Seating – Reserved front-row and second-row seats in premier sections. Includes access to an elevated air-conditioned space. $20 in advance / $30 at the door. Limited capacity.

·  Field Pass – In addition to General Admission, exclusive access to all the action, right on the field! Includes no-host bar on the field, and access to an elevated air-conditioned space. $25 in advance / $35 at the door. Limited capacity.

·  Mark-Taylor Luxury VIP Living Room – You know it as the Charros Lodge for San Francisco Giants Sprint Training baseball. But it’s a better seat for rugby than baseball. VIP experience including prime location, access to the field, complimentary food and (1) beer, as well as access to an elevated air-conditioned space. $50 in advance / $60 at the door. Front-row reserved table for (4): $325. Second-row reserved table for (4): $300. Third-row reserved table for (4): $275. Fourth or fifth-row reserved table for (4): $250.

·  Dugouts – Your very own dugout for you and 24 of your closest friends. Includes exclusive access to locker room restrooms, shaded dugout seating, the field and an elevated air-conditioned space. Seats (25) guests. $1,000. Limited capacity.

·  Children 12 and under – Free!

Those interested in corporate sponsorships, suites or to reserve sections or blocks of tickets should contact info@TheRugbyBowl.com or call 480.423.1212 ext. 7.


Rough Up Your Weekend at the Inaugural Fiat of Scottsdale Rugby Bowl

As one of the fastest growing sports in North America and in college sports, you may have noticed rugby is receiving more attention lately. Arizona has been a part of the rugby community for almost 40 years with Arizona State University’s club team. Scottsdale is looking to join with the first rugby event in the Valley – the Fiat of Scottsdale Rugby Bowl.

ASU Rugby debuted in 1975 and has ranked in the top 15 in the last five years and is currently ranked No. 11. Coach Gary Lane explains that unlike lacrosse or hockey, the rugby team does not play in a league division, but plays against everyone. They have had a tough schedule so far, but hope to move up in the ranks to No. 9 or No. 10 in the next couple of weeks. “I think we are doing pretty well,” states Lane, “We play U of A in two weeks at U of A. I think that will be a good test for how things are going.”

As a club team, ASU rugby does a lot of its own fundraising for travel expenses, tournaments, equipment and more. They tried new fundraising techniques this year including some crowd funding campaigns. They did not meet their goal, but did pretty well and hope their campaigns will be more successful in the future.

Lane also hopes to receive more exposure for the team and to receive team sponsorships. Lane emphasizes that the team is more than just a sports club, but also part of the community. The team participates in a lot of charity work for nonprofits such as the Special Olympics and Polo Plunge. They also support the women’s athletics at ASU and try to support the community in different ways. “It is a big part of our identity. We are very proud of that and we hope to set a benchmark for other teams at ASU,” says Lane.

ASU will compete against Brigham Young University (BYU) in the upcoming Rugby Bowl in Scottsdale. Lane says that the team is excited for the event and to compete against a difficult team. “It is our job to produce a game this is up to the stature of the event,” states Lane, “I’ve never been shy as a coach to take on big teams and see how we compare. You have to play at that level and if you don’t, why bother.”

Founder and owner of the Fiat of Scottsdale Rugby Bowl, Jason Rose, is also excited for the event. Rose explains that there is already a successful polo event in the valley, and he saw the chance to start a similar event with rugby. He explains that rugby is a growing sport and that there is a huge rugby footprint with the high-ranking teams of ASU and BYU. He states that the fans are about even so far according to ticket sales.

Rose hopes to generate visitors from different backgrounds form rugby enthusiasts to people who are fascinated and learning about rugby to people who simply want to enjoy an Arizona spring day.

There will be a myriad of other events including a motorcycle display, which will also donate money to a breast cancer charity, several local bands including the classic rock cover band Whiskey’s Quicker and Arizona’s premier Irish rock band Keltic Cowboys, a tug-o-war between ASU and BYU fans, World of Beer Garden, Scottsdale Cigar Lounge and even a barber shop. There is sure to be something for everyone, and all events take place inside the stadium so visitors can also watch the match.

For the future, Rose hopes to create a great Arizona event and the country’s best rugby event. He hopes to involve four, top college rugby teams in 2015, and also hopes to expand from thousands to tens of thousands of visitors. “It will be post-spring training and will be great for people looking for their football fix. Rugby has all of the hard hits like football but without the pads,” explains Rose.

Check out ASU’s rugby team and the Fiat of Scottsdale Rugby Bowl on April 12. Gates open at 11:30 am and tickets start at $12.