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REPLAY: El Paso Scorpions vs Northern Arizona LandSharks

Welcome to the El Paso Scorpions versus the Northern Arizona LandSharks Rugby Broadcast.

After defeating Santa Fe last week, the Scorpions won the Rio Grande Union for the second year in a row.

Now, the Scorps travel to the valley of the Sun – Phoenix – to start the round of 64, taking on the Northern Arizona LandSharks.

A very special thanks to El Paso Electric and Giles Volvo for making this broadcast possible.

Streaming Replay+Gallery: NM Brujos vs El Paso Scorpions Rugby

Welcome to the El Paso Scorpions versus the New Mexico Brujos Rugby Broadcast.

For the first game of the 2019 Spring Season, the Scorpions came out on their new home turf in Anthony, Texas and took on the Brujos.

The Scorpions took care of business in a dominating fashion, beating the Brujos 69-21.  In addition to the stream above, take a look at the game thank to our very own Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta, via his gallery below.

ABQ Brujos vs EP Scorpions, Ernie Rascon Memorial Park, Anthony TX, March 23, 2019, Andres Acosta / El Paso Herald-Post











Local Rugby Teams Prepare for Sun City 7’s This Saturday

This summer promises hard-hitting, non-stop action in a local battle royale for our city and the title of ‘Best in the Borderland’ when it comes to Rugby 7s.

With multiple Men’s Rugby teams from El Paso and Juarez, rugby is swiftly gaining steam in the Borderplex, and the Sun City 7’s are a way to see who’s the best around. These are friendly matches, but there’s nothing cordial about it. 

In rugby, camaraderie is built with every crushing blow and respect is earned. 

Rugby 7’s differ from the standard rugby match (where 15 to a side play) as noted by the 7’s – meaning 7 players to a side, on a smaller field.

Located at McArthur Park (738 Gerald Drive), the second tournament of the summer begins this Saturday morning @ 10am. Food and Beverage coolers are allowed, as are folding chairs.

Author: Samuel Cline – Special to the Herald-Post

El Paso Scorpions Do It Again: Rio Grande Rugby Champions for 2018!

With a statement win against the Albuquerque Aardvarks on Saturday, the path to the Regional Championship for the El Paso Scorpions was made clear.

After a 10-month long season in the top spot, the Scorps would remain as such regardless of the outcome, and the Sun City’s local Men’s Rugby Club made it known why their position on top was secure.

The victory was just the icing on the cake of a perfectly executed season that stems from countless hours of practice, unified team effort, and individual unrelenting gall.  The team currently consists of a good mix of skillful veteran players and hungry rookies.

Photo Credit: Angela Hopkins

This dream team provides the ideal momentum every squad wants heading into Regional Championship play, as the Scorps will be playing the number one and two teams from the Arizona Rugby Union.

What’s at stake?  The victor goes to Fort Worth on May 19-20th to fight for a Western United States Championship in pursuit of a National Title in June.

For fans wanting to watch Champagne rugby at its finest, games are scheduled for this Saturday at 2:00 pm and Sunday at 1:00 pm, in Albuquerque.

The address is 5000 Balloon Fiesta Parkway, at the Balloon Fiesta Park.

Sponsorship packages are still available for the 2018 season, especially with our upcoming travel costs.  For more information, contact Danny Hernandez, the Vice President for the El Paso Scorpions RFC, at

Author: Samuel Cline – Special to the El Paso Herald-Post  | Photos by Angela Hopkins

Photo Credit: Angela Hopkins

El Paso Scorpions Rugby Club to Host Scrimmage Saturday

The El Paso Scorpions, the Sun City’s very own rugby club, will be hosting a Black vs Gold scrimmage that will be open to the public this Saturday, February 17.

This inter-squad Scorpion scrimmage will serve as a tune-up, as the team prepares for their final matches and the upcoming playoffs. The game also allows for some of the newer members to adjust to their teammates and get a feel for full-speed rugby.

In addition to players from throughout the city, the squad has several new players from Fort Bliss.

Team officials say, “With the new additions to the team, often there are 30 participants at practice, even when the temperature drops below freezing…this dedication shows why the Scorpions have yet to lose a match this season.”

“This event will be a fun way for the residents of El Paso to get together and recognize the talent of the club, as they have qualified for the regional championships that are set to take place in Albuquerque on April 21 and 22,” team officials added.

The remaining home games, as well as the inner-club scrimmage, will take place at Thorn Park on 5300 Mace Street in El Paso. Below is a list of upcoming Scorpion matches:

February 17: Black vs. Gold scrimmage at Thorn Park at 2:00 PM

March 10: vs. Albuquerque Aardvarks at Thorn Park at 2:00 PM

March 17: vs. Albuquerque Brujos at Thorn Park at 2:00 PM

April 7: vs. Santa Fe Santos at Santa Fe at 2:00 PM

April 21-22: Regional Championships in Albuquerque

Author: Victor Diaz – Special to the Herald-Post

H-P Sports In Depth: El Paso Scorpions Start 2017-18 Season Undefeated

The El Paso Scorpions, the Sun City’s very own rugby team, have been around for over 40 years, with the popularity of both the team and the sport increasing with each passing year.

Currently, in the 2017-2018 season, the Scorpions own a 3-0 record, and have already clinched a playoff appearance after defeating the Santa Fe Santos 40-28, the Albuquerque Brujos 38-22, and the Albuquerque Aardvarks by forfeit, in their past three matches, respectively.

As the season is slowly unwinding and revealing consistency, there is no better time to introduce you to the team than now. Note the diversity within the team (varying ages, occupations, origins, etc.,) in which makes this group an unorthodox, yet almost perfect fit for each other.

Please note that this is not the complete roster for the Scorpions. This is a list of willing participants who wanted to be featured in this piece of writing. There are still many players who were not mentioned, but are on the team.

The Forwards

The Forwards (or frontline), tend to be the biggest, strongest, and toughest players on the pitch. They do most of the dirty work for their club by taking part in scrums, rucks, and lineouts, among the rest of the things that they do behind the scenes to try and give their team the advantage.

As the game has evolved over the decades, forwards have demonstrated their ability to run with the ball, a fact that can be seen when the Scorpions play. Most, if not all, of the players are threats to score.

Tony DiNapoli, 44, is the coach of the Scorpions. He has been playing rugby for 25 years, and has been coaching for the past four years. Tony is a former college All-American, and if he does choose to suit up, he will usually play Flanker.

Jonathan Hammond, 16, has been playing rugby for 3 years. He typically plays the Prop position. Aside from his participation with the Scorpions, JT also competes in wrestling and football at Chapin High School.

Wycliffe Omwenga, 32, also a Prop, has played rugby since his days in college. He grew up in Kenya, where he played for Mean Machine RFC in 2005. Wycliffe is an Oracle DBA who has a B.S. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, as well as a diploma in MIS.

Danny Hernandez, 31, is the Vice President of the El Paso Scorpions. He is also the owner of Phi-Tech, his IT business. Danny has been a part of the club since the spring of 2005, where he has played in the tight five (front and second row) positions.

Bryan Miskimen, 37, loves crossfit, enjoys long walks on the beach, and has been playing rugby for four seasons. He can line up at just about any position that the team needs, but is most familiar at Hooker.

Sam Cline, 30, a former Green Beret, is married to Joanna, with whom they have 5 children. Sam has played at the Flanker, Outside Center, and Wing positions during his tenure with the Scorpions.

Eric Potter, 28, plays anywhere in the frontline for the Scorpions. He is currently attending medical school in El Paso, and looks like a Viking warrior. Trust in the fact that you’ll know him when you see him.

Gabriel Castaneda, 29, is a parts advisor at Casa Nissan. He has three years of experience playing rugby under his belt, and with the El Paso Scorpions, you will most likely find him playing the Lock position.

Alan Martinez, 23, has seven years of experience with rugby, in which he has played ball in high school, college (UTEP), and now, with the Scorpions, where he mans the Flanker position.


The Backs

The backline consists of the quickest and fastest players on the pitch. They are usually the primary scorers, as well as the final line of defense for their team. Backs tend to be the most skilled when it comes to running with the ball and setting up scoring opportunities for their teammates. Look for many explosive plays from the Scorpions’ backs over the course of the season.


Walter Waldo, 35, is the President of the El Paso Scorpions. He graduated from Americas High School in 2000 before serving in the Navy. Walter has been playing with the Scorpions for nine years, and currently, he plays Inside Center, as well as Kicker.

Stephen Romero, 26, is the captain of the El Paso Scorpions, has been playing rugby for almost 10 years as a Fly Half, and has coached high school rugby for two years. Stephen has a B.S. in Kinesiology, and is currently pursuing respiratory therapy.

Shane Jordan, 25, is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and has been playing rugby for nine years. Shane had played rugby in high school for two years, as well as for the South Pittsburgh Hooligans, before joining the El Paso Scorpions, where you’ll often find him playing Scrum Half.

Bobby “The Gentleman” Torres, 31, is a tech/service manager at 1st Degree Refrigeration. He has been playing rugby for seven years, mainly at the Fullback position. Be sure to give him a call if you need anything fixed or built.

Andrew Hernandez, 31, has played for the Scorpions for 12 years as a Scrum Half. In addition to dedicating his time to rugby, Andrew also coaches football at Hornedo. He can most likely be found yelling at Bobby Torres to settle down when he’s yelling at his teammates.

Steven Espinosa, 23, is from Sacramento, California, where he played high school rugby for two years before joining the Sacramento Blackhawks. Steven is now in his second year playing Wing for the Scorpions.

Chris Navarro, 23, enjoys the outdoors (hiking, creeks, snowboarding, etc.,) and working out. He has seven years of experience playing rugby, with two of those years being in high school; four of them being in college (UTEP); and this year being his first with the Scorpions. Chris has played every position, but has the most experience at Full Back.

Paul Harden, 21, has been in the army for 3.5 years, and has been playing rugby for nine years. He traditionally plays as Wing, but he can also play Hooker.

Jordan Lee, 25, has three years of experience playing rugby, with two of those years being with the Scorpions at the Wing or Full Back position. Jordan is a West Point graduate, and is currently an Executive Officer.

Josue Liano, 27, is in his second season playing rugby as a Wing. He is a licensed vocational nurse who enjoys traveling (he has been to five continents), and hopes to visit them all one day.

Joe Montoya, 27, is an eight-year Army veteran who has been playing rugby for two years. He typically plays Wing, but can line up anywhere the team needs him to be.

Abraham Money, 28, is utility player for the Scorpions. When he’s not busy breaking the bones of the opposition, Abraham is a nurse, and will often be the same person bringing them back to health. Oh, the irony.

Author: Victor Diaz –  Special to the Herald-Post

El Paso Scorpions Kick Off Rugby Season Saturday vs Santa Fe

Over 40 years of rugby history and tradition continue this weekend as the El Paso Scorpions celebrate the start of their 2017-18 season.

The Scorpions take on the Santa Fe Santos to kick off the 15’s rugby season at Thorn Park (5300 Mace Street) in the city’s Upper Valley. Gametime is set for 2 p.m.

Officials with the team remind fans that “the games are free, and they can bring your chairs, coolers and anything else you want and enjoy some great rugby…the Scorpions would really appreciate all the support as we look to kick off another excellent year!”

Via their facebook page, the Scorpions promise “80 minutes of no timeouts, no pads, just fast paced, hard hitting, grown-man sport action!”

Earlier this month, the Scorpions had tune-up matches vs Las Cruces, Abq and Santa Fe, setting the stage for Game 1 of the 2017- 18 season.

The El Paso Scorpions are part of the El Paso Youth Rugby Foundation (EPYRF) which is a Non-Profit Organization. The Scorpions RFC has had a legacy of being a dominate team in the Rio Grande Union, and hope to repeat their performance this year.

With Rugby Season Underway, EP Scorpions, Cathedral Fight through Tough Matches

Last weekend, the El Paso Scorpions tried to extend their sting across state borders, as they took on the Albuquerque Aardvarks in Rio Grande Conference play.

With twenty two minutes left in regulation, the officials called the match due to unforeseen and undisclosed circumstances. The Scorpions fell to the Aardvarks 27-7.

The Scorps now return to the practice pitch in preparation for the always-tough Fort Bliss squad.

Photo Credit: Derek Lucero

In Boy’s High School rugby, Cathedral High School beat the Albuquerque Eagles 60-11, and Rock Rugby fell to Plano 14-12. West Lake defeated Jesuit 80-0, and Quin topped Four Points 28-0.

Finally, Elsie Allen defeat Rosa Rugby 30-12 to clench their respective championship.

Elsewhere in Texas, the Men’s Senior Division was busy with various matches across the state. The Austin Blacks took on the Dallas Harlequins across D1 and D2. In D1, the Blacks topping the Harlequins 52-26, while the D2 Harlequins were beat as well 69-0. The Dallas Reds were active as well, scoring a victory against HARC 62-7.

The respective D2 units of HARC and the Reds played as well, with the Reds taking another victory 55-0. HURT and their cohort the Henchmen saw action this weekend as well, respectively facing off against Kingwood and Alamo City. Against Kingwood, the Henchmen walked away victorious 82-10, while HURT was also victorious versus Alamo City 80-15.

Katy was successful in their campaign against Woodlands 50-17, and Abilene defeated Denton 41-0.

For more nationwide and regional action, check out Rugby Recap.

Aaron Pokluda – Rugby Recap Writer | Special to the Herald-Post

El Paso Scorpions Rugby Club set to Open 2016 Season Saturday

As the weather around the Borderland turns increasingly Spring-like, the city’s premiere rugby squad – the El Paso Scorpions – are set to take to the pitch for the first match of the 2016 season.

The Scorpions will be facing their I-25 rivals, the Albuquerque Brujos, at their home paddock located at Chamberino (430 La Vina Road in Anthony, NM).  Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. and team officials remind their fans to bring your chairs, umbrellas, and coolers.

The El Paso Scorpions are part of the El Paso Youth Rugby Foundation (EPYRF) which is a Non-Profit Organization and  all donations are tax deductible. While the team has been playing in the El Paso area for nearly 40-years, the sport has a long tradition in the Borderland.

Since 1991 the Scorpions have dominated the Rio Grande Union Championships and won their share of tournaments, including the prestigious High Desert Classic 4 times.

Team officials add, “Regardless of how you contribute, we are grateful for your support….thanks to your donations, we will be able to help pay USA Rugby Union dues, player dues, travel expenses, playoff expenses, and for field/team equipment.”

For more information about the Scorpions, you can visit their Facebook Page or website.


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