Rugby Elevated


Our Mission:

The Utah Cannibals mission is to build young men and women of deep character through high performance rugby sevens. We do this by placing a high emphasis on determination, honor, pride, strength and teamwork.


Utah Cannibals is the Official Elite Select All-State Rugby 15s and 7s team of Utah Youth Rugby, the USA Rugby sanctioned State Based Rugby Organization (SRO) in Utah. Players selected to play for the Utah Cannibals are selected to represent the State of Utah. Players are selected from over 30 high school teams in Utah. Players are selected based on their skill, rugby IQ and character. The Cannibals are not only the best rugby players in Utah, but are also among the best young men and women we can find.

As the Utah Cannibals is a representative team, the team differs from Academy or Travelling Club teams in that the Utah Cannibals is not a for profit team. The Utah Cannibals is funded through a budget allocation from Utah Youth Rugby and from partners / sponsors. The Utah National Guard is the current title partner for the Utah Cannibals. We are proud to be partnered with the brave men and women who are part of the Utah National Guard. 

The Utah Cannibals comprise various age grade teams for boys and girls in 15s and 7s. Some or all of these teams are entered in various rugby 7s and 15s tournaments around the world. During 2017, the Utah Cannibals will travel to and enter in the High School Divisions of:

  • Las Vegas Invitational (7s) - Las Vegas, NV
  • Rosslyn Park National Schools 7s - London, England
  • Collegiate Rugby Championships (7s) -  Philadelphia, PA
  • West Regional Cup Tournament (15s) - Denver, CO
  • Victoria International Youth 7s - Victoria, BC
  • North American Invitational 7s - Salt Lake City, UT


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2018 Las Vegas Invitational u18 Elite Boys Champions

Robert Randell - Head Coach

Coach Randell represented the USA as an USA Eagle and member of the USA National Team from 1993-1997. Coach Randell has coached at the Youth and Youth Select levels. Coach Randell is currently the Head Coach for TC Fusion Rugby Club in Tooele, UT. Coach Randell is a USA Rugby Level 300 Certified Coach.


Seti Matua - Assistant Coach

Coach Mutua has coached at the Youth and Youth Select levels. Coach Mutua is currently an assistant coach for United Rugby Club in Alpine, UT. Coach Matua is a Level 200 Certified Coach.

Nu'u Punimata - Assistant Coach

Coach Punimata represented the USA as an USA Eagle and member of the USA National Team in 2015. Coach Punimata has coached at the Youth and Youth Select levels. Coach Punimata is a Level 200 Certified Coach.

Colin Puriri - Assistant Coach

Coach Puriri has coached at the Youth, Youth Select and Mens levels. Coach Puriri is the Founder and Head Coach of two time High School National Champions United Rugby Club. Coach Puriri is a Level 200 Certified Coach.



Coaching Staff

USA Rugby HS All-American

Utah Cannibal, Darian Power (United Rugby Club), was selected to the High School All-American 7s team in 2015. Darian was first selected as a Utah Cannibal in 2013. Darian was previously selected as a High School All-American in 2014 representing the USA against Portugal and France.

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