Michael Puriri | More than just a Game

A native from New Zealand, Michael Puriri moved to Utah and brought his love for rugby with him. After a successful career as a rugby player, Michael saw an opportunity to bring the sport to Southern Utah. Starting out with only 20 players, his passion for the game has spread to the 150 boys and 30 girls who now play for Snow Canyon Rugby.

The team quickly became a national contender and continues to make a regular appearance at the national tournament. The players thrive on the rugby pitch; but as Michael reminds us, rugby is more than a sport. Rugby turns teenagers into respectful and responsible adults.