Ohio Aviators (rugby union)

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Ohio Aviators
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Full nameOhio Aviators
Union USA Rugby
Location Obetz, Ohio, U.S.
Ground(s) Fortress Obetz (Capacity: 6,500)
Coach(es) Paule Barford
Top scorer Shaun Davies (84)
Most tries Spike Davis (14)
League(s) PRO Rugby (2016)
World Tens Series (2020-present)
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The Ohio Aviators are an American rugby union team that played professionally in the short lived PRO Rugby competition. They are based in the Columbus, Ohio metropolitan area, and played their home games at Memorial Park in Obetz, Ohio. They are now playing in the newly formed World Tens Series.



PRO Rugby announced on February 9, 2016 the addition of Columbus, Ohio as the league's third team. [1] The selection of Columbus came as somewhat of a surprise, because the original PRO Rugby announcement in November 2015 did not mention that the competition planned to place a team in the midwest in the inaugural season. [2] Ohio's inaugural season home opener was played on May 1, 2016. [3] PRO Rugby revealed the team's nickname — the Ohio Aviators — on June 6, 2016, a reference to the Wright brothers who were from Ohio. [4]

10's return

On September 9, 2020, the Aviators announced on their Instagram page their return to participate in the World Tens Series, occurring from October 24 through November 7, 2020 in Bermuda. [5]


The Aviators during the 2016 season played their home games at Memorial Park in Obetz, a suburb of the Columbus metropolitan area. The Aviators planned to move to Fortress Obetz, on the site of the former Columbus Motor Speedway, starting with the 2017 season. [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]

2016 roster

On December 20, 2016 all PRO Rugby players received notice their contracts will be terminated in 30 days if progress is not made towards resolving disputes between the league and USA Rugby. [11]

The squad for the 2016 PRO Rugby season: [12]

Ohio roster




Loose Forwards






(c) Denotes team captain, Bold denotes internationally capped.

2016 coaching staff

Head coach Flag of England.svg Paule Barford
Assistant coach Flag of South Africa.svg Paul Holmes
Assistant coach IRFU flag.svg Eamonn Hogan

Current players and staff

Current roster

The squad for the 2020 World Tens Series: [13]

Ohio roster



(c) Denotes team captain, Bold denotes internationally capped.

Current coaching staff

Head coachTaylor Howden
Assistant coach Kane Thompson
ManagerZach Stryffeler
Medical DirectorRichard Quincy
DirectorTom Rooney


World Tens Series



October 25, 2020Phoenix Bermuda National Stadium Won, 26-0
October 25, 2020 Flag of the United States.svg Rhinos Bermuda National Stadium Lost, 0-12
October 25, 2020 Flag of England.svg London Royals Bermuda National Stadium Lost, 10-11
October 26, 2020 Flag of Singapore.svg Asia Pacific Dragons Bermuda National Stadium Won, 11–10
October 26, 2020 Flag of the United States.svg Miami Sun Bermuda National Stadium Lost, 10–11
November 2, 2020 Flag of the United States.svg Rhinos Bermuda National Stadium Won, 11–10
November 2, 2020Phoenix Bermuda National Stadium Won, 22–0
November 2, 2020 Flag of Singapore.svg Asia Pacific Dragons Bermuda National Stadium Lost, 16–20
November 3, 2020 Flag of England.svg London Royals Bermuda National Stadium Lost, 12–13
November 3, 2020 Flag of the United States.svg Miami Sun Bermuda National Stadium Lost, 17–17
November 3, 2020 Flag of South Africa.svg SX10 Bermuda National Stadium Won, 14–10
November 7, 2020
Flag of the United States.svg Miami Sun Bermuda National Stadium Won, 26–5
November 7, 2020
Flag of England.svg London Royals Bermuda National Stadium Won, 12–7
November 7, 2020
Flag of South Africa.svg SX10 Bermuda National Stadium Lost, 14–21

Season summaries

C=Champions, R=Runners-up, W=Wooden Spoons
2016 PRO Rugby season 129032 / 5 Paule Barford 2016 Ohio Aviators season

Leading players

SeasonCaptainMost triesMost points
2016 Jamie Mackintosh Spike Davis (14) Shaun Davies (84)


CoachTenureMatchesWonDrawnLostWinning Percentage
Paule Barford 20161290375%
Taylor Howden2020–present1470750%

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