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Glendale Raptors R.F.C. is a professional rugby union team based in Glendale, Colorado, an enclave of Denver.[1][2] The team competes in Major League Rugby.[1][3]

Glendale Raptors
Glendale Raptors logo.png
Founded2007 [1]
LocationGlendale, Colorado, U.S.
Ground(s)Infinity Park
Coach(es)Peter Borlase
Captain(s)Luke White
Top scorerWill Magie (126)
League(s)Major League Rugby
20196th placed (regular season)
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
glendaleraptors.com
Glendale Raptors home field, Infinity Park.

Home fieldEdit

The team plays at Infinity Park,[4] the first rugby-specific, municipally-owned stadium in the United States.[5]

BroadcastsEdit

2019 home games were shown on KUSA Channel 20 in Denver an NBC affiliate. Dallen Stanford and Brian Vizard were the on air talent.

SponsorshipEdit

Season Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2018–present XBlades None

Players and personnelEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players have been reported for Glendale for the 2020 season:[6][7][8][9]

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.

Player Position Union
Xendy Tatiboue Hooker   France
Jacob Finau Hooker   United States
Chad Gough Hooker   United States
Marco Fepulea'i Prop   New Zealand
Kelepi Fifita Prop   United States
Noah Barker Prop   Canada
Sakaria Taulafo Prop   Samoa
Blake Rogers Prop   United States
Luke White* Lock   Australia
Brendan Daly Lock   United States
Kody O’Neil Lock   United States
Connor Cook Flanker   United States
Aladdin Schirmer Flanker   United States
Hanco Germishuys Flanker   United States
Michael Curry Flanker   New Zealand
Michael Stewart Number 8   New Zealand
Player Position Union
Carlo de Nysschen Scrum-half   South Africa
Sean Yacoubian Scrum-half   Scotland
Nick Boyer Scrum-half   United States
Tomas Quinlan Fly-half   Ireland
Robbie Petzer Fly-half   South Africa
Ata Malifa Centre   United States
Campbell Johnstone Centre   United States
Chad London Centre   United States
Mika Kruse Centre   United States
Digby Ioane Centre   Australia
Mateo Gadsden Wing   United States
Seth Hallinan Wing   United States
John Ryberg Wing   United States
Nick Johnson Wing   United States
Ryan James Fullback   United States
Mason Emerson Fullback   New Zealand
  • Senior 15s and senior 7s internationally capped players in bold
  • * Players qualified to play for the United States on dual nationality or residency grounds
  • MLR teams are allowed to field up to five overseas players per match

Head coachesEdit

CaptainsEdit

RecordsEdit

Season standingsEdit

Year Pos Pld W D L F A +/− BP Pts   Playoffs
2018 1st 8 7 0 1 249 165 +84 6 34   Lost championship final 23–19 to Seattle Seawolves
2019 6th 16 7 2 7 456 463 −7 11 43   Did not qualify

HonorsEdit

2018 seasonEdit

Date Opponent Home/Away Result
March 10 New Orleans Gold° Home Won, 38–14
March 30 Utah Warriors° Away Won, 42–15
April 7 New York Athletic Club RFC° Away Won, 35–22
April 21 Austin Elite Home Won, 41–26
April 28 Seattle Seawolves Away Won, 19–15
May 5 Utah Warriors Away Won, 36–29
May 13 San Diego Legion Home Won, 31–27
June 3 New Orleans Gold Away Won, 41–10
June 8 Houston SaberCats Home Won, 37–24
June 16 Seattle Seawolves Home Won, 33–11
June 23 San Diego Legion Away Lost, 5–23
June 30 Utah Warriors°° Home Won, 34–21
July 7 Seattle Seawolves°°° Neutral Lost, 19–23

° = Preseason game
°° = Playoff Semifinal
°°° = Final at Torero Stadium in San Diego, California

2019 seasonEdit

ExhibitionEdit

Date Opponent Home/Away Location Result
August 17, 2018 USA Collegiate All-Americans Home Infinity Park Lost, 10–55
September 16, 2018 Ontario Arrows Away York Lions Stadium Lost, 18–40
October 6, 2018 Denver Barbarians Home Infinity Park Won, 81–7
October 13, 2018 Utah Warriors Home Infinity Park Postponed
October 20, 2018 Utah Warriors Away Postponed
October 27, 2018 Rugby Americas team Home Infinity Park Lost, 31–50
January 13, 2019 San Diego Legion Away Torero Stadium Won, 38–31
January 19, 2019 Houston SaberCats Away Constellation Field Won, 36–21

Regular seasonEdit

Date Opponent Home/Away Location Result
January 27 Seattle Seawolves Away Starfire Stadium Lost, 18–20
February 2 New Orleans Gold Away Archbishop Shaw Stadium Lost, 31–40
February 17 Austin Elite Away Dell Diamond Won, 24–13
February 23 Utah Warriors Away Zions Bank Stadium Draw, 26–26
March 2 Toronto Arrows Home Infinity Park Won, 22–0
March 9 Austin Elite Home Infinity Park Won, 38–19
March 16 San Diego Legion Home Infinity Park Draw, 28–28
March 24 Rugby United New York Away MCU Park Lost, 19–31
March 30 New Orleans Gold Home Infinity Park Won, 34–33
April 6 Houston SaberCats Home Infinity Park Won, 52–44
April 20 San Diego Legion Away Torero Stadium Lost, 15–46
April 26 Rugby United New York Home Infinity Park Won, 20–16
May 4 Utah Warriors Home Infinity Park Won, 64–22
May 18 Seattle Seawolves Home Infinity Park Lost, 36–53
May 26 Toronto Arrows Away Lamport Stadium Lost, 12–40
May 29 Houston SaberCats Away Aveva Stadium Lost, 17–32

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Major League Rugby, featuring Colorado team, signs TV deal with CBS". Denver Business Journal. 2017-10-10. Archived from the original on 2018-02-01.
  2. ^ a b "City of Glendale made rugby its brand, a move that's paying off with a professional team". The Denver News. 2017-06-02. Archived from the original on 2018-02-01.
  3. ^ "Major League Rugby nears kick-off as next attempt to make US a union power". The Guardian. UK. 2017-11-17. Archived from the original on 2017-11-19. Retrieved 2017-11-19.
  4. ^ "Glendale Raptors announce 2018 schedule". 9 News. 2017-12-01. Archived from the original on 2018-02-01. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  5. ^ "Site report" (PDF). www.rainbird.com. 2018. Retrieved 2019-09-05.
  6. ^ "2018 Major League Rugby – Glendale Raptors". Americas Rugby News. 2018. Retrieved 2018-12-22.
  7. ^ "MLR Off-Season Update – December 13, 2018". Americas Rugby News. 2018. Retrieved 2018-12-22.
  8. ^ "Glendale Raptors Announce Team, Coaches, & Ticket Sales". djcoilrugby. 2018-01-29. Archived from the original on 2018-02-05. Retrieved 2018-02-05.
  9. ^ "Glendale Raptors Major League Rugby Players". Glendale Raptors. Retrieved 2018-02-05.
  10. ^ "Glendale Raptors Coaches and Staff". Glendale Raptors. Retrieved 2018-02-05.