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Glendale Raptors
Glendale Raptors logo.png
Founded2007  [1]
Location Glendale, Colorado, United States
Ground(s) Infinity Park
Coach(es)David Williams
League(s) Major League Rugby
2018Runner-up (finals)
1st place (regular season)
Team kit
Official website
glendaleraptors.com
Glendale Raptor's home field, Infinity Park.

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]

Home field

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

Players and personnel

Current squad

The following players have been reported for Glendale for the 2019 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
James Del Bozque Hooker United States United States
Zach Fenoglio Hooker United States United States
Chad Gough Hooker United States United States
Marco Fepulea'i Prop New Zealand New Zealand
Kelepi Fifita Prop United States United States
Noah Barker Prop Canada Canada
Nick Kwasniewski Prop United States United States
Alec Leddy Prop United States United States
Max Lum Prop United States United States
Blake Rogers Prop United States United States
Moses Saole Prop United States United States
Luke White* Lock Australia Australia
Maxwell Dacey Lock United States United States
Brendan Daly Lock United States United States
Kody O’Neil Lock United States United States
Casey Rock Lock United States United States
Connor Cook Flanker United States United States
Peter Dahl Flanker United States United States
Hanco Germishuys Flanker United States United States
Jonathan Layne Flanker United States United States
Dwayne Pienaar Flanker South Africa South Africa
Jason Damm Number 8 United States United States
Malon Al-Jiboori Number 8 United States United States
Devin Vaughter Number 8 United States United States
Player Position Union
Mickey Bateman Scrum-half New Zealand New Zealand
Shaun Davies Scrum-half United States United States
Carlo de Nysschen Scrum-half South Africa South Africa
Colin Gregory Fly-half United States United States
Mikaele Kruse Fly-half United States United States
Will Magie Fly-half United States United States
Robbie Petzer Fly-half South Africa South Africa
Campbell Johnstone Centre United States United States
Chad London Centre United States United States
Siale Maka Centre United States United States
Ata Malifa Centre United States United States
Celester Asuega Wing United States United States
Harley Davidson Wing United States United States
Mateo Gadsden Wing United States United States
Nick Johnson Wing United States United States
John Ryberg Wing United States United States
Maximo De Achaval Fullback United States United States
Dylan Takaito-Simpson Fullback Australia Australia
  • 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 coaches

  • David Williams (2018–present)  [2] [10]

Captains

Records

Season standings

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

Honors

2018 season

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 season

Exhibition

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 season

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
April 26 Rugby United New York Home Infinity Park
May 4 Utah Warriors Home Infinity Park
May 11 Houston SaberCats Away Aveva Stadium
May 18 Seattle Seawolves Home Infinity Park
May 26 Toronto Arrows Away Lamport Stadium

See also

  • Glendale Merlins – known as the Raptors until 2017, when the name was reserved for the Major League Rugby team.
  • Denver Stampede – the now defunct PRO Rugby team that played at Infinity Park in Glendale during 2016.

References

  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. ^ http://www.rainbird.com/documents/turf/site_InfinityPark-GlendaleCO.pdf
  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.