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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 placed (regular season)
Team kit
Official website
glendaleraptors.com
Glendale Raptor's home field, Infinity Park.

The Glendale Raptors is a professional rugby union team based Glendale, an enclave of Denver, Colorado. [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]

Schedule

2018 Season

The 2018 schedule for the Glendale Raptors:

Date Opponent Home/Away Result Score
03.10.2018 NOLA Gold ° Home W 38–14
03.30.2018 Utah Warriors ° Away W 42–15
04.07.2018 NYAC ° Away W 35–22
04.21.2018 Austin Elite Rugby Home W 41–26
04.28.2018 Seattle Seawolves Away W 19–15
05.05.2018 Utah Warriors Away W 36–29
05.13.2018 San Diego Legion Home W 31–27
06.03.2018 NOLA Gold Away W 41–10
06.08.2018 Houston SaberCats Home W 37–24
06.16.2018 Seattle Seawolves Home W 33–11
06.23.2018 San Diego Legion Away L 5–23
06.30.2018 Utah Warriors°° Home W 34–21
07.07.2018 Seattle Seawolves°°° Neutral L 23–19

° = Preseason Game °° = Playoff Semifinals °°° = Final at Torero Stadium, San Diego, CA

2019 Season

Fall Exhibition

Date Opponent Home/Away Location Result W/L/D
08.17.2018 USA Collegiate All-Americans Home Infinity Park 55-10 L
09.16.2018 Ontario Arrows Away York Lions Stadium 40-18 L
10.06.2018 Denver Barbarians Home Infinity Park 81-7 W
10.13.2018 Utah Warriors Home Infinity Park PPD
10.20.2018 Utah Warriors Away PPD
10.27.2018 Rugby Americas team Home Infinity Park 31-50 L
01.19.2019 Houston SaberCats Away Aveva Stadium

Spring

Date Opponent Home/Away Location Result W/L/D
01.27.2019 Seattle Seawolves Away Starfire Stadium
02.02.2019 New Orleans Gold Away
02.17.2019 Austin Elite Away Dell Diamond
02.23.2019 Utah Warriors Away Zions Bank Stadium
03.02.2019 Toronto Arrows Home Infinity Park
03.09.2019 Austin Elite Home Infinity Park
03.16.2019 San Diego Legion Home Infinity Park
03.24.2019 Rugby United New York Away MCU Park
03.30.2019 New Orleans Gold Home Infinity Park
04.06.2019 Houston SaberCats Home Infinity Park
04.20.2019 San Diego Legion Away Torero Stadium
04.26.2019 Rugby United New York Home Infinity Park
05.04.2019 Utah Warriors Home Infinity Park
05.11.2019 Houston SaberCats Away Aveva Stadium
05.18.2019 Seattle Seawolves Home Infinity Park
05.26.2019 Toronto Arrows Away York Lions Stadium

Current squad

Player signings for the 2019 season: [6] [7]

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
Kelepi Fifita Prop United States United States
Nick Kwasniewski Prop United States United States
Blake Rogers Prop United States United States
Luke White* Prop Australia Australia
Maxwell Dacey* Lock Malaysia Malaysia
Kody O’Neil Lock United States United States
Casey Rock Lock United States United States
Logan Collins Flanker United States United States
Connor Cook Flanker United States United States
Peter Dahl Flanker United States United States
Travis Haugen Flanker United States United States
John Quill Flanker United States United States
Devin Vaughter Flanker United States United States
Brian Wanless Flanker United States United States
Sam Figg Number 8 Australia Australia
Grigor Kerdikoshvili Number 8 Georgia (country) Georgia
Player Position Union
Mickey Bateman Scrum-half New Zealand New Zealand
Jake Christmann Scrum-half United States United States
Shaun Davies Scrum-half United States United States
Kevin Lynch Scrum-half United States United States
Mikaele Kruse Fly-half United States United States
Will Magie Fly-half United States United States
Kyle Hitt Centre United States United States
Chad London Centre United States United States
Ata Malifa Centre United States United States
Siali Maka Centre United States United States
Dustin Croy Wing United States United States
Harley Davidson Wing United States United States
Seth Halliman Wing United States United States
Nick Johnson Wing United States United States
John Ryberg Wing United States United States
Max Satler Wing United States United States
Maximo De Achaval Fullback United States United States
  • Senior 15's internationally capped players in bold
  • Players qualified to play for United States on dual nationality or residency grounds*
  • MLR teams are allowed to field up to five overseas players per match

Records

Honors

Season standings

Major League Rugby

Year Pos Pld W D L F A +/− BP Pts   Play-offs
2018 1st 8 7 0 1 249 165 +84 6 34   Lost championship final 23–19 to Seattle Seawolves

Head coaches

  • David Williams (2018)  [2] [8]

Captains

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. ^ "Glendale Raptors Announce Team, Coaches, & Ticket Sales". djcoilrugby. 2018-01-29. Archived from the original on 2018-02-05. Retrieved 2018-02-05.
  7. ^ "Glendale Raptors Major League Rugby Players". Glendale Raptors. Retrieved 2018-02-05.
  8. ^ "Glendale Raptors Coaches and Staff". Glendale Raptors. Retrieved 2018-02-05.