The Glendale Raptors, Colorado’s only Major League Rugby (MLR) team, announced today that they are rebranding as the Colorado Raptors.
It’s great to be able to update our Colorado rugby family on the squad we have put together ahead of the coming MLR campaign. Our staff has been working diligently over the past several months in planning for a new and improved team environment for the 2020 Raptors season. A big part of this was recruiting players who bought in to a team first, win now mindset, and personally I’m extremely excited to welcome our new additions to Colorado.
As soon as I was named head coach of the Glendale Raptors, I was very excited to start implementing big changes – changes not necessarily to the team, but to the culture.
Glendale’s own Luke Gross was inducted into the Rugby Hall of Fame on July 26, 2019 during a USA Rugby banquet held in the Infinity Park Event Center. Luke has a long relationship with rugby and has earned his spot with 62 US national team caps, three World Cups and 13 years of coaching and mentoring rugby players.
It’s bittersweet whenever anyone leaves the nest, but every Raptor lives in our hearts forever. Today, we would like to thank Zack Fenoglio, Casey Rock, Peter Dahl and Maximo de Achaval for everything they have done for the Glendale Raptors, and we want to wish them the best as they retire from rugby.
In an effort to improve the performance of elite rugby players and develop a clear pathway for players to the professional level, Glendale Rugby Football Club (GRFC) has officially announced a groundbreaking partnership with Clemson Rugby Club and the Clemson Rugby Foundation.
The Raptor’s new attack coach, Stephen Brett, has a long and storied career playing for teams across New Zealand (Crusaders and Blues), Japan (Toyota Verblitz) and France (Bayonne and Lyon, Clermont, Narbonne), but he’s just recently made the transition to coaching.
Following what was perhaps one of the most challenging seasons in the 12-year history of our Glendale Rugby organization, we have had to make some very tough decisions moving forward.
And this is it, the final episode of this season’s Raptors Weekly. In this episode, we revisit the Houston match, Dallen explains a caught kick in the end goal and we’ll finish with a great try from the explosive Harley Davidson. The Glendale Raptors and the Raptors Weekly will return in 2020!
As you could imagine, working for the Glendale Raptors has many perks. Good people. Nice offices. Get to see the games for free. But, my favorite perk is coming in on Mondays and browsing through the photographs that our excellent team of photographers turn in every week. It was not easy cutting it down to an even fifty but no one was interested in my pitch, “The top 1,000 photographs of 2019”.