Professional Rugby Exhibition
The Glendale Raptors are hosting a professional rugby exhibition on Saturday, March 10 at Infinity Park. The Raptors will face New Orleans Gold at 3pm, preceded by Denver’s Regis Jesuit High School taking on Jesuit High School of New Orleans at 1:30pm. The fast-paced, hard-hitting rugby action is free and open to the public. As a founding member team in the nation’s professional rugby league, Major League Rugby, the Raptors’ regular season begins April 21 at Infinity Park.
Raptors Head Coach David Williams is excited to see how his team will stack up on Saturday: “We are really looking forward to seeing how we have progressed as a team during this pre-season, as compared to last. The real test is always a game, so we’re excited to play against another MLR team like New Orleans.”
Professional rugby has arrived in the United States. Free and open to the public, Saturday’s exhibition match between the Glendale Raptors and NOLA Gold will give fans a taste of what Major League Rugby is all about. The match will see the debut appearance of Rudi the Raptor, the team’s mascot, players and coaches providing rugby 101 instruction, exclusive X-Blades apparel available from the O’Brien Rugby Shopping Maul, and the opportunity for fans to receive autographs following the match. Additionally, members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver will be in attendance as the Raptors’ special guests.
Celebrating more than ten years of rugby success, the Raptors are kicking off their professional debut at Saturday’s home exhibition. Asked about setting the bar for pro-level play, and playing in front of the hometown crowd, coach Williams was adamant about the benefits: “We’re excited to have our opening exhibition at home and in front of our fans. It’s a massive bonus to the players and staff.”
This exhibition event will serve as a teaser of professional rugby in Glendale.