Infinity Park will get its first taste of Major League Rugby on Saturday as the Glendale Raptors host the New Orleans Gold in a tasty preseason encounter. It’s the third match for the gold in 2018 after previous warm-up encounters against the Capital Selects and Houston SaberCats. For the Raptors this is their first match of the year but it’s fair to say this is not their first rodeo.
Already well established as a club side, the Glendale accelerated their professional ambitions last year, opting to play a series of exhibition fixtures rather than participate in an established division. In the fall they re-branded their amateur arm the Merlins, leaving the Raptors moniker exclusive to their professional side, and competed under the new banner from September onward which included a friendly against the Ontario Arrows.