Glendale Raptors

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Glendale Raptors
Glendale logo.png
Full name Glendale Raptors
Nickname(s) Raptors
Location Glendale, Denver, CO
Ground(s) Infinity Park (Capacity: 5,000)
Coach(es) André Snyman & Kittery Wagner
Captain(s) Zach Fenoglio & Sarah Chobot
League(s) Pacific Rugby Premiership & Women's Premier League
2015 (women) Champions
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.glendaleraptors.com

The Glendale Raptors is a rugby club based in the Glendale suburb of Denver, Colorado. The teams plays at Infinity Park.

The women's squad advanced from USA Rugby's Division I into the Women's Premier League in 2012. They played 3rd in 2013, and won back-to-back national championships in 2014 and 2015.

The men's squad won the 2011 Division I Championship. The men's Raptors were 2014 Runners-up in the inaugural season of the Pacific Rugby Premiership losing to the San Francisco Golden Gate RFC 39-38 on the last play. They then were 2015 Pacific Rugby Premiership Champions, defeating the San Francisco Golden Gate 25-11. They repeated the feat in 2016, winning the Pacific Rugby Premiership title 44-20 again against the San Francisco Golden Gate with all Championship matches being played at their home field at Infinity Park.

Squad[edit]

Five of Glendale's women's players - props Jamie Burke, Sarah Chobot, Sarah Wilson, hooker Kittery Wagner, and flyhalf Hannah Stolba - represented the U.S. team for the 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup.

Two of Glendale's men's players — hooker Zach Fenoglio and scrum half Niku Kruger — were named to the U.S. team for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Additionally, Iniki Fa'amusili played for the US U-20 national team that won the 2012 IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy held in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Three of Glendale's men's players represented the US national team at the 2011 Rugby World Cup: James Paterson, Nese Malifa, and Nic Johnson.

Men's Playing Squad[edit]

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
Zach Fenoglio Hooker United States United States
Stan Moaalii Hooker United States United States
Josh Sutcliffe Hooker Australia Australia
Pat Carroll Prop United States United States
Chad Slaby Prop United States United States
Matt Doubek Lock United States United States
Ryan Chapman Lock United States United States
Pieter Botha Flanker South Africa South Africa
Colby Knepp Flanker United States United States
Pat Doyle Flanker United States United States
Mike Kenyon Flanker United States United States
Player Position Union
Niku Kruger Scrum-half United States United States
Andre Bachelet Scrum-half Australia Australia
Ata Malifa Fly-half United States United States
Sean Mills Fly-half Scotland Scotland
Valenese Malifa Fly-half United States United States
Justin Pauga Centre United States United States
Sam Botkin Centre United States United States
Douglas Graves Centre United States United States
James Paterson Wing United States United States
Bryan Evans Wing United States United States
Iniki Fa'amusili Wing United States United States
DeWon Reed Fullback United States United States
Spencer Scott Fullback United States United States

Notable former players[edit]

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
Jamie Burke (rugby union) Prop United States United States
Nic Johnson Number 8 United States United States

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