Merlins Rugby TeamsGlendale Merlins Rugby
Since 2007, Glendale has been the nexus of rugby in the United States.
At the center of that success lies a network of players, coaches, trainers, and more who have built a winning culture and a growing community of supporters. Surrounding that core is an extensive youth program and a stadium and ancillary facilities that play host to top teams from around the world. Continuing to follow that blueprint will lift rugby’s status even more in the next decade at Infinity Park, and throughout the country. Read more.
The Merlins Era
The name Raptors represented the array of teams that called Glendale home for the club’s first ten years. The year 2017 ushered in a new era; the Merlins era. All teams that play in Infinity Park will play under the Merlins name in 2017. In 2018 the flagship program at Infinity Park, the men’s elite team, will return to using the Glendale Raptors name, this time exclusively, as it becomes a founding member of Major League Rugby, one of the first professional leagues in the country. The other teams will retain the new moniker to best reflect the identity that they have developed during these beginning years. The merlin, a bird of prey known for its ferocity, aerial acrobatics, and sense of loyalty, reflects the values and aspirations of this family of teams.
Infinity Park is a destination for aspiring rugby players. Being selected to play for the Merlins is an acknowledgment of a player’s past performance and achievements. But those who become a Merlin have their eyes not on the past, but on the future, with many Merlins players aspiring to move on to play at higher levels, including professional play and U.S. national teams. Infinity Park is more than the a passive setting in which these lofty goals exist; it is often the catalyst that helps players achieve them. While a Merlin or a Raptor, players have access to an entire staff of professional coaches and trainers, state-of-the-art fitness facilities, and world-class competition. Players looking to advance along the rugby pathway and onto the biggest stages, including the Olympics, know that the playing at Infinity Park is one-of-a-kind opportunity for rugby development.
The Rugby Pathway
Teams across the country have used Glendale as a blueprint for building a successful rugby club. An oft-cited key to Glendale’s success is bond that the teams have developed with the Denver community. The Glendale Raptors Rugby Academy, which gives kids as young as 5 the opportunity to learn to play rugby the right way directly from Glendale’s top coaches and players, provides a way to not only spread the love of the sport, but also a way to discover and develop the athletes who will don Merlins and Raptors jerseys years in the future.