Glendale Raptors Player Recruitment

Thank you for your interest in playing rugby in Glendale.

The Glendale Raptors Rugby Football Club features robust programming for players below six years of age to adult. The men’s professional team is the Glendale Raptors, and the remaining men’s and women’s developmental and amateur teams are the Glendale Merlins.

To be considered for the salaried men’s professional team (The Raptors), aspiring athletes must be recruited by our professional staff, or demonstrate appropriate ability by first competing on our men’s Division I team (The Merlins). The professional Raptors team is a founding member of the United States’ professional rugby league, Major League Rugby, which competes from April through June.

The men’s Division I team, The Merlins, compete in the Red River Conference from January through June. Travel expenses are covered for players selected to the team. The Merlins men’s Division II team competes in the Rocky Mountain Union, with a split Fall /Spring season. Glendale’s Under-23 Academy team is part of the program’s professional development pathway, and players are recruited nationally and locally. The Academy team competes in the Rocky Mountain Men’s Collegiate Division 1A league, with a split Fall/Spring season.

Glendale has two adult women’s teams, both called The Merlins. The Women’s Premier League (WPL) team competes at the highest level of women’s rugby, and travel expenses are covered for players selected to the team. The WPL Merlins play in the fall, with players recruited either by coaching staff or by demonstrating their ability while first playing for the developmental Division I team. The women’s Division I team competes in the Frontier Union and plays in the spring.

For further information contact:

Professional Men and Rugby Academy: Mark Bullock, Director of Rugby
Amateur Men and Women’s Rugby: Luke Gross, Director of Amateur Rugby