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Glendale Merlins
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Glendale Merlins
Merlins
Location Glendale, Denver, CO
Infinity Park (Capacity: 5,000)
President Scott Smith
André Snyman & Kittery Wagner
Zach Fenoglio & Sarah Chobot
Pacific Rugby Premiership & Women's Premier League
2015 (women) Champions
Official website
www.glendalemerlins.com

Glendale Merlins 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 squad 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.

In 2017, the club changed their mascot from the Raptor to the Merlin, with all teams in the club transitioning to the new brand by the inaugural season of Major League Rugby.

Squad

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

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.

Notable former players

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.

See also

References

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