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Rugby season is here. When the ball is kicked to start the Colorado Raptors’ match against the Houston SaberCats on Saturday morning, it will also signify the beginning of Major League Rugby’s 2020 season. Seeing as how it’s the first match of the MLR season, all eyes will be on the Raptors and the SaberCats. Saturday’s match between the Raptors…

Colton Strickler sits down with Colorado Raptors prop Kelepi Fifita for a chat about his rugby career, his path to the Raptors and his thoughts heading into the first match of the season. Fifita is entering into his fourth season with the club and has transformed into an excellent prop. He finished last season with 85 tackles on defense and carried the ball 57 times for 293 meters in 14 matches last season. Please send in any questions you have about the Colorado Raptors, Major League Rugby or rugby as a whole to @DNVR_Raptors and @coltonstrickler on Twitter. DON’T FORGET TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE POD! iTunes link – Stitcher Link – Spotify Link

Colton Strickler sits down with Colorado Raptors flanker Michael Stewart for a conversation about his law degree, his upbringing and his initial thoughts on the United States. https://youtu.be/I8-MdAf8l3w Please send in any questions you have about the Colorado Raptors, Major League Rugby or rugby as a whole to @DNVR_Raptors and @coltonstrickler on Twitter. DON’T FORGET TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE POD! iTunes link – Stitcher Link – Spotify Link

Just a few days before they travel to Houston to open the 2020 Major League Rugby season against the SaberCats, the Colorado Raptors roster was injected with a huge boost of talent and experience. After signing with the Raptors in November 2019, former All Black Rene Ranger landed in Denver earlier this week and has begun training with the team. Ranger was one of the blockbuster signings in Major League Rugby this offseason, and he is ready to get rolling for the Raptors. “I’m pretty stoked,” Ranger said on Wednesday. “I’m pretty ready. I’ve been out of the game for a while now, so it’ll be good to get out there and put some hits in and stuff.” Since beginning…

On Saturday afternoon, head coach Pete Borlase announced that lock Luke White will serve as the Colorado Raptors team captain for the 2020 season. Entering his sixth season with the club, White is one of the longest-tenured Raptors on the roster. White has been an instrumental part of the club as they transitioned from the Pacific Rugby Premiership to the professional ranks of Major League Rugby. “To be named captain for the 2020 season is an incredible honor,” White said after the announcement. “It makes me very excited to be able to lead all of my brothers and best mates. It doesn’t change anything in terms of the way I play. Things continue as normal. It’s a very exciting and…

The Colorado Raptors’ preseason is over. Now, it all counts. They wrapped up the last of their preseason matches with a trip to Austin the weekend prior with a 22-21 win over the newly-named Gilgronis. That victory came on the heels of another preseason victory that took place a week earlier in Las Vegas. The Raptors got their preseason started with a 32-26 victory over Rugby ATL after some quality joint training session work with the Toronto Arrows. After two weeks of matches and joint training sessions, the Raptors are feeling good about where they stand heading into the season. Starting with the joint training session with the Arrows, lock Luke White was very pleased with what his team put…

Colton Strickler sits down with Colorado Raptors scrum-half Nick Boyer for a talk about his rugby background, his time with the San Diego Legion and his path back to the Raptors. Please send in any questions you have about the Colorado Raptors, Major League Rugby or rugby as a whole to @DNVR_Raptors and @coltonstrickler on Twitter. DON’T FORGET TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE POD! iTunes link – Stitcher Link – Spotify Link

Colton Strickler sits down for a conversation with Colorado Raptors lock Luke White about his childhood, his time with the Raptors, and some of his favorite rugby memories throughout the course of his life. Please send in any questions you have about the Colorado Raptors, Major League Rugby or rugby as a whole to @DNVR_Raptors and @coltonstrickler on Twitter. DON’T FORGET TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE POD! iTunes link – Stitcher Link – Spotify Link

Colton Strickler sits down with Colorado Raptors marketing employee EllaRose Hammond for a chat about the tragic death of Kobe Bryant and a quick update on the Raptors’ trip to Austin before diving into your questions. Please send in any questions you have about the Colorado Raptors, Major League Rugby or rugby as a whole to @DNVR_Raptors and @coltonstrickler on Twitter. DON’T FORGET TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE POD! iTunes link – Stitcher Link – Spotify Link

The Colorado Raptors are heading down to Austin, Texas to wrap up their preseason training with an exhibition match against the Herd. After starting the preseason on the right foot with a 36-26 win over Rugby ATL last weekend, the Raptors will look to keep the momentum rolling against a Herd team that went winless in 2019. While and 0-16 isn’t a pretty record by any stretch of the imagination, the Herd were far more competitive than their record indicated. The Raptors beat Austin 24-13 and 38-19 in both of the matches they played last season. You can be sure that they will use their less than ideal performance in 2019 as motivation in 2020. The Raptors will face a…

One of the best ways to dip your toe in the waters that are a new sport is to understand how points are scored. Not only does understanding the scoring provide you with a fundamental understanding of the game, but it also allows you to pick up on strategies, tactics, and the logic behind the decisions that are made throughout the course of a match. As we try to grow the sport of rugby, one of the best places to start is by introducing all of the ways to score points in a rugby union match. If you are familiar with the scoring system in American football, rugby scoring won’t be too hard to understand. Try – 5 points A…

Colton Strickler sits down with Colorado Raptors hooker Chad Gough to talk about his rugby career, his 100 meter try in 2019, and his thoughts on the team heading into 2020. https://youtu.be/R_J60uTp9jQ Please send in questions on Twitter to @DNVR_Raptors or @coltonstrickler to be featured on the next mailbag podcast! DON’T FORGET TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE POD! iTunes link – Stitcher Link – Spotify Link

After a long six weeks of preseason training, the Colorado Raptors will finally get their first opportunity to hit somebody else this weekend. “The boys are pretty hungry for contact,” Raptors inside center Robbie Petzer said with a smile. “We are ready to smash into someone else.” “Someone else,” in this scenario just so happens to be the Toronto Arrows and Rugby ATL at a three-day joint training session in Las Vegas that will include at least one scrimmage with each of the two clubs. This weekend will serve as their first of two trips to Vegas for the Raptors. They will take on last year’s championship runner-up San Diego Legion as a part of Major League Rugby’s Las Vegas…

The 2019 Major League Rugby season didn’t go as planned for the Colorado Raptors. After narrowly falling to the Seattle Seawolves 23-19 in the inaugural Major League Rugby Championship in 2018, the Raptors never really gained their footing in 2019 and finished with a 7-7-2 record and sixth place in the table as a result. They were two spots and 11 points out of the playoffs. That’s not how things work in Colorado. The Raptors are used to competing for championships instead of watching the playoffs from the couch. The slip that was the 2019 season is just one of the reasons that the Raptors are primed for a big 2020. Starting the 2020 season on the right foot will…

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