After the RugbyTown Crossover Academy put on a successful November camp, Glendale announced the next step for the program on Friday afternoon.

The Colorado XOs will take the pitch in 2021 in what will serve as a unique experiment for American rugby. The XOs are a team composed primarily of professional football and basketball players that are interested in learning the game of rugby.

The ultimate goal, according to the release is to inject elite athletes into the United States player pool.

“The idea behind it all is to inject the national player pool with elite athletes and untapped talent and ultimately help the United States win the Rugby World Cup,” the release states.

The team assembled at the beginning of January and will train and compete through May 2021. According to the release, schedules and the complete roster are scheduled to be released in the coming weeks.

The XOs announced thus far include:

Kaleb Geiger – Concordia University, Nebraska – Football, Baseball

Garrald McDowell – University of Louisiana at Lafayette – Football

Dan Stone – Notre Dame – Soccer, Track & Field

Addie Brown – Adams State – Football, Basketball, Track

Ricky Haley – Alabama State – Football

Malik Bryant – Florida International – Rugby

Daytwon Sheridan – John Jay High School – Football

Tani Tupou – Washington – Football

DaQuan Patton – Kansas State – Football

Chase Stehling – Western Carolina – Football, Track & Field

Shawn Clark – Monmouth – Football

Casey McDermott-Vai – TCU – Football

DJ Stewart – Rhode Island – Football, USA Bobsled

Cameron Marshall – North Carolina State – Football

Line Latu – Eastern Michigan – Football

Tre’ Smalls – North Carolina A&T – Football

Vincent Boumann – Western Oregon – Basketball

Gelen Robinson – Purdue – Football, Wrestling, Track

Kyle Abrom – Midland – Football

Michael Bandy – University of San Diego – Football

Darryl Tolson – Dabney S. Lancaster Community College – Football

Jarrell Patterson – Lancaster High School – Football

Rykeem Yates – Nevada – Football

Jordan Talley – Nicholls State – Football

Colton Strickler

Colton Strickler is a Colorado guy through and through. He is a Wheat Ridge Farmer and a Colorado State Ram. He has been involved in the Colorado rugby community in some capacity since 2011. He was Major League Rugby's lead writer in 2018 and 2019 before joining DNVR Rugby.