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Colton starts off the show with “The Breakdown” presented by O’Neills by talking about the latest news surrounding the American Raptors, USA Rugby, and all of the rugby you can watch this weekend (0:00-10:19). After “The Breakdown”, Colton talks with American Raptors wing D’Cota Dixon about his journey to Wisconsin, his time in the NFL, and how he found the…

Colton Strickler begins the show with ‘The Breakdown’ by providing an update on the latest COVID-19 drama in the Premiership before touching on the Bledisloe Cup. After the ‘The Breakdown’, Colton chats with Infinity Park public address announcer and Altitude Sports Radio host Nate Kreckman about his unique experience with rugby, some of his favorite players, and matches that he’s seen during his tenure, and what happened to The Podcastanza! Following the conversation, Colton fives everyone the week off of some ‘Required Reading’ and closes the show with ‘The Loop.’ Nate Kreckman has been the public address announcer at Infinity Park for nearly a decade. During his time as the public address announcer, he has seen some of the best rugby…

Colton Strickler kicks off the show with ‘The Breakdown’ by talking about a slow news week for Major League Rugby, compares what happened with the Sale Sharks in the Premiership to what might happen with to the Tennessee Titans and the NFL. Colton then finishes ‘The Breakdown’ by talking about this weekend’s Premiership, Pro14, and Bledisloe Cup fixtures. Following the ‘The Breakdown’, Colton talks with USA Rugby Hall of Famer David Hodges about the legendary rugby career that he put together and gets his opinion on the RugbyTown Crossover Academy. After the conversation, Colton assigns some ‘Required Reading’ and closes the show with ‘The Loop.’ David Hodges is one of the greatest American rugby players to play the game. His resume…

Colton Strickler starts the show with ‘The Breakdown’ by reminding you to check out the XV Foundation’s virtual event ‘Building the Championship Mindset’ on Friday, September 18 at 6:30 PM. Following the ‘The Breakdown’, Colton talks with Glendale Director of Rugby Mark Bullock about the RugbyTown Crossover Academy and the club’s new direction. After the interview portion of the show, Colton closes the show with some ‘Required Reading’ and ‘The Loop.’ Mark Bullock was one of the founding members of the Glendale Raptors Rugby Club in 2005. He currently serves as Glendale’s Director of Rugby. Please send in any questions you have about rugby in Colorado, Major League Rugby, or American rugby as a whole to @DNVR_Rugby and @coltonstrickler on Twitter. DON’T FORGET TO…

Colton Strickler kicks off a shorter show by talking about the most recent MLR news in ‘The Breakdown’. After that, Colton sits down for a conversation with USA Rugby Hall of Famer and Glendale’s Director of Amateur Rugby Luke Gross about his 13-year professional rugby career, his international rugby career, and his Hall of Fame induction. Following the interview, Colton talks about Mark Bingham’s legacy in ‘Required Reading’ and closes the show with ‘The Loop’. Luke Gross is currently Glendale’s Director of Amateur Rugby and most recently served as the Colorado Raptors defense coach for the 2020 season. Gross was elected into the U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame in 2019. Gross earned 62 caps for the United States and was…

Colton Strickler kicks off the show with ‘The Breakdown’ by talking the lull in MLR news, the weekly Super Rugby update, and the upcoming Premiership Rugby and PRO14 fixtures. After ‘The Breakdown’, Colton chats with USA Rugby Hall of Famer Brian Vizard about his rugby career, how he got into broadcasting, and his work with the U.S. Rugby Foundation. After the conversation with Brian, Colton assigns some required reading and closes the show with ‘The Loop.’ Brian Vizard is an American rugby pioneer. He helped OMBAC win five national championships and two sevens national championships throughout the 1980s. As a member of the Eagles, he played in the first-ever Rugby World Cup in 1987 and captained the United States in the 1991 Rugby…

Colton Strickler kicks off the show with ‘The Breakdown’ by talking about watching the RugbyTown 7s rebroadcast at the DNVR Bar this weekend, the weekly Super Rugby update, and what’s on tap for Premiership Rugby and PRO14. After a short version of ‘The Breakdown’, Colton has a conversation with Houston SaberCats fly-half and Major League Rugby’s all-time leading scorer Sam Windsor about all of the places rugby has taken him, how he keeps himself on the pitch, and what he’s been doing to keep himself busy during the long offseason. After the interview, Colton assigns two pieces required reading and closes the show with a reminder to join him at the DNVR Bar to watch the 2019 RugbyTown 7s rebroadcast…

It was 68 degrees Fahrenheit on Saturday, March 7 when the Glendale Merlins and Seattle Saracens squared off on the turf at Infinity Park for the second time in as many weeks. It was one of those March days in Colorado that makes people think they’ve made it through the cold, snowy days of the fall and the winter. Over 100 people, including several Colorado Raptors and the entire coaching staff, came out to enjoy both the sun and rugby being played on the pitch. The Raptors were soaking in a well-deserved off-day after picking up a huge 22-19 victory over the undefeated Toronto Arrows the night before. The victory served as Colorado’s second victory in a row and the…

Nick Boyer is heading back to California. The former Colorado Raptors’ scrum-half announced on Friday’s episode of the DNVR Rugby Podcast that he will continue his Major League Rugby career with the Los Angeles Giltinis in 2021 after being selected in the dispersal draft that took place shortly after Colorado announced their decision to withdraw from the competition. “I’m actually going to be playing in L.A. next year,” Boyer announced on the podcast. “That’s the plan. I’m looking forward to that.” Having played with the Raptors prior to the existence of MLR, Boyer left to sign with the San Diego Legion ahead of the inaugural season in 2018. After two years with the Legion, Boyer came back to Colorado for…

Colton Strickler starts off the show with ‘The Breakdown’ where he covers what’s going on with Kanaloa Hawaii and provides the weekly Super Rugby update. After that, he chats with former Raptor Nick Boyer about surfing, Chad London’s biceps, and where he will play his rugby in 2021. Colton follows up that conversation with another conversation with World Rugby commentator and the voice of RugbyTown, USA Dallen Stanford about his podcast “The Rugby Hive” and the work he’s doing for the RugbyTown 7s rebroadcast that will take place on August 21-23. After those conversations, Colton assigns some ‘Required Reading’ and lets everyone know what he’s working on in ‘The Loop’ before signing off. Nick Boyer appeared in all five of…

Robbie Petzer is the latest member of the 2020 Colorado Raptors team to announce where he will be playing his rugby in 2021. Petzer announced on Friday’s episode of the DNVR Rugby Podcast that he will be packing his bags and heading to play for Tokyo Gas of Japan’s Top East League next season. “Just before I left with the Raptors I signed a deal in Japan with Tokyo Gas,” Petzer said on the podcast. “I was supposed to be there in April and then June, but obviously with the pandemic, we are all stuck a bit. I have time until the end of August, beginning of September to get out there.” According to Petzer, rugby in Japan is something…

Colton Strickler starts the show with ‘The Breakdown’ by talking about the latest news with Kanaloa Hawaii and the weekly Super Rugby update. After that, he jumps into a conversation with former Raptor Robbie Petzer about where he will play his rugby in 2021, some of his favorite memories with the Raptors, and whether or not he will come back to Major League Rugby. After checking in with Robbie, Colton chats with former Raptor Zac Pauga about his rugby career, his time in the NFL, and how he transitioned into a career in MMA. Following the interviews, Colton closes the show with some ‘Required Reading’, some comments ‘From the Bleachers’ and gives you an update on some RugbyTown 7s content…

Major League Rugby’s newest franchise will be operating on island time. Nothing is set in stone, but that’s the way that things are heading. MLR announced on Thursday afternoon that the league has received an expansion bid from Kanaloa Hawaii and, “have now entered into an exclusive negotiating period to finalize terms and meet the League’s expansion benchmarks before being ratified by a board vote to be formally admitted as an MLR member.” Kanaloa Rugby general manager Cam Kilgour explained several details of the bid during an appearance on The MLR Rant Podcast on Wednesday evening. https://www.facebook.com/mlrrant/videos/668051390448366/ According to Kilgour, the club has been working to establish relationships with Hawaiian Air, hotels, and the Hawaiian government to cover the costs…

Colton Strickler kicks off the show with ‘The Breakdown’ by talking about the most recent news of a Hawaiian MLR team, the WPL’s announcement to cancel their 2020 season, and a Super Rugby update. After that, Colton sits down for a conversation with rugby photographer Davey Wilson regarding taking runner-up in the portfolio category for Rugby Photographer of the Year, shooting for artists like Metro Station and A$AP Rocky, and what he loves about shooting rugby. After that, Colton assigns some ‘Required Reading’ and teases a big guest for next week’s show. Davey Wilson is an English-American photographer, primarily known for documenting the rise of rugby in the US. Wilson shoots notoriously close to his subjects and often puts as…

When the Colorado Raptors announced their intention to withdraw from Major League Rugby back on April 9, it left people with several different questions. Several of those questions remain unanswered some three months later, but one thing that we continue to learn about is where the players that made up the 2020 version of the Raptors will be playing their rugby in 2021. Dispersal Draft Even with the absence of the Raptors, Major League Rugby will grow from 12 teams to 13 teams when they resume play in 2021 as the Dallas Jackals and the Los Angeles Giltinis have joined the competition. There is a good chance that a significant portion of those teams will be made up of former…

Colton Strickler kicks off this week’s episode with some big news in the rugby world. Colton leads off ‘The Breakdown’ by dissecting some of the details in the USA Rugby – City of Glendale announcement, updates you on the status of Aspen Ruggerfest, and touches on this weekend’s Super Rugby matches. After that, he jumps into a conversation with Colorado Raptors’ Performance Analyst Travis Haugen for an in-depth look at his job. He talks about what a typical week looks like for him, how he got his job, and how he learned to do his job. Following the interview, Colton assigns some ‘Required Reading’ and sets the bar high for his episode next week. Please send in any questions you…

One of the questions surrounding the rugby that will be played at Infinity Park moving forward has been answered. On Monday morning, USA Rugby announced in a statement that the National Governing Body will be moving its headquarters to Glendale as Infinity Park becomes the National Training Center for the Men’s and Momen’s Eagles XVs as part of a new collaborative partnership. “As part of the partnership, Infinity Park will become the preferred host venue for Men’s and Women’s test matches with subsidized facility usage, supporting the opportunity for reinvested funds into those events and programs,” the statement reads. “In addition, USA Rugby will continue to host international and domestic events in multiple markets and key areas across the country.…

Colton Strickler covers the MLR Draft, Round 1 of Super Rugby Aotearoa, and touches on the San Diego Legion’s signing of Chris Robshaw in “The Breakdown’. After that, he talks to former Raptor Cristian Sarmento about his University of Northern Colorado football tackling records, his rugby career, and fishing in Alaska. Colton wraps up the show with some ‘Required Reading’ on former University of California, Berkley rugby player Robert Paylor’s incredible story. Sarmento holds all of the junior and senior Division I tackling records for the University of Northern Colorado Bears football program. He played rugby for the Glendale Raptors following the conclusion of his football career. Please send in any questions you have about the Colorado Raptors, Major League…

The top Raptors match of all-time occurred on a cold and snowy night in March 2019. With the Toronto Arrows in town for the first time ever, it was evidently going to take much more than a patented Colorado spring blizzard to prevent this match from being played. The Raptors ended up using four tries scored by Chad Gough, Dylan Taikato-Simpson, Harley Davidson, and Zach Fenoglio with a conversion by Carlo de Nysschen to defeat the Arrows 22-0 in this match, but that’s not necessarily why it’s on the list. When I compiled this list, I wanted it to represent the most important Raptors matches that occurred during their time in Major League Rugby. That’s why this list includes a…

The second-best Raptors match of all-time comes from Major League Rugby’s inaugural season in 2018. After a magical 7-1 regular season, the Raptors earned the number one seed heading into the playoffs. With a shot at an appearance in the first MLR championship on the line, the Raptors would need to take care of business against their Rocky Mountain Rivals in the Utah Warriors. In what was the biggest match of the season to that point, the Raptors wasted little time getting the party started. The Raptors took their first lead of the match in just the third minute when Mika Kruse offloaded the ball to Sam Figg for the first try of the match. Fly-half Will Magie hit the…

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