Despite it being the worst kept secret in the USA rugby community, Denver has officially been announced as the final city to hold a PRO Rugby team for the upcoming 2016 season that is set to start in April.
PRO Rugby North America press release states:
PRO Rugby is pleased to announce that Denver will be the fifth team competing in our inaugural season. We are excited to play matches and train at Infinity Park Stadium in the City of Glendale. We wish to thank all our friends in the City of Glendale for the help and support they gave us in bringing a professional rugby team to Denver.
With this announcement PRO Rugby completes the league roster for our inaugural season. We are proud and thankful to start our introduction of professional rugby to the USA in these five markets. We are looking forward to increasing the number of teams in our second season so we can start including more cities into our growing league. A final league schedule, team rosters, and game day TV distribution will be announced shortly.
Denver, CO will join fellow PRO Rugby cities, San Francisco, CA; San Diego, CA; Sacramento, CA; and Obetz, OH. So now that all the stadium locations are signed and fulfilled, coaches are established, let’s get these official rosters going. Time grows closer and things are getting more exciting.
PRO Rugby is pleased to announce the appointment of Sean O’Leary as Head Coach for the Denver team in PRO Rugby’s 2016 inaugural season. A native of Ireland, O’Leary has led programs at Boston College High School, Northeastern University, New England Select Sides before reestablishing the University of Notre Dame as a force in collegiate rugby. Sean’s widespread involvement in American rugby has also included spells with both USA Rugby Under-17 and Under-19 programs.