Major League Rugby side Glendale Raptors has rebranded itself as the Colorado Raptors. The refresh includes a change of logo as well as team name.
“Several other rugby team names represent their entire state or region,” said Raptors’ director of rugby Mark Bullock. “We are Colorado’s Major League Rugby team — why not make that official?”
MLR will expand to 12 teams in 2020 with the addition of New England Free Jacks (Boston), Old Glory DC (Washington DC) and Rugby ATL (Atlanta). To help with travel costs and to help build local rivalries, MLR is switching to two six-team conferences next season.
A Dallas team is scheduled to join in 2021 while there are talks with a prospective ownership group in Los Angeles. The goal to reach 16 teams in the medium term.