Glendale Raptors & Luke White

Glendale Raptors & Luke White

The Glendale Raptors will have 26-year-old, 6’3″, 270-pound prop, Luke White on the 2018 Major League Rugby roster. White is from Sydney, Australia and can also fill in at lock.

White went to high school at Saint Ignatius College, Riverview, one of the best rugby schools in Australia. The team won the GPS 1st XV premiership in both 2008 and in 2009. He also spent the 2009-2010 season with the Wests Tigers Rugby League training squad. He then joined the Manly Marlins Rugby Union Club for the 2010-2011 season.

Between 2012-2015 White concentrated on his education at the College of Physical Education (ACPE), where he studied Sports Coaching and Administration. He also spent time coaching both rugby and as a former shot put champion, coaching the shot put, at St. Ignatius College and at St. Aloysius College.

In 2015 he joined the Glendale Raptors and helped them to win the Pacific Rugby Premiership and was recognized for his performance with the MVP award. He also played with Glendale in 2016 prior to joining the Denver Stampede. After the season he resumed playing with the Raptors before the teams changed names for to the Glendale Merlins for its amateur team.

Luke White adds stability to the front row and veteran leadership to the Glendale Raptors. It should be noted that there could be a USA Rugby National team future for White, as he becomes eligible for selection for the Eagles in January 2019, just prior to the Rugby World Cup.

To view highlights as a professional rugby player with the Denver Stampede, see below

Glendale Raptors

  • Luke White – Prop
  • Kelipi Fifita – Prop
  • Blake Rogers – Prop
  • Nick Kwasniewski – Prop
  • Zach Fenoglio – Hooker
  • James Del Bozque – Hooker
  • Casey Rock – Lock
  • Ben Landry – Lock
  • Max Dacey – Lock (U23 Academy)
  • Connor Cook – Flanker
  • John Quill – Flanker
  • Peter Dahl – Flanker
  • Devin Vaughter – Flanker
  • Brian Wanless – No. 8
  • Grigor Kerdikoshvili – No. 8
  • Shaun Davies – Scrumhalf
  • Jake Christmann – Scrumhalf
  • Will Magie – Flyhalf
  • Mika Kruse – Flyhalf (U23 Academy)
  • Bryce Campbell – Center
  • Chad London – Center
  • Ata Malifa – Center
  • Kyle Hitt – Center
  • John Ryberg – Wing
  • Harley Davidson – Wing
  • Seth Halliman – Wing
  • Maximo de Achaval – Fullback
  • Dustin Croy – Fullback

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