Denver Stampede

Denver Stampede
Full name Denver Stampede
Union USA Rugby
Founded 2016
Location Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Ground(s) CIBER Field (Capacity: 1,915)
Coach(es) Sean O'Leary
Captain(s) Pedrie Wannenburg
League(s) PRO Rugby
1st kit
2nd kit

The Denver Stampede are an American rugby union team that plays in the PRO Rugby competition. The Stampede is one of the five teams that began play in PRO Rugby's 2016 inaugural season.

The team plays its home matches at the University of Denver's CIBER Field. The team is led by head coach Sean O'Leary and captain Pedrie Wannenburg.


Reports began circulating as early as November 2015 that Denver would host a PRO Rugby team when the competition's inaugural season kicked off in April 2016.[1] PRO Rugby officially announced on February 26, 2016 that Denver would be the competition's fifth team.[2] Denver's first officially announced player signing was South African international Pedrie Wannenburg.[3]

Denver hosted Ohio in the first ever PRO Rugby match on April 17, 2016, winning 16–13 at Infinity Park on a late penalty kick from flyhalf Will Magie.[4] PRO Rugby revealed the team's nickname — the Denver Stampede — on June 6, 2016, a reference to Colorado's western theme; this name beat two other final candidates: the Peak (also a mountain western theme) and the Vipers.[5]

The Stampede played at Infinity Park until May 2016.


Denver began its inaugural 2016 season playing at Infinity Park. Denver moved to CIBER Field, however, during the 2016 season; this move allowed PRO Rugby to live steam all matches on, and had superior financial considerations.[6]

Current players and staff

Current roster

For player movements before and during the 2016 season, see 2016 PRO Rugby season § Denver.

The squad for the 2016 PRO Rugby season:[7]

Denver roster




Loose Forwards

  • United States Logan Collins
  • United States Peter Dahl
  • United States Hanco Germishuys
  • United States Gannon Moore
  • United States Zac Pauga
  • South Africa Pedrie Wannenburg (c)
  • South Africa Lynton Mare




  • United States Michael Garrity
  • United States Chad London
  • United States Justin Pauga
  • United States Brian Wanless



  • United States Dustin Croy
  • Argentina Maximo de Achaval
(c) Denotes team captain, Bold denotes internationally capped.

Current coaches

Position Name
Head coach Ireland Sean O'Leary
Assistant coach New Zealand Peter Borlase
Assistant coach United States David Williams[8]
Technical advisor South Africa Andre Snyman
General manager Kieran Browner[9]

Season summaries

Season-by-season results
Season Played Won Drawn Lost Points
Points Position Details
2016 12 10 0 2 403 273 +130 8 48 1 / 5 2016 Denver Stampede season

Leading players

Season Captain Most tries Most points
2016 Pedrie Wannenburg Zach Fenoglio (6) Will Magie (88)

Head coaches

Coach Tenure Matches Won Drawn Lost Winning
Sean O'Leary 2016–present 12 10 0 0 83.3%

See also


  1. "Professional rugby team planned for Denver", Denver Business Journal, Monica Mendoza, November 18, 2015.
  2. "Denver Lands Final PRO Rugby Team", This Is American Rugby, February 26, 2016.
  3. "Pedrie set for American stint", SA Rugby Mag, March 6, 2016.
  4. "Sacramento and Denver win as PRO Rugby opens in snow and sunshine", Guardian, April 18, 2016.
  5. "PRO Rugby Unveils Team Names", This Is American Rugby, June 6, 2016.
  6. "PRO Rugby leaves AOL and Infinity Park", Americas Rugby News, May 24, 2016.
  7. "PRO Rugby Preview – Denver". Americas Rugby News. April 13, 2016. Retrieved April 13, 2016.
  8. "David Williams Named as Denver Assistant Coach", Americas Rugby News, March 9, 2016.
  9. "U.S. professional rugby to lift off without Olympic stars", ESPN, April 15, 2016.
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