American National Rugby League Sets the Stage for a Landmark 2011

AMNRL Press Release

International matches, 14th AMNRL season and Rugby League World Cup qualifier highlight an action-packed year

Philadelphia, PA (January 13, 2011) – The American National Rugby League (AMNRL), the premiere rugby league in the U.S., looks to build on a great 2010 by bringing rugby league to new heights in 2011. The year kicks-off with an international match between the USA Tomahawks and the Ireland Wolfhounds on March 19th followed by the 14th AMNRL season beginning in May. 2011 will culminate with a home-and-home series between the USA and Canada in September, with the Rugby League World Cup Qualifying Tournament scheduled for October featuring Jamaica, South Africa and USA.

“With all that is scheduled for this year, 2011 is shaping up to be a landmark year for the AMNRL and rugby league in the U.S.,” said David Niu, President & Founder of the AMNRL. “The international matches along with the AMNRL season will feature some of the game’s elite players and will give fans here in the U.S. some great rugby league action.”

The international match between the USA Tomahawks and Ireland Wolfhounds will take place in Philadelphia on Saturday, March 19th in what will be the 7th St. Patrick’s Day Cup hosted on U.S. soil. The Tomahawks – the U.S. National team – consist of the best players in the AMNRL and will be a tremendous preview of the action fans will see in the league’s upcoming season. Marking its 14th season, the AMNRL kicks off in May featuring perennial powerhouses the Aston Bulls, Connecticut Wildcats and New York Knights who between them have combined to win eleven of the previous thirteen national titles. This season teams will compete for a chance to play for the championship in the AMNRL Grand Final on August 20th and will conclude with the AMNRL All-Star match on August 27th.

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“The New York Knights and our players are excited to get the new season underway,” said Matty Astill, Co-Founder of the New York Knights. “We are proud to be a part of the AMNRL and this year we’ll be celebrating our 10th season in the league. 2011 promises to be the strongest season yet for the Knights and the AMNRL.”

Following the AMNRL season, the international action will once again take center stage with a home-and-home series between the USA and Canada in September. Plans are currently being finalized to host the Rugby League World Cup qualifying tournament (Atlantic Region Bracket) in Philadelphia, featuring Jamaica, South Africa and the USA. The Tomahawks are looking to make history by earning their first birth in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.

“In addition to the great AMNRL season and international matches, we’re also working to finalize plans for rugby league tournaments across the country including California, Seattle, Texas, Denver, Chicago as well as some junior league international matches in Hawaii,” said Niu. “Rugby league fans across the country certainly have a lot to look forward to in 2011 and I think when it is all over, we’ll look back on it as a landmark year.”

For additional information, please visit www.AMNRL.com.

About The American National Rugby League

The American National Rugby League (AMNRL) is the governing body for the development of the sport of Rugby League in the United States, as sanctioned by the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF). In existence since 1998, the AMNRL is the major Rugby League competition in the United States.

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