USARL Media Release 1 – USARL Announce Inaugural Summer Rugby League Competition

USARL Media Office, February 16, 2011

For Immediate Release:

January 11, 2011 (NEW YORK, NEW YORK) – Nine prominent Rugby League clubs announced the formation of a new national competition today, the USA Rugby League (, which will hold its inaugural season in the summer of 2011.

On January 29, 2011 the first official meeting of the USARL was held in Philadelphia (The Birthplace of US Independence) and the selection and ratification of the first Board of Directors (BOD) was confirmed. The newly formed board wasted no time in electing officers and highlighting areas for improved club operations and ideas for the progression of Rugby League in the United States of America.

The USARL is pleased to announce the following

USARL Board of Directors:

  • Peter Illfield- Chairman
  • Richard Nolte- Chief Financial Officer
  • Ryan McGough- Chief Executive Officer/ Philadelphia Fight
  • Spinner Howland- PR & Football Operations / Jacksonville Axmen
  • Adam Hamon- Director of Marketing / New Haven Warriors
  • Mikhael Shammas- Coaching and Development / Boston 13’s
  • Richard Luthmann – Legal Counsel / Rhode Island Rebellion
  • Asa Jearld / Washington DC Slayers
  • Justin Wieland / Oneida RLFC
  • Paul Silverman / NJ Titans

Consultants to the BOD:

  • Steve Williams-All Web Café-Website Director
  • Drew Slover-Slover Consulting
  • David Weyburn-Haka Sports-Business Strategist/Marketing
  • Tony Feasey-Haka Sports
  • Tawera Nikau-Haka Sports

2011 Schedule Announced: each team to play 8 games

  • Start of season-May 28,29-USARL 9’s Hosted by the Philadelphia Fight in Conshohocken, PA
  • Start of regular season championship-June 4
  • Bye week-July 2nd
  • USARL Semi final playoffs- August 13
  • The inaugural USARL National Championship Game-August 27

USARL Website to be launched in mid March 2011.

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11 Responses to “USARL Media Release 1 – USARL Announce Inaugural Summer Rugby League Competition”

  1. dragons4eva says:

    I think it’s pretty good how they’ve gone and selected a board of directors so more people can have a say in the running of Rugby League…however i think with people juggling club and administration roles we may see a conflict of intrest, may not happen but it is possible.

    • druzik says:

      Well, who’s to say that they will stay on in the running of the clubs? But I think the idea was that the clubs get more involved in a BOD to have a greater say in the running of the organisation.

  2. shaun says:

    9 teams, all play 8 games. But on the fight’s schedule, they play jaxaxe twice. Is one team missing? Or did they include the denver wolverines in the number of teams?
    Great news anyway. The address of the usarl though, in an office in new york. Who is running it from new york, and how can an ammateur comp pay rent?

    • druzik says:

      I will try and find out on both things for you.

      But as far as I know none of the WAMNRL have come into either comp officially and are looking at friendlies this year.

      • Shaun says:

        On the USARL facebook they had a logo for the denver wolverines.
        If you could find out why the fight plays jax twice too. thanks druzik.

      • druzik says:

        Second press release just came out, I think it explains the first bit anyway.

      • druzik says:

        OK I have found out. Basically it works like this: There are 8 clubs so 7 rounds. But they wanted to maximise the games so each team will play one other team a second time. The Fight and Axemen just happened to draw each other.

        So basically the way things have been done by the USARL as I have been able to find out is that the aim was to have teams commit 100% to the season. The regular season starts on June 4 and there are 13 weeks for games all up – July 2nd is out for the July 4 holiday. Since it is expensive to travel for anyone – Due to the cost of short notice travel once the playoffs started the USARL wanted to have a bye after the 1st round of playoffs and before the GF. That way any team that may need to buy airfares would not be forced to pay crazy prices to travel. This was a big factor in getting ALL teams to commit to the entire season. This gives 8 weeks for games and to make sure all teams get the most games possible – This means that each team will play each other once and play one team

  3. Interested Observer says:

    It will be interesting to see if War at the Shore goes ahead this year. Given that it’s an AMNRL owned event, I wonder who they would invite to play? I imagine it may be a struggle for the new expansion teams to make it out east without some type of financial support which was one of the issues the breakaway clubs had with the AMNRL I believe.

  4. deluded pom? says:

    Maybe the Canadians could attend the WotS again in 2011?

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