USARL Inaugural Season Schedule & Hurricanes Official Launch

By Daniel Andruczyk

Some more exciting news to come out of North America. The press release for the official Launch of the Jamaican Rugby League’s Hurricanes Team has been released and finally the full schedule for the inaugural USARL.

Hurricanes Rugby League – Official Launch

The 26th February has now become a part of history for rugby league in Jamaica, with the formal announcement and launch of the Hurricanes Rugby League at GC Forster College in Spanish Town, Jamaica.

Hurricanes General Manager Roy Calvert delivered a briefing to the gathered audience, which included local rugby league administrators, clubs, players, supporters and national media representatives. Calvert explained the Hurricanes concept in which the franchise will aim to become the first international based side to compete in the semi professional rugby league competitions in the United States of America. The goal for inclusion into the USA competitions will be 2013, with work having already begun to have sound business and development plans in place to achieve the set objectives.

Official Launch - 2011

Dane Campbell, a former National Rugby League player for the Newcastle Knights in Australia has become the sole owner of the franchise and although based in Australia, he will spend considerable time in Jamaica each year to oversee the operations of the franchise. Calvert has been appointed General Manager and will control the day to day running of the Hurricanes, with further specialised staff to be appointed over the coming months.

A highlight of the launch was the extended coverage given to the Hurricanes concept by national broadcaster TVJ. Calvert, along with current Jamaican national team prop Romaen “Gully” Campbell and Hurricanes Academy player Fabion Turner were all questioned over the franchise and how it will positively impact all levels of the game throughout Jamaica. Footage of the interviews will be streamed across national sports news over the coming days, which will further the audience of the Hurricanes Rugby League.

Also commenting on the Hurricanes Rugby League was current Jamaican national team player Tyronie Rowe who will become one of the founding contracted players over the coming weeks: “Hurricanes Rugby League is a stepping stone for me as a person , it will enable me to become a better player but also open my knowledge of the game. The Hurricanes franchise shows me that there is a future for me in the sport. I can achieve more than I could ever think of and the sky is the limit. The best part of being a Hurricanes player is experience, once I achieve that it will never leave me and I wish to pass it onto the younger player so that they could become successful as well. Hurricanes Rugby League is a great thing to happen for the game in Jamaica and that’s a motivation that will drive and encourage other people in the sport of rugby league so we can see better talent coming up, and that way the sport will flourish in Jamaica.

Official Launch2 - 2011

The announcement of the Hurricanes Rugby League was conducted on a big weekend for the game in Jamaica, with the Jamaica Rugby League Association staging a schoolboys 9s tournament on Friday and a club 9s tournament on Saturday. The interaction on the day was fantastic with plenty of new players being exposed to rugby league.

The Hurricanes Rugby League will continue to press ahead now with production of a high quality website at and will announce membership, merchandise and sponsorship opportunities over the coming weeks.

USA Rugby League – 2011

Round 1, 4 June: Axemen v Warriors, Rebellion v Fight, Boston v Titans, Onelda v Slayers

Round 2, 11 June: Axemen v Boston, Warriors v Rebellion, Titans v Slayers, Fight v Onelda

Round 3, 18 June: Fight v Titans, Slayers v Rebellion, Boston v Warriors, Onelda v Axemen

Round 4, 25 June: Boston v Onelda, Slayers v Warriors, Rebellion v Titans, Fight v Axemen

Round 5, 9 July: Titans v Axemen, Warriors v Onelda, Rebellion v Boston, Slayers v Fight

Round 6, 16 July: Axemen v Rebellion, Titans v Slayers, Warriors v Fight, Boston v Onelda

Round 7, 23 July: Slayers v Axemen, Titans v Onelda, Rebellion v Warriors, Fight v Boston

Round 8, 30 July: Boston v Slayers, Onelda v Rebellion, Warriors v Titans, Axemen v Fight

Semi Finals, 13 August: 1 v 4, 2 v 3

Grand Final, 27 August: Winner SF 1 v Winner SF2


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6 Responses to “USARL Inaugural Season Schedule & Hurricanes Official Launch”

  1. Interested Observer says:

    The USARL seems to be gaining some momentum and has come across as fairly well organised so far. I see their new website will be launched in March as well. They look like giving the AMNRL a run for its money.

  2. Interested Observer says:

    Press Release on the 13’s FB page.

    Boston 13s RLFC, Inc. Holds First Front – Office Meeting of 2011

    The Boston 13s, a founding member of the USA Rugby League (USARL), held their first front – office meeting of 2011 at the Cambridge Innovation Center this month. Founder and President Mr. Mikhael N. Shammas discussed the overall growth of the 13s during their first two seasons in competition and announced his official board member status and position as Director of Coaching & Development within the newly established USARL.

    The USARL was formed in January when seven teams from the American National Rugby League disbanded to create a more professional and transparent governing body; managed through the principles of equitable participation. In the summer of 2011 the league will hold its inaugural National Championship with eight teams participating from: Jacksonville, FL [Axemen], Washington DC [Slayers], Philadelphia [Fight]], New Jersey [Turnpike Titans], Rhode Island [Rebellion], New Haven [Warriors], and two Boston based clubs [Boston 13s RLFC & Oneida FC]. The USARL is professionally committed to youth initiatives and facilitating growing in player numbers, which are paramount to the future successes of Rugby League Football throughout the United States.

    During the meeting, 13s players Benjamin P. McHugh and Michael A. Bozza were unanimously voted as Team Managers for the two Boston based clubs. They will be in charge of overseeing the daily operations and implementing corporate strategies during the upcoming season.

    “With Benjamin and Michael’s promotion, and the resulting expansion of our executive management team, I am more than confident that the inaugural USARL National Championship with be a fantastic all round success,” said Shammas.

    Other personnel announcements made at the meeting include: Jefferey Perkins [Manager | Athletic Development]; Andrew Laine [Manager | Marketing & Sponsorships]; Justin Weiland [Vice President & Operations Consultant]; and Andrew Castronovo [Communications Consultant].

    About the Boston 13s:

    Founded on Friday, February 13th, 2009, the Boston 13s Rugby League Football Club, Inc. will be competing in the inaugural 2011 USA Rugby League season, which commences in May. The team is dedicated to establishing and developing the sport of Rugby League Football within the Greater Boston area, with a focus on initiating youth interest in the sport. Founded by Mr. Mikhael N. Shammas, the team will play their home games in Boston, MA.

    • druzik says:

      Oh that is a good article, thanks for posting that.

      In a couple weeks I will be over in the Pittsburgh/Boston/Philadelphia area and hopefully will catch up with some of the people in the AMNRL and USARL.

  3. Chris Sanders says:

    So with more and more teams being formed in America the split in the game there could be a blessing in disguise in the long term?

  4. Chris Sanders says:

    And plenty of good news elsewhere Daniel and I will e-mail you later on tonight but you must keep it secret from everyone,ok.

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