From the DC Slayers website

Jamaica Hurricanes Rugby League and the USA Rugby League Washington DC Slayers formally announce their upcoming match set for May 5, 2012 in Kingston, Jamaica. The match was the brain child of Dane Campbell who initiated contact with the Slayers last summer.

Negotiations were concluded last week with the Slayers accepting the invitation to visit and final details are still in the works with possible venues including the National Stadium. The event will mark the first time an American side has played in Jamaica and the honor is not lost on the Slayers. “We’re truly honored to be the first US side to be invited by the Hurricanes. Jamaica and the USA share a great love for Rugby League and this event is huge for both nations. We look forward to the experience,” said a member of the Slayers board of directors.

Of the event, Campbell offered, “this will be a massive opportunity for the Hurricanes to show to the greater North American rugby league public that we are capable of hosting major events and teams and doing it in a true Jamaican way. It will be great to have the DC Slayers as the first team to experience our hospitality and it will give our players a real drive and determination to strive towards over the coming months.”

Additional details will be released as they become available.


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  1. International League says:

    This is great news. Should be a very good indicator of what the Academy has achieved in its brief existence.

    It also indicates a possible relationship building between the academy and the USARL….

  2. Chris Sanders says:


  3. dragons4eva says:

    Glad that the US RL has decided to give Jamaica a home game for once! Hopefully It’ll be a great success for all involved!

    This is just a guess but i think the Hurricanes may join the USARL competition!

  4. Cheyne Maher says:

    Great initiative. Whichever side of the fence you sit on with RL in America, great to see Jamaica pro active in inviting a touring team. Good luck to all involved

  5. Interested Observer says:

    Great to see that in such a short period of time the Philly Fight have been to the UK and now the Slayers are heading to Jamaica. The USARL look like they are doing a good job and wanting to continue to develop the game, which is great for RL in the States.

  6. Chris Sanders says:

    It doesn’t matter if it’s the AMNRL or USARL and that there’s still a split in the game in America,it’s still Rugby League irrespective that the RLIF only recognises the AMNRL as the ones in power.
    The RLIF aren’t the sharpest tool around!!

  7. fast frank says:

    good to see teams getting the chance to play in different places,more power to them that promote “the greatest game of all”

  8. Interested Observer says:

    I’m a bit confused by your comment Chris, sorry.

    It is great that a USA based club is doing this tour. I was noting that it is interesting to see that it’s a USARL team going over, considering that the AMNRL have had links to Jamaica for a long time and never bothered to send a team there.

    The split does matter and I can tell you it needs to be repaired as it will cause issues down the track if it isn’t resolved. The game in the States is still too new and in a development stage to have 2 opposing competitions. It is reducing the talent pool for the Tomahawks team as many talented players are missing out and others have had to walk away from their USARL teams (as has happened in the past few weeks) to be given another shot at the National team.

    It has divided loyalties and friendships and is not good for the publicity of the game in general.

    Many people were hoping that some kind of effort would have been made by now to address these issues but it appears that isn’t happening just yet. Lets just hope that at some point, both camps can find away to sit down and nut it all out as it would be great for the game, the players and the Tomahawks in the lead up to the RLWC.

  9. Chris Sanders says:

    So why can’t the USARL have there own National Rugby League team?That solves that problem IO and maybe you should be the Manager,Coach,Trainer,Bus Driver,Chief Cook and Water Boy!
    Wouldn’t that be neat IO and as far as I’m concerned,this split in the game there has been blown right out of proportion.
    A mountain out of a molehill!!
    For example,I am doing my own thing in reguards to Russia as I can’t work in with the idiots on RRL and likewise you should be doing your own thing with the USARL in America too!
    Don’t worry about the AMNRL cas you are at odds with them.Turn the page and go somewhere else where you would be more appreciated and of far more value.
    I think you got a lot to offer our game in North America!!

    • druzik says:

      There is nothing stoping the USARL having a Rep team … The USARL are doing tehir won thing, but not having a unifies sport does hurt it, particularly in an enviroment such as the US sports market.

  10. Interested Observer says:

    Chris, the split has not been blown out of proportion at all, it has had a massive impact on those involved with the sport, friendships, clubs and loyalties to the game in both the AMNRL and the UARL. To say it is a mountain out of a molehill is disrespectful to many involved in the game in the USA.

    I’ve never once said I am at odds with the AMNRL at all, I only hope for a re-unification of both camps in an effort to develop the game as best as possible.

    You are right, there is nothing stopping the USARL putting together their own national side as such, but at present it would not be recognised as the ‘USA team’. It would also be missing the best players from the AMNRL teams. The guys from the USARL do not want to ostracise anyone from the game in the States so I’m not sure they’d be happy having their own USA team that was not a true reflection of the talent available in the USA.

    Druzik, have you heard that the curtain raiser to the Donnybrook cup may in fact be a union game involving the Hibernian RFC? (most of the BC Sharks guys) If that is true, that seems very odd.

    • druzik says:

      No I have not heard anything about the curtain raiser.

      However if this is true then its a bit strange. If it were me I would try to get either a couple of the local teams, or a B team playing… they certainly could invite the Canadians down too… or maybe the irish have a reserve team… so much more could be done.

  11. Interested Observer says:

    I can confirm that the curtain raiser to USA v Ireland is going to be a rugby union game between the Hibernian RFC (many of the BC Sharks guys) and a new RFC called Northern Irish. There will also be a students union game before that. The AMNRL are saying that is does not matter that they are two different codes as it’s all rugby and will expose union fans/players to the game of league.

    There will be arguments for and against this sentiment although it does seem odd that the curtain raiser wasn’t the BC Sharks v another AMNRL side or even an allstars type game to allow USA selectors a chance to watch the best AMNRL players (not in the USA team) play against one another.

    • druzik says:

      Yeah not sure how I feel about that…. surely there are enough AMNRL rugby league teams to play.

      Why not get the Atlanta and Virginia Eagles teams to play, they are new teams supposedly and would be a great way to open and show off the season.

  12. Interested Observer says:

    There are so many RL opportunities for a curtain curtain raiser.

    East v West which would give some of the expansion teams a run.

    Possibles v Probables

    USA B team v Canada

    AMNRL Allstars v USARL All stars (would have been a great way to extend the olive branch)

    Plenty of good RL games that would still showcase the game to union players.

    • druzik says:

      It does not take a genious to figure that out IO.

      One thing is Canada will not play a B side. At the moment they are only interested in full internationals to try and boost their rankings.

  13. International Observer says:

    Not sure if that’s a dig at the AMNRL or a sly dig at me Dru. You are probably right about Canada they are building momentum nicely and should aim for good matches.

    • druzik says:

      Not at you that for sure. The fact you could come up with so many better options I think goes to show that even within the AMNRL the DBC is probably not viewed as that a big deal. Ireland are sending over an ‘A’ team, so this does not count to any ranking, the fact that such a halfhearted attempt has been made at the pre-game entertainment is poor.

      I have spoken to the Canadians and they have told me what they want. They do have the RAF game, but that has been on the cards for a while and they are using that as their international warm up and its the only one for the year. The rest they want as full internationals.

      Also, from what I understand, despite what may have been written on the AMNRL site, they AMNRL or Niu have not made any attempt so far to contact the Canadians about any games, despite the claims of “on going negotiations”.

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