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It seems someone has deleted the webpages!

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The last tweet from @amnrl was on the 7th of August.

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I've read somewhere else that as part of the Grand Prix Entertainment buyout last summer that they now own the website. Also David Niu is now president of AFL Global (Arena American Football) although I believe he is still involved with the AMNRL too.

 

I arrived in the US last summer to coach Boston in the USARL but have no axe to grind at all with the AMNRL. They have some really good guys in their organization. Hopefully in the future this split can be resolved and everyone can get back to the important stuff of developing the game here.

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The sooner the better Robin.

Too bloody true, how on earth an there be two governing bodies in the US, only in RL....

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Does Seattle have à Rugby League team?

Some guy claimed to be setting up a team a couple of years ago and was pretty active online but I don't think anything ever actually happened.

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Too bloody true, how on earth an there be two governing bodies in the US, only in RL....

 

Seems to be true in union at the minute as well - with the same people (Grand Prix Rugby?) causing the same issues.

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RoytonRoughyed - we have been in talks with Seattle Rugby Union boys to hopefully spark interest again. There is a Facebook and twitter set up by the name of Seattle Force, but there have been no recent updates.

The BC Bulldogs plan a trip down to Seattle late this summer for an exhibition game. Hopefully we can get them excited enough to build a team or even a league there.

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The USARL news can go either way.

 

If there really does emerge a New England development league, then this is very good news.  Certainly, there is the interest in Rhode Island to form a New England team.  Oneida are the junior team to the Boston 13s, this just makes it official.  Equally, New Haven will benefit from better results and shorter traveling distances. 

 

A more local league is essential in the long term.  Firstly, the distances are impractical, with overnight stays and air travel often essential.  Secondly, as the league improves, there has to be a way of bringing in new players short of throwing them into an increasingly deep end.  It remains to be seen whether this will happen, but if it does, it is a new league developing depth.

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Distance is a HUGE factor here in North America, it's not like UK where you can have 4+ clubs within an hour drive.

For us we have to travel 40 mins to get to our training ground, and then the closest club is 1.75 hrs away.

Travel makes things very difficult for our Provincial Rep team.

if BC were to travel to Ontario it would cost almost the same as flying to the UK.

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Is it me or is that a page with six links to the clubs. Nothing else.

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I follow a few of the American (and Canadian) teams on Facebook (don't know which teams are in which league though) and although the standards are roughly equivalent to Pennine league 2, there is a few good plays and some players who would be pushing for a championship spot with proper coaching. If only both organisations would sort their differences out and put their efforts into getting the game into schools and colleges, America could be a potential recruiting ground for quality players.

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Would love to see the game thrive in North America and South Africa. If we can get a decent interest in them places would be very good for Rugby League

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Is it me or is that a page with six links to the clubs. Nothing else.

It seems to indicate there are only 6 teams left in the AMNRL.

 

With only 6 teams left apparently in the USRL, World Cup qualification certainly has done very little for RL in the US, unfortunately …

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There are 7 teams in the AMNRL, from north to south: Connecticut Wildcats, New York Raiders, Southampton Dragons, New York Knights, Bucks County Sharks, Aston Bulls, Northern Virginia (NOVA) Eagles.

 

And as Jim from Oz rightly stated 6 teams in the USARL.

 

Things in the US are still very much in the developmental stage. They improve each year, especially the playing standard but unfortunately each club is pretty much reliant on one or two individuals that do the majority of the work/finance. The 2 teams that dropped out of the USARL this year we're mainly due to their owners moving on.

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Vaguely on topic, but on my recent trip to Oz, I met an American in my hostel. We got to chatting about sports and he said he'd seen a few rugby matches (Lions tour) and didn't really get on with it. I pointed out that there are 2 rugby codes and took him to see Melbourne v Cronulla. Based on his reaction, I expect he'll be a regular at DC Slayers once he's finished his travels!

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