Ottawa Aces to join League 1 in 2021

Ottawa Aces will join League 1 in 2021, the RFL have confirmed today.

The club, formerly known as Hemel Stags will be based in the Canadian capital with all their home games streamed live on the OuRLeague App next year.

“I was delighted to be present at the TD Place Stadium for the launch of the Ottawa Aces and to confirm that the Aces will enter our competitions in 2021,” said RFL Chairman Simon Johnson.

“It has been a long journey to get to this point, and I congratulate Eric Perez and his partners and investors for their commitment and vision to relocate the Hemel Stags to become the Ottawa Aces, along with the wishes of the Championship & League 1 Clubs.

“That reflects the benefits to our competitions and clubs from the progress of Toronto Wolfpack through League 1 and the Championship over the last three years.

“In Rugby League’s 125th year, as we celebrate the rich heritage of this sport, the introduction of Ottawa Aces to the competition allows us to look to a colourful, expansive and global future. They will bring a new and passionate audience to our great game. The wonderful facilities here in Ottawa will bring an exciting new element to the Betfred League 1 next season.”

Meanwhile, the RFL also confirmed that discussions with New York are progressing and that negotiations for them to enter the Challenge Cup in 2021 are ongoing.