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https://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-league/41631148

Plans submitted for New York rugby league team to enter English game
  • 15 Oct

Organisers say the club would play at New York's Red Bull Arena
Plans for a New York rugby league team to follow Toronto Wolfpack into the English game have been submitted to the Rugby Football League.

Toronto were promoted from League 1 to the Championship, the game's second tier, at the first attempt last season.

The consortium for the New York club hopes to get the go-ahead in time to enter the competition in 2019 at Championship level.

They are confident of building a fan base of 10,000 in the first year.

"We have a small consortium of high-networking individuals, one member of which has made New York his home, and all have a significant love for the game," said co-founder Tom Scott.

Like Toronto, who drew crowds of 7,000 last season, the New York club would not seek central funding and say they have already secured a $10m (£7.51m) investment.

The New York organisers say the team would also cover all travel and accommodation costs of visiting teams and play in blocks of home and away fixtures.

The plans have been tabled eight years before the United States is set to co-host the World Cup with Canada.

"We want to grow the sport in North America and increase the pool of players which would ultimately increase the chances of success for the USA national team," said the club's other co-founder Ricky Wilby.

The team would play at the 25,000-seater Red Bull Arena in New Jersey, with the consortium confident of attracting a television deal and having pledged to spread the game into schools and the local community.

Toronto founder Eric Perez says he will launch a second Canadian club in the next six months and predicts there could be up to six North American teams within five years.
 
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League: Shaun Johnson catches the attention of New York club eyeing Super League bid
26 Apr, 2018 8:11pm

Shaun Johnson is signed with the Warriors until the end of the 2019 NRL season. Photo / Getty Images

Warriors halfback Shaun Johnson has drawn the attention of the New York rugby league club aiming to be a part of the English Super League in 2020.

Johnson, contracted to the Warriors until the end of 2019, was the latest star NRL player to support the bid of the New York club.



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Former golden boot winner @Shaun_Johnson90 has laid down his support for the New York team bid to enter the English structure. Thank you Shaun.

Last year, NRL stars Josh Morris, Paul Gallen and Sam Burgess all expressed an interest publicly in playing in New York.

Johnson's manager Peter Brown told NRL.com it wasn't surprising to see Johnson supporting the bid.

"Shaun thinks outside the square and is engaged in what is happening around the world and he would be genuine about it," Brown told NRL.com.

"Shaun does not one to box himself in and likes to explore things. He loves the fact that there are opportunities out there."

The team's founder Ricky Wilby told NRL.com he had been approached by a lot of "big name coaches" wanting to be a part of the club, who had been promised $52 million in funding over the next three years by investors.

Wilby said he had been contacted by players and agents wanting to get involved, too, but appointing a head coach was the first point of business.
 
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