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https://www.totalrl.com/rlif-talks-launch-major-domestic-league-north-america/

David Collier, the RLIF chief executive, has confirmed that ‘tentative’ talks have taken place regarding a major domestic Rugby League competition in North America.

Discussions have been held for the competition to be founded ahead of the 2025 World Club, with Canada and the USA recommended as co-hosts for the event that year.

Early talks have been based on the size of the competition along with the other logistics in creating a new league structure.

Currently, NRL and Super League are the two flagship domestic competitions within the sport. Toronto Wolfpack, the first ever professional team from North America, will play in Kingstone Press League 1 next season, which is two tiers below Super League.

“It’s a big ask, but we are in discussion with a number of people about what size and what type of organisation could be operated in that marketplace,” Collier told League Express.

“Forming a new league is a huge venture. You could easily be talking up to $100 million dollars of investment to get a six or eight team league up and running. We have to invest in that very carefully and find investors who would be prepared and willing to support us in that venture. But we are encouraged by the fact there are discussions going on that we would hope may lead to a league some stage in the future. Whether that is immediately prior to the World Cup or even sooner remains to be seen, but we see that as part of the pathway.

“They’re tentative talks at the moment, it’s very early days. But clearly, it would be a huge benefit if there was a major league or infrastructure in place ahead of the 2025 World Cup.”
Rugby League really needs to sort France out professional first, but lets hope this gets off the ground as Canada, Jamaica and the USA are showing some very good signs of development.
 
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Rugby League really needs to sort France out professional first, but lets hope this gets off the ground as Canada, Jamaica and the USA are showing some very good signs of development.
Where's the article?
 
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Where's the article?
On a pc now rather than phone;

https://www.totalrl.com/rlif-talks-launch-major-domestic-league-north-america/

RLIF in talks to launch major domestic league in North America

By Matthew Shaw October 31, 2016 17:04




David Collier, the RLIF chief executive, has confirmed that ‘tentative’ talks have taken place regarding a major domestic Rugby League competition in North America.

Discussions have been held for the competition to be founded ahead of the 2025 World Club, with Canada and the USA recommended as co-hosts for the event that year.

Early talks have been based on the size of the competition along with the other logistics in creating a new league structure.

Currently, NRL and Super League are the two flagship domestic competitions within the sport. Toronto Wolfpack, the first ever professional team from North America, will play in Kingstone Press League 1 next season, which is two tiers below Super League.

“It’s a big ask, but we are in discussion with a number of people about what size and what type of organisation could be operated in that marketplace,” Collier told League Express.

“Forming a new league is a huge venture. You could easily be talking up to $100 million dollars of investment to get a six or eight team league up and running. We have to invest in that very carefully and find investors who would be prepared and willing to support us in that venture. But we are encouraged by the fact there are discussions going on that we would hope may lead to a league some stage in the future. Whether that is immediately prior to the World Cup or even sooner remains to be seen, but we see that as part of the pathway.

“They’re tentative talks at the moment, it’s very early days. But clearly, it would be a huge benefit if there was a major league or infrastructure in place ahead of the 2025 World Cup.”

A full-page interview with David Collier features in the new League Express. Inside, Collier discusses the Four Nations, the reasons behind taking the World Cup to North America and plans for a second major international competition alongside the World Cup. Get your copy in stores right now, or read online at TotalRL.com/LE
 
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I read recently that the rugby union equivalent of this recently folded in its first year of operation
 
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Not about the proposed league but a milestone none the less;

https://www.skysports.com/rugby-league/news/12196/10739157/toronto-wolfpack-impress-in-pre-season-loss-to-hull-fc

Toronto Wolfpack impress in pre-season loss to Hull FC.


Last Updated: 22/01/17 4:53pm

Former Sheffield Eagles player Quentin Laulu-Togaga'e looks set to star for Toronto
Toronto coach Paul Rowley will be delighted with the efforts of his fledgling outfit as they pushed Hull FC all the way before losing 26-20 in a pre-season friendly.

Canada's first professional trans-Atlantic sports team began their march towards Super League in promising fashion against the Challenge Cup winners at the KCOM Stadium.

Comprising a cosmopolitan mix of players from Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States, as well as England's Super League and Championship, Rowley's men did more than enough to suggest they should have little difficulty gaining promotion at the first attempt from Kingstone Press League 1, which gets underway in March.

Wolfpack can boast eight players with Super League experience, including former Warrington back rower James Laithwaite - who played his first game for 18 months after recovering from a broken leg.

However, two players plucked from the Championship - classy full-back Quentin Togaga'e and storming prop Fuifui Moimoi - are the ones who look guaranteed to become crowd favourites for the Canadians.

Rowley used all 21 senior players for their first run-out while Hull coach Lee Radford showed his intention to take the Canadian side seriously by starting the game with all but three members of his likely first-choice team, before gradually introducing his back-up options from a 12-man bench.

Australian stand-off Blake Wallace had the distinction of scoring the Wolfpack's first try, gliding over after 11 minutes to open the scoring, while Moimoi crashed over for another and skipper Craig Hall added both conversions as they trailed 20-12 at half-time.

Powerful winger Mahe Fonua went over for two tries and new signing Albert Kelly and full-back Jamie Shaul also touched down twice in the first half for Hull, with Marc Sneyd kicking two goals.

Tries from former Leigh wingers Jonny Pownall and Liam Kay within 10 minutes of the restart enabled Toronto to draw level but they were sunk on the hour when Hull winger Nick Rawsthorne capitalised on a handling error to score his side's fifth try and seal their fate.
 
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Monday, January 23, 2017
U.S. Team Interested In Joining UK Rugby League



The Toronto Wolfpack haven't even played a league match yet but already there is buzz about adding more North American teams to England's rugby league competitions. The latest noise comes from Florida where a group is seeking to do what the Wolfpack have done and play in League 1 before potentially earning promotion. The group is behind the current Jacksonville Axemen team, arguably the most successful rugby league team in the United States.

The talks are still very preliminary and it looks like there is a wait and see approach to how Toronto do both on and off the field this year before things progress. Travel is the biggest factor for Toronto considering all of their opponents play in England. They've attempted to mitigate that by having large chunks of their season in the UK and then in Toronto. They've also signed an airline sponsorship deal that will cover the flights of visiting teams from the UK. Travel to and from Jacksonville would be a little more complicated given that there are direct flights from Toronto to the UK but not from Jacksonville to the UK.

https://www.thisisamericanrugby.com/2017/01/us-team-interested-in-joining-uk-rugby.html
 
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Now there is talk of a USA team following Toronto into the English league.
 
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I was down in NYC a few months ago, and wandered down to the Williamsburg sports pitch by the water, and buzzed out when I realized there was a league game being played on the main pitch. Pretty good game too, high intensity, big shots... you could tell there was a decent mix of ex pat poms, Aussies and kiwis playing. Decent crowd built up to watch it too.

Definitely a surreal experience watching league in the hipster capitol of the world.
 
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