Ottawa to enter & NYC to follow

Ottawa Canada’s Capital City 

Ottawa Canada’s Capital City 


Ottawa to enter League One in 2020 & New York City to follow in 2021 

Today the rugby football league have announced some groundbreaking news for the game in that another North American and Canada’s capital Ottawa has been accepted into League One for next season with New York also likely to follow for 2021.

Bears CEO Alan Robinson thinks this is another opportunity the Bears need to embrace: 

“Ottawa will bring even more opportunities and investment into the game and we need to be ready to embrace that and make more of our own brand off the back of it. When Toronto Wolfpack came in it created a huge amount of excitement but with Ottawa and the strong possibility of New York to follow its groundbreaking for rugby league and British sport. We will certainly be looking to benefit through the potential of new sponsorship and opportunities another Trans-Atlantic club in our league presents”

 Read the full report below: 

 Overseas Clubs - update

Monday May 20th 2019

from the Rugby Football League Press Office

Last month, the Rugby Football League was asked following a meeting of member clubs in Salford to conduct further due diligence on two overseas applications to play in Betfred League One from 2020 – one to relocate the Hemel Stags club to Ottawa in Canada, and the other for a new club in New York, USA.

The RFL Board today informed the member clubs, and the consortia behind the applications, of its decision.

The application for Hemel Stags to be relocated to Ottawa has been accepted in principle – although both the RFL and the consortia have agreed that some further work is required before it can be confirmed that the Stags will be ready to start the 2020 season in Ottawa.

With regard to the New York bid, the RFL and the consortium have agreed that entry into League One in time for 2020 is not achievable without placing the club under undue pressure, because it is a start-up operation without the benefit of existing operations already being in place, and due to some change in the ownership structure during the process.

The RFL has therefore encouraged the club to work towards entry into League One in 2021.


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