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Encyclopedia > Rugby Super League (US)
Rugby Super League (US)
Rugby Super League (US)
Sport Rugby union
Founded 1996
No. of teams 18
Country Flag of United States United States
Current champions Old Mission Beach

The Rugby Super League, usually referred to as simply the Super League, is a national rugby union competition contested by seventeen clubs in the United States. The competition is sanctioned by USA Rugby, the sport's national governing body, and is the "premier level" of rugby in the country. [1] A scrum Rugby union (often referred to as rugby, union or football) is one of the two codes of rugby football, the other being rugby league. ... See also: 1995 in sports, other events of 1996, 1997 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Dale Jarrett won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Terry Labonte Rusty Wallace wins the Suzuka NASCAR Thunder 100 at Suzuka City November 24, the first NASCAR... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... Super League is the name of various sports competitions in different disciplines: // Football (soccer) Football Association of Malaysia Swiss Super League Turkish Premier Super League. ... A scrum Rugby union (often referred to as rugby, union or football) is one of the two codes of rugby football, the other being rugby league. ... The sport of rugby in the United States has always had a close relationship with the sport of American football. ...


The competition was created in 1996 by the major governing bodies in the USA, in order to create a competitive national competition. The competition has since been contested annually. Today, the teams are divided into divisions, Eastern and Western, and 17 clubs compete in the competition (as of the 2007 season).

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History

The Rugby Super League was created in 1996 by the 14 major governing bodies of the sport in the United States. It was intended to create a competitive and national competition. It was created at a time when there was a need for expansion of the code in the country. 1997 was subsequently the inugural season of the competition. There were 14 teams competing, which were divided into two seven-team divisions, the Western-Pacific Conference and the Midwestern-East Conference.


The original competiting sides in the 1997 season were; Belmont Shore RFC, the Chicago Lions, the Dallas Harlequins, the Denver Barbarians, the Gentlemen of Aspen, the Kansas City Blues, Life, Old Blue, Old Puget Sound Beach RFC, Old Mission Beach Athletic Club RFC, the Potomac Athletic Club RFC, San Francisco Golden Gate RFC and Washington RFC. Aspen won the first championship, defeating Old Blue 29 points to nine in the final which was played in New York. The Dallas Harlequins Rugby Football Club is a SuperLeague rugby union team based in Dallas, Texas. ... Life University is located in Marietta, Georgia. ... Old Blue Rugby Football Club is a SuperLeague rugby union team based in New York City. ...


The following season, two more sides gained entry into the competition, being, Boston RFC and the Philadelphia Whitemarsh RFC. Both sides joined the eastern conference, which saw the Harlequins move to the Western conference. This expansion saw two fifteen-side conferences. In 2001 the competition became recognized as the premier club rugby union competition in the United States - becoming separated from USA Rugby Division 1. The following season, the league expanded again, with the inclusion of New York Athletic Club, who gained entry through means of promotion and the Olympic Club, who formed a merger with the Old Blues. Boston Rugby Football Club (also known as BRFC) is a rugby union team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... The New York Athletic Club was founded in 1868 and is located in New York City. ... Olympic Club is an American country club in Daly City, CA that has played host to four US Open Golf Championships. ... Old Blue Rugby Football Club is a SuperLeague rugby union team based in New York City. ...


The 2002 season saw major changes to the competition, with the "east and west divisions" format being dissolved to form a national competition. Life also left the competition that season. However, the format reverted back to the division-associated fixtures in 2005. Super League celebrated a decade of competition in 2006, with OMBAC defeating Belmont Shore 36 to 33 in the final which was held in Santa Clara, California. It was announced after the 2006 season that the Rugby Super League would be expanding from 15 teams to 17 for the 2007 season. Santa Monica Rugby accepted an invitation to join Super League, as did the Boston Irish Wolfhounds, who also finished runner-up in both Divisions I and III in 2006.[2] Life University is located in Marietta, Georgia. ... Santa Clara (Porutguese and Spanish for Saint Clair or Saint Claire) is a common place name: Cuba Santa Clara, in Villa Clara province Mexico Santa Clara in Durango Santa Clara del Cobre in Michoacan Portugal Two freguesias of Portugal are named Santa Clara, including Santa Clara in Coimbra. ... The Boston Irish Wolfhounds (BIWRFC) are a USA Rugby Division 1 mens rugby union club based out of Boston, Massachusetts. ...


Current clubs (2006–07)

Eastern Conference

Team City/Area Established
Boston RFC Boston, Massachusetts 1961
Boston Irish Wolfhounds Boston, Massachusetts 1989
Charlotte Charlotte, North Carolina 1971
Chicago Lions Chicago, Illinois 1964
New York Athletic Club New York, New York 1973
Old Blue New York, New York 1964
Philadelphia Whitemarsh Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1985
Potomac Athletic Club Washington, DC 1988
Washington Washington, DC 1963

Boston Rugby Football Club (also known as BRFC) is a rugby union team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Nickname: City on the Hill, Beantown, The Hub of the Universe (The State House, according to Oliver Wendell Holmes, is the hub of the Solar System), Athens of America, The Cradle of Revolution Location in Massachusetts, USA Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas M. Menino(D) Area    - City 232. ... The Boston Irish Wolfhounds (BIWRFC) are a USA Rugby Division 1 mens rugby union club based out of Boston, Massachusetts. ... Nickname: City on the Hill, Beantown, The Hub of the Universe (The State House, according to Oliver Wendell Holmes, is the hub of the Solar System), Athens of America, The Cradle of Revolution Location in Massachusetts, USA Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas M. Menino(D) Area    - City 232. ... Charlotte Rugby Football Club is a SuperLeague rugby union team based in Charlotte, North Carolina. ... Nickname: The Queen City, Hornets Nest Location in Mecklenburg County in the state of North Carolina Coordinates: Country United States State North Carolina Counties Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Mayor Pat McCrory, (R) Area    - City 280. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... The New York Athletic Club Rugby Football Club is a SuperLeague rugby union team based in New York City. ... Midtown Manhattan, looking north from the Empire State Building, 2005 New York City (officially named the City of New York) is the most populous city in the state of New York and the entire United States. ... Old Blue Rugby Football Club is a SuperLeague rugby union team based in New York City. ... Midtown Manhattan, looking north from the Empire State Building, 2005 New York City (officially named the City of New York) is the most populous city in the state of New York and the entire United States. ... Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Mayor John F. Street (D) Area    - City 369. ... Aerial photo (looking NW) of the Washington Monument and the White House in Washington, DC. Washington, D.C., officially the District of Columbia (also known as D.C.; Washington; the Nations Capital; the District; and, historically, the Federal City) is the capital city and administrative district of the United... Washington Rugby Football Club is a SuperLeague rugby union team based in Washington, DC. // Washington RFC founded the annual Cherry Blossom tournament in 1966. ... Aerial photo (looking NW) of the Washington Monument and the White House in Washington, DC. Washington, D.C., officially the District of Columbia (also known as D.C.; Washington; the Nations Capital; the District; and, historically, the Federal City) is the capital city and administrative district of the United...

Western Conference

Team City/Area Established
Belmont Shore Long Beach, California 1974
Dallas Harlequins Dallas, Texas 1971
Denver Barbarians Denver, Colorado 1967
Kansas City Blues Kansas City, Missouri 1966
Old Mission Beach Athletic Club San Diego, California 1966
Old Puget Sound Beach Seattle, Washington 1971
Santa Monica Rugby Club Santa Monica, California 1972
St. Louis Bombers St. Louis, Missouri 1962
San Francisco Golden Gate San Francisco, California 2001

Nickname: The International City (on flag), Friendly City (in Latin on citys seal), or the LBC Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: Country United States State California County Los Angeles County Mayor Bob Foster Area    - City 170. ... The Dallas Harlequins Rugby Football Club is a SuperLeague rugby union team based in Dallas, Texas. ... ·· Nickname: Big D Location in the state of Texas Country United States State Texas Counties Dallas, Collin, Denton, Kaufman, and Rockwall Mayor Laura Miller Area    - City 997. ... Nickname: The Mile-High City Location of Denver in Colorado, USA Coordinates: Country United States State Colorado City-County Denver (coextensive) Founded November 22, 1858 Incorporated November 7, 1861 Mayor John Hickenlooper (D) Area    - City 401. ... Nickname: City of Fountains or Heart of America Location in Jackson, Clay, Platte, and Cass Counties in the state of Missouri. ... It has been suggested that Downtown San Diego be merged into this article or section. ... Nickname: The Emerald City Location of Seattle in King County and Washington Coordinates: Country United States State Washington County King County Incorporated December 2, 1869 Mayor Greg Nickels Area    - City 369. ... The current club logo. ... Location of Santa Monica in California and Los Angeles County Coordinates: Country United States State California County Los Angeles Incorporated November 30, 1886 Mayor Robert Holbrook City Council Bobby Shriver Ken Genser Kevin McKeown Herb Katz Pam OConnor Richard Bloom Area    - City 41. ... This article is becoming very long. ... Nickname: Gateway City, Gateway to the West, or Mound City Location in the state of Missouri Coordinates: Country United States State Missouri County Independent City Mayor Francis G. Slay (D) Area    - City 66. ... Nickname: The City by the Bay; Fog City Location of the City and County of San Francisco, California Coordinates: City-County San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom Area    - City 122 km²  (47 sq mi)  - Land 121. ...

Results (1997-2006)

Year Location Final[3]
Winner Score Runner-up
1997 New York, New York Aspen 29 - 9 Old Blue
1998 New York, New York Belmont Shore 28 - 10 Old Blue
1999 Denver, Colorado Barbarians 22 - 18 Belmont Shore
2000 San Diego, California Life 43 - 21 Aspen
2001 Rockford, Illinois Aspen 56 - 21 OMBAC
2002 Aspen, Colorado Aspen 34 - 23 Belmont Shore
2003 San Francisco, California Belmont Shore 23 - 15 OMBAC
2004 Newport, Rhode Island Belmont Shore 24 - 21 San Francisco Golden Gate
2005 Hartford, Connecticut NYAC 23 - 19 Belmont Shore
2006 Santa Clara, California OMBAC 36 - 33 Belmont Shore

Midtown Manhattan, looking north from the Empire State Building, 2005 New York City (officially named the City of New York) is the most populous city in the state of New York and the entire United States. ... Old Blue Rugby Football Club is a SuperLeague rugby union team based in New York City. ... Midtown Manhattan, looking north from the Empire State Building, 2005 New York City (officially named the City of New York) is the most populous city in the state of New York and the entire United States. ... Old Blue Rugby Football Club is a SuperLeague rugby union team based in New York City. ... Nickname: The Mile-High City Location of Denver in Colorado, USA Coordinates: Country United States State Colorado City-County Denver (coextensive) Founded November 22, 1858 Incorporated November 7, 1861 Mayor John Hickenlooper (D) Area    - City 401. ... It has been suggested that Downtown San Diego be merged into this article or section. ... Life University is located in Marietta, Georgia. ... Rockford is the county seat of Winnebago County, Illinois, USA. Traditionally referred to as The Forest City, Rockford is classified as a mid-sized city as it has 150,115 residents, while the metro area has 320,204 residents (2000 Census). ... View south along Galena Street in downtown Aspen. ... Nickname: The City by the Bay; Fog City Location of the City and County of San Francisco, California Coordinates: City-County San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom Area    - City 122 km²  (47 sq mi)  - Land 121. ... Newport as seen from the International Space Station. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Official website: http://www. ...

See also

North America 4, also known as IRB North America 4 is a North American rugby union competition launched in 2006. ... The sport of rugby union in the United States has always had a close relationship with the sport of American football. ...

References

  1. ^ About Rugby Super League. usarugbysuperleague.com. Retrieved on 31 August 2006.
  2. ^ Boston Irish Wolfhounds To Join USA Rugby Super League. rugby-rugby.com. Retrieved on 31 August 2006.
  3. ^ USA Rugby SuperLeague - Overview. usarugbysuperleague.com. Retrieved on 31 August 2006.

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External link

  • Official website
Rugby Super League

Belmont Shore | Boston RFC | Boston Irish | Charlotte | Chicago Lions | Dallas Harlequins | Denver Barbarians | Kansas City Blues | New York Athletic Club | Old Blue | Old Mission Beach | Old Puget Sound Beach | Philadelphia Whitemarsh | Potomac Athletic Club | Santa Monica | St. Louis Bombers | San Francisco Golden Gate | Washington Boston Rugby Football Club (also known as BRFC) is a rugby union team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... The Boston Irish Wolfhounds (BIWRFC) are a USA Rugby Division 1 mens rugby union club based out of Boston, Massachusetts. ... Charlotte Rugby Football Club is a SuperLeague rugby union team based in Charlotte, North Carolina. ... The Dallas Harlequins Rugby Football Club is a SuperLeague rugby union team based in Dallas, Texas. ... The New York Athletic Club Rugby Football Club is a SuperLeague rugby union team based in New York City. ... Old Blue Rugby Football Club is a SuperLeague rugby union team based in New York City. ... The current club logo. ... Washington Rugby Football Club is a SuperLeague rugby union team based in Washington, DC. // Washington RFC founded the annual Cherry Blossom tournament in 1966. ...


 
 

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