The Rugby Super League was developed in 1996 so that the game of Rugby could be taken to new heights and be given professional status throughout America. The 13 teams that compete in 2 groups of Red and Blue Conference represent 13 main markets all through the United States and have helped in a major way in the exposure of the game to the world and in generating an interest in it.
The competition is held in spring every year since its beginning in 1996. Weekly matches are held that lead towards a playoff and quarterfinals, semifinals and the final championship match deciding the champion of the year is played in May-June. Last year New York Athletic Club won the championship match against Belmont Shore. They scored 31-28 in a thrilling, nail biting match that had everyone sitting on the edge of their seats.
The last championship final played in Infinity Park, Glendale, CO on May 31 was one befitting the most popular event in American Rugby. It went into two overtimes and had to be decided through penalty kicks at the end. NYAC finally put an end to the game by winning a sudden death round. NYAC’s Luke Milton kicked in the match winning goal.
NYAC had made it into the finals by beating No. 5 Denver Barbarians at their home turf on Travers Island. The Belmont Shore team, who also played host at the semi-final, beat rivals No. 8 Chicago Lions 34-15.
This was the second time that New York Athletic Club had won the title. The first time had been back in 2005. That time too they had played the final against Belmont Shore in Hartford, CT beating them by a very narrow margin.
Personally, I believe, it is going to be an exciting season as always. Fans from all over the United States have been waiting in anticipation for the Rugby Super League season to start this year. All major TV networks will be broadcasting the matches live. But in case you are also one of those unfortunate ones like myself who is living abroad and can not watch the matches live, you can do what I always do; log on to an online site that gives live results of the game.
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