Atlanta and Boston to clash in Florida as RL grows Stateside

Atlanta Rhinos and the Boston 13s are set to clash in the USARL National Championship Final on August 29 in Jacksonville, Florida, as rugby league continues its steady progress on the other side of the Atlantic.

This is the fifth final, and there is guaranteed to be a new name inscribed on the trophy this year.

The game will be hosted by the University of North Florida, where the USA are set to play two World Cup qualifiers later this year.

A trial game for players competing for places in the USARL national side will be a curtain raiser for the final.

“This year the USARL has once again made huge strides forward both domestically and internationally,” Peter Illfield, Chairman of USARL, said.

“The league has seen its most competitive season to date and this year will crown a new champion, with both teams yet to win their first USARL final.

“We are also proud to have a close and local association with Firehouse Subs in supporting the Rugby League World Cup Qualifiers – Americas for the first time in Florida.

“Daryl ‘Spinner’ Howland of the Jacksonville Axemen has excelled in the planning and organizing of such a prestigious event being hosted by the USARL. There are definitely exciting times ahead.”

Howland, who is USARL South Administrator, is delighted that Jacksonville has been chosen as the venue for the final once again.

“We are excited to host the National Championship Game for the second consecutive year.

“It is a testament to the fans, supporters and sponsors who have supported rugby league in Florida over the past 10 years.”

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