Toronto Wolfpack will return to the field for the first time since pulling out of the 2020 Super League season when they take on Washington DC Cavalry next month.
The inaugural Canada Cup game will take place at Lamport Stadium on Saturday September 18 (7pm EDT).
Under new ownership, the Wolfpack have been holding trials this month to get a squad together for their return to action.
Their final trial game takes place at Brampton Beavers RFC this weekend, featuring the best Canadian domestic talent and players from British Columbia’s rugby league competition.
Head Coach Matt Wyles will be selecting 25 players for the Canada Cup match following the trial to take on DC Cavalry, which is led by Ryan Burroughs – the American utility back who played 11 first-team games for the Wolfpack and also featured for London Skolars and Barrow Raiders.
Both the Wolfpack and DC Cavalry were named as founder teams of the North America Rugby League (NARL) competition, which is now due to launch in 2022 after the coronavirus pandemic put paid to its launch earlier this year.
THE PACK IS BACK! Join us on Saturday, September 18 at 7pm as the Toronto Wolfpack take on the DC Cavalry Rugby League, led by former Wolfpack fan favourite, Ryan Burroughs in the inaugural Canada Cup at Lamport Stadium. Stay tuned for more details including ticketing info #NARL pic.twitter.com/wA0uCvi8Ck
— Toronto Wolfpack (@TOwolfpack) August 26, 2021
The league has announced a “multi-year league level agreement” with TicketCo to provide all clubs with cashless ticketing and streaming, and they will provide their services for the exhibition match next month.
Robert Curtis, CEO of NARL, said: “This is an exciting partnership between two organisations that are launching big in the USA market. There is a lot of synergy between us and the agreement will help make ticketing easy for clubs and fans.
“All our clubs will use TicketCo for cashless mobile first ticketing, the benefits of a league level agreement are vast. It means we can provide our clubs with a great deal, modern technology and by everyone using the same platform it will simplify ticketing for the whole league.
Real live #rugbyleague is coming back to Toronto!
To say we’re excited is an understatement.#TorontoWolfpack. DC Cavalry.
— Sher&Lil (@SherAndLil) August 26, 2021
“Additionally, it will make marketing, reporting and analysis straight forward for the league as we look to build participation numbers.
“Our sole aim is to grow the fantastic sport of rugby league in North America and create a legacy for generations to come. The start of the league is getting closer and everyone is excited about a new class of contact sport.”