The country that introduced rugby to North America is now launching the first professional rugby league created and based in Canada. The Rugby North League will begin competition in April 2017.
“With our rich rugby history and love of the sport, our country should have its own made-in-Canada professional league,” said Adam Steinhoff, Rugby North Chairman. “We look forward to working with Rugby Canada as well as the entire rugby community and believe that professional competition will promote player development and increase support for Canadian rugby. ”
The fan experience is a key part of Rugby North and teams will play in smaller venues allowing fans to connect with players and the game. Venues, team owners and the season will be announced this summer.
“The time is now for Canada to have its own professional rugby league,” added Mr. Steinhoff. “Interest in the sport is at an all-time high and American professional leagues have been announced. For Canadian rugby to keep up and flourish, we must offer our own elite competition. Rugby North will do that by creating a platform allowing Canada’s best players to further develop and excel.”
Adam Steinhoff, Chairman