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    12 November 2014 by Mark Tilley
    The National Rugby Football League (NRFL) in America has announced it has reached an agreement with Leicester Tigers to play the NRFL 'Rough Riders' in the first professional major league rugby game in the U.S.

    The match will be played during Leicester's pre-season on Saturday 1st August 2015 with the host city and stadium to be announced prior to the NRFL's Player Combine in Los Angeles in January 2015.

    The Rough Riders will be a composite team of elite American athletes that have been recruited from professional and collegiate ranks of football, basketball, hockey, domestic and international rugby players all trained to compete in professional major league rugby union.

    The NRFL is owned by RugbyLaw, LLC., a Minneapolis, Minnesota based sports and entertainment company. RugbyLaw is currently in the process of selling NRFL franchises within major cities which have happen to have NFL Stadiums, with the intention to begin the NRFL in 2015 with between 6 and 12 franchises.

    RugbyLaw states that the franchises will be owned by current owners of major league franchises, foreign professional teams expanding their brand in the U.S. market, professional athletes from the major league sports, entertainment – motion Picture professionals and investor groups interested in owning a major league professional franchise.

    Another crucial process in the planning of America's first professional rugby league is the need to expand upon the huge professional athletic talent pool in the country and to harvest the best of those as future stars of the American game.

    The National Rugby Football League Combine will take place in January 2015 in Los Angeles at the historical L.A. Memorial Coliseum, following the 2014 combine earlier this year which took place in Baltimore.

    Leicester chief executive Simon Cohen said: "The name of Leicester Tigers travels across the world and we're delighted to have been invited to witness the appetite for the game in the USA at first hand.

    "Sporting facilities and the pool of talent in so many sports in the USA are the envy of organisations across the world and it should prove a very interesting trip for the club.

    "Rugby is making massive strides in America and the fixture against a team selected from the National Rugby Football League clubs will provide an excellent platform both for the home-based players and also for our squad as they prepare for a new season."

    The Tigers already have one American link with the signing of USA Eagles wing Blaine Scully and they evidently keen to be amongst the first European clubs to expand into what has been described as 'America's fastest growing sport'.

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    Default Re: Tigers Head To America As New Professional League Gathers Pace

    Someone has been drinking the Koolaid.

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    Oh ffs, another bunch of failed athletes who think they can play rugby.

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    Default Re: Tigers Head To America As New Professional League Gathers Pace

    I don't think I saw any mention of USA Rugby in this. Are they not involved, and if not, is that a good or a bad thing?

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    Be careful Tigers, you had a long injury list this season !!!

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    Default Re: Tigers Head To America As New Professional League Gathers Pace

    Quote Originally Posted by buff View Post
    I don't think I saw any mention of USA Rugby in this. Are they not involved, and if not, is that a good or a bad thing?
    if they can keep usar out they have a chance...very little...but there is one.

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    True Jamo, but what does it say that they're playing NRFL and not Union?

    Their Academy Coaches are coming here (Virginia) early next year. I think they're on an athlete hunt
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    Default Re: Tigers Head To America As New Professional League Gathers Pace

    Met a USA R representative two weekes ago at Lays school. He asked why I didn't control the offsides at the "scrummage".
    "In what way", I said.
    "That was no way 10 meters". I raised my right brow and went for a shower. ddjamo I seriously feel sorry for 'merican rugby.

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    Default Re: Tigers Head To America As New Professional League Gathers Pace

    Quote Originally Posted by Daftmedic View Post
    Met a USA R representative two weekes ago at Lays school. He asked why I didn't control the offsides at the "scrummage".
    "In what way", I said.
    "That was no way 10 meters". I raised my right brow and went for a shower. ddjamo I seriously feel sorry for 'merican rugby.
    ddjamo lives in/is from really north murca.

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