Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Wolfpack Draw With Barrow Raiders, New York & Boston Rumored Expansion

The Toronto Wolfpack remain unbeaten two weeks into their new season although it's not the kind of perfect they would like. A week after beating the Leigh Centurions the team drew with the Barrow Raiders 8-8. The conditions were cold in England and that played into the match but the Wolfpack will still be disappointed with the result. Toronto gained promotion with Barrow last season from League One with Toronto winning the match-up last year.

At halftime the match was only 4-2 in favor of Toronto with the kickers getting all of the scoring duties. Toronto would got up 8-2 when Nick Rawsthorne scoring a try. However, Barrow stayed right in it and when Dan Toal scored late it secured the draw.

Toronto are back at it next weekend as they play Halifax. It's still very early days but Toronto currently sit in third place which is could enough for a promotion qualifier position.

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New York, Boston Expansion Closer

With the success of the Wolfpack there have been a number of expansion rumors involving North American teams. Canada is supposedly going to get another team at some point and New York has long been talked about as a destination. According to reports out of England a formal announcement for a New York team is just weeks away. Boston could soon be joining them. A former head of the Melbourne Rebels in the NRL is reportedly working with groups in Boston to find a suitable venue for a team. It's still up for discussion but the fact that New York and Boston have gotten this far is a good sign for their chances. 

Both teams could start out in League One like the Wolfpack but it's also possible that they could find themselves directly in the Championship. Neither team would begin playing until 2020. 

1 comment:

  1. Well, you would have 4 teams in North America, so that would at least be 6 matches that don't involve overseas travel for the North American sides. It would also make trips across the pond easier in some sense in that they could be like the Super Rugby tours where you play 3-4 matches and then return home.