It's official, what was known as the West Coast Cup earlier this summer has been re-branded and the American Rugby Premiership is born. The hard work of several individuals and eight elite American rugby clubs will form a new league showcasing teams West of the Mississippi River and arguably some of the best talent the United States has to offer.
After hours of meetings yesterday in Glendale Colorado, the eight teams and USA Rugby were able to come to an agreement and get this thing off the ground.
Read bellow for the official Press release.
Glendale, Colorado, October 3, 2013
– Club representatives from eight elite clubs (Belmont Shore, Denver
Barbarians, Glendale Raptors, Olympic Club, OMBAC, San Francisco Golden
Gate, Santa Monica and Seattle OPSB) convened yesterday to meet with
City officials in Glendale, CO to work out the details to organize an
8-team competition schedule for next season. The competition will be
branded as the American Rugby Premiership in 2014.
USA Rugby Director of Operations, Jim Snyder, attended the meeting and graciously offered to sanction the competition for 2014.
“We are absolutely thrilled that USA Rugby has decided to work with
the top clubs and RugbyTown USA to sanction the competition and help us
improve of the quality of competition for our member clubs,” said
Glendale Mayor Mike Dunafon.
The schedule is still being finalized, but will feature a competition
window from February 1 to May 17, 2014, with all teams playing each
other home and away, plus the ARP Final pitting the top two teams on
points after the regular season at Infinity Park on May 17, 2014 in
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