Rugby League Updates - July 2020

July 02 2020


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Ottawa Aces Rugby League Team Announce New Coach and Canadian Tryouts in the Fall



Canada will have three pro rugby teams operating in 2021 and all of them are in Ontario. In Rugby Union it's the Toronto Arrows, in Rugby League it's the Toronto Wolfpack and the new team, the Ottawa Aces.

Like the Wolfpack, the Aces, will begin in the lowest pro division in the UK and work their way up. They'll play their winter games in the UK and the summer games at home.

The Wolfpack entered League 1 (3rd tier) in 2017, the season started in March and the Wolfpack didn't have a home match until May and then played seven home games in May to July. They won the league and were promoted to the RFL Championship (2nd Tier) in 2018. Toronto came top of the table in 2018 but lost in the playoffs and the London Broncos were promoted to the Super League (1st Tier). In 2019 the Wolfpack again topped the table of the RFL Championship but this time won the playoff and were promoted to the Super League for 2020. In 2019 they started their season in February and had their first home game in Toronto at the end of April, they had 10 home games between April and September. In 2020 they lost their first 6 games in Super League before the season was halted for COVID-19. They were scheduled to play their first home game on June 13th.

The Ottawa Aces will be trying to duplicate that pathway. They announced the hiring of a coach and plans to hire 15 to 20 players over the next few months according to this article in the Ottawa Sun.

The coach is Laurent Frayssinous, he played for France at the 2000 Rugby League World Cup. He also coached at the Super League level with the Catalans Dragons.

The Ottawa Aces announced an "elite level combine/tryout" specifically for Canadian athletes, scheduled for this fall. The details haven't been published yet.

Their official website is www.ottawaaces.com.

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