RI’s First Semi-Pro Rugby Team Debuts

Saturday, April 23, 2011


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If you like watching fast paced, hard hitting action, then the pro rugby league is for you and this summer you can get your fill right here in Providence. The RI Rebellion is coming to Rhode Island and will be playing their home games at Classical's Turf Field. RI Rebellion have joined the USARL for its inaugural season. “I am excited to introduce Rhode Island to League Style of Rugby as I think it will attract a more diverse group of sports fans as this is truly a spectator sport, its fast and easy to understand," said Lawrence Almagno CEO - Player.

"The only trophy we won this day, was the blood and sweat we left on the pitch.... and it was enough"
- Anonymous Rugby Player

The Rebellion is the newest team of the USA Rugby League (USARL). The USARL is a professional league comprised of eigth rugby teams. The teams are located throughout the east coast. 

The teams for the 2011 season include:

RI Rebellion, Boston 13’s, Oneida FC, New Haven Warriors, New Jersey Turnpike Titans, Philadelphia Fight, D.C Slayers & Jacksonville Axemen. Nine additional teams; the Pittsburgh Sledgehammers, Alexandria Storm, Denver Wolverines, Seattle Force, Texas Rugby League (Dallas & Houston), Orange County Outlaws, Los Angeles Raiders and the Utah Avalanche have made commitments for the 2012 season.

“This summer promises to bring awesome match ups, grit and plenty of action. The fans will not be disappointed.“ said Rebellion player and VP/COO Anthony Nardolillo.

Home schedule played at Classical High School- 770 Westminster St. Providence RI All Games are at 8pm and there is plenty of parking next door at the vocational school.C

For more information please visit: www.rebellion-rugby.com or like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/RebellionRugby.

Scheduled dates to be played at its home ptich at Classical High School in Providence, RI:

June 4th
June 25th
July 9th
July 23rd

About RI Rebellion Rugby:

RI Rebellion is a a semi professional rugby team made up of about 30 players ranging in age from 18 to 26 years, from the New England area, Samoa, Australia & the UK. The RI Rebellion team plays its home games at Classical High School in the City of Providence. The Rebellion will play an 8-game schedule in 2011 with travel to New Haven, Philly, D.C and Jacksonville for away games. THE RI Rebellion can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rebellionrugby and on-line at www.rebellion-rugby.com

What is Rugby League? This is a common question, because most people are not familiar with the sport. Rugby is popular in most countries, and is just catching on here in the United States. This game is very similar to football in the sense that the attacking team has 6 phases, or downs, to advance the ball for a score. On the 6th and final phase, the team has the option to kick the ball away, or continue on, risking the chance of a turnover.

How is this different from football? In rugby league, the ball can only be passed backwards and there are no pads, helmets or protection of any kind worn. When a tackle is made, the game does not stop. The ball is retrieved from the tackled player and play resumes.


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