The USA Hawks Rugby League National Team takes on Canada Wolverines in back-to-back test matches for the Colonial Cup.
By Steve Williams | @usarlsteve
International Rugby League comes to Wilmington, Delaware.
Following the game at Lamport Stadium, Toronto on September 24, the Hawks head back to USA soil with Game 2 at Black Foxes home ground, Eden Park – Wilmington, DE on October 1. Over a two game series, the USA and Canada will determine the winner of the 2016 Colonial Cup.
The two games against Canada provide Hawks players further opportunity to compete on the international while also testing emerging players with a higher level of competition leading up to the Rugby League World Cup 2017 held in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea Oct 27 to Dec 2, 2017.
Hawks Captain, Nick Newlin discussed his thoughts on their performance over Jamaica in game 2 of the Rugby League Americas Championship, “The Jamaica game back in July was a great showcase of the skills and talents we have as a team. I thought we played very well for a full 80 minutes and never took our foot off the gas pedal.”
The Hawks head into Toronto on Sept 24 for Game 1 of the Colonial Cup and the 3rd game of the Rugby League Americas Championship, a three game contest between the USA, Canada and Jamaica. Game 1: Canada Wolverines (38) defeated Jamaica Reggae Warriors (2); Game 2: USA Hawks (54) defeated Jamaica Reggae Warriors (4).
The Colonial Cup is an international rugby league football challenge match played each year between the United States and Canada Wolverines. The inaugural match was played in September, 2010 at the Richardson Memorial Stadium at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. The match was won by the USA 22-16.
In 2011, the Colonial Cup was expanded to a ‘home and away’ series. Each team won their home fixture; the USA won the first of the two games 18-2 with Canada securing their first win in the second match with an 18-16 win. USA won the series with an overall aggregate score of 34-20. In 2012, the Cup was again contested over 2 games, with the USA winning both games. In 2013, the series was expanded to a best 2 of 3 series. In 2014, Canada won their first ever Colonial Cup trophy. In 2015, the USA were beaten by Canada 2-0 with both games played in Philadelphia.
Colonial Cup Championship (Game 2)
USA Hawks v Canada Wolverines International Rugby League
- Date: Saturday October 1, 2016
- Time: 7:00pm Kickoff (Gates open 6:30pm)
- Venue: Eden Park – 1098 New Castle Ave. Wilmington, DE
- Price: $5 Walk Up. Children 15 and under FREE
- Concessions: Food & Drink Items offered on site courtesy of the Delaware Black Foxes.
- Merchandise: Rugby Merchandise including Hawks Gear, Black Foxes, Event T-shirt on sale throughout the game
Post Game Event:
Families of players and Rugby League fans join both teams at Famous Tim’s for the official post-game social.
Famous Tim’s: 1705 Lovering Ave, Wilmington, DE.