UPDATE: Clubs involved have contacted RUGBYMag to say that Glendale Rugby jumped the gun on this press release, and nothing has been signed. In addition, it may be that nothing was even going to happen.
We have retailed the press release in its entirety. - AG
This announcement was released by the newly-named American Rugby Premiership early Thursday, October 3 after eight of the top clubs west of the Mississippi met in Glendale, Colo. to discuss a new league and a way to improve rugby in the USA.
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 Glendale, Colorado.