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The American National Rugby League will kickoff it's tenth anniversary season this weekend to launch what should be the most evenly contested competition ever in the short history of Rugby League in the USA.
With the Rugby League World Cup qualifiers scheduled for November, all players in the AMNRL competition will be keen to showcase their talents in the early rounds of the season. A number of tough match ups are features of round one with all teams looking to start their seasons with a win. The young Raiders will face a tough Knights outfit at home, as the Knights are quietly confident about their chances to reclaim the National Championship after a few lean years and 2007 could well be the year that the cup returns to 'the Castle' in NYC.
The early season favorites from Florida, the Jacksonville Axemen will take on the newly relocated Bulls, who are still hurting from their defeat in last years Championship Final. Both teams will be eager to get their campaigns off with a victory after some good off season recruitment and preparations.
The match of the round will see the Sharks host the Warriors in what could be a preview to this season championship contenders. The Sharks have developed a great young group of talent whilst the Warriors are keen to improve on their debut season and stamp their authority on the competition with undoubtedly one of the biggest and most physical squads in the league.
The Wildcats will welcome the Fight to Norwalk for the first ever match up between the two teams in Connecticut. The Fight have stregthened on and off the field and will be a real challenge to the always consistent Wildcats, who are the reigning AMNRL Champions.
Some internal issues at the newly formed Fairfax Eagles Club may result in the Slayers v Eagles match being rescheduled, with more information developing regarding this situation soon. AMNRL Round 1 - Saturday - 6/2/07 Axemen @ DSC Bulls - Neumann College, Aston at 12 noon Warriors @ Sharks - Falls Township Community Park, Levittown at 3pm Fight @ Wildcats - Norwalk, CT at 6pm Raiders @ Knights - Pier 40 Manhattan at 8pm Eagles @ Slayers - TBD A number of exciting new features will be available on the AMNRL website and supporting websites of Rugby League in America in 2007, with a Live Match Scoreboard Ticker that will post scores real time for each game that fans can follow from all around the world, along with an exciting Tipping Competition for fans to select the winners of each round of the season:- AMNRL Tipping Comp - open to all comers
Registrations are now open for the 2007 AMNRL Tipping Competition, proudly hosted by LeagueUnlimited.com.
The AMNRL Tipping Comp is open to all comers and best of all, it is FREE to enter. To become a tipster, simply go to http://amnrl.tippingunlimited.com and click on the 'Register' link. After joining, you will be sent a verification email. Simply click on the link in that email to start tipping.
Main prize is a Tomahawks jersey, awarded to the top tipster at the completion of the competition rounds.
The AMNRL competition kicks off on June 2nd, 2007, so get in early! Latecomers are welcomed - you are awarded away teams.
Good luck to one and all, and happy tipping!! CELEBRATING TEN YEARS OF RUGBY LEAGUE IN AMERICA IN 2007