2010 AMNRL season
|Number of teams||11|
|Broadcast partners||America One
|2010 Season champs|
|Runners-up||New Haven Warriors|
|Man of Steel||Brent Shorten|
The 2010 American National Rugby League season was the 13th season of the AMNRL. The Pittsburgh Vipers are the newest team to enter the competition and the Bucks County Sharks have withdrawn from the competition.
- 1 Teams
- 2 Season
- 3 Round 1
- 4 Round 2
- 5 Round 3
- 6 Round 4
- 7 Weekend of July 4
- 8 Round 5
- 9 Round 6
- 10 Round 7
- 11 War at the Shore
- 12 Open Round
- 13 Play-Offs
- 14 Round 1 (Play-Offs)
- 15 Round 2 (Play-Offs)
- 16 Grand final
- 17 Notable Moments
- 18 Preseason
- 19 Television
- 20 Standings
- 21 References
- 22 External links
- Some teams will also field a 2nd team which will be played after the main game in order to give players more experience.
- The Canada national rugby league team has been invited to play in the War at the Shore only and will not feature in the regular season competition with the game set to be re-launched in Canada after years of inactivity
- A Chicago based team (The Chicago Stockyarders) will also play in the War at the Shore with future plans to enter into the AMNRL.
The competition starts June 5 and finishes August 28. Below indicates the Rounds and the matches.
Week of June 5
|Aston Bulls||44||Philadelphia Fight||32|
|Pittsburgh Vipers||20||Washington DC Slayers||0 (Washington Forfeit)|
|New York Knights||32||Boston 13s||14|
|Jacksonville Axemen||66||Fairfax Eagles||16|
|New Haven Warriors||48||Connecticut Wildcats||24|
- Northern Raiders (Bye)
Week of June 12
|Aston Bulls||32||Washington DC Slayers||22|
|Fairfax Eagles||80||Pittsburgh Vipers||4|
|Jacksonville Axemen||34||Boston 13s||16|
|Philadelphia Fight||76||Northern Raiders||0|
|New Haven Warriors||34||New York Knights||25|
- Connecticut Wildcats (Bye)
Week of June 19
|Philadelphia Fight||40||Washington DC Slayers||26|
|New York Knights||34||Connecticut Wildcats||20|
|Boston 13s||48||Pittsburgh Vipers||16|
|Aston Bulls||96||Fairfax Eagles||22|
|New Haven Warriors||74||Northern Raiders||5|
- Jacksonville Axemen (Bye)
Week of June 26
|Jacksonville Axemen||26||Aston Bulls||6|
|Connecticut Wildcats||50||Northern Raiders||10|
|Washington DC Slayer||54||Pittsburgh Vipers||14|
|New Haven Warriors||30||Boston 13s||18|
- Philadelphia Fight (Bye)
- Fairfax Eagles (Bye)
- New York Knights (Bye)
Weekend of July 4
- Open for holiday and potential makeup date
Week of July 10
|Jacksonville Axemen||34||New York Knights||8|
|Fairfax Eagles||80||Pittsburgh Vipers||18|
|Connecticut Wildcats||48||Northern Raiders||8|
|Aston Bulls||28||Philadelphia Fight||16|
- Washington DC Slayers (Bye)
- Boston 13s (Bye)
- New Haven Warriors (Bye)
Week of July 17
|Jacksonville Axemen||30||Philadelphia Fight||10|
|Pittsburgh Vipers||-||New York Knights||(Forfeit)|
|Boston 13s||50||Connecticut Wildcats||30|
|Washington DC Slayers||38||Fairfax Eagles||30|
|New Haven Warriors||84||Northern Raiders||6|
- Aston Bulls (Bye)
Week of July 24
|Washington DC Slayers||24||Fairfax Eagles||16|
|New Haven Warriors||80||Connecticut Wildcats||14|
|Philadelphia Fight||36||Boston 13s||24|
|Jacksonville Axemen||42||Aston Bulls||26|
|New York Knights||20||Northern Raiders||0 (Forfeit)|
- New York faced Bucks County Sharks in the Washington Crossing Challenge replacement game New York defeated Bucks County 46-12.
- Pittsburgh Vipers (bye)
War at the Shore
Week of July 31 Robert Preston Memorial Rugby League Challenge Cup The new look War at the Shore event has been won by the DC Internationals, a select side from Washington.
The Internationals beat the New York Knights 10-0 in the championship final Saturday evening in Sea Isle City, NJ.
The American National Rugby League’s showpiece event had a vastly different look about it this year with teams playing abbreviated games as part of a festival-like set up.
The New York Knights, Aston Bulls, Philadelphia Fight, Boston 13s and Connecticut Wildcats of the AMNRL were joined by select sides from Washington DC and New England, as well as a Canadian representative team.
The DC Internationals were a combination of the Washington DC Slayers and Fairfax Eagles, while the New England Immortals were composed of players from the 13s, Wildcats and New Haven Warriors. The Canadian Mounties represented teams north of the border.
Matches in the championship bracket consisted of two 15-minutes halves and games in the elimination bracket were 10-minute halves.
In excess of 2000 people were attracted to the event. There were fan activities all day long, plus music, prizes and giveaways to keep spectators entertained.
In the championship final, the Internationals scored two tries and kept their own line intact in a decider that was very much a back and forth contest.
The Knights opened the match in solid fashion by controlling the ball, but they couldn’t crack the opposition’s line. After absorbing the early pressure, the Internationals got the opening score when Tom O’Connor (DC Slayers) kicked ahead on the last tackle, regathered the ball and went in for the try.
The teams went to the interval with the Internationals leading 4-0. The second frame was much the same with both sides threatening to score, both putting up goal line stands and both being held up over the line.
As time was about to expire, Michael Chapman (DC Slayers) sealed the deal with a try for the Internationals. It was converted by Reece Blayney (Fairfax Eagles) and the 'Robert Preston Memorial Rugby League Challenge Cup' was won for the very first time.
John Young (Fairfax Eagles) was named War at the Shore MVP. Young scored several tries and had a stellar day.
“It was the Australians who helped us win. They played their brand of rugby from back home,” Internationals manager Rich Nolte told ARN.
“For the most part, the Americans on the team were in the forwards and they put in some excellent work, especially on defense.”
From New York’s standpoint mistakes at inopportune times proved costly.
“All in all it was an exciting game,” said Knights CEO Rob Ballachandran.
“It was really good for us because we were able to get a lot of our young reserve guys into the mix and with the playoffs starting in a couple of weeks, the team bonding was important.”
In the Rugby League Sevens Exhibition game, the Northern Raiders beat the Chicago Stockyarders select side 18-10. 
Week of August 31
- Team Preparations for Playoffs
Weeks of August 14, 21, 28
- 8 Teams Seeded according to points earned during regular season. Lowest seed always plays highest seed.
Round 1 (Play-Offs)
|New Haven Warriors||80||Fairfax Eagles||26|
|Jacksonville Axemen||-||Connecticut Wildcats||(Forfeit)|
|Aston Bulls||46||Philadelphia Fight||30|
|New York Knights||28||Washington DC Slayers||22|
Round 2 (Play-Offs)
|New Haven Warriors||42||New York Knights||18|
|Jacksonville Axemen||46||Aston Bulls||4|
Pre game matches:
- Red vs Blue (United States national rugby league team trial selection)
- Philadelphia Fight vs Chicago Stockyarders (7s exhibition game)
- Ladies Eagletag
28 August 2010
|Jacksonville Axemen||34 – 14||New Haven Warriors|
|Tries: Kenny Britt
Brent Shorten (3)
Goals: Brent Shorten (4)
|(Report)||Tries: Siose Muliumu (2)
Goals: Roy Leoni
- Former Parramatta Eels and St. George Illawarra Dragons NRL player Daniel Wagon arrived in the United States in May to play for the Aston Bulls.
- Former NRL players Tony Duggan and Jye Mullane signed with the New Haven Warriors after finishing stints in France.
A preseason match between the Philadelphia Fight and the Fairfax Eagles was played at the Wachovia Center (the first time a rugby league game was played there) in front of 10,100 fans in a bid to increase awareness of rugby league in the United States and to help raise spectator numbers for the Philadelphia Wings lacrosse team. The score was a nil all draw. 
America One are currently showing National Rugby League matches from Australia and New Zealand as well as Super League matches from Europe. There are plans to show the AMNRL Grand Final on the America One channel as well as US Tomahawks (the United States national rugby league team) matches. JAXAXE TV streams Jacksonville Axemen home games live on JAXAXE TV thru their website.
Final standings (unofficial):
|New Haven Warriors||6||0||30 pts|
|Jacksonville Axemen||6||0||30 pts|
|Aston Bulls||4||2||21 pts|
|New York Knights||4||2||21 pts|
|Washington DC Slayers||3||3||17 pts|
|Philadelphia Fight||3||3||16 pts|
|Connecticut Wildcats||2||4||13 pts|
|Fairfax Eagles||2||4||12 pts|
|Boston 13s||2||4||11 pts|
|Pittsburgh Vipers||1||5||5 pts|
|Northern Raiders||0||6||0 pts|
- "Rugby league crowns a champion after local match". The Reporter (USA: thereporteronline.com). 29 August 2010. Retrieved 5 October 2010.
- Correspondent (30 August 2010). "Jacksonville claim AMNRL crown". lasttackle.com. Retrieved 5 October 2010.
- "Axemen Win Rugby League Championship". News4Jax.com (USA: WJXT - Jacksonville). 30 August 2010. Retrieved 5 October 2010.
- "Eales hopes Stradbroke triumph can beget further joy for Maroons". The Sydney Morning Herald. June 12, 2010.