New England Immortals RLFC

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New England Immortals
Badge of New England Immortals team
Nickname Immortals
Governing body AMNRL (2010)
USARL (2011 - )
Region New England
Head coach England Robin Peers
First game
New England Immortals 12-8  Canada
(New Jersey, United States; 31 July 2010)
Biggest win
New England Immortals 12-8 Canada
(New Jersey, United States; 31 July 2010)
Biggest defeat
United Kingdom Royal Marines 68-12 New England Immortals
(Rhode Island, United States; 27 April 2012)

The New England Immortals was the first All-Star representative Rugby League Football team made up of the top American players from all Rugby League teams in the six New England states, and those US athletes who come from the region.

Club Motto: "Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path, and leave a trail." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

History[edit]

AMNRL Years (2010)[edit]

The New England Immortals were founded in 2010 and consisted of the top players from the New England-based teams of the AMNRL - the Boston Thirteens, Connecticut Wildcats and the New Haven Warriors. Their logo is based on the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial located on Boston Common at the corner of Beacon and Park Street in Boston, MA. Colonel Shaw commanded the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment during the civil war. There are six stars which represent the six states that make up New England, while the red white and blue symbolize not only the national colors of the U.S., but also hardiness, valour, vigilance, and perseverance.

They played their inaugural match against the Canadian National Team at the 2010 AMNRL "War at the Shore", on July 31, 2010, defeating the Canadians 12-8 in a tightly contested match.[1]

USARL Years (2011 - 2012)[edit]

After the AMNRL/USARL split in 2011, the Immortals joined the latter. Due to the regulations of the separation outlined by the RLIF, only players registered in the AMNRL competition qualified for selection to the USA Tomahawks. Under that same ruling, the Connecticut Wildcats (who opted to stay with the AMNRL) were dropped from selections to the Immortals. The Immortals was now the only representative rugby available to USARL players.

In April 2012, Head Coach Robin Peers named the 23-man roster that would make up the New England Immortal side that would represent their region against the British Royal Marines at Tucker Field in Cumberland, RI at the end of the month.[2] Despite the loss of the Connecticut, the expanded player pool from newly formed Oneida FC and the Rhode Island Rebellion saw a new breed Immortals, with only three returning veterans. The Immortals took to the field for their second match since their inception, and despite putting up a hard fight, they were out classed by the more experienced Marines, losing by a score of 68-12.[3]

As of 2014, due to budgetary cuts and restructuring of the USARL competition, the Immortals have not played a match since their loss to the Royal Marines.

Former member teams[edit]

Former squads and match summaries[edit]

Notable Players[edit]

The following is a list of New England Immortals who have played representative rugby (league or union) at the National level.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Official Site of the Canada Rugby League: War at the Shore match reports". , July 2010.
  2. ^ "Official Site of the USA Rugby League (USARL): New England select ready for action". , April 26, 2012
  3. ^ a b "Rugby League International Scores: Immortals Show Guts Against the Marines". , April 29, 2012

External links[edit]

Official websites