New Haven Warriors
|Full name||New Haven Warriors
Rugby League Football Club
|Competition||USA Rugby League|
|Premierships||1 (AMNRL) (2008 (AMNRL))|
|Runners-up||2 (1 USARL, 1 AMNRL) (2011 (USARL), 2010 (AMNRL))|
|Minor premiership||1 (AMNRL) (2010)|
The New Haven Warriors were a rugby league football team based in New Haven, Connecticut, U.S. They played in the American National Rugby League (AMNRL) from 2006 to 2010 and in the USA Rugby League (USARL) from 2011 to 2012 before withdrawing. They played their home games at Ken Strong Stadium in West Haven, Connecticut.
The team was established in 2006 as an AMNRL expansion team. In 2011 they became one of seven clubs that withdrew from the AMNRL to form the new USA Rugby League. The Warriors won the 2008 AMNRL Championship and made playoff appearances every year from 2006 to 2011, advancing to the AMNRL Grand Final in 2010 and the USARL Grand Final in 2011. They were named for the New Zealand professional club the New Zealand Warriors of the National Rugby League.
The club was founded for the 2006 AMNRL season by Adam Hamon, Blair Wards, Chris Willey and Tony Feasey. The Warriors management later consisted of Adam Hamon (chairman), Brian Lee (Marketing and Sponsorship), Chris Yeargan (Treasurer), Bill West and Ed Reed (IT), and executive committee members Tony Feasey, Siose Muliumu. In their debut AMNRL season the Warriors side had an impressive inaugural year finishing 5th and within the top tier bracket of the competition and qualifying for the playoff series; however they would eventually be knocked out by the New York Knights in a close encounter that finished 26 - 22.
In 2007 the club again finished 5th and again faced the New York Knights in the playoffs to the final. This time they won 34 - 8 but were eliminated by their interstate rivals and eventual champions the Connecticut Wildcats in the semi finals 42 - 18. The Warriors earned the reputation as the most physical side in the AMNRL, and includes several Maori and Polynesian players from New Zealand. In 2008, the club won the Grand Final, beating the Aston Bulls 50-18 at Fort Dix, New Jersey. They advanced through the semifinal by beating the Connecticut Wildcats 40-34.
On January 12, 2011, New Haven became one of seven teams to break away from the AMNRL and form the new USA Rugby League. After finishing fourth in the regular season and advancing to the playoffs, the Warriors achieved an upset win over the minor premiers Jacksonville Axemen to secure a championship final berth against the Philadelphia Fight. They were defeated by Philadelphia in the USARL's inaugural Grand Final.
USARL season summaries
||8 (1)||5 (0)||0||3 (0)||4/8||
||8 (0)||1 (0)||0||7 (0)||7/8||
Uniform and colors
For their inaugural American National Rugby League season the club adopted the colors of navy blue, green and white stripe design characteristic of the old style vintage rugby league jerseys. The warriors later sport the reverse colors of their affiliate club, the New Zealand Warriors, who played in grey and black.
Statistics and records
Biggest winning margin
|76||76 - 0||Northern Raiders||Andrews Field||June 14, 2008 (Rd 2)|
Biggest losing margin
|16||40 - 24||Connecticut Wildcats||Jonathan Law Stadium||June 30, 2007 (Rd 5)|
Most points for the club
|Siose Muliumu||28 (6 tries)||2006||5 *|
Most points in a match
|36 (3 tries/12 conversions)||Luke Carr||Northern Raiders||Andrews Field||Round 2, 2008||76 - 0|
|16 (2 tries/4 goals)||Steve Scanlan||Boston Braves||Saunders Stadium||Round 7, 2006||32 - 18|
|8 (2 tries)||Siose Muliumu||Connecticut Wildcats||Depew Park||Round 4, 2006||22 - 42|
|8 (2 tries)||Siose Muliumu||Boston Braves||Saunders Stadium||Round 7, 2006||32 - 18|
|8 (2 tries)||Siose Muliumu||Connecticut Wildcats||Dealy Field||Round 9, 2006||26 - 32|
|8 (2 tries)||Blair Wards||Boston Braves||Saunders Stadium||Round 7, 2006||32 - 18|
2006 - 1/4 finalists
2007 - semi finalists
2008 - Grand Final Winners
2009 - Semi finalists
- 2010 - Grand finalist runner up
- 2011 - Grand finalist runner up
- AMNRL - American National Rugby League
- Mascord, Steve (January 12, 2011). "Discord 2011: Edition 2". rleague.com. Retrieved January 19, 2011.
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- "Breakaway league launched in the US". code13rugbyleague.com. January 12, 2011. Retrieved January 19, 2011.
- "2013 seasons predictions – Who will win?". usarl.com. USA Rugby League. May 29, 2013. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
- New Haven Warriors Rugby League - New Haven CT Rugby