There are few sports on the planet that bring the same level of intensity, power and athleticism as rugby league, with the USA home to a high number of top class competitors. Definitely, one for thrill seekers and lovers of high-intensity sports, get your fix and make sure you bring a few friends along after picking up your USA rugby league tickets at Ticketbis.
USA rugby league history
Perhaps more well known for rugby union than league, rugby league in the USA dates back to the 1950's when the USA men's rugby league team took on France in their first international test match in 1954. A heavy defeat that day illustrated the long road the USA team had ahead of them in order to make a name for themselves in world rugby league. Despite the difficulties of emerging from high levels of both domestic opposition from more established sports and the international challenge of more experienced nations the US men's national team proceeded to persevere and after a hiatus gained valuable international experience throughout the 1980's and 1990's. The hard work began to pay off with the national team making a serious challenge in order to qualify for world cup tournaments.
The rugby league world cup
The valuable experience gained via test matches against sides such as Austrialia, New Zealand and England in the 2000's allowed the Hawks to reach a new level and challenge for qualification at the 2008 world cup. The USA defeated Japan 54–18 in 2006 before falling to Samoa 42–10 at the semi-final stage in 2007. Four years later consecutive 40-04 victories over South Africa and Jamaica meant that the USA finally qualified for their first world cup tournament. Once at the 2013 event, The Hawks recorded wins over the Cook Islands and Wales, while suffering defeats to Scotland and Australia. All in all it was a tournament that announced the USA as a genuine top 10 team in world rugby league.
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