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Ottawa Aces Join Newly Founded NARL

March 31, 2021 - North American Rugby League (NARL) - Ottawa Aces News Release

OTTAWA - The Ottawa Aces are extremely pleased to announce that the Club will be joining the newly founded NARL competition as one of two founding member franchises based in Canada. In a move that will surely see great strides made in the development of the sport across both Canada and North America, Aces' President, Eric Perez, hailed the birth of the competition as "revolutionary'' for the sport.

"This is the dawn of a new era for professional Rugby League, not just in Canada but across the North American continent," Mr. Perez stated. "The Rugby League revolution is just beginning here, and we very much look forward to being part of what will surely be a transformative period for the greatest game of all. Make no mistake, it's only a matter of time before the NARL will rival Super League for quality."

The Club is set to begin full-time playing commitments with the new league in 2022 and the search for local Canadian-based athletic talent to join the inaugural squad begins now. "We want to see the sport really take root across Canada, and are determined to help showcase Canadian athletic and sporting talent on the field in an effort to do so," stated club GM, Gareth Reid. "We will be picking up our recruitment efforts immediately and want to make Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec a major hotbed of Canadian Rugby League and talent development."

Aces head coach, Laurent Frayssinous, commented on the development of the NRLA competition stating "I am very excited to see the expansion of the sport. The North American sporting market is immense. We have seen big crowds to watch professional Rugby League in Canada and no doubt they will continue to grow. I am really looking forward to identifying and working with some exceptional athletes for this new and exciting project."

This being a milestone for the whole sport the Canadian federation has lent its support to the new league. CRLA Chairman Bob Jowett had this to say "The formation of a North American professional Rugby League competition has long been discussed and is considered to be a key progression for the sport. For such a competition to grow and thrive it is essential that strong links are built with grassroots organizations developing community Rugby League. A condition for teams to join the NARL is for them to support grassroots development. This being the case, the NARL not only offers opportunities for players, player and coach development, and the Americas national teams (including the Canada Ravens and Canada Wolverines) it also promises to significantly help with growth of grassroots Rugby League. As a result, the CRLA is fully supportive of the NARL and looks forward to working with the organization to maximise grassroots development including non-traditional versions of the sport such as CANTAG (non-contact), Masters, Wheelchair, Physical Disability in addition to Women's, Men's and Junior Rugby League."

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