USA Rugby League (USARL) LLC has extended an open invitation to teams and players that had been preparing to be part of the inaugural season of the North American Rugby League (NARL) to consider joining its ranks.

USARL says any teams or individual players who want to join its domestic competition are welcome to do so.

The NARL officially confirmed on Monday, June 7, that it has cancelled its plans to start up a new cross-border competition in the US and Canada in 2021, and instead, will channel its efforts in trying to get something going in the spring of 2022.

“We saw the announcement and offer our condolences on not being able to start this season. We wish them the best for 2022,” USARL chairman Danny Hanson told Rugby League Planet.

“I made no secret from the beginning that I wanted to work with them (NARL) and try to get us all under one banner.

“We extend an open invitation to any NARL teams that would like to compete under the USARL banner this year to join us.”

Hanson says the reason for that is because the end goal for all teams and players is to play games. He also says ideally, it would benefit players to be registered under the USARL banner so that they will be eligible for selection to the national men’s team, USA Hawks, in 2022.

The USARL’s 2021 regular season is set to open this weekend. The Grand Final is scheduled to be played on Saturday, August 27.

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