AMNRL Season Preview

Posted in: Rugby League
Jun 1, 2010 - 6:30:01 AM

(Shaun Baker photo)
The New York Knights are under no illusions that they will have a tough time defending their title in 2010 with every other team wanting to knock off the champs.

The Knights have recruited some new talent from Old Blue and Columbia University and are looking for some of these new Americans and young Rugby League novices to develop throughout the year.

They have also been joined by Australian Andrew le Breton, formerly of the Sydney Roosters and Newtown Jets, who can play anywhere from fullback to second row.

le Breton will join Old Blue scrumhalf Todd Fisher and last year’s AMNRL MVP Luke Hume as the Knights’ main contingent of foreign players.

On the field, New York will be relying on forwards Michael Cartwright and Sean Taylor to lay the groundwork for the creativity of Hume, Fisher and Gareth Baxendale.

It will be interesting to see if any of last year’s stars suffer from "second year syndrome". Coach Ceuitat will be leaving no stone unturned to ensure that this does not happen.

New York has attracted many players to preseason practice and is hoping to field a developmental team at various stages throughout the year.

The Knights will be entering two teams in the annual War on the Shore and will also be announcing their ‘Team of the Decade 2001 – 2009’ at this year’s tournament.

The New Haven Warriors seek to return to their winning ways in the 2010 season.

(Marvin Dangerfield photo)

They are led by their veteran captain and RLIF USA player of the year Siose Muliumu, who returns for another bruising season.

Also returning are tackling leader Keith Nelson and USA Tomahawk Derrick Roma.

The Warriors are seeing an influx of local New Haven talent and are proud to be introducing the game of rugby league to several new players.

The Warriors are excited to be playing home matches at a new ground this year. Ken Strong stadium at West Haven high school is the Warriors' new home field.

The stadium offers much more seating for spectators than the Boulevard field as well as locker room and shower facilities for the players.

The new season is set to start this Saturday, June 5, and ARN again will be the only rugby media outlet in North America to bring you in-depth coverage from the AMNRL week in and week out.