TORONTO have been told rugby league believes there is NOTHING to be gained from having a club in North America. Super League boss Robert Elstone has been carrying out a commercial report into whether the top flight benefits from a presence on the other side of the Atlantic. Toronto Wolfpack, who brought Sonny Bill Williams…Toronto Wolfpack told having rugby league team in Canada makes no commercial sense — The US Sun
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Brian McDermott knows the mountain his team is about to climb.
The Toronto Wolfpack coach will lead his team to its first Super League experience on Sunday, a neutral-site contest in Leeds, England against the Castleford Tigers (9:30 a.m., Sportsnet World), the first of 10 consecutive matches in England to start the season.
And while the team’s first game in the top flight of English rugby league has fans on both sides of the Atlantic excited, McDermott warns about the possibility the team could end up closer to being relegated back to the Championship at year’s end than being in a position to compete for a title. In fact, many pundits have predicted the trans-Atlantic club will finish somewhere between ninth and 11th in the 12-team league.
“We’ve got a few challenges,” he said at a press gathering in Manchester last week. “We genuinely are capable of doing some really special things….”