Toronto Wolfpack are a professional Rugby League team playing in the Super League, the Northern Hemisphere’s premier Rugby League competition. We are the worlds first professional transatlantic sports team and the first Club outside of Europe to take part in the Super League.
Our home games are held at Lamport Stadium, also knows as The Den, in Toronto. Beginning our journey in 2017, we won the Kingstone Press League One title and earned promotion to the second-tier Championship in our inaugural season. In 2018, we won the Betfred Championship League Leaders Shield before qualifying for the ‘Million Pound Game’. Held in Toronto, the final fixture of the season determined which team would be promoted to the Super League for the 2019 Season. Unfortunately we lost the ‘Million Pound Game’ to London Broncos by two points and as a result competed in the Betfred Championship again in 2019.
Ahead of the 2019 Season, we recruited a new Head Coach, Brian McDermott, and several experienced and skilled players and the improvement on-field was immediate. Finishing the regular season with a record of 26-1, a record that included 21 consecutive victories, we claimed the League Leaders Shield once again, qualifying for a revised Playoffs structure in pole position. A triumph over Toulouse Olympique in a home Semi-Final then saw us book a place in the Million Pound Game once more, this time facing off against Featherstone Rovers for Super League promotion.
A thrilling game that saw the Rovers holding a slender lead at half-time would eventually turn our way and see us claim an 18-point victory that brought three years of effort to fruition. When the referee’s whistle brought an end to the game, we had achieved our dream of Super League promotion. Our mission now is to not only remain in the top division but to thrive in the competitive environment featuring some of the best Rugby League teams in the world.
The entire Toronto Wolfpack organisation is driven by four core beliefs and aspirations:
- We believe the world is a better place with more rugby balls in kids’ hands.
- We aspire to create a global centre for rugby excellence in Toronto.
- We showcase the best of Ontario by supporting family run businesses.
- We actively promote transatlantic trade between Canadian and UK partners.
The RFL was founded in 1895 in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom. The professional game is split into 3 divisions: the Super League, the Championship and League 1 – with a promotion and relegation system seeing teams switch between them. It remains the standard for Rugby League in the northern hemisphere and the Super League is the second most-watched and followed professional sports league in the UK.
Toronto Wolfpack are one of 12 teams competing in the 2020 Betfred Super League, with all other teams from either England or France. The Super League Season consists of 29 regular season games with each team playing each other home and away plus an additional six fixtures and the Dacia Magic Weekend. The Magic Weekend is an annual event that sees all Super League teams play over a weekend at a single stadium. The 2019 Magic Weekend was held in Liverpool. At the conclusion of the regular season, the top five teams earn a place in a knock-out style playoff system. Each team’s final regular season positions will determine bye weeks and home advantage leading into a Grand Final. The bottom team at the end of the regular season is relegated to the Betfred Championship for the following season.
How the Game is Played
A Rugby League match is played between two teams of 13 players and lasts 80 minutes, with one 15-minute break between halves. Both teams are allowed four extra players as replacements. A ‘try’ involves touching the ball to the ground on or beyond the defending team’s goal-line, and is worth four points. A ‘goal’ may be gained from a kicked conversion after a try or a penalty and is worth two points. A field goal, or drop goal, is gained by dropping and then kicking the ball on the half volley between the uprights in open play and is worth one point. An attacking team gets a maximum of six tackles to progress up the field before possession is changed over. Tackles above the chest and shoulder charges are not allowed.