The Toronto Wolfpack
Toronto Wolfpack are a professional Rugby League team dedicated to progressing through the RFL’s ranks, from League 1 to the Super League. We are the world’s first transatlantic professional sports team.
We began our journey in 2017 winning the Kingstone Press League 1 title and promotion in our inaugural season. In 2018 we won the Betfed Championship Shield before recording a 5-2 record in the postseason ‘Super 8s the Qualifiers’ and going on to host the ‘Million Pound Game’. In 2019 we are competing in the Betfred Championship for the second time. Our home games are held at Lamport Stadium, Toronto, aka “The Den”.
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 First Utility Super League, the Championship and League 1 – with promotion relegation between them. It remains the standard for Rugby League in the northern hemisphere and the Super League second most watched and followed professional sports league in the UK.
Toronto Wolfpack are one of 14 teams competing in the 2019 Betfred Championship, with all other teams from either England or France. The Championship season consists of 27 regular season matches as all teams play each other home and away, as well playing an extra game at the ‘Summer Bash’ in Blackpool, UK, in May.
At the end of the season the top 5 teams all earn places in a new-look knock out style playoff system. Team’s final regular season positions will determine bye weeks and home advantage leading into a Championship Playoff Final. One team from the 2019 Betfred Championship will be promoted to the 2020 Super League.
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 halftime 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.