The California Rugby League (CRL) has opted to take the drastic step of realigning its competitors within the wake of an all-in brawl involving three groups throughout a apply session in southern California.
The battle broke out final Saturday when the LA Mongrel, San Diego Barracudas and a rugby union aspect from Orange County have been imagined to be having a apply scrimmage in San Diego.
Video recorded on a cell phone clearly reveals gamers combating.
In an official assertion issued by the CRL mentioned, “California Rugby League has been made conscious of an incident at an occasion in San Diego that includes San Diego Barracudas, Los Angeles Mongrel and Orange County Rugby Membership.
“Efficient instantly, all groups concerned can be suspended indefinitely from representing California Rugby League in competitors.
“We’re right here to help the expansion of the game of rugby league in California.”
League founder Tom Stevenson mentioned coaches from the 2 CRL groups can be moved on. And within the circumstances of Los Angeles and San Diego, totally new groups can be established to switch the Mongrel and Barracudas.
This comes within the week main as much as the CRL’s first-ever Grand Closing, the Mine Digital California Rugby League World Championship, in San Francisco this Saturday, September 25.
“It’s disappointing that is what we’re speaking about within the lead-up to our largest occasion to this point at Boxer Stadium this Saturday,” Stevenson instructed RugbyLeaguePlanet.
“We now have recognized the difficulty and put collectively a workforce to reconstruct the southern California portion of the league.”
In separate information, the CRL has introduced that it’s merging with the stalled North America Rugby League (NARL) West. Stevenson mentioned he and NARL West CEO Lars Havens had been in talks previous to the weekend brawl and their merger negotiations had been progressing nicely.
NARL West golf equipment Las Vegas Blackjacks and Phoenix Venom have already indicated that they’ll be part of the CRL, as have the San Diego Swell, who will change the Barracudas.
And in a transfer that may additional bolster the sport out west, Stevenson has confirmed to RLP that the Utah Rugby League may also turn into a part of the new-look expanded competitors in 2022.