Rugby News & Views From an American Perspective
The Rugby Super League (RSL) has received confirmation from the Chicago Lions that they will no longer be participating in the RSL. The RSL regrets that the Chicago Lions have decided not to participate in the 2012 season, and instead will be competing in the Midwest D1 Men’s League.
The Lions feel that they cannot continue to field multiple teams, due to a recent Midwest rule change which now excludes those players who had started 2 or more RSL games, or who had played in 3 RSL games last spring from playing D1 rugby this fall.
Neither the Lions, nor the RSL were given advanced notice of this rule change, and RSL teams had no way of managing their squad last spring to prepare for this rule change.
It is most unfortunate that the Midwest has retroactively enacted a new rule change that unfairly targets developing RSL players. Prior to this new ruling RSL teams were allowed to play no more than 7 RSL players from the previous season in any D1 game.
The RSL is disappointed that these new rules were enacted 3 weeks prior to the start of the Midwest’s Fall D1 Men’s season, and that they have forced the Lions to make a decision that determines their future with such little notice.
The Lions are one of the founding members of the Rugby Super League, and will surely be missed from the competition. The RSL would like to thank the Chicago Lions for their outstanding service and dedication to the league over these past 15 years and wish them every success participating in D1.