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The newly-formed Ottawa Aces will not enter the RFL league structure next year.

TotalRL can reveal the Canadian club will not be a part of the 2021 League 1 season after reaching a mutual agreement with the RFL to stand down next year.

Players were informed by club founder Eric Perez in a Zoom call on Thursday evening.

The decision is not understood to be related to the recent expulsion of Toronto Wolfpack but instead a consequence of Covid-19. The Aces were set to spend their inaugural season in the UK due to the ongoing pandemic, which was deemed an undesirable scenario for a club looking to build their fanbase in the Canadian capital.

It is a sorry blow for the Aces playing squad, who are now free agents and on the lookout for a club at a time when many have finalised their recruitment and are feeling the pinch as a result of Covid.

The Aces were going to be full-time and many players had given up part-time jobs to join the club.

It’s understood the club will offer financial compensation to players, thought to be in the region of two months salary, while they look for new contracts.

It comes at a time when Super League’s decision to reject Toronto’s reapplication to Super League has left the Wolfpack’s players and staff without six months pay.

Ottawa were set to join the third-tier next season with former Catalans coach Laurent Frayssinous in charge. It is believed Perez remains keen to introduce the club in 2022, when it is hoped the pandemic will have stopped causing disruption.


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Is nearly impossible to run a competition with overseas teams at the moment. Especially newly established teams and with the way the economy is with covid.

Will be no expansion for Rugby League or any sports until covid is no longer a danger. Especially internationally.


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I was Hearing Toronto are not gone, but will rebuild in Canada
to try and strengthen the Canadian League especially with Ottawa.

i see this as a different path to strengthening the North American League long term.


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leeroy*NRL* wrote: Sun Jan 24, 2021 1:00 pm I was Hearing Toronto are not gone, but will rebuild in Canada
to try and strengthen the Canadian League especially with Ottawa.

i see this as a different path to strengthening the North American League long term.
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Toronto Wolfpack revival begins as officials line up return this year
MATTHEW SHAW 14/01/2021

Toronto Wolfpack officials are lining up a shock return this year with an exhibition match at Lamport Stadium in the works.

The event, headed by coach Brian McDermott, is being organised for later this year and would feature players from the Wolfpack’s history against a ‘relevant’ opponent.

The Wolfpack were kicked out of Super League late last year following a vote of the Super League executive and its club, a vote that seemingly consigned them to history.

But McDermott insists there remain a desire and enthusiasm to make the Wolfpack and Rugby League in North America succeed and it’s hoped that the event will help keep the club active until a more significant resurrection can take place.

“For many people, the game has moved on and they’ve cracked on, but for some, it hasn’t,” McDermott said.

“There are a few reasons for doing this, to keep the relevance of Toronto Wolfpack and awareness of Rugby League in Canada high and to get a crowd, to put a game on for the fans who never really got a chance to say goodbye to Toronto Wolfpack.

“They are nice to-dos, but the main reason is I don’t believe Toronto Wolfpack to be dead. I don’t believe that myself. I do believe the game needs to go beyond and I do believe Toronto Wolfpack will come back. When it does, I don’t want it to be a case of the brand not being used in the public eye for such a long period of time. Keeping the brand relevant is key.

“Doing it in collaboration with Canadian Rugby League is key, providing that level of entertainment Toronto loved and giving them something as they never got a chance through 2020 is key. There are a few different reasons there, but from my own personal belief, because I believe Toronto Wolfpack is dormant, it’s not dead in my eyes.”

A firm date has yet to be agreed but it’s hoped that it will allow former Wolfpack players to return to Lamport and pull on the jersey one more time.

“It’s going to be later in the year for sure. There are a few different things that need to fall into place, the availability of past and present players and then Covid-relate issues. Hopefully by late summer would be a realistic time to set.

“If it’s just giving them one more game to say goodbye, if that works for people, cool, but for me it’s about keeping it relevant as I know it’s coming back. It’s about giving them hope and proving it works. Of all the reasons we got refused, none was a lack of interest.

“This is not some sort of blind, naive hope, this is based on fact and recent events.”

Not wanting to be negative, but based on the vagaries of the above, I think it is indeed “ some sort of blind, naive hope” .

On more positive ground David Argyll has met the players Union and confirmed his earlier assurances to pay players and staff out, and will do so by selling assets. He has no interest in continuing the club.


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The below more recent news maybe more realistic, maybe.

“ McDermott hoping to stage one more Wolfpack game

Brian McDermott hopes Toronto Wolfpack can play a one-off game in Canada later this year.

The Wolfpack were denied access into this year's Super League competition and most of their players have since moved onto pastures new.

But McDermott is hopeful of repaying the Canadian support with a game between former Toronto players and another 'relevant' side.

“I suppose if you want to call it closure, for them and for me, and for players and staff, whoever, there’s a bit of that,” the coach told the Toronto Star.

“I don’t know who we’ll play but I want the team to be relevant.”


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