Pro Opportunities Scarce for NRFL’s Original Rough Riders

Last April, the National Rugby Football League announced a roster of sixty players who were selected for the Rough Riders, “the 1st (sic) professional rugby team in U.S. history”. These players were to attend a training camp in June, from which a final roster would be selected for an exhibition match against the Leicester Tigers in August. This match did not occur due to the sanctioning debacle and most of those prospective players went back to playing for a club team if they bothered to continue with rugby at all.