RFL welcomes North Wales Crusaders
Rugby League in Wales received an important boost today when North Wales Crusaders were confirmed as full members of the RFL, a move which will see them take their place in Co-operative Championship One in 2012.
An application from the Crusaders to join Championship One was formally accepted by the RFL Board of Directors, who issued a warm welcome to the newly-formed Wrexham-based club.
“It is with great pleasure that we can confirm that North Wales Crusaders have met all the criteria required to become full members of the RFL,” said RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood.
“The timing of this development could not be more succinct, coming as it does just two days before Wales play Australia in the 2011 Gillette Four Nations at Wrexham.
“On behalf of everyone at the RFL I would like to extend a warm welcome to Jamie Thomas and all the people involved in North Wales Crusaders who have worked tirelessly in recent weeks to put together a strong submission.
“The hard work hasn’t ended: in many ways it has just begun. As with all our member clubs, the RFL will provide all the practical assistance it can to make sure North Wales Crusaders are ready come the start of next season.”
North Wales Crusaders will not participate in the 2012 Northern Rail Cup but will enter the 10-team Co-operative Championship One when it kicks off on the weekend of March 17-18, 2012. The club will also compete in the Carnegie Challenge Cup next season.