Atlanta Rhinos

The Atlanta Rhinos are an American professional rugby league team based in Atlanta, Georgia. 2014 was their inaugural season in the USA Rugby League. Starting in 2021, the club turned professional, and became founding members of the North American Rugby League. They play all their home games at Atlanta Silverbacks Park.

Atlanta Rhinos
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Club information
Full nameAtlanta Rhinos
Rugby League Football Club
Nickname(s)The Rhinos
ColoursPapua New Guinea colours.svg Gold,White and Black
Founded2014; 8 years ago (2014)
Websiteatlantarhinos.com
Current details
Ground(s)
CEORobert Taylor
CoachJordon Smedley
CaptainNick Newlin
CompetitionNorth American Rugby League
Records
Premierships1 (USARL) (2017)
Runners-up1 (USARL) (2015)
Minor premiership2 (USARL) (2015, 2017)

HistoryEdit

2014-2020: Foundations and USARLEdit

Atlanta were founded in early 2014 and joined the USARL Southern Conference. By March, it was announced that Atlanta would share a partnership with British Super League club Leeds Rhinos. The Rhinos stated they will help bring a professional approach to the Atlanta club by sharing information and playing talent.[1] Following the announcement of the partnership with Leeds, Atlanta announced they would adopt Leeds' Rhinos moniker, colours and similar club crest.

The clubs first season in the USARL was positive winning two of their six Conference games and losing their first playoff game. They built on their positive first season by winning the 2015 Southern Conference and making it to the Grand Final, eventually losing 44-12 to Boston Thirteens. The Rhinos failed to build upon their success the following season finishing third however still qualifying for the playoffs and making the semifinals eventually losing to Jacksonville Axemen.

The 2017 season was another successful one for the Rhinos, winning the Southern Conference without losing having won five and drawn one game. They faced Northern Conference champions New York Knights in the Grand Final who they beat 32-18 to win their first major Championship. They were semi finalists again in 2018 losing again to eventual Champions Jacksonville Axemen.

In what would be their final season in the USARL the club were deducted two points for forfeiting a game in round 8 which lead to them finishing third in the Southern Conference and missing out on the playoffs.

2021-present: NARLEdit

It was announced in March 2021 that the Rhinos would withdraw from the USARL to compete in the professional North American Rugby League. The club also changed their logo, and colours to gold, white and black .[2]

Current SquadEdit

HonoursEdit

LeagueEdit

Winners (1): 2017,
Runners up (1): 2015,

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Super League: Leeds Rhinos announce partnership with Atlanta in USA". Sky Sports.
  2. ^ "Ottawa Aces rugby team to join upstart North American league in 2022". cbc.ca. Retrieved 15 April 2021.

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