USA Rugby League's state-of-the-union, North vs South places the best USA players from rival conferences in a competitive contest with USA Hawks selections on the line. Only players that have played one full season in the USARL and qualify for Hawks national selection are able to particpate in this Championship event.



SOUTH (28) defeated NORTH (26)

Played at AA Garthwaite Stadium, the home of the Philadelphia Fight, in Conshohocken, PA, Sunday, and despite less than ideal conditions, the USARL’s showcase event lived up to all the pregame expectations with the SOUTH edging the NORTH 28-26. There was action aplenty, including a glut of tries resulting from attacking football, big hits on defense and excitement galore from the opening kickoff through to the final whistle. The match was in the balance for the majority of the 80 minutes with the visitors eventually managing to outlast the hosts to clinch the victory. Both head coaches saw it as a good game that produced just what they were looking for in terms of picking a USA Hawks train-on squad for the forthcoming 2021 Rugby League World Cup Americas region qualifiers. SOUTH coach Sean Rutgerson says he was able to gauge the abilities of potential player pool selections. “The game turned out really good, the guys had a real go and it was a great game. In poor conditions they play a good standard of footy and we need this game to get better every year. And I look forward to next year’s game.” The NORTH’s try-scorers included Matt Walsh (2), Karim Singleton, Randy Porter, CJ Cortalano and Tristan Sylk. However, the news wasn’t so good for NORTH player Alex Foster, who suffered a broken leg. The injury is likely to keep him out of calculations for the Hawks’ squad. NORTH coach Brent Richardson says it was a quality game in tough conditions. “Players from both sides really stepped up, with no one looking out of place at a higher level. Rutgo and I have some selection headaches as we shift focus to World Cup qualifiers.” The win by the SOUTH follows their 38-32 triumph in the corresponding game in 2016. The 2017 All-Star game, which had been scheduled to be played in Tampa, was cancelled due to Hurricane Irma sweeping across parts of Florida.



SOUTH (38) defeated NORTH (32)


Venue: Tampa Catholic High School. Tampa Florida. October 22, 2016
MVP: Hiko Malu
Match Officials: Adam Shelton, Jim Headle, Gary Crumley

SOUTH - 38 (Nick Newlin (2), Brett Witte, Oche Armstrong, Joe Eichner, Hiko Malu, Jon St. John. Goals: Jon Halter 5/6, Joe Eichner 0/1) defeated NORTH – 32 (Ty Elkins (2), Matt Walsh, Alex Foster, Sterling Wynn, Gunnar Johnson Goals: Matt Walsh 4/6)

NORTH: Roman Lowery, Ty Elkins, Alex Foster, Terrance Williams, Marcus Satavu, Dom Defalco, Matt Walsh, Mike Schachter, Charlie Rizzo, Brock Duncan, Mike Elias, Odain Brown, Gunnar Johnson, Dylan Beaver, Rod Ceasar, Matt Almeida, Wesley Haughton, Chris Frazier, Sterling Wynn, Bryant Alexander. Coach: Brent Richardson. 

SOUTH: Tyler McClain, Josh Jackson, Adam Shokair, Jon St. John, Travis Miller, Jonathan Halter, Matt Fontana, Bart Longchamp, Brett Witte, Nick Newlin, Hiko Malu, Joe Eichner, Jon Purnell, Jordan Heine, Andrew Zuluaga, David Thomas, Justin Branca, Ryan Peterson, Oche Armstrong, Josh Heath. Coach: Gareth Walker Billy Neilson Dan Slagle.