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World RFL to host NY, NJ, and PA Police and Fire Departments to Compete in Heroes Rugby Championship at NYC Champion Sevens on July 15, 2023

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NEW YORK CITY - May 9, 2023 - The World Rugby Football League today announced it will hold a first-of-its-kind Heroes Championship featuring local police and fire departments at its NYC Champion Sevens rugby tournament at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ on July 15.

The Heroes Championship will showcase players from the New York Police Department, New York Fire Department, Philadelphia Fire Department, and New Jersey State Troopers competing in exhibition games alongside World Rugby’s top-ranked rugby sevens teams. Tickets for the NYC Champion Sevens festival, starting at $55.00, are on sale now at www.nycsevens.com and on Ticketmaster. The tournament will also be streamed live on ESPN+.

"The World RFL is proud to unite brave public servants with the world’s finest rugby teams at the Heroes Championship," said William Tatham, Esq., The World RFL’s Founder and Commissioner. "This event not only celebrates rugby, but also the courageous heroes who risk their lives every day to protect our communities."

To learn more about The World RFL’s NYC Champion Sevens, the Heroes Championship, and to purchase tickets, visit: www.nycsevens.com.

About The World RFL

The World RFL was founded to establish America’s first professional major rugby sevens league, delivering avid and casual fans an exciting, world-class live sports event and media experience. The World RFL's premiere NYC Champion Sevens in July 2023 will kick-off major league play and showcase the world’s greatest teams playing for the world’s richest prize – $1,000,000. The league is committed to offering private investment opportunities via sports franchise ownership. The World RFL’s innovative start-up will target 2024 expansion of two playoff tournaments leading to the RFL’s 2024 Champion Sevens. Through collaboration with USA Rugby, The World RFL is committed to developing the league’s six-year growth into the top sixteen U.S. media markets, producing and distributing a range of sports, entertainment and gaming content, marketing initiatives, and grassroots programs aimed at educating and exciting America and the world's rugby fans and players.

About Red Bull Arena

Built in 2010, Red Bull Arena is the home of the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer and Gotham FC of the National Women's Soccer League. The Harrison, NJ-based stadium has also hosted some of the top soccer clubs in the world including FC Barcelona, Chelsea FC, Manchester United, Manchester City FC, Tottenham Hotspur, Bayern Munich, SL Benfica, Club America, Paris Saint Germain, AS Roma and Juventus as well as international squads including the United States Men’s and Women’s National Teams, Ecuador, Colombia, Czech Republic and Turkey. The Sports Turf Management Association named Red Bull Arena the "2021 Professional Soccer Field of the Year" and the venue has twice been selected as J.D. Power's "Best in Fan Experience" from all New York/New Jersey professional sports and entertainment facilities.


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