Rugby League greats support the AMNRL
As the American National Rugby League kicks off season XIV, a number of the sports most prominent personalities will be throwing their support behind the AMNRL clubs and the USA Tomahawks in the quest to qualify for the Rugby League World Cup. Rugby League Immortal Bob Fulton has sent on words of encouragement for the season ahead and the AMNRL is honored that such an esteemed former player and coach would take time to recognize our efforts.
"To the boys in the AMNRL; Good luck in the season ahead and especially for your world cup qualifiers in October. We would love to see you make it to England! Niuy and all the boys, it's great to see you are going strong over there in the states, keep up the good work!"
Fulton played, coached, selected for and has commentated on the game with great success at the highest levels and has been named amongst Australia's greatest rugby league players of the 20th century. As a player Fulton won three premierships with the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles in the 1970s, the last as captain. He represented for the Australian national side on forty-seven occasions, seven times as captain. He had a long coaching career at the first grade level, taking Manly to premiership victory in 1987 and 1996. He coached the Australian national team to forty Tests and World Cup games. He was a New South Wales State selector and a national selector. He is currently a radio commentator with 2GB. In 1985 he was selected as one of the initial four post-war "Immortals" of the Australian game and in 2008 he was named in Australia's team of the century.
The AMNRL has close ties with the professional leagues around the globe and has hosted a number of leading coaches in the USA, coordinating visits with professional teams in the NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLS. Recently Craig Bellamy and Michael Maguire spent time in New York and Philadelphia. Over the years Matt Elliott, Brian Noble, Mick Potter, and Brian Smith have all spent time with AMNRL clubs and coaches speaking to players and officials. A number former foreign professionals have played in the AMNRL competition including Daniel Wagon, Sean Rutgerson, David Niu, Marcus Vassilakopoulos and Adam Nable.
Throughout the season we will be featuring more words of encouragement from the greats of the game of rugby league. All of whom recognize the efforts of the AMNRL over many years, and are keen to see the USA create history and qualify for their first ever Rugby League World Cup in 2013.