Toronto Wolfpack: The rise and fall of Canada’s first professional rugby league club | Rugby League News

first_img“In five years’ time, if the Super League Grand Final or the Challenge Cup final is still competed by some small towns in the north of England… where we are going to sell that to is the interesting point,” McDermott said after that win.“I know there are a few people opposed to us being in the comp, but we can’t please everybody, can we?”The demise of the dreamToronto’s rapid rise to Super League had, however, not been as smooth as those results might suggest.Rightly or wrongly, the club’s attitude was perceived as arrogant by some and founder Perez left at the end of their first season after differences of opinion with owner David Argyle over the way some aspects of the Wolfpack were run. Although denied immediate entry into Super League, instead having to work their way up from the part-time third tier, Toronto made no secret about their desire to reach the top level.To start with, CEO and founder Eric Perez convinced former Leigh Centurions boss Paul Rowley to join as head coach and three-time Super League-winning coach Brian Noble to come in as director of rugby, followed by making headlines with big-name signings like Fuifui Moimoi and attracting blue-chip sponsorship from Air Transat.Rowley was even invited to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at a home game for Major League Baseball side Toronto Blue Jays soon after the Wolfpack’s launch, underlining how they were already transcending rugby league’s bubble prior to even taking to the field.- Advertisement – Toronto had plenty of highs and lows during their time in the British professional game Toronto created a memorable game-day experience at Lamport Stadium Toronto created a memorable game-day experience at Lamport Stadium