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The Atlantic Rugby Premiership has officially formed, with New York Athletic Club, Old Blue, Boston, the Boston Irish Wolfhounds and Life making up the new competition. ARP play will begin in September and extend through October, go dormant for the winter months, and commence again in April and roll into May, with all teams playing each other home and away for a total of eight league games.
The winner of the ARP, it's proposed, will face the champion of the Pacific Rugby Premiership sometime in May. And the ARP runner up, Life Director of Rugby Dan Payne said in a press release, will play into USA Rugby's DI quarterfinals.
The formation of the ARP, which has long been speculated about, comes on the heels of a very successful season for the PRP, which broke away from USA Rugby and played a long, competitive, fulfilling season, with San Francisco Golden Gate winning the inaugural title. The final was aired in delay of Fox Soccer Plus.
With the advent of the creation of the ARP, all but a few of the country's undisputed top clubs are playing toward the same championship, assuming the proposed match between the PRP and ARP winners goes off.