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Grab Your Pack and Head to the Den – The Toronto Wolfpack Makes Liberty Village Its Home

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Toronto loves its sports teams. We rotate our sports attention in conjunction with the seasons – let’s face it, most of us only look forward to winter well because, hockey. Blue Jays games are a summertime staple, but Toronto has a new team to support, introducing Canada’s first professional rugby team, the Toronto Wolfpack!

“It’s exactly how we play sports in Canada. The psyche and mentality of this game is our mentality in Canada. That’s why it resonated with me, and I knew it would resonate with everyone in Canada,” said Eric Perez, Toronto native and owner and founder of the Wolfpack. He’s no rookie to the sport, having also founded the Canadian Rugby League.

The Toronto Wolfpack is a part of the RFL’s (The Rugby Football League). Rugby League is a faster, grittier and basically more fun style of game than Rugby Union. Since the Wolfpack is a new team, they’re currently in League 1 (out of three leagues). By 2019 the Wolfpack hope to progress into the Super League (the top-level professional rugby league club competition in the Northern hemisphere).

Like any new sports team, a solid foundation is built on strong coaches which rest on the laurels of Brian Nobel and Paul Roley. Both are well known in the United Kingdom for their successful rugby careers.

Brian Noble

Paul Rowley

After hosting 800 players for tryouts, the final pack was chosen and nominated to the team. Players are mainly from the United Kingdom and Australia, and one Canadian has recently made the ranks of the Wolfpack.

With rugby becoming more and more popular across Canada, it made sense to have a Canadian national team. When scoping out different stadiums to call home, Lamport stadium (now lovingly referred to as “The Den”) had exactly the right community vibe that meshed with the team.

Game day is a whole experience, commencing way before the clock starts and finishes. There’s a DJ, live music, cheerleaders and a whole lot of wolf howling. The Wolfpack is unique in that it fosters a community spirit, players join the fans and share a beer or two after the game. And who wouldn’t want to hang out with athletically sculpted men?! If I still haven’t sold you, the Beer Garden has a partnership with Ontario small brewers making all Wolfpack games a mini recurring beer festival.

The playoffs start on August 19th at 4:30 pm vs. the Newcastle Thunder. Having lost only one game, we have a good feeling that they’ll do better than the Leafs. If you want to be a part of the playoff action, meet the players, and share in a new Toronto tradition get tickets to the next four games for only $69.99 (you save $20!). Buy your tickets here!

Upcoming Matches at Lamport Stadium:
Toronto Wolfpack vs. Newcastle Thunder Sat, August 19, 2017
Toronto Wolfpack vs. Whitehaven RLFC Sat, September 2, 2017
Toronto Wolfpack vs. Barrow Raiders Sat, September 9, 2017
Toronto Wolfpack vs. Doncaster RLFC Sat, September 16, 2017

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Kelty Campbell

Kelty is a marketing guru and glass half full type of gal. When she’s not at work, you'll find Kelty on her yoga mat or lacing up to reach a new personal best running. Passionate about people, health & wellness, and checking off her Toronto taco bucket list. Kelty is proud to call the 416 home and loves all things Canadiana.