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Ottawa to enter League One in 2021

The newly formed Ottawa Aces have been confirmed to enter League One in 2021.

The RFL confirmed today that Eric Perez’s request to relocate Hemel Stags to Ottawa has been accepted.

They also confirmed all of the Aces’ home games will be streamed on the OuRLeague app.

RFL Chairman Simon Johnson said: “I was delighted to be present at the TD Place Stadium for the launch of the Ottawa Aces and to confirm that the Aces will enter our competitions in 2021.

“It has been a long journey to get to this point. I congratulate Eric Perez and his partners and investors for their commitment and vision to relocate the Hemel Stags to become the Ottawa Aces, along with the wishes of the Championship & League 1 Clubs.

“In Rugby League’s 125th year, as we celebrate the rich heritage of this sport, the introduction of Ottawa Aces to the competition allows us to look to a colourful, expansive and global future.

“They will bring a new and passionate audience to our great game. The wonderful facilities here in Ottawa will bring an exciting new element to the Betfred League 1 next season.”

The governing body have also confirmed they are in talks with the New York City franchise about possibly entering the Challenge Cup next year.

More will be announced about that in due course.

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