http://www.usarl.org/news/2018/expansion-team-in-south-conference/ I was interested to see a new team this year and I thought “finally”, but then read they are replacing one that’s dropped out. The southern conference is barely a viable league with only four teams so it’s lucky there is a new team or the whole thing would fall over. Six games is hardly a season anyway. As usual it’s been very quiet elsewhere and the draw that I’ve seen indicates only the same clubs as last year will play in the north. This comp is not growing and has not for some time. For all the upheaval and talk around the USARL takeover it has not translated into a bigger game over there. In fact numbers have dropped from 14 clubs to 12 and there’s little else going on outside those clubs. There was a club being set up in Long Island that aimed to play this year and then it all went quiet. I would have doubts about Rhode Island seeing as they really struggled to field a team last year. Even some of the traditionally solid clubs don’t put out much public information or promotion, or not as much as previously. We can talk up Denver tests, 2025 RLWC and potential pro clubs in New York etc but the game in the US is actually very stagnant, at best. There is almost nothing to build on at the grassroots level.