While the New York Rugby League franchise is still in its infancy the USA has a unique history in Rugby League.
It was back in 1953 when a team called the American All Stars toured Australia and New Zealand. The squad consisted of mainly college American football players with a small number having played Rugby Union. None of the tourists had ever played Rugby League and few knew the rules of the game. Despite this, they were able to compete against some of the best players in the world and also shocked the local teams with wonderful performances and some stunning victories.