Toronto Arrow and Rugby ATL, Joe Marietta, Ga.
The two clubs announced the creation of the Fire and Ice Cup on Tuesday, calling it “unity of the playground and unity through rugby”.
Aero (3-4-0) set up shop in suburban Atlanta due to travel restrictions related to the epidemic. The Toronto team is sharing the Rugby ATL (3-3-0) with training facilities and Life University’s Lupo Family Field.
“We compete on the pitch for 80 minutes, but at the end of the day rugby is a fellowship, a brother and sister who bring us together to support the sport’s greater good,” Scott Lawrence, GM and chief of Rugby ATL The coach said in a statement. “It is our pleasure to host the Arrow Run and we are grateful for the opportunity to live the rugby ethos that binds our community.”
The teams will play for the cup annually. This can only be recaptured if the previous year’s winner won at the home stadium.
“The Fire and Ice Cup is a great way for our two clubs to celebrate an unprecedented year,” said Arrow Director of Rugby Chris Silverthorne. “We are grateful to Rugby ATL for opening their doors to us and giving us a sense of‘ home ’in this nomadic year, showing the unity of the sport.
“This cup will not only enhance our growing rivalry with Atlanta, but also serve as a reminder of how two clubs can come together to overcome challenges under an incredibly difficult set of circumstances.”
Saturday’s meeting is officially a Toronto home game.
The Fire and Ice Cup is presented by the Walton Community, which develops, owns and manages apartment communities in Atlanta and Augusta.