- Jacksonville Axemen
Infobox rugby league club
clubname = Jacksonville Axemen
fullname = Jacksonville Axemen Rugby League Club
nickname = Axemen / Jax Axe
founded = 2006
Hodges Stadium Jacksonville, Florida
capacity = 9,300 [http://unfospreys.cstv.com/facilities/soccer_track.html CSTV.com: #1 in College Sports ] ]
ceo = flagicon|USA Drew Slover
mgrtitle = Coach
manager = flagicon|USA
American National Rugby League
season = 2006
position = AMNRL, 6thThe Jacksonville Axemen (also known as The Axemen of Jax Axe) are a semi-professional [ [http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P1-127402488.html It's rough-and-tumble rugby fun Jacksonville Axemen reach playoffs, draw fans in first season. - Florida Times Union - HighBeam Research ] ]
rugby leagueclub located in Jacksonville, Floridain the United States. The team plays in the American National Rugby Leaguecompetition but have yet to win a championship title. The side currently holds the record for the largest margin of victory (90–8) in the league's history and often provides several players to the USA national team each year.
The club was founded for the
2006AMNRL season by Drew Slover and current American international Daryl Howlandafter the state of Florida(where both individuals resided) had no representation in the top level rugby league competition in the USA. After becoming the first AMNRL club to come from the southern state the Axemen had an impressive debut season finishing in the top six and qualifying for the playoffs; however they would eventually be knocked out by the New Jersey Sharks.
The Jacksonville Axemen are hosting the teams of the [http://www.australiadaychallenge.com/ Australia Day Challenge] , January 26, 2008 at the
University of North Florida, Hodges Stadium at 1 p.m.
Uniform & Colors
For their inaugural
American National Rugby Leagueseason the club adopted the colors of white, red and blue but the uniforms are predominantly white [ [http://photos.jacksonville.com/mycapture/enlarge.asp?userphoto=0&theway=next&picnum=1&
] ] . For the 2006 and 2007 seasons the clubs major jersey
sponsoris T Mobile[http://www.jaxaxe.com/images/1Kombat.jpg] with Jaxbars.com being the back jersey sponsor.
The Axemen for their debut season used the
Hodges Stadiumin North Florida as their home ground and they have agreed to do the same for the 2007 season including reaching an agreement with the AMNRL to host the 2007 Grand Final Championship game there [ [http://www.amnrl.com/news/03142007Jacksonvillegrandfinal.html AMNRL - American National Rugby League ] ] .
Hodges Stadium (or University of North Florida field as it was previously known) is rented from the
University of North Floridaby the Axemen in a partnership agreement with the University [ [http://www.eraofthebiff.com/p21-gclub01.html Jacksonville Axemen, AMNRL, Rugby League, Daryl Spinner Howland ] ] . The Stadium currently seats a total of 9,300 and in January 2007 has undergone construction to include further seating a completed press box and advanced field lighting.
The Stadium is also used for soccer and athletics teams.
:"The current top 30 squad for the
2007season [http://www.jaxaxe.com/roster.htm] :"
tatistics and records
Biggest Winning Margin
Most Points in a Match
*sport honours|AMNRL Championship titles|0|
Australia Day Challenge
Rugby was widely exposed to Jacksonville residents during the Australia Day Challenge on January 26, 2008, an exhibition match hosted by actor Russell Crowe between the South Sydney Rabbitohs (Australia) and the Leeds Rhinos (England) - the first international Rugby League match held in the United States.
The Jacksonville Axemen were co-hosts to the event and received a higher level of local recognition through participation in and the success of the event.
Rugby league in the United States
* [http://www.jaxaxe.com/ Jacksonville Axemen Online]
* [http://www.amnrl.com/teams/axemen.html Jacksonville Axemen at Amnrl.com]
* [http://www.australiadaychallenge.com/ Australia Day Challenge] ;General fan sites
* [http://www.eraofthebiff.com/p21-gclub01.html Jacksonville Axemen, Era of the Biff]
* [http://www.amnrl.com/news/index.html AMNRL News]
* [http://www.rugbyleaguereview.com/world.htm AMNRL rugby league review World news]
* [http://forums.leagueunlimited.com/forumdisplay.php?f=130 AMNRL League Unlimited]
* [http://www.samsportsline.com/index-2006.html Sam Sportline Jacksonville sport news]
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