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Tuesday, 17 October 2017


The Czech Republic and Norway have announced their squads to play in Saturday’s international in Krupka, close to the east German border. It will be the third meeting between the nations, with each having won once.
Thirteen of Ladislav Cintler’s Czech squad played in the victory against Hungary earlier in the year, Bruno Jasiczek the only debutant this time. Captain Jan Heininger said: “We are really looking forward to testing ourselves once more against Norway. We had a narrow victory over them last year but since then they have won the Nordic Cup and are in good form. We have had a fantastic and long season of rugby league in the Czech Republic this year and we are looking to round it off in style with a win for our home fans.”
In a sign of the progress being made in both countries, the combined squads are collectively drawn from 17 clubs, with Vikingene coach Dave Hunter selecting his team from a record 10 sides. Porsgrunn are contributing the largest number, including sole debutant Arne Torsen.
“We are aiming to end our international season on a high,” noted Hunter. “We have the opportunity to complete it undefeated but we will need to be at our very best to come away with a victory against a strong Czech team. Our preparation has been good. All clubs have trained hard throughout the year and are now gearing up for our semi-finals later in the month. All the players are match fit.”
Norway defeated the Czech Republic 26-14 in the 2013 European Championship C, but the Czechs got their revenge last year winning 12-6. History will be made, if Norway triumph it will be the first time they have won three consecutive games, whilst if the Czech Republic win they will have registered unprecedented consecutive victories.
Norwegian captain Kristoffer Milligan added: “Myself and the team have a job to do keep our current form going. We have had a great season so far where a number of players have stepped up their game several notches. We need to keep building on this foundation.”
OldřichChrbolka, Ondrej Preninger (Chrudim Rabbitohs), Jaroslav Bzoch (RLC Dragons Krupka), Pavel Mejstrik (Lokomotiva Beroun), Vladimir Pleskač (Orli Havlickuv Brod), Tomas Adamec, Ladislav Cintler, Richard Gach, Jan Heininger, Marko Mecava, Pavel Pavlik, Jan Riha, Adam Vojtech (Slavia Hradec Kralove), Martin Kostal (Vlci Trutnov). Jakub Hudrlik, David Lahr, Ales Pour (Vrchlabi Mad Squirrels), Bruno Jasiczek (Unattached)
Bendik Nilsen Kalvik, Sjur Håvard Strand, Lucas Zuniga (Bodø Barbarians), Stephen Skofteland (Farsund Bobcats), Kristoffer Milligan, Leif Andreas Nilsen (Flekkefjord Tigers), Reidar Flage, Kristian Nordin-Skipnes, Joshua Skidmore-Hornby (Lillestrøm Lions), Isaac R. Schmidt (Oslo Capitals), Kevin Båtnes, Nils Kristian Holte, Christoffer Stalsberg, Arne Oma Torsen (Porsgrunn Pirates), Torbjørn Thorsen Egaas (Sandnes Raiders), Mathias Vada Stenseth-Holm (Sparbu Lumberjacks), Ravn Arvidsønn, Nathan Cummins (Stavanger Storm), Ole Magnus Brekk (Trondhjem)

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Chile Host Inaugural Latin American Rugby League Championship

Chile will host the inaugural Latin American Rugby League Championships in Los Angeles, Chile, on November 17-18 2017.

Argentina, Mexico and Colombia the other teams taking part.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

First Win for El Salvador against Uruguay

El Salvador registered an historic first win in international RL against Latin American opponents Uruguay.

On Saturday 1/10/17, in fine but blustery conditions in Sydney, El Salvador fought hard for a resounding but unexpected 46-10 victory.

The big win has immense significance for El Salvador, a nation of just 6.5 million people which has fared poorly for decades in football and Rugby Union.

The Trueno Azul (Blue Thunder) were coming off a 32-12 loss to Thailand and a 58-20 loss to Chile in their only previous International RL appearances. But after devoting themselves to a three-month preparation before the Uruguay game, the Salvadorenos reaped the rewards of hard work in a clash that was expected to be tight and go either way.

Making the win ever more meritorious, El Salvador played most of the game with just two interchanges, after one player fell gravely ill hours beforehand and another suffered a serious shoulder injury in the first half.

Gold Coast-based fullback Anthony Maatouk was a star on debut with three tries for El Salvador, while former prison inmate Oscar Mendoza continued his remarkable personal transformation by posting the opening try and kicking four goals from four attempts, several from the sideline.

Uruguay had been level 6-all until the 24th minute courtesy of a try by their own star on debut, Joel Smith but fell away in the 20 minutes before and after halftime. In a heated affair that displayed plenty of fiery Latino spirit, two players were sin binned for fighting after a second half melee.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Thailand Snatch Draw against Chile

Chile looked set for a second win in International Rugby League and a first against a non-Latin American a opponent as the Weichafes led Thailand 20-8 with less than 25 minutes to play.

Unfortunately, Thailand centre Suhttirak Choengkhiri had other ideas and scored a match-turning try with only two minutes left on the clock. Thai fullback Matthew Waugh had a chance to steal the result with a conversion from out wide but the kick pulled up short very windy conditions and the two nations were left level.

The game was played on 1/10/17 in Liverpool, West Sydney and Chilean five-eighth Nick Doberer received the Coach’s Player Award. He left soon after and rushed to the hospital where he welcomed the birth of his first child a few hours later.

Chile fielded arguably their strongest side to date but were still without approximately ten top class rugby league players identified with Chilean heritage.

The Chilenos are very optimistic and will host the inaugural Latin American Rugby League Championships in Los Angeles, Chile, on November 17-18, with Argentina, Mexico and Colombia the other teams taking part.

Following that, they aim to take part in the qualification matches for the 2021 World Cup.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017


Two tries in three minutes at the start of the second half saw the Czech R. emerge triumphant, 26-6, against Hungary at the KFKI Sporttelep in Budapest.
Centre Martin Košťál and second rower Richard Gach did the damage after the break, the visitors running in five tries in all in the first official Test match between the nations.
“The game gave us an excellent opportunity to bring through new players and expose them to a higher standard of rugby league,” said Czech assistant coach Petr Šedina. 
“All six debutants have made us proud of their efforts. The Hungarians fought until the end and earned our respect for the way they contested for 80 minutes. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves in Budapest and look forward to welcoming them in less than a month.”
Winger András Nemes crossed for a late, deserved consolation for the hosts.
HRLF official and player Zsolt Luakcs noted: “It was honour to host the Czech Republic on the day of the sixth anniversary of Hungarian Rugby League. Our history started with them and this was another milestone, to play the first fully sanctioned international between us.
“We see them as a model of healthy domestic development. I hope that our cooperation at club and international level will boost not only our nations but will be a good example for other European nations.”
Gergely Nagy, István Krupp, Geoffrey Stevens, Stephen Németh, András Nemes, Teemujin Uranchimeg, Dane Weatherill, Geza Goletz, Lenard Grimm, Mark Czifra, David Orsi, Jozsef Surman, Simon Kalafusz
Subs: Attila Gaspar, Gyula Herpai, Gabor Bognar, Zsolt Luakcs
Try: Nemes (79)
Goal: Orsi
Adam Vojtěch, Vladimír Pleskač, Jaroslav Bžoch, Martin Košťál, Marko Mećava, Tomáš Řičica, Jakub Hudrlík, Tomáš Adamec, Aleš Pour, Ondřej Preininger, Lukáš Krištov, Richard Gach, Jan Heininger
Subs: Pavel Mejstřík, Jan Říha, Jiří Novák, Antonín Berk
Tries: Hudrlík (6), Vojtěch (24), Martin Košťál (42), Gach (45), Mećava (64)
Goals: Řičica 3/5
Half time: 0-12
Referee: Vladan Kikanovic

Monday, 5 June 2017

Poland Join RLEF

The RLEF has awarded Observer status to Polska Rugby XIII, the national governing body of the sport in the country. The association was formed in 2015 but rugby league has been played in Poland since 2011 when founder Lukasz Lucka discovered the game on the internet and decided it was the perfect sport for the youth of his home city, Lodz.
“This is a great milestone for us and the best reward for all the hard work we have put in so far developing rugby league in Poland,” said Lucka. “We look forward to kicking off a Polish rugby league championship and to play our first full international later this year.”
Since the creation of Lodz Magpies, five more clubs have followed; Tomaszów Wild Bears, Sparta Brzeziny, Skierniewice Razorbacks, Stryków Bulls, and Wataha (‘the Wolfpack’) Piotrków Trybunalski. Polska Rugby XIII currently has a federation application lodged with the local authorities which will aid further recognition.
The governing body has set itself four core objectives: growth of the domestic competition, development of its workforce, raising profile to encourage broadening participation, and national team development, They intend to launch of a Nines tournament as a precursor to a full 13-a-side competition.