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Monday, 19 June 2017

Norway v Sweden Match Report

Norway v Sweden Match Report

Friday, 9 June 2017

Lebanon announce Brad Fittler as Head Coach for RLWC2017

Lebanon announce Brad Fittler as Head Coach for RLWC2017

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.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Lebanon Host Italy in Mediterranean Cup

Lebanon are aiming to retain the Mediterranean Cup when they face Italy in Beirut on 3 June.
Originally played for in 2002, the Cup was relaunched last season when the Cedars edged a superb game, 26-22, against the Azzurri in Sicily.
That encounter was between teams comprised of only domestically-produced players and the same stipulation will apply this year as the Federazione Italiana Rugby League and Lebanese Rugby League Federation continue to strengthen a bilateral relationship that also saw an historic women’s Test match played in February.
Lebanon’s Director of Performance Tarek Houchar who, as interim head coach, led the Cedars to a 24-4 win against Malta earlier this month, commented: “The players take nothing for granted in Lebanon; their passion, commitment and attitude towards representing the nation is exemplary. I’m excited to see some fresh new faces in our train-on squad.
“Our biggest aim is to create a culture amongst the players that can hopefully leave a great legacy behind. Retaining the Med Cup will be our objective, but playing for one another will be its own victory.”
Italy coach Kelly Rolleston noted: “The match is at the start of our domestic season and with 2017 being a World Cup year, all of our players are motivated to put in a good performance to show the coaching staff what they can offer.
“We have had a couple of camps in the north and south of Italy recently and the amount of young players present and the enthusiasm shown by all involved was impressive. This is the first of a number of opportunities that our domestic players will have this year to put their hand up for the autumn.”
The Mediterranean Cup was launched in 2002 between France and Lebanon and played in Tripoli between the hosts, France, Morocco and Serbia for two more years before its 12-year hiatus. Lebanon is the defending, and so far only, Mediterranean Cup champion.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

USA RL Season Begins on 3/6/17

USA RL Season VII delivers a blockbuster summer of USA Rugby League 2017. 
USA RL will see eight teams competing in the NORTH Conference 
and 
four teams in the SOUTH Conference.
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The 21st season of club Rugby League in America kicks off on Saturday 3/6/17 when the White Plains Wombats XIII take on the Boston 13s RLFC in the season opener.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Progress Made in Hungary

Following two victories at the start of 2017, their initial successes in the international arena – beating Uruguay 50-4 and Thailand 44-10 – Hungary rugby league secured the highest rise in the recently published Rugby League International Federation World Rankings, moving up five places to 33rd.
It comes as the result of a chance coming together in late 2015, which has seen rugby league begin to blossom under the Magyars banner.
Michael Hay began working with the Hungarian Rugby League Federation after finishing his playing career in France, where he’d met a Hungarian and moved to her home country to get married. Since then he has coached the Magyar Bulls national team and improved league knowledge and skills in domestic players.
Around the same time, Stephen Nemeth, a Hungarian citizen born in Australia, contacted the HRLF through Facebook. He had been living in Budapest for five months, grown up playing rugby league in Australia and, as it turned out, he and Hay played against each other.
Nemeth not only had a background in playing but also running a club in Sydney, Australia, with experience in player recruitment, sponsorship and club management and he took on the role of Hungarian Rugby League director in Australia.
Nemeth recruited experienced coach Jonathan Wilson, also based in Sydney, who is now assisting Hay with coaching Hungary’s national team.
“On the back of the international wins, interest in rugby league in Hungary spiked, with record numbers of people enquiring about trying out here,” said HRLF official Zsolt Lukacs.
“As a result, we are planning three more Test matches to be played this year; one against Poland in Budapest and a home and away series with the Czech Republic. For those games there will be four heritage players travelling from Australia to Hungary to work with the domestic players for a month, and assist in developing the domestic game in Hungary.”
Lukacs continued: “In exchange, the HRLF has arranged to have a number of domestic players travel to Australia each year in October or November to play in representative matches there. The Magyar Bulls will compete in the Kings Cup in Thailand over nine days in October where they will receive intense training from Jonathan Wilson as well as Phil Perry and Jayden McGregor, Hungary’s Level 2 and Level 1 trainers.”
For 2018, plans are in place for up to 10 domestic players to join the heritage qualified in Australia for the Emerging Nations Rugby League World Championship, to be played in Sydney during October.
Alongside, HRLF is now putting in place plans to use this increased interest to develop a fully-fledged domestic competition.

Monday, 15 May 2017

New Nations in World Rankings


In November, Australia will go into RLWC2017 (which they co-host with NZ) further strengthened in their World Rankings Number 1 position after their recent ANZAC Test victory.
Two new nations appear for the first time with the inclusion of Thailand and Uruguay. This takes the total to 42 and reflects the greater number of sanctioned internationals being played globally.
Leilani Latu’s last-gasp try for Tonga to beat Fiji 26-24 in last week’s Pacific triple-header saw them move up one rung on the ladder, whilst the biggest gainers are Hungary who rise five places to 33.