Lebanon rugby league receive presidential support for World Cup

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Date: 20 June, 2017

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LRLF RECEIVE PRESIDENTIAL BACKING

The President of the Republic of Lebanon, Michel Aoun, has welcomed a delegation from the Lebanese Rugby League Federation to the presidential palace in Baabda.

The invitation was to formally back the Cedars’ appearance in the forthcoming Rugby League World Cup, where they will initially face co-hosts and favourites Australia, along with England in Sydney and France in Canberra, in Pool A of the tournament.

Six domestic players will be part of the squad and the president encouraged the Lebanese community to support them in their quest.

LRLF president Mohamed Habbous, general secretary Sami Garabadian, CEO Remond Safi, LRLF Director Mikhael Shammas and Cedars players Raymond Sabat, Toufic El Hage, Imad Chidiac, Wael Harb, Ali Abou Arabi and Robin Hachache were presented to the president, offering him the gift of a playing shirt in exchange.

“It is with honour that we presented President Aoun with the Cedars jersey,” said Habbous. “We are excited at the opportunity to see the entire, passionate nation supporting our team in the World Cup. The domestic player’s inclusion in the train-on squad is a huge step forward for our local development.”

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Norway victorious in rugby league Test clash with Sweden

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DATE: 18 June, 2017

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NORWAY TRIUMPH IN SCANDINAVIAN TEST

Current Nordic Cup holders Norway ran in eight tries – including a brace each to Stephen Mwikaria and Ole Magnus Brekk, who also kicked three goals – as they defeated Sweden 38-18 at the Bislett Stadium, Oslo.

Norway coach Dave Hunter, commented: “It was great to get our representative season underway with a good win. We fell asleep after the break and let Sweden back into the game, hopefully the players will learn from this and stay focused throughout the whole 80 minutes.

“I’m extremely proud of our four debutants, they did the jersey proud. Our props were great, Sjur Strand and man of the match Mathias Vada Stenseth-Holm set a great platform for our halves to work off and our bench provided impact when needed.”

Norway skipper Kristoffer Milligan added: “It was a really good experience for us and I am very happy we came out on top against a valiant Swedish team. The game showed us that we have a lot of work to do before we can compete with the better teams, but it also showed us that the team has great promise. There are some really talented, young Norwegians coming through. The players are working hard to become better and I think we have a bright future ahead of us.

“One of the biggest differences I saw in the team this time was the morale and spirit. In previous games we have had a tendency to drop our heads when the opposition scores. This time we saw a 15 minute onslaught from the Swedes, which brought them three tries. Instead of giving up the team pulled together, dug deep and ended up cracking our opposition and putting on a good score.”

Ten different clubs provided players for the Norway squad. “Now we need to go back to our clubs and keep working hard, the job is never done and we need to make sure everyone on the team knows that,” added Milligan.

For the Swedes, excellent stand off Chris Ah Lam posted a hat trick.

NORWAY 38

Tries: Mathias Vada Stenseth-Holm (3), Stephen Mwikaria (10, 66), Isaac Schmidt (20), Nathan Cummins (37), Ole Magnus Brekk (42, 80), Sonny Mellor (63)

Goals: Ole Magnus Brekk 3/8

SWEDEN 18

Tries: Chris Ah Lam (30, 48, 52)

Goals: Andrew Bignell 3/3

Half time: 18-6

Referee: Danny Boag

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More coaches and match officials qualified in Russian rugby league

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DATE: 18 June, 2017

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RLEF COMPLETES TECHNICAL SEMINAR IN MOSCOW

The RLEF has concluded a week-long technical seminar in Moscow which has resulted in the qualification of six level 1 coaches, five level 1 match officials and, significantly, three level 1 coach educators and the provisional qualification of one level 1 match official educator; providing the Russian Association of Rugby League Clubs (ARLK) with a degree of self-sufficiency.

RLEF match official tutor, Phil Smith, said from the Russian capital: “Providing match official education for the five Moscow attendees will hopefully help bring about an upsurge in standards to the domestic game. Local educator Andrey Zhukov is an enthusiastic student of the game and along with his colleagues were keen to learn and willing to put in the hours to further their knowledge.

“Despite everyone attending all four full days of the course, they asked for more tuition and voluntarily turned up for an extra morning session on ‘Russia Day’, a national public holiday. Russia’s recent past has been a series of ups and downs but Andrey, with the support and resources of the federation, has the capability to move the match officials forward.”

Zhukov, a former international, confirmed: “The course was really special. After it finished we agreed that we needed more education! It allowed us to get to know officials from different teams and I hope that it will be continued.”

His wish is set to be realised as, following the evaluation of the seminar he, along with coach educators Denis Korolev and Dmitrii Polovykh, have been invited to attend level 2 courses in Serbia, in June and July. A third Russian coach educator, Kiril Borisov, will be qualified upon submission of the mandatory coursework.

Martin Crick, RLEF coach manager, was similarly encouraged: “A sleeping giant stirs. Over 30 coaches, match officials and players attended our seminars in Moscow. The enthusiasm, energy and commitment of the participants augurs well for the future development of rugby league here. It was a successful week and now ARLK needs to implement a realistic development plan.”

Dmitrii Polovykh added: “I really got a lot out of this programme. I learned so much about how to coach, psychology and to give constructive feedback to coaches and players. I’m really pleased to have qualified as an educator and am looking forward to proceeding along the pathway.”

All Russian technical participants will progress through the RLEF’s ground-breaking technical portal which is fully functional in Russian, the first time in the sport’s history that such a commitment has been made to support Russian-speaking nations.

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Norway and Sweden go head to head in rugby league international

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DATE: 15 July, 2017

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SCANDINAVIAN RIVALS GO HEAD TO HEAD

International rugby league returns to Scandinavia on Saturday when current Nordic Cup holders Norway face Sweden at the Bislett Stadium, Oslo (kick off 2pm).

The hosts have won the last two encounters between the nations, but both are fielding a number of new, young players as the sport continues to grow in the region.

Norway coach Dave Hunter, commented: “We have had a decent preparation which included trials and a camp in Oslo. We have introduced a number of new players into our squad which should bode well for the future. We might start as favourites but there is an intense rivalry and we know we will have to be at our best.”

Opposite number Ashley Brown, who takes charge of the Swedes for the last time before handing over the reins to Sam Cammell, noted: “With such a young side and playing at a stadium we have never won in, we need no greater motivation. Both nations regard this as a special event in their international calendar.”

Norway’s squad is drawn from ten domestic clubs, the widest spread selected to date.

NORWAY 19-MAN SQUAD

Bendik Kalvik, Sjur Strand (Bodø Barbarians), Harald Mikalsen (Farsund Bobcats), Kristoffer Milligan, Stephen Skofteland (Flekkefjord Tigers), Reidar Flage, Sonny Mellor, Joshua William Skidmore-Hornby (Lillestrøm Lions), Isaac Schmidt (Oslo Capitals),Kevin Båtnes, Leif Andreas Nilsen, Nils Holte, Kristian Paulsen, Chris Stalsberg (Porsgrunn Pirates),Torbjørn Egaas (Sandnes Raiders), Mathias Vada Stenseth-Holm (Sparbu Lumberjacks), Ole Magnus Brekk, Stephen Mwikaria (Trondheim Rugby Klubb),Nathan Cummins (Stavanger Storm)

SWEDEN 17-MAN SQUAD

Samuel Ahlbak, Volkan Ak, Sebastian Johnson-Cadwell, Vilhelm Carlson, Sebastian Hylander, Nick Iaswn, Carl Lindblom (Skåne Crusaders RL), Patrick Hocker, Robert Maun, Christoffer Andreasson, Thomas Olausson, Emil, Sanderman, Jonnas Lyppert, Rhuaidhri O’Brien (Kungsbacka Broncos RC) Chris Ah Lam, Mark Beveridge, Johnny Engström (Stockholm Kungar RLC)

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RAF celebrate anniversary with Dutch rugby league tour

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FROM: NEDERLANDSE RUGBY LEAGUE BOND

DATE: 13 June, 2017

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RAF REGIMENT CELEBRATES ANNIVERSARY WITH DUTCH TOUR

The Nederlandse Rugby League Bond has announced a three-game tour of Holland by the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force Regiment. The military men will play two combined club selections before taking on a representative side.

Formed during World War II, 2017 marks the 75th Anniversary of the RAF Regiment, the only branch with Corps status in the Royal Air Force. Since then, it has gained a global reputation as leaders in the development and delivery of force protection to air assets.

“To capture the spirit of the RAF Regiment 75th Anniversary, plans were made during early 2016 to conduct an overseas rugby league tour,” said Warrant Officer Shaun Griffin, the RAF Regiment’s chairman. “The development of rugby league in the Netherlands has not gone unnoticed in the UK and the appeal of a friendly, enthusiastic and welcoming nation such as the Dutch did much to sway the planned tour destination.”

Griffin started discussing a tour with NRLB development officer Jason Bruygoms, and the 13-day itinerary is also being backed by the Royal Netherlands Army which is hosting the touring party at their base at Ermelo.

“The Corps was heavily involved in The D-Day landings in 1944 and they will also take the opportunity to visit some significant military heritage sites during the tour,” Bruygoms confirmed. “This is something we could not turn down as it is a great opportunity for the NRLB to promote our sport in a positive way, plus give our local boys more games to play.”

Following on from the Dutch Grand Final, won by Rotterdam Pitbulls last Saturday, the tour means that 2017 will see the most games ever played domestically in the Netherlands, something Bruygoms stated is, “a huge step in the right direction.”

RAF Fixtures

17 June – Amsterdam / Rotterdam v RAF Regiment, Bok de Korverweg 6A, 1067 HR, Amsterdam (Kick off 4pm)

21 June – Den Haag / Hardewijk v RAF Regiment, Theo Mann-Bouwmeesterlaan 800, 2597 HM, Den Haag (Kick off 8pm)

25 June – Dutch XIII Selection v RAF Regiment, Barchman Wuytierslaan 95, 3819 AB, Amersfoort (Kick off 3pm)

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Partizan claim Serbian Rugby League Cup

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Date: 12 June, 2017

PARTIZAN MAKE HISTORY WINNING SERBIAN CUP

Partizan have picked up the first silverware in the club’s history, defeating holders Dorćol 42-22 in the final at the Makiš stadium, Belgrade.

The black and whites have dominated youth competitions in the last couple of seasons but pulled off a significant senior success in commanding fashion.

“We have been building towards this for a while,” said Partizan coach Admir Hadžić. “We came close two season ago, losing against the same side in the Grand Final. It took more maturity and soul searching until we got another chance and the guys didn’t want to let it slip again. It’s a big win for us, but we are planning more of the same.”

Dorćol, 22-10 behind at the break and never in front, almost staged a second half comeback but Hadžić’s side showed great poise and concentration in the last 15 minutes, Partizan scoring three unanswered late tries to seal the biggest win in the club’s history.

Serbian international Vladimir Milutinović and centre Nikola Srbljanin each posted a brace of tries for Partizan, Milutinović claiming 14 points in total; substitute Paja Šević crossing twice for the vanquished.

PARTIZAN 42

Pavle Vojinović, Ronaldo Bitići, Vladimir Milutinović, Nikola Srbljanin, Dragan Janković, Branko Čarapić, Džavid Jašari, Dario Abidinović, Mihailo Ilić, Žarko Kovačević, Petar Kovač, Vlado Kušić, Pero Madžarević.

Subs: Kosta Stojković, Denis Bajrami, Velibor Karanović, Dušan Milutinović.

Tries: Vlado Kušić (1), Žarko Karanović (8), Vladimir Milutinović (33, 73), Dragan Janković (36), Nikola Srbljanin (56, 67), Madžarević (79).

Goals: Džavid Jašari 2/5, Vladimir Milutinović 3/3.

DORĆOL 22

Andrej Mora, Miloš Avramović, Boris Lazin, Relja Petrović, Luka Bulajić, Miloš Milanko, Milan Čobanović, Aleksa Radić, Stefan Vukanović, Sergej Devetak, Ivan Ivanović, Milan Aleksić, Stefan Nedeljković.

Subs: Miloš Tasić, Paja Šević, Stefan Milčić, Saša Mitrović.

Tries: Ivan Ivanović (13), Paja Šević (29, 42), Miloš Milanko (63).

Goals: Stefan Nedeljković 3/4.

Contact: Milos Sakan
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Italy and Spain rugby league meet in historic double-header

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Data: 9 June 2017

Contatti: Tiziano Franchini. T.franchini

ITALY AND SPAIN SET FOR TRIPLE-HEADER

An international festival of rugby league will take place in Saluzzo tomorrow (Saturday) as Italy meet Spain. The respective senior and U21 national sides will play in the Piedmontese town and there will also be a local women’s match to complete the day.

“It will be great to promote rugby league in this part of Italy,” said their men’s head coach Kelly Rolleston. “It’s fitting that the match is being played in Saluzzo after the massive effort they have made this year playing a side in the French Championship. We will be looking to improve on our performance last week against Lebanon in Beirut and have made several changes to the team that narrowly lost 6-4 in a bid to give more of our domestic players international experience.”

Lorenzo Luccardi and Davide Spinnato, both capped, have been added to the squad, with Michele Marao, Lucas Bruzzone, Carlo De Carli, Paolo Rodasta and Cristian Mairone all making their debuts.

Spain men’s head coach Darren Fisher noted: “It’s our first game of the year and an historic moment for us, having the seniors and U21s both playing in matches in Italy together with the women. It’s also a great opportunity for me to reward the standout domestic players with debuts. We will be hoping to assist Italy in their preparations for the World Cup in October, as they did for us as we entered the Euro C matches in 2015.”

Andrew Pilkington, Spain U21 coach, added: “I’m excited to see just how far we have come and identify what we need to work on in the future.”

Spain played two such fixtures in 2015 against a BARLA Emerging Lions side. Pilkington is keen to get the team more games to satisfy their enthusiasm, with some players driving six hours from Andalucía to meet the bus for the 14-hour journey to Italy.

“Having our first match away from home is yet another experience for a young group who can grow together. On a domestic level, Italy is somewhat of a model for us as we look to follow in their footsteps in terms of development.”

ITALY 18-MAN SQUAD

Edoardo Pezzano (Spartans Catania), Carlo De Carli, Giuseppe Pagani, Ismail Byaoui (Lions Brescia), Lorenzo Luccardi (XIII del Ducato), Francesco Di Trapani, Davide Spinnato (XIII Palermo Lovers), Jaume Giorgis, Lucas Bruzzone, Gioele Celerino, Mirco Bergamasco, Cristian Mairone, Paolo Radosta (North West Roosters), Alvise Rigo, Tommaso Nicoli, Fabrizio Ciaurro, Matthew Sands (North East Committee), Michele Marao

SPAIN 17-MAN SQUAD
Iván Ordaz (Irreductibles), Salvador Fajardo, Miguel Olivares, Sergio Perez (Olimpic Alaquas), Samuel Baeza, Jonathan Infante (RC Ontinyent), Vicente Cubes, Aitor Davila, Carlos Jane, Dani Morales, Aitor Romero, Raul Simo (Tigres Torrent), Remy Bueno (US Plaisance XIII), Andrew Pilkington, Antoni Tolmos (Valencian Warriors) – (Two to be added)

ITALY UNDER 21 20-MAN SQUAD

Luis Iollo, Giannantonio Visentin, Filippo Papamarenghi, Gabriele Radosta, Brad Calcagno, Alberto Mariani, Gabriele Pataro, Gianluca Azzali, Leonardo Grasso, Yacouba Compaore, Alessandro Viani, Francesco Viani, Alberto Berganton, Giordano Arena, Massimiliano Giannino, Luca Bondioli, Lorenzo Leandro, Fausto Perissinotto, Giorgio Draghi, Sebastiano Sapia

SPAIN U21 17-MAN SQUAD
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