First rugby league game at youth level between club sides played in Lebanon

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Date: 25 April, 2018

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FIRST GAME AT YOUTH LEVEL BETWEEN CLUB SIDES PLAYED IN LEBANON

Al Mina RLFC have played their first game at youth level, as new North Lebanon development officer Mohamed Mohsen seeks to rebuild the club game in the region. Mohsen, who replaced Nader Mgheit following his emigration to the USA, has been delivering to six schools and a number of the children played in the historic first match for Al Mina who went down 24-12 to the more experienced Tripoli Kings.

It was the first youth club match in Lebanon, with all previous fixtures part of the schools competitions.

“We have been working with the schools and clubs in north Lebanon for several months now to develop the sport,” Mohsen said. “The kids are loving the game. It was great atmosphere in Tripoli stadium where parents, fans and players all enjoyed a great day of rugby league.”

Al Mina captain Mohamad Hussein added: “It’s a great game and we can all benefit from it, we can really express ourselves in this sport and we all have hopes of progressing in rugby league.”

Tripoli skipper, Hussein Assad, concurred: “We all love rugby league, it’s different to what we are used to in Lebanon and with further training we hope to get to reach the national team and maybe one day play for Lebanon.”

The LRLF’s plan is to introduce a club youth championship in a separate part of the 2018-19 calendar to the schools competition which continues in Beirut, with St Joseph’s topping the table at the mid-point, ahead of Antonine and Notre Dame de Louaize.

The senior season is drawing to an end, with the college second division won by Beirut Arab University at the weekend, defeating AUB Junior Varsity 16-12. The CRL division one semi-final is on Friday when AUB take on NDU for the right to face defending champions Balamand, in the north, next Wednesday.

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GC Foster College win Jamaica Intercollegiate rugby league championship

JAMAICA INTERCOLLEGIATE SPORTS ASSOCIATION

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Date: 24 April, 2018

GC FOSTER COLLEGE WIN INTERCOLLEGIATE RUGBY LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP

The eighth Jamaican Intercollegiate rugby league championship was claimed by GC Foster College Lions, as they defeated Excelsior Community College Eagles (Exed) 24-6 in the Grand Final, at the University of West Indies Mona Bowl.

The Lions were brilliantly led by MVP Mikel Facey whose play-making skills were the difference between the teams. Facey also posted a try and he was well supported by winger Adrian Thomas who got over for a hat-trick. GC’s other touchdown came from Adam Morris, whilst Thomas kicked two conversions to end with 16 points.

Jamaican international Owen Linton scored Exed’s only try but poor handling was their undoing as they failed to capitalise on chances made, their afternoon summed up when Chevaughn Carter dived over in the second half, only to have the ball fall from his hands whilst grounding.

In the third place play off game, Mico University College Crocs defeated the University of the West Indies Pelicans, 38-16. Delano Smith scored a brace of tries for the victors and for UWO, Michael Pearson claimed a try and two conversions.

Contact: Romeo Monteith

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Czech rugby league season kicks off

Czech Rugby League Association (CZRLA)

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DATE: 23 April, 2018

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CZECH RUGBY LEAGUE SHAPES UP FOR IMPORTANT SEASON

The Czech Rugby League division one season has kicked off with double defending champions RLC Dragons Krupka defeating promoted Orli Havlickuv Brod 42-6. In the other match, newly combined Lokomotiva Beroun/Vrchlabi Mad Squirrels succumbed to 2017 runners-up Slavia Hradec Kralove 42-14. The four team league will see each side play the others home and away, with semi-finals and a Grand Final to follow.

The Dragons warmed up for the season with an appearance in the Rotterdam 9’s tournament, whilst Slavia Hradec Kralove claimed the annual pre-season CZRLA 9’s tournament, which again featured a Hungarian Army Academy side.

The Czech second division will feature six teams – Chrudim Rabbitohs, Hodonin Black Angels, Mikulov Roosters, Jilemnice RL, Trutnov RL and, significantly Hungarian team Budapest RL – playing each other once with the aim of increasing the number of 13-a-side games played in 2018. It is also planned that resurrected Pardubice Jets and newly formed RL Letohrad will play friendly matches this year.

The Czech U18 championship will once again feature 2017 champions Vrchlabi Mad Squirrels, RLC Dragons Krupka, Slavia Hradec Kralove and Orli Havlickuv Brod playing on a home and away basis, and in a bid to further drive junior participation in the sport, 2018 will see the introduction of an informal U15 touch championship featuring up to eight clubs.

The CZRLA AGM saw Lukas Hergott elected as president and the board welcome Tomas Douda and Pavel Mejstrik. Hergott stated: “I am honoured to have been elected as the president of CZRLA and look forward to an important 2018 season as we not only focus on domestic growth, in terms of numbers and playing level, but also our national side playing in World Cup qualification for the first time.”

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Successful level 1 rugby league coaching course delivered to 15 candidates in Athens

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Date: 21 April, 2018

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SUCCESSFUL LEVEL 1 RUGBY LEAGUE COACHING COURSE DELIVERED TO 15 CANDIDATES IN ATHENS

The newly-formed Greek Rugby League Association technical department has run the first part of a successful level 1 coaching course in Athens. It was attended by 15 candidates from Larissa, Greta, Athens, Thessalonia, Patna and Rhodes, illustrating the growing geographical interest in the sport in the country.

GRLA level 1 coach educator candidate Nikos Hatzinikolaou, who led the course, furthered his personal development and will now be assessed by RLEF coaching manager Martin Crick to complete his educator qualification.

The course was overseen by Michalis Chatziioannou. “Niko was very well organized and confident which made the course very interesting,” he said. “There were some very experienced participants which helped the class discussion and led to some very interesting debates. The newer candidates grew in confidence, it was very promising and is going to be very successful in terms of active coaches.”

The candidates will receive more intensive training in June, at a camp with Leeds Rhinos, and will now be added to the RLEF technical portal and managed through their assessed tasks.

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RUGBY LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION INTERVENES TO RESOLVE FIJI WORLD CUP PAYMENT ISSUE

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The Rugby League International Federation has intervened to ensure that payments due to players from the Rugby League World Cup 2017 are settled with immediate effect.

The Chairman of Fiji National Rugby League Filimoni Vosarago commented:

“FNRL is indebted to RLIF who have intervened to ensure that the funds which FNRL recognise are due to our World Cup players have been transferred into our accounts in order that we can settle these undertakings. Without the intervention of the RLIF we would not have been able to immediately complete the player payment arrangement we had with our players.”

RLIF CEO David Collier commented:

“There are exceptional and unusual circumstances relating to a withholding arising from other debts which prevented FNRL from being able to complete its obligations to its players. It is the opinion of the RLIF that the player payment obligations have to be discharged as the first priority in order to protect the integrity and reputation of our sport. For this reason RLIF has taken exceptional actions to intervene in this matter through the provision of funding under guarantee to FNRL.”

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Nine countries provide match officials for European rugby league U19s championship

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DATE: 20 April 2018

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NINE COUNTRIES PROVIDE MATCH OFFICIALS FOR EUROPEAN U19S CHAMPIONSHIP

RLEF Education has confirmed the 12-man match official squad for the U19s European Championship 2018 to be held in Belgrade, Serbia, this August. It includes referees from nine countries and represents the broadest range of nations ever to officiate at an official rugby league tournament, beating the previous record of five nations at the 2015 Pacific Games in PNG.

“This has been made possible by the investment made over recent years in a comprehensive education programme to produce match officials on the continent,” said RLEF match official chef de mission Phil Smith. “We’re already targeting representation of RLEF-produced officials at the 2021 World Cup and these championships will be a great development step in that aim.”

Smith will be supported by RL Ireland head match official Steve Hogan, whilst the Serbian RL Federation’s Radoslav Novakovic will be the tournament match officials manager – representing the tenth nation involved in the tournament panel. The squad covers every language spoken in the tournament, including two fluent Russian speakers.

Mohamed Drizza, head of the French federation’s Comite Centrale des Arbtires, will also attend with the competition coming two weeks after a strategic match officials summit in Le Barcares for the leading French match official educators.

U19 European Championship 2018 match official squad

Jaroslav Bzoch (Czech Republic); Craig Smith and Cameron Worsley (England); Mohamed Drizza and Benjamin Casty (France); James Spencer (Ireland); Guido Bonatti (Italy); Robin Hachache (Lebanon); Bartlomiej Sierota (Poland); Antonio Palacios and Andrew Pilkington (Spain); Oleksandr Ivchenko (Ukraine).

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Albanians make rugby league debut

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DATE: 19 April, 2018

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ALBANIANS MAKE RUGBY LEAGUE DEBUT

Competitive rugby league was played by an Albanian team for the first time last weekend when RLC Tirana made their debut in the Balkan Super League. They travelled to Serbia to face Radnicki Nis, putting in a highly creditable performance, going down 38-0 in front of a crowd of over 500.

Arnaldo Telo played on the wing for Tirana and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

“First of all, the hospitality shown by the Radnicki Nis club and the Serbian authorities – the Serbian federation and police – was amazing,” he said. “We appreciate it very much.

“This was our first rugby league match and to play against a more experienced team was very useful, now we can see our weaknesses and strengths. The game was very physical, the first five minutes was the most difficult part for us because we didn’t know what to expect from Radnicki and ourselves.

“But then we realised that we were capable of doing some very positive things. Our plan was to keep it simple, without trying to overdo anything, and to avoid complicated handling skills. We had done our homework, knowing that best players of Radnicki were their numbers six and seven and we tried to stop them, but it was difficult for us to organise defence on the wings as we have focused on defending the middle of the park first.”

After conceding two early tries to Radnicki winger Tihomir Stamenkovic the visitors showed up particularly well in the first half, going into the break 14-0 down, after Stefan Jovanovic also crossed.

On a couple of occasions Tirana came close to scoring, the hosts replying with a brace of tries in five minutes for full back Aleksandar Pavlovic which sealed their victory.

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