Serbia replace Russia in Rugby League World Cup qualifiers

SERBIA REPLACE RUSSIA IN RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS

Serbia has replaced Russia in group two of the final European World Cup qualifiers, after the Russians were withdrawn.

Serbia will face now Scotland in Glasgow on 26th October and host Greece in Belgrade on 9 November, the top two nations making the 2021 Rugby League World Cup in England.

Denis Koralev, president of the Russian Association of Rugby League Klubs commented: “This is not a sudden or unexpected decision, we have been in regular contact with the RLEF about our position, and need to re-boost the sport here.

“Rugby League is still being played but there are some domestic issues including constitution of the board that we need to look at.”

Tournament Director for the qualification games Chris Thair said: “Russia’s withdrawal is unfortunate, however, all parties agreed it was the right course of action. After expressing concerns over their preparations and readiness to play, I made a recommendation that was backed by the RLEF and approved by the RLIF board, who own the World Cup property.”

Thair added: “Serbia finished third in the European B competition compared to Norway who were second in European C, whose fixtures doubled as World Cup qualifiers. All the other nations have been kept abreast of matters throughout and I thank them for their patience and support – we even had the remarkable situation of the Serbian general secretary acting as our interpreter with the Russian Federation and trying to find solutions for Russia to stay in the competition, even though Serbia would be the beneficiaries if they withdrew.

“Every avenue was explored with Russia and we do wish to see a strong rugby league presence in the country. We have agreed a number of supportive measures with Denis. The RLEF will soon be advertising for a new board of directors on their behalf to take their federation forward into a new era.”

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Tribute paid to Belgium rugby league stalwart

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TRIBUTE PAID TO BELGIUM RUGBY LEAGUE STALWART

One of the stalwart administrators in European rugby league, Yves-Michael Kazadi, is standing down after ten years – the last five as president – of the Belgium Rugby League Association, due to ill-health.

“It has been a pleasure to help develop the sport here but I must now focus on my family,” he said

“I am hoping to be back in some capacity. We made it to 17th in the world rankings, were helped from the beginning by our neighbours in the Netherlands, and our most recent national head coach Tony Benson who significantly helped to raise the standard and profile over the past three years.”

The Belgium Rugby League Association began under Kazadi in 2009 and has played men’s internationals on a regular basis, most frequently against the Czech Republic and Netherlands.

A full domestic club competition has yet to be developed but teams based in Brussels and outlying areas have crossed the border to play competitive games.

In 2019, the Brussels Falcons fly the flag for the sport with a men’s team who support two junior clubs, the Panthers and the Bears.

The Falcons, like their predecessors in the capital, the Gorillas, are looking into playing in the men’s competition in the Netherlands to gain regular games.

“We played a memorable international against Malta at Headingley as a curtain-raiser to a Super League game which showed that you can dream big,” Kazadi continued.

Zakaria Zoubir will take over the running of the BRLA as an interim lead and Francois Gillet the lead for development in the Wallonie–Bruxelles region.

Belgium RL has also engaged in the RLEF’s technical programme, part-funded by the European Union’s Erasmus+ grant.

“On behalf of the European and International Federations, I’d like to publically thank Yves-Michael for his unstinting services to rugby league in Belgium,” said RLIF global general manager, Danny Kazandjian, who worked with Kazadi to help establish the sport.

“He’s one of dozens of unsung heroes and deserves public accolade for the work he has done to establish the sport in an unfamiliar environment and, often, against the odds.”

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RLIF Statement re Greek Rugby League Association decision to host World Cup Qualifying game in London

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The RLIF has noted the decision of the Greek Rugby League Association (GRLA) to host their “home” RLIF World Cup 2021 qualification game against Scotland in London.

Global Operations Manager Danny Kazandjian said,

“Whilst the decision of the GRLA to host their game against Scotland in London is perfectly understandable it is still a sad state of affairs which will deny players the opportunity to play in front of their home audience and the local fans to support their national team. However, the two teams need to make their preparations with certainty and this decision allows them to get on and prepare fully for this vital fixture.

“The GRLA, the Rugby League European Federation (RLEF) and the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) have all worked together to try to resolve the issues which are created by the intransigence of the Greek Modern Pentathlon Federation, which technically, in the eyes of the Greek authorities, has governance responsibility for rugby league in Greece. This is despite the fact that we, as the pertinent international federation, do not recognise modern pentathlon’s authority. International federation endorsement is enshrined in Greek sports law so the status quo is untenable.

“We have tried to seek support from our fellow GAISF member, the international federation for modern pentathlon, UIPM, who have been reluctant to get involved. We note with gratitude their recent statement clarifying that UIPM has no desire to have authority over any sports other than their own.”

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Greece to play Rugby League World Cup Qualifier in London

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GREECE TO PLAY RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP QUALIFIER IN LONDON

The Greek Rugby League Association has confirmed that, due to continued difficulties staging their 2021 Rugby League World Cup Qualifier in Athens, the ‘home’ match with Scotland will be held in London, at the home of London Skolars.

The tie will take place under lights at the New River Stadium on Friday 1 November.

“We are working on getting the governance issues sorted out in Greece with the Hellenic Federation of Modern Pentathlon but, with time running out, the decision was made to take the game to London,” said GRLA official Terry Liberopoulos. “We’d like to thank Scotland Rugby League for their understanding and patience and I’m sure both nations will do international rugby league proud.”

Greece qualified for this deciding group of matches, which also includes Russia, after beating Norway 56-26 in the final of European Championship C at the New River Stadium last time out.

Greek Rugby League Association president George Stilianos added: “Of course we were hoping to play this match in Greece but since that was not possible, we are very excited to be returning to the New River Stadium. It was a great event when we played there in May and we thank the Skolars’ management for helping us once again. It will be a great match and I urge all rugby league fans in London to turn up and show their support the international game.”

Keith Hogg, chair of Scotland Rugby League noted: “We are really looking forward to what will be a very competitive and very important game. We would have really enjoyed playing the game in Athens but that was not to be. This has been a case of everyone involved working together to find the best solution to a very challenging situation. It has been great to see Greece, Scotland and the European Federation all pulling in the same direction to get the most sensible outcome, together with the support of everyone London Skolars.”

Last week, Scotland Rugby League confirmed that they had reached a significant agreement with Scottish beer brand McEwan’s, to sponsor their domestic National League from 2020.

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Greece Rugby League coach is frustrated by inability to plan for Athens World Cup qualifier

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Steve Georgallis, the coach of Greece, who will play in the final qualification stages for the RLIF Rugby League World Cup 2021 against Russia and Scotland, is frustrated by the bizarre circumstances that are hindering the planning of the home game against Scotland and consequently the preparation of the squad.

“It is very frustrating and something unfortunately we have become very accustomed to,” said Georgallis. “The main issue is logistics. We can’t plan ahead because we don’t know which city we will be playing in. Also, it’s difficult for family and friends who want to book travel to support the team.”

The Greek Rugby League Association (GRLA), who are recognised as the official national governing body for rugby league in Greece and are an affiliate member of the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) are not recognised as the NGB by the Greek government. Due to local influence, a ‘rugby league committee’ has been placed within the Hellenic Federation for Modern Pentathlon (HFMP) by the government department responsible. The president of the HFMP, Tasos Pantazidis, is the former president of the disgraced Hellenic Rugby League, which was expelled from the RLIF for malpractice. The HFMP have actively disrupted legitimate games and activity in the past and the GRLA officials fear that staging a game against Scotland in Athens may lead to further legal problems and they are not prepared at this stage to take that risk.

Coach Georgallis is still preparing his team for the game in Russia and the “home” game against Scotland, wherever that may take place.

“I am confident that we will be very competitive. Scotland and Russia are quality sides who have reached this last stage with good performances and we will need to match their skill and aggressive qualities.

“Personally, it means everything to play this game in Athens. To be able to represent Greece on home soil in front of family, friends and supporters is the main reason anyone plays sport for their country.”

The RLIF has welcomed a statement from the Union International de Pentathon Moderne (UIPM), who are the international governing body for modern pentathlon, which clearly states that they have no interest in running rugby league or any other sport than their own.

“UIPM notes that it has again been drawn into a dispute relating to the sport of rugby league in Greece. Given that this is not the first time this has occurred, UIPM hereby reiterates that it is the world governing body of the Olympic sport of Modern Pentathlon and other multi-discipline sports (Tetrathlon, Triathle, Biathle, World Schools Biathlon and Laser Run). UIPM has never had nor will it have any interest in governing sports outside its jurisdiction.

The Hellenic Federation of Modern Pentathlon remains a member of UIPM and it is currently in good standing with UIPM.

UIPM will defend its name and reputation against anybody who implies that the Union is responsible for a dispute relating to a sport outside its jurisdiction, or for the resolution of any such dispute.”

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Czech Republic to face Serbia & Poland in historic rugby league double header

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CZECH REPUBLIC TO FACE SERBIA AND POLAND IN DOUBLE-HEADER

An historic double-header is set to place in Vrchlabi on Saturday 24 August, when the Czech Republic play Serbia in a full international, preceded by their U18s facing Poland U20s, in a first-ever encounter between the nations.

“Two new junior teams joined the Czech competition in 2019 and they are both full of talented players,” said Czech U18s head coach David Lahr. “Our plan is to retain as many of these newcomers within rugby league, to stage high quality and fun-packed regular national team training sessions, and to play at least two international matches every year starting next season.”

“The team is in a good humour ever since their first training camp. We have a balanced mix of players and it is my hope that, working together, we will come away winners,” Lahr added.

In the main match, the Czech Republic will play their second international against Serbia after a gap of three years, the Serbs winning 32-4 on that occasion. The visitors will bring a core of U23 players with some more experienced reinforcements.

CZRLA president, Lukas Hergott, noted: “This will be an international rugby league festival for Vrchlabí and the Czech Rugby League Association. We were initially supposed to be facing Holland on that date but they are unable to play due to unforeseen circumstances. However, we are thrilled that Serbia have accepted our invitation for a Test match.

“Serbia is a flagship rugby league nation in Eastern Europe with a highly evolved national and international competition who we look up to, and we are sure they will test our national team to the fullest. We see this match as the first building block of our 2020 preparations.”

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Rugby League International Federation to appoint Match Officials Manager

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The Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) is seeking to appoint a Match Official Manager who will be the most senior match official administrator in international rugby league.

The role, which will be the first such appointment made by the RLIF, will provide an independent person who will be responsible for the co-ordination of the training and development of match officials and also the appointments to international fixtures. This will include the creation of and being the chair of a Match Official Committee made up of representatives from the Asia Pacific Rugby League Confederation (APRLC) and the Rugby League European Federation (RLEF). These will be joined by representatives from the Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) and the Rugby Football League (RFL).

Danny Kazandjian, the RLIF Global Operation Manager, commented upon the appointment:

“It is the responsibility of the RLIF to have a supply of well trained, excellently prepared match officials for our growing number of international matches and this is a vital part of our mission as the international federation. This new and important role will become the public face of the RLIF in all matters relating to match officials.

“Last year we had close to 100 international matches in all disciplines of the sport and that is only going to increase. It is vital that the training and the development of our match officials keeps pace with that growth in participation so that there is a clear pathway for match officials from the grass-roots to the very highest levels within the sport.

“We are looking for an individual who has the knowledge, the experience and the personal skills to cover the whole spectrum.

“The match official manager role is wide-ranging and will be responsible for introducing an international match official framework of qualifications, protecting the sport’s integrity by ensuring the deployment of a consistent and high quality corps of match officials to global matches and events, leading the corps of match officials in RLIF tournaments and working closely with colleagues in the confederations to ensure a coherent approach on all officiating matters.

“It is an exciting position and one that will have a great impact on rugby league at a global level.”

The full job description is charlotte.monkman must be received by Monday September 9th 2019

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