RLIF Middle East Africa Championship to be staged in Lagos, Nigeria

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Three nations on debut, and one returning to the international fold, will contest the second RLIF Middle East Africa Championship in October 2019. The event, staged over four days, will be hosted at the Teslim Balogum Stadium in Lagos, Nigeria, with the hosts facing fellow newcomers Ghana, and Cameroon – also making their bow – coming up against Morocco, who last played a representative fixture in the first tournament eight years ago.

The matches will be played on 2nd October with the respective winners and losers contesting the final and ranking play-off games on 6th in a second double-header.

“The MEA Championship could be one of the most significant moments in the history of international rugby league,” said Adi Adebisi, general manager of the Nigerian Rugby League Association, who have recently established four clubs for their competition which is due to begin in May.

“The staging of such a tournament here, the largest economy in Africa is a massive opportunity for both Nigeria and the sport.”

Morocco’s re-emergence under a new board coincides with four clubs currently playing in their domestic competition – Nador Arkmane (Nador), Black Eagles (Casablanca), Marocaine Assalam (Guelmim) and South Lions (Bouzakarne) – which kicked off in January 2019.

President of the Moroccan Federation, Yassmina Abdesselem, commented: “We are very much looking forward to taking part. The players are excited to work through to selection for our proud national team.”

Ghana and Cameroon are building up to their initial Test matches.

“We are looking forward to the Championship and especially proud and excited to compete in an all-African tournament first up,” noted Kareem Captain, a member of the Ghana Rugby League board of trustees.

CRL XIII general manager Carol Manga added:

“Rugby League is a community-based sport and the tournament will bring people together and enrich their lives. We in the Cameroon want to show off how entertaining this sport can be.”

Rugby League European Federation MEA regional manager, Remond Safi, who has been the architect of the championship commented:

“This will provide a pathway for the four participants to obtain affiliate membership, potentially by the end of the year.

“Playing official international matches is a part of the criteria and the profile gained will also encourage other nations to develop the sport in new areas of the continent.”

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Red Star win first-ever Serbian girls rugby league match

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Date: 20 March, 2019

RED STAR WIN FIRST-EVER GIRLS MATCH

To commemorate the 65th anniversary of the inugural rugby league match played in the country, further history was made when Red Star Belgrade won the first-ever full contact girls match, beating Red Kangaroos 46-16 at the Ada Ciganlija stadium.

Played as a 9-a-side, full contact clash, Red Star were led by Helena Host, who scored 18 points from three tries and goals, and two-try Jelena Stoiljković. Tamara Bošnjak replied with a brace of touchdowns for the Roos.

“We made history today and even though it was exhibition game, we made a first step in setting up girls competition in Serbia,” said Red Star president Zeljko Delić. “The score wasn’t important, it was the commitment and passion among the girls that so impressed.”

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First official girls’ rugby league game played in Jamaica

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Date: 18 March, 2019

HISTORY MADE WITH FIRST GIRL’S GAME

Cedar Grove Academy Tally-Hawks (pictured) defeated Ascot High 8-4 in the first full girls’ game held in Jamaica. The high school sides met in a 9s clash, with previous activity for girls having been a tag tournament.

Ascot’s fleet-footed Krystal Hall wrote her name in the record books with the first try, levelled by Deandra Edwards, and it was the Cedargrovians who broke the deadlock when their head girl and vice-captain Naomi Mohamid broke clear to score the clinching try.

Antonio Baker, coach of the Tally-Hawks and also JRLA director of female rugby league was pleased with the efforts of both teams and the management behind them. “Females are just as eager as males to play the sport, so we are providing them with the opportunity to see what they can contribute,” he said.

Efforts are currently underway to develop a national framework for the women’s and girl’s game at high school, intercollegiate and national level. Currently, conversations are being held with Canada Rugby League to have their women’s team travel to Jamaica in 2020 to play a Test match, with a reverse fixture the following year.

Baker added: “Significant growth and development is the forecast for female rugby league in Jamaica as several stakeholders at high school and university level especially are already seeking ways to get their institutions involved in the sport.”

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Fiji coach believes a Pacific nation will win at least one of the next three Rugby League World Cups

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Brandon Costin, head coach of the Fiji Bati Rugby League team is convinced that a Pacific nation will win one of the next three Rugby League World Cups. Costin, who has started his role as full-time head coach of the Bati, was outlining why he is so ambitious for the sport in Fiji and also across the wider Pacific region.

“We are dealing with the best athletes in the world. They are built like a rock and can run like the wind – I am in awe of their size and speed. Our responsibility is to put some rugby league into them by nurturing the game on the islands.

“When you consider that over 40% of the current NRL athletes are of island heritage, it is a foregone conclusion that one of the Pacific nations will win one of the next three rugby league world cups.”

Costin, who is the first full-time coach of the Fiji Bati and has already spoken to players and coaches of clubs playing in the Vodafone Cup, sees the elements all being put in place to ensure that the Bati can emerge as a real challenger and he is looking forward to leading this ambitious programme.

“The RLIF Oceania Cup is a brilliant concept. The Pacific nations are gagging for this level of competition and it will all lead into a magnificent World Cup in 2021.

“Our job is to encourage and develop the youth players and get them on a pathway into the NRL or Super League systems. On the island we are hoping to get the go-ahead for a club in the NSW Cup which will put another 30 full-time athletes into the programme. They will live, eat, train and play together and this provides them with the platform to play for the Bati and launch a real challenge on the world cup.

“We are charged with getting the domestic players up to speed and create a complete pathway from domestic competition through the NSW Cup and into the NRL and Super League. By 2025 there will be a huge pool of local players who have had the opportunity to be a part of this.”

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Spain qualify more coaches ahead of new rugby league season

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SPAIN QUALIFY MORE COACHES AHEAD OF NEW RUGBY LEAGUE SEASON

The AERL has qualified eight new coaches from the Andalusian region after a successful level one course at Lupión City Hall In the Jaén region, ahead of the new domestic season which launches in April.

Candidates from three clubs, Andújar, Baeza and Huelva, and organised in association with ARLA – Rugby League Association of Andalucía – took part.

RLEF coach educator in the region Aitor Dàvila commented: “The course has been very productive for the candidates and they will continue to develop our sport in the region. All have successfully passed and now have considerable knowledge to take to their clubs to continue improving the standard.”

The Spanish national competition will begin with two conferences, in Levante (Valencian Region) and South (Andalucía) with a minimum of four teams in each. The AERL is working to launch a similar conference in Madrid.

Andalucía Rugby League already has eight level one coaches and, as part of a new technical programme in the country, further coaching courses are scheduled for Valencia and Madrid together with accompanying match officials courses.

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