Spanish Rugby League link with Valencian soccer

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DATE: 21 September, 2018

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SPANISH RUGBY LEAGUE LINK WITH VALENCIAN SOCCER

In the lead up to their fixtures in European Championship B against Serbia and Russia, which double as qualifiers for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup in England, the Spanish rugby league federation is further fostering a close relationship with soccer in the Valencia region.

“Instead of trying to go head-to-head with other sports, rugby league is instead starting to join forces with other programmes, to increase exposure and awareness of the game,” said Asociación Española de Rugby League administrator and player Aitor Davilia. “In particular, the Valencia region has seen a number of initiatives whereby rugby league is part of kids’ camps and seen at local schools.”

The best example is the town of Carlet, about 30km south of Valencia. For the past four years, thanks to a connection with Spanish national team member Andrew Pilkington, the AERL has run coaching sessions during the month-long summer football camp.

As a result, 18 months ago when the Spanish U21 side wanted to run a residential training camp prior to a summer friendly against Italy, the natural choice was Carlet. Likewise, when the full domestic national side welcomed Great Britain Teachers earlier this year, the town once again opened its arms and facilities.

Miguel Guzmán Moreno, the director of the town’s youth football programme commented: “The guys from rugby league have always come down, with no financial motives, to show our children more about their sport and its virtues. In return, the club and the town have given them access to facilities for matches, training sessions and camps, and the bond has strengthened as time has gone on.”

With the opportunity to further develop such links and expose more Spanish children to rugby league, AERL has undertaken sessions in similar football and multisport camps in Beniparrell (home of the country’s founding club, Valencian Warriors) and Vilamarxant.

Izan Galera, one of the organisers of the Vilamarxant camp noted that his company (Grup Multiesport Vilamarxant): “Is well aware of the need for young children to be exposed to a range of sports as well as learn about the values it can bring to their lives, so we actively encourage new sports in the events.”

With the national team entering camp at the beginning of October in preparation for the European Championship B matches, the likelihood is that at least one training session will be taken to Carlet, while there will also be some sessions at Valencia’s Cambridge House Community College, a British school that hosted a number of national team players last year. On that visit students were put through their paces as well as given talks on the players’ careers and the demands of being an amateur athlete on the international stage.

According to Davilia: “Children from all three, Cambridge House, Vilamarxant, and Carlet will also be invited to take in the match day on 6 October against Russia and walk out with the teams, thus strengthening bonds and maybe capturing the imagination of a future “XIII de Toro” star.”

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP B FIXTURES

6 Oct 2018 – 15:00 Spain Russia Quatre Carreres, Valencia
13 Oct 2018 – 15:00 Russia Serbia Fily Stadium, Moscow
20 Oct 2018 – 14:00 Serbia Spain Makis Stadium, Belgrade

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DATE: 20 September, 2018

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RUSSIA’S PARTICIPATION IN WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS SET TO GIVE RL A BOOST

As Russia prepare to take on Spain and Serbia early next month in European Championship B, which doubles as the next stage of qualification for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup in England, president of the Russian Federation of Clubs (ARLK) Denis Korolev, is predicting that sport will receive a significant boost.

“Participation of the Russian national team will be of great importance for the development of the rugby league in Russia,” he said from Moscow. “Matches of the national team will be covered in the media, shown on TV and internet channels. This can attract new players and sponsors ready to help develop our sport.”

The initial train-on squad announced by the Federation includes at least one player from each of their nine domestic teams. “This is the current number left, which despite all difficulties, especially those related to financing, continue to develop rugby league,” Korolev confirmed.

Fourteen of the squad, including veterans Alexandr Lysokon and Petr Botnarash come from reigning champions, army side CSKA who beat rivals Spartak in the Grand Final in front of over 1,000 fans, with third-placed side Vityaz coming from the city of Perm.

“Championships have been held since 1993 and the ARLK have been conducting them since 2013,” Korolev added. “Locomotive Moscow collected a record eleven championships with Kazan Arrows next with four. The oldest team, Moscow Magicians, have been champions once and RK Vereya won in 2013 and again two years later.

“We have been participating in European Championships B since 2010, winning it that year and again in 2012-13. We have the utmost respect for our opponents this time but we genuinely believe we can progress closer to the World Cup finals.”

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP B FIXTURES

6 Oct 2018 – 15:00 Spain Russia Quatre Carreres, Valencia
13 Oct 2018 – 15:00 Russia Serbia Fily Stadium, Moscow
20 Oct 2018 – 14:00 Serbia Spain Makis Stadium, Belgrade

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Rugby league coaches and match officials come together in Belgrade for professional development

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SEMINAL TECHNICAL PROGRESS MADE IN EUROPE

In a major step forward for technical progress, 13 match officials and eight coaches have taken part in ‘professional placements’ activities as part of the EU-backed Training and Education Portal project, which completes at the end of this year.

In the build-up to the RLEF Congress in Serbia – one of the project’s cluster leaders – the week-long professional development programme included coaches; Mike Aughey (Ireland), Aitor Davilas (Spain), Bob Doughton (Germany), Tiziano Franchini (Italy), David Lahr (Czech Republic), Slobodan Manak (Serbia) and Thijs van der Zouwen (Netherlands).

There were three main strands of activity: attending and analysing matches, sessions to analyse training methods, and workshops covering, amongst other things, match analysis, the warm up and coaching philosophy. Four of the coaches took part in the first professional placement activity in Leeds in June, with the group now providing the sport with a strong corps of coach educators.

“Feedback was very positive,” said RLEF coach manager Martin Crick. “This and the Leeds event very much put the emphasis on self-development, and self-reflection on their own practice. Discussions in the evenings demonstrated that this group of coaches were very self-aware and extremely willing to learn and progress.”

On the match officiating side; Jaroslav Bzoch (Czech Republic), Craig Smith and Cameron Worsley (England), Mohamed Drizza and Benjamin Casty (France), James Spencer (Ireland), Guido Bonatti (Italy), Bartlomiej Sierota (Poland), Antonio Palacios and Andrew Pilkington (Spain) and Oleksandr Ivchenko (Ukraine) combined to form the most polyglot squad in rugby league history. All participants were trained in professional evaluation systems as they advance their careers as part of the RLEF match officials squad.

The TEP is a three-year, €723.000 investment into capacity building through good governance and technical training, funded by €466.000 from the EU’s Erasmus+ project and the remainder from the RLIF and five of its full members. It is intended to build the knowledge and skills of the RLEF’s 21 European members, divided into six regional clusters, through high quality training and mentoring, while granting opportunities to share experiences amongst fellow Europeans dedicated to rugby league development.

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Red Sharks crowned Jamaican rugby league champions

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RED SHARKS CROWNED JAMAICAN CHAMPIONS

Duhaney Park defeated the Jamaica Defence Force Warriors 56-12 in the JRLA Grand Final to take the RLATG crown. In so doing, the Red Sharks have now won the title a record six times.

Played in front of large and energetic crowd at the Duhaney Park Mini Stadium, the Red Sharks dominated from the start on the back of superb interplay between their three quarters. They were comfortably ahead 28-6 at the interval, and the second half saw them continue to dominate.

The victors were led by Jamaican international centre Renaldo Wade who scored a hat trick of tries; Andrew Simpson with a double and Kenneth Walker, Ryan Grant, Joseph Shae, Owen Linto and Jermaine Pinnock all crossing in the 10-try rout. Grant kicked five goals for a total of 14 points and Miguel Facey one.

For the Warriors, Ramone Carr scored a try and added two goals, Demone Williams their other try scorer.

Sharks assistant coach Roy Calvert commented: “This was really a challenging year for us. We spoke about history before the game. This is our third time meeting the Warriors in a Grand Final and we lost the previous two. We wanted to be the first club to win four championships in a row and six in total. Some really meticulous plans went into making this season successful and we are proud of the boys.”

Attention now switches to the National Knock-Out Cup which begins on Saturday and the National Division 2 Championship that commences the end of October.

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2021 Rugby League World Cup Qualifier – Norway 40 Germany 22 – Report

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RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP QUALIFIER – NORWAY 40 GERMANY 22 – Report

Norway overturned their negative eight points difference with a stunning second half performance to outgun favourites Germany in Porsgrunn.

All the sides in European Championship C – North finish on two points, but the Vikings progress to face South winners Greece in a neutral ground play off next month because of the magnitude of this win.

Leading narrowly at the break, the hosts were superb afterwards led by Stavanger Storm centre Kristoffer Borsheim, who finished with four tries.

“It’s a massive win, I didn’t think we could do it,” said Norway skipper Kristoffer Milligan. “Credit to the players, coaches and staff involved. It’s great for the sport here and this result will massively help us to become a stand-alone recognised national sport.”

Stavanger stand off Nathan Cummins was the key to victory, his duel with opposite number Brad Billsborough the highlight of a tense contest.

With the visitors holding a 20 point advantage after their win over the Czech Republic, continuing qualification for the 2021 World Cup was on a knife edge until the 64th minute, with the hosts 30-10 ahead.

Cummins hoisted a kick from a scrum that took the German defence by surprise and as several players from both sides chased back, the bounce favoured Bendik Kalvik and he crossed in the corner, Cummins goaling.

There was little between the sides in the opening exchanges, scrum half Simon Viljoen nipped over for Norway in the 13th minute, but almost immediately Germany replied, with Halifax prop Connor Hampson plunging over.

Borsheim grabbed his first – Fredrik Norton with his second goal – but with completion rates high, Phil Hunz went over out wide on the half hour, Billsborough missing the kick.

Just before the half time whistle, Norway spread the ball again to send Borsheim over on the left, to make it 16-10 at the interval.

Three tries in 13 minutes swung the match the Norwegian’s way; Cummins stepping his way over, Milligan next to cross and Borsheim completing his hat trick with another fine finish just before the hour.

It shook the visitors who, seeing the league leadership slip from their grasp resorted to panic plays and, more often than not, spilled possession.

Kalvik’s try led to wild celebrations on the home bench, Germany scoring late consolations through prop Andrew Hoggins as he ploughed up the middle and hard working Billsborough.

In between, Borsheim claimed his fourth, Cummins again the provider.

Germany co-head coach Simon Cooper noted: “Congratulations to the Norwegians, they fully deserved the victory. Sadly, we just made too many errors, didn’t complete our sets and you can’t expect to win any game with that.”

NORWAY 40

Frank Kiriinya, Bendik Kalvik, Fredrik Nortun, Kristoffer Borsheim, Ole Magnus Brekk, Nathan Cummins, Simon Viljoen, Chris Stalsberg, Kristoffer Milligan, Ezra McIntyre, Harald Mikalsen, Kristian Nordin-Skipnes, Isaac Schmidt

Subs: Joshua Skidmore-Hornby, Kim Andre Seglem, Sonny Mellor, Nils Kristian Holte

Tries: Viljoen (13), Borsheim (24, 37, 57, 75), Cummins (44), Milligan (50), Kalvik (64),

Goals: Nortun 2/2, Cummins 2/6

GERMANY 22

Jannek Hagenah, Vivien Seelweger, George Wood, Sebastian Peter, David Ziekursch, Brad Billsborough, Marc Zupan, Connor Hampson, Liam Doughton, Andrew Hoggins, Martin Apostel, Josh Leutenecker, Phil Hunz

Subs: Benedikt Esser, Phil Wadewitz, Renko Fleming, Zak Bredin

Tries: Hampson (15), Hunz (31), Hoggins (73), Billsborough (79)

Goals: Bilsborough 3/4

Half time: 16-10

Referee: James Spencer

Man of the Match: Kristoffer Borsheim

Attendance: 562

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RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP QUALIFIER – GREECE 60 MALTA 4 – Report

A comprehensive 11–try win by Greece at the Glyka Stadium in Athens ensured that they finished top of European Group C – South, and will now face Norway in the play offs on neutral territory, most likely next spring.

Captain, scrum half Jordan Meads was the destroyer-in-chief, as he was in Ukraine the week before, racing in for two early tries to set the tone and finishing with 20 points.

“It was a much more physical game than the score line suggests,” said Greece head coach Michail Chatziioannou. “We were better prepared than we had been against Ukraine and that showed.

“We corrected our mistakes and mentally were stronger than them, we got momentum from the start and that accounted for the big result.”

Masterful Meads put his side 12-points ahead inside the first 10 minutes, confusing the Maltese defence as to whether he was going to run or pass.

Konstantinos Katsidonis crossed for the first of his two tries to extend the lead, Robert Tuliatu’s damaging running punching holes in the visiting rearguard.

Malta’s best spell came after a double penalty award, hooker Josh Caruana nipping over for an unconverted try and prop Dean Zammit could have narrowed the lead five minutes later but lost the ball in trying to crash over.

Tuliatu’s break up the middle made it 24-4 on the half hour and, just before the break, Meads sent out a perfect pass to half back partner Panteleimon Tsattalios which saw him cross, again Meads perfect with the boot.

From a surprise short kick off at the start of the second period, Rhodes Knight Tsattalios grabbed his second, Eugenios Malai going over soon after as the Greek forwards dominated.

In the 54th minute the hosts suffered a blow when the excellent Tuliatu was stretchered off with a suspected broken leg and, around the hour, the match took an unsavoury turn, referee Ben Casty putting Malai on report for a high tackle on Liam Davis; Alvaro Zota receiving a yellow and then red card and Malta’s Damien Davis a sin binning after a melee.

Despite being a man down in the closing stages, Greece finished strongly, hard running loose forward Terry Constantinou with two tries in three minutes and Mitchell Zampetides completing the try scoring; Nikolas Bosmos with his second conversion.

Disappointed Maltese head coach, James Camilleri commented: “We had a few players still learning and hopefully, next time we play, we will put on a better showing.”

GREECE 60

Dimosthenis Kartsonakis, Nikolaos Kourkakis, Alvaro Zota, Konstantinos Katsidonis, Ioannis Nake, Panteleimon Tsattalios, Jordan Meads, Stefanos Bastas, Nikolaos Bosmos, Ioannis Rousoglou, Mitchell Zampetides, Robert Tuliatu, Terry Constantinou

Subs: Komninos Tsavaris, Eugenios Malai, Michail Bosmos, Konstantinos Koutras

Tries: Meads (6, 9), Katsidonis (18, 62), Tuliatu (31), Tsattalios (35, 41), Malai (50), Constantinou (65, 68), Zampetides (79)

Goals: Meads 6/9, N. Bosmos 2/2

MALTA 4

Jake Scott, Shaun Chircop, Pete Debono, Jon Micallef, Jean Pierre Zarb, Liam Davis, Adam Campbell, Dean Zammit, Josh Caruana, Vince Farrugia, Damien Davis, Nicky Maylor, Joseph Pio Mizzi

Subs: Clive Sciberras, Liam Scicluna, Sam Blyton-Keep

Try: Caruana (25)

Goal: Zarb 0/1

Half time: 30-4

Referee: Ben Casty (France)

Man of the match: Jordan Meads

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Norway and Germany name squads for Rugby League World Cup qulaifier

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NORWAY AND GERMANY NAME SQUADS FOR WCQ SHOWDOWN

Norway and Germany have named their 19-man squads for the final game in European Championship C – North, in Porsgrunn tomorrow (Saturday) which doubles up as the next stage of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup qualifiers. The ultimate victors will face the winners of European Championship C – South, on neutral territory most likely in spring 2019.

Germany are in pole position thanks to a stunning 24-4 win over the Czech Republic in Osnabrück late last month, needing to take a point from Norway who were defeated 20-12 in Vrchlabi.

“Without a doubt this is the most important match in RL Norge’s short history,” said head coach Dave Hunter. “All the players have been putting in the hard work to ensure we give ourselves a chance of proceeding to the next round of RLWC qualifying. We realise that we are the underdogs and that we’ll need to be at our very best if we’ve a chance to win.”

Kristian Nordin-Skipnes has flown in from winning a title with Woden Valley Rams in Canberra to bolster the home line up.

According to Germany co-head coach Simon Cooper: “We are expecting a tough physical challenge from the Norwegians, just like we experienced from the Czechs. If we don’t show them the respect they deserve, we risk losing and potentially missing out on progressing to the next stage. It means even more being involved in the World Cup Qualifiers and part of a competition that has so much history.”

Swinton’s Brad Billsborough, man of the match against the Czechs, will again captain the side in the absence of injured Mawuli Amefia.

NORWAY 19-MAN SQUAD

Bendik Kalvik, (Bodø Barbarians), Harald Mikalsen, Kristoffer Milligan (Flekkefjord Tigers), Sonny Mellor, Joshua William Skidmore-Hornby (Lillestrøm Lions), Isaac Schmidt, (Oslo Capitals), Kevin Båtnes, Nils Kristian Holte, Chris Stalsberg, (Porsgrunn Pirates), Kristian Hilton (Saddleworth Rangers), Kim Andre Seglem, (Sandnes Raiders), Kristoffer Borsheim, Nathan Cummins, Ezra McIntyre, Fredrik Nortun (Stavanger Storm), Ole Magnus Brekk, Frank Kiriinya, Simon Viljoen, (Trondheim Rugby Klubb), Kristian Nordin-Skipnes (Woden Valley Rams)

GERMANY 19-MAN SQUAD

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