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Russia rugby league names train-on squad for defence Of European B crown

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FROM: RLEF MEDIA DEPARTMENT

DATE: 30 April 2014

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RUSSIA NAMES TRAIN-ON SQUAD FOR DEFENCE OF EUROPEAN B CROWN

The Russian and Ukrainian rugby league’s will demonstrate their close ties when Ukraine travels to the Moscow Region for the host’s opening game of the 2014-15 European Championship B.

Russian federation (ARLK) president Edgard Taturyan, who was re-elected to their top position recently following a request from the association’s members, was keen to point out the friendly relations that have always existed with their southerly neighbours.

“Russian teams have had several games against our Ukrainian friends,” he said.

“We know they have problems because of the difficult situation in the country, but Artur Martyrosyan [Ukrainian federation president], even under the present circumstances, has been able to keep the championship there going. We are training really hard to be well prepared to the game.”

The spine of the group that won five out of six matches in European B predecessor, the Shield, remains intact, with 13 Vereya players named in Eduard Ososkov’s 25-man train-on squad.

But the squad could be even stronger following the potential return to rugby league of one time Russian super-club Lokomotiv.

Last weekend the side, which turned to rugby union in 2010, but which is now under new leadership, played a friendly match against Vereya and Ososkov names four Loko players in his group, including former Wests Tigers trialist and Tim Sheens project Roman Ovchinnikov.

“I am sure that our game against Ukraine will be really tough taking into consideration that the Ukrainian players are big, strong and well trained,” added Taturyan.

The game, on 24 May, has been moved from Naro-Fominsk to Vereya. Ukraine travel to Belgrade a week earlier to open the competition against Serbia.

RUSSIA TRAIN-ON SQUAD
Petr Botnarash, Nikolay Zagoskin (Fili), Rustam Bulanov, Mikhail Burlutskiy, Sergey Gaponov, Anatoliy Grigorev, Kirill Nechaev, Aleksey Nikolaev, Sergey Konstantinov, Aleksander Lysokon, Eduard Ososkov, Roman Safronov, Andrey Sevostyanov, Maxim Suchkov, Denis Tulenev, Vladimir Vlaysuk, (Vereya); Artem Grigoryan, Kirill Kasharin, Mikhail Nisiforov, Roman Ovchinnikov (Lokomotiv); Andrey Zdobnikov (MGTUGA); Grigory Esin (Saint Petersburg), Dmitry Bratko, Vadim Fedchuk, Konstantin Roschin, (Storm)

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Welsh host latest EU sponsored rugby league governance project for Germans and Danes

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DATE: 30 April 2014

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RLEF-EU PROJECT TOUCHES DOWN IN CARDIFF

Delegates from Denmark and Germany spent two days in Cardiff this week as their group in the EU-financed Leadership Devolution Project got underway with a governance seminar co-hosted by Sport Wales and cluster leader, Wales Rugby League.

WRL chairman Brian Juliff headed the WRL delegation and was impressed by the Continental contingent.

“It was a pleasure to meet and work with representatives of the Denmark and German Rugby Leagues,” he said. “Their unbridled enthusiasm, passion and determination for establishing our sport in their respective nations was infectious and very encouraging for the growth of the game in Europe.

“We are very pleased that Wales RL have been partnered with two potentially powerful future rugby league nations and will work steadfastly in support of their cause.”

The three nations included a visit to Sport Wales’s headquarters in Cardiff city centre where the national sports authority gave a presentation explaining the structure of Welsh sport, including its community, elite, technical and volunteering strategies.

The German delegation – Bob and Liam Doughton, and Mawuli Amefia – found the presentation particularly helpful as they set about restructuring Rugby League Deutschland, which a focus on a legally registered organisation and members.

“I would like to thank Brian and Chris Thair [WRL Chief Operating Officer] on behalf of all those people who are keen on developing rugby league in Germany,” noted Bob Doughton. “The whole visit was mentoring in its finest form – both pragmatic and inspirational at the same time.”

The Danmark Rugby League Forbund was represented by general secretary Richard Naylor and official Viiga Lima.

Naylor commented, “On top of all the practical advice, spurring on our own plans, sharing of resources and encouragement, we can’t stress enough the fantastic value of meeting other administrators in the game and making those vital connections.

“It has been just the helping hand we needed to go back to our own organisation with renewed energy, ideas and enthusiasm for strengthening the game in Scandinavia,” he added.

The Leadership Devolution Project is intended to increase the capacity of the participating NGBs, utilising a tiered mentoring structure and focusing on governance and technical education, to support the rapid growth of the sport in Europe. The project’s main donor is the EU, which has committed €195.000 over the 18-month project.

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Sixty year anniversary of rugby league in Serbia celebrated with repeat fixture

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DATE: 27 April 2014

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SIXTY YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF RUGBY LEAGUE IN SERBIA CELEBRATED WITH REPEAT FIXTURE

Sixty years ago in Paracin, at the FK Jedinstvo stadium, Partizan defeated Radnicki 21-11 in the first game of rugby league in Serbia.

Seven of the players who faced each other on 25th April 1954 were present and guests of honour when the sides met again this weekend at the same venue.

Skoknic Miodrag, Arsenijevic Vlasta, Conki Predrag represented Partisan that day and Tomanovic Budimir Tambe, Petar Marjanovic, Jovicic Djordje and Puzic Stevan, wore the kit of Radnicki.

Then they travelled by train and after the match a dance was organized in a high school.

This time the match up, watched by over 500 fans, saw over 30 children from the youth section of the OFK Paracin club put on a pre-match demonstration and then Partisan repeated their inaugural success, this time 32-20.

The sides were level 10-all at the break, Radnikis tries from Trifunovic and Jovanovic, Zogovic with a goal; Partizan replying through Stanisic and Cirkovi, Jasari with the extras.

Jankovic and Cirkovi with his second extended the Partizan lead before the hour, Djuric replying; Jankovic with his double and Ilic for the victors sandwiching a Radniki touchdown from Kostandinovic.

After the game, which was broadcast via livestream on the internet, the players of both sides were presented to the delighted veterans.

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Rugby League European Federation Board statement

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DATE: 25 April 2014

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RUGBY LEAGUE EUROPEAN FEDERATION BOARD STATEMENT

Following a meeting of the Rugby League European Federation Board, the Directors have expressed their thanks to Scott Carter for his work on behalf of the international game. The New Zealand Rugby League chairman recently announced his decision to step down as the Chairman of the Rugby League International Federation.

Consequently, the RLEF Board has confirmed that it will nominate Nigel Wood, current RLIF Deputy Chairman, to be Carter’s successor.

Wood, Chief Executive of the Rugby Football League, was tournament director of the hugely successful 2013 Rugby League World Cup. RLEF Directors Carlos Zalduendo and Graeme Thompson and England’s Maurice Watkins also sit on the 10-strong RLIF executive committee, which is due to meet on 2 May in Sydney.

Elsewhere, the European Federation’s organisation of the 2014 European Championship is ongoing. However, the RLEF still awaits RLIF funding confirmation before it can release the fixture schedule. France, Ireland, Scotland and Wales are due to participate, with the winner qualifying for the 2016 Four Nations to be staged in the Northern hemisphere.

The Directors have also officially renamed the Middle East North Africa region, which has been administered by the RLEF since the reformations of 2010, as Middle East Africa, to reflect the direction in which the sport is heading and to cultivate opportunities in these important emerging markets.

The RLEF Board feels that a Middle East Africa operation is the next step in the sport’s growth and is keen to support local National Governing Bodies there further their development potential.

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Sierra Leone takes to rugby league

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DATE: 24 April 2014

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SIERRA LEONE TAKES TO RUGBY LEAGUE

Wales Rugby League development manager Mark Jones made his long awaited return to Sierra Leone recently.

As part of a funded mentoring partnership, he spent a second, ten day stint promoting and coaching the sport in the country.

“I first travelled there in April 2013 as part of a fact-finding mission co-funded by the Welsh Assembly and UK Sport International,” he said on his return.

“Ten months after the project launch we received the go ahead for phase two of the project, and I was fortunate enough to be asked to revisit to impart as much knowledge as possible to Magnus O’Reilly Campbell, the community coach in the capital Freetown.”

Jones – who took over donated kit and balls– went into schools, colleges and clubs to help capitalise on the interest shown since his first visit.

“Sierra Leone is one of the poorest countries in the world and rugby league is the first full contact sport they have ever experienced. It was evident how much they adored the physicality and confrontation it provides.”

“A week’s continuous training with the Lions Warriors culminated on the last day with a full 13-a-side game. Refereeing, I felt an overwhelming sense of gratification as everyone’s hard work came to fruition in an outstanding match, the first of many to come,” he added.

“Each player was presented with a t-shirt and shorts kindly donated by Cardiff Spartans RLFC and Wales Rugby League. The captain was given training equipment, again donated by WRL, so they can continue to train in our absence.”

Jones went on to coach at three school, Ayoub International Junior School, the Grammar School – which is the highest ranked academic school in Sierra Leone – and Prince of Wales School, set on top of a mountain in the heart of Freetown.

He noted, “Magnus continued to grow in confidence as he spent more time delivering sessions on his own in both Creole and English.”

“During a trip where I did not touch a blade of grass, I left the country knowing the development of rugby league in Sierra Leone will continue. Magnus was given knowledge, equipment and resources to progress with the good work done and will be constantly supported by Wales Rugby League.”

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Ukranian domestic rugby league competition restarted

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UKRANIAN DOMESTIC RUGBY LEAGUE COMPETITION RESTARTED

Despite the continuing political crisis in the country, the Crimea-based rugby league clubs have recommenced their competition.

The latest results from League I saw KEPU Simferopol defeat Patriot Sevastopol 86-10 while Storm Kharkiv edged a thriller against Donbass Aliance Donetsk, 26-22.

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Serbia rugby league announce train-on squad

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SERBIA TRAIN-ON SQUAD ANNOUNCED FOR EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP B

The Serbian Rugby League Federation has announced a 40-man train-on squad for the European B tournament which kicks off in Belgrade next month with a match against Ukraine.

Serbias only previous match against the Ukrainians was in the Milan Kosanovi Cup in 2011, which the hosts won 10-6 at the Ada Ciganlija Stadium in Belgrade.

Head coach Marko Jankovi has confirmed that he is happy with the preparations and that the evenly contested Serbian First Division is providing genuine competition for places.

Our domestic competition is balanced like never before, he said. We increased the number of games played and also increased the number of candidates for the national team who gained experience through different forms of representative matches, including the Risman Cup, Origin Cup and Challenge Cup.

Partizan Belgrade, a new side in 2013, provides seven of 13 un-capped players named in a squad widely drawn from 11 clubs, compared to five in 2012.

Then, just over half of the squad came from Dorcol and Red Star. This year only a third hails from Belgrade’s powerhouse duo.

We have again demonstrated our readiness to give opportunities to young players, continued Jankovic, but at the same time we havent given up on proven ones that currently might not be in the forefront or struggling with injuries. Solid performances from players who have previously been central to our team gives us additional stability.

Some of the players from our squad will have the opportunity to claim their spots in the following weeks. Serbia Students selection will take on our U20s in a Challenge Cup series, as preparations for their tournament in France, while regional selectors are expected to make the final test for most of the candidates when they pick the Serbia Country and Belgrade City origin teams.

SERBIA 40-MAN TRAIN-ON SQUAD

Ilija Radan (Burwood North Ryde United, Australia), Danilo Deli, Zoran Pei, Neboja ivanovi (Carpentras XIII, France), Mirko Boovi, Marko uk, Dejan Lukeni, Stefan Nedeljkovi, Stevan Stevanovi, Radovan Tajsi, Dalibor Vukanovi (Dorol), Marko Milenkovi, Lazar ivkovi (Ni), Denis Bibi, Stefan Ili, Dragan Jankovi, David Jaari, Duan Milutinovi, Milo Novi, Nikola Srbljanin (Partizan), Nemanja Petrovi, Igor Vratnjan (Podbara), Milo Konstadinovi, Vuk trbac (Radniki Belgrade), Nemanja Boi, Nemanja Coji, Milo Djurkovi, arko Kovaevi, Pero Madarevi, Mile Podkoljnjak (Radniki NP), Vladislav Dedi, Vojislav Dedi, Slobodan Manak, Petar Milanovi, Vladica Nikoli, Miodrag Tomi, Milo Zogovi (Red Star), Filip Stoi (Soko Vranje), Milo ali (Tamajdan Tigers), Andrej Mora (Vodovac)

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