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Russian rugby league player receives four match international suspension

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FROM: RLEF MEDIA DEPARTMENT

DATE: 31 July 2014

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RUSSIAN RUGBY LEAGUE PLAYER RECEIVES FOUR MATCH SUSPENSION

Russia’s Ruslan Izmaylov has been banned for four matches by the RLEF Disciplinary Committee following his dismissal in Gemona, Italy, during last weekend’s European Championship B match, won 22-18 by the Italians.

Izmaylov, who plays for Lokomotiv Moscow, was sent off immediately following the final whistle for confronting the referee, Tom Mather. He was charged and found guilty of using aggressive body language to dispute a referee’s decision.

The ARLK (Russian rugby league) has chosen not to appeal the sentence.

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Czech Republic host coaching and youth international rugby league events

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DATE: 30 July 2014

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CZECH REPUBLIC HOST COACHING AND YOUTH INTERNATIONAL RUGBY LEAGUE EVENTS

Vrchlabi, home of the Mad Squirrels club, will be a hot-bed of rugby league from tomorrow (Thursday) when a week of development work featuring five countries commences.

RLEF Coaching Manager, Martin Crick, will oversee the first phase of a coach tutor course for the Czech Republic hosts, Malta and Sweden, as part of the EU Leadership Devolution Project.

Then, on Sunday, the Latvian U18 team will arrive in the town ahead of two matches against the Czechs in a first for Latvian rugby league, which has never fielded a youth side at representative level.

The Latvians will be supported by consultant Steve Leonard, the head of St Helens’ youth development department, and an increasingly impressed observer of the Latvian federation. Two weeks ago Leonard spent a few days in Riga observing a number of camps organised by the LRL.

“I was really impressed with the set-up of rugby league in Latvia and with the talent on show, especially within the U18 group,” commented Leonard, who flies to Prague on Friday to observe the Czech association delivering their Level 1 course.

“It is only with quality time together that squads bond and improve, and opportunities like the trip to the Czech Republic are immeasurable in this process. I believe that the games will be a great bench mark for future development in the Latvian plan, but the lessons learned and the experience will be the legacy of their time in Vrchlabi.”

One of those who has received mentoring and training, Czech coach David Lahr, has been sidelined with a knee injury sustained at the Pardubice 9s a week ago and will pass over the U18s’ reins to Darek Blatak and team manager Tomas Douda.

CZRLA development manager Andy Mulhall is keen to see what both sides have to offer.

“Some very talented [Czech] players who are already on the verge of senior national team selection will be playing,” he said

“Despite the fact that the vast majority of the Czech youth team are rookies to the sport, all are looking forward to testing themselves against players from other nations.”

Three Maltese, three Swedish and two new Czech coach tutor trainees will all attend the four-day seminar, with the Swedish contingent staying to observe the first Czech v Latvia youth match on Monday 4 August.

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European Championship B, Game 5 – Italy 22 Russia 18 – Report

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DATE: 26 July 2014

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EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP B, GAME 5 – ITALY 22 RUSSIA 18 – Report

Italy went to the top of the table after winning the battle of the previously unbeaten nations but were pushed all the way by the Russians, both sides scoring three tries.

What undid the Bears in the closing stages was their indiscipline, conceding three kickable penalties and nine in the second half in total culminating in the late sin binning of Anatoly Grigorev for dissent, and the dismissal of Ruslan Izmailov after the whistle for his protestations to referee Tom Mather.

Conditions were always going to dictate in picturesque Gemona, heavy rain throughout dominating, but the visitors were also undone twice in the first half by long range interceptions from Italy right winger Alessio Curione.

“We lost too much ball and were put under a lot of pressure but the boys hung on,” said Azzurri assistant coach Kelly Rolleston, head man Paul Broadbent having been prevented from travelling out at the last minute at Manchester airport because of an issue over a damaged passport.

“A couple of interception tries kept us in the game when we were struggling but in the second half we played good field position in the difficult conditions.”

Rolleston added, “We knew they like to play it long and wide through their powerful centres and pushed up, Alessio reading it well on both occasions. It has been an excellent tournament so far and a great experience for the players – we had three from Serie A on debut today – and can now go to Serbia with confidence.

Russia were hit by the late injury withdrawal of their best player to date, Kirill Kosharin and quickly found themselves ten points down.

Winger Chris de Meyer crossed in the corner on the end of a fine handling move in the fifth minute, Curione with his first intercept soon after, Matt Bradley goaling that to make it 10-0.

The Bears responded well, prolific Dmitriy Bratko over out wide and Aleksandr Lysokon landing a superb touchline conversion; Izmailov powering over three minutes later, Lysokon again on target to put Russia ahead for the only time, 12-10.

Four minutes before the break, Brescia’s Curione repeated his party piece, cantering 80 metres to the posts, Bradley goaling.

The third quarter was scoreless as possession was difficult to retain, Bradley extending the margin to eight points with penalties in the 63rd and 69th minute as the Russian’s discipline began to ebb.

Bradley then missed a field goal attempt and, almost immediately after, Russia went to the other end and Petr Botnarash crashed over, Lysokon again adding the extras.

Another Bradley penalty after Grigorev’s sin binning completed the scoring.

“It was a difficult match for us because of the rain,” said Russia skipper Roman Ovtchinnikov. “We didn’t take advantage of some of the attacking positions we worked. This is a strong team with a winning mentality so this is a hard outcome to take.”

ITALY 22 (16)

James Saltonstall, Alessio Curione, Riccardo Scandurra, Manuele Passera, Chris De Meyer, Pierangelo Ceretti, Matt Bradley, Romain Mencarini, Joel Miranda, Drake Muyodi, Giuseppe, Luca Milani, Jonathan Marcinczak. Subs: Remi Fontana, Andrea Jacotti, Stefano Amura, Luca Ameglio

Tries: De Meyer (5), Curione (9, 36)

Goals: Bradley 5

RUSSIA 18 (12)

Maksim Suchkov, Rustam Bulanov, Petr Botnarash, Eduard Ososkov, Dmitriy Bratko, Aleksandr Lysokon, Artem Grigoryan, Sergey Konstantinov, Roman Ovchinnikov, Anatoly Grigorev, Alexey Nikolaev, Vadim Fedchuk, Vladimir Vlasyuk. Subs; Andrey Zdobnikov, Mikhail Burlutskiy, Ruslan Izmaylov

Tries: Bratko (19), Izmailov (22), Botnarash (72)

Goals: Lysokon 3

Penalty count: 11-9

Referee: Tom Mather

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European Championship B, Game 5 Italy V Russia – Preview

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DATE: 24 July 2014

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EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP B, GAME 5 ITALY V RUSSIA – PREVIEW

The top two teams in European Championship B face off in the beautiful Alpine town of Gemona on Saturday (26th July), with Italy official Kelly Rolleston labelling it as a: “Must win game”.

Victory will see Italy, who have a superior points difference already, leap-frog Russia into top spot as the 2014/15 competition heads towards the half way stage.

Thundery showers are forecast which may restrict the attacking flair of the Italians as Russia attempt to avenge their only defeat of the title-winning 2012-13 campaign, in Este last year.

Newly crowned Italian champions Brescia send another two players to the Azzurri ranks in Alessio Curione and Andrea Jacotti and they are joined by uncapped duo Manuele Passera of beaten finalists XIII del Ducato and St Esteve front rower Romain Mencarini.

James Saltonstall and Matt Bradley are recalled by coach Paul Broadbent.

“With this game coming quickly after our win over Ukraine, we are excited to see even more new faces in the international arena after some very closely-contested domestic semis and finals,” enthused Broadbent.

“It will be good for us to see where we sit in our progression playing against Russia who have proved to be a real strength in the competition. We know they have strong outside backs and some smart play-makers; it will be a tough game and we need to bring our best game if we are to secure victory.”

Russia has prepared well, with three full training sessions, but they will be without unbeaten coach Igor Ovchinnikov who is prevented him from travelling with his squad because of long-held personal plans.

Leadership will come in the dependable guise of Eduard Ososkov and a clutch of tried and tested veterans.

The absence of Lokomotic Moscow duo Mikhail Nisiforov and rugged back rower Kirill Kosharin – arguably the best player in the competition so far – will be a blow, especially the giant 28-year-old Kosharin, who was originally named in the travelling party but who has had to belatedly withdraw through injury.

Nisiforov’s absence is offset by the inclusion of powerful strike centre Petr Botnarash, while Roman Ovchinnikov’s duel with counterpart Joel Miranda at hooker will be compelling.

“The Italian team is fast, skilful and aggressive in attack which was demonstrated in their game against Ukraine,” said Russian rugby league president Edgard Taturyan. “We are ready to compete against the Italians. We certainly hope to have a better result this time compared to the last year.”

ITALY 20-MAN SQUAD

Riccardo Scandurra (Ariete), Remi Fontana (Carpentras), Matt Bradley (Gloucestershire All Golds), Andrea Jacotti, Pierangelo Ceretti, Luca Milani, Alessio Curione, Giuseppe Pagani (Lions Brescia) Chris De Meyer, Luca Ameglio (NW Roosters), Jonathan Marcinczak (Racing Club Albi), Joel Miranda (Realmont), Romain Mencarini (St Esteve), Stefano Amura, Simone Boscolo (Torino XIII), James Saltonstall (York City Knights), Manuele Passera, Drake Muyodi, Raffaele Della Ragione, Diego Del Nevo (XIII del Ducato)

RUSSIA 17-MAN SQUAD

Petr Botnarash (Fili, RU), Artem Grigoryan, Ruslan Izmailov, Roman Ovtchinnikov, Andrey Zdobnikov (Lokomotiv Moscow), Dmitriy Bratko, Vadim Fedchuk, (Storm), Rustam Bulanov, Mikhail Burlutskiy, Anatoly Grigorev, Sergey Konstantinov, Aleksandr Lysokon, Alexey Nikolaev, Eduard Ososkov, Maksim Suchkov, Vladimir Vlasyuk (Vereya)

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Sweden continues its rugby league progress

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DATE: 23 July 2014

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SWEDEN CONTINUES ITS RUGBY LEAGUE PROGRESS

As they prepare to make their entry in this season’s Nordic Cup, with a match against Denmark in Copenhagen on 16th August, holders Sweden are hoping continued domestic progress will help them become the first Scandinavian nation to win the trophy twice.

The formation of the Pan-Scandinavian Club Championship in 2013, consisting of one side from Denmark, Copenhagen Black Swans and two from Sweden, Skåne Crusaders and Kungsbacka Broncos, gave the Svensk Rugby League Forening the structure it needed and the sport has developed rapidly since.

The Crusaders – who won the Czech 9s last weekend – have taken the Pan-Scan title both years and remain undefeated in the 13-man format of the game.

While Kungsbacka have yet to register a win in the competition, they have shown remarkable development from a team of beginners and had representatives in the national side last year.

Swedish captain, Fabian Wikander – who hails from Cairns but because of his Swedish parents moved back to his native land and joined Crusaders – recently turned out in a pioneering game as his new side Södertalje took on Stockholm.

Based out of a rugby union club, Södertälje – a suburb of the capital – plan to enter the Pan-Scan in 2015 with Stockholm doing likewise the year after.

Sweden head coach Ashley Brown commented: “This was a big day for league in Sweden and the right direction for growing the sport here, especially in the capital city area which has a large and strong skilled base of players.”

Stockholm won 24-22 and according to Wikander: “There were positives, with a lot of the boys playing their first-ever game of rugby league. As the match wore on they started getting the hang of the new sport.”

“There were some outstanding players on display especially Måns Derk who scored a hat trick with his damaging runs and also was solid in defence while Alexander Rappestad also ran the ball well.

“We encourage anyone in the area to come and try rugby league in Stockholm and Södertälje.”

The national side under Brown has already had two get-together training sessions and is confident about overcoming the Danes and setting up a home Nordic Cup decider against Norway on August 30th in Lund.

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Reggae Warriors pleased with Toronto display

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REGGAE WARRIORS PLEASED WITH TORONTO DISPLAY

In front of a crowd of over 3,000 despite heavy rain, Jamaica just missed out on claiming the fourth annual Caribana Trophy, losing 24-20 to Canada in Toronto.

Nevertheless, JRLA head coach Romeo Monteith felt his team gave it their best effort. “The conditions were harsh with the wet ball but the boys dug deep and gave themselves a chance at the end,” he said.

“If a few calls had gone our way and we had been more careful with the ball we would have done better but it was an entertaining game for the fans and the Reggae Warriors continue to improve. I’m very proud of this team and all Jamaica should be too.”

Jamaica started strongly when second rower Nathan Campbell bust through three tackles and sprinted 40 metres for a try after 20 minutes, Ryan Grant landing the conversion.

Canada responded soon after through Tom Clancy with a sneak over from dummy half, Steve Piatek adding the extras.

There was controversy two minutes later when referee Paul Byrne allowed Canada a quick tap close to Jamaica’s line while the visitors were still retreating, Cam Grace racing over despite the protests and Piatek goaling.

Joe Perez-Bangay scampered through a tiring Jamaica defence and again Piatek kicked the conversion to give Canada a commanding 18-6 lead but Jamaica responded in the run up to the break, through centre Hamish Barnes, with a blistering long range run to make it 18-10.

Canada scored the final points of the half when Piatek slotted over a penalty.

Canada opened strongly in the second period when speedy winger Brett King latched on to a grubber kick from Matt Wyles in the 54th minute to make it 24-10.

Jamaica then had the lion share of possession but were thwarted by strong defence from the Wolverines and handling errors.

In the final 10 minutes, Sheffield Eagles’ Corey Hanson powered over in the right corner and Renaldo Wade scored on the left hand side, with Hanson converting to make it 24-20 and set up a nervy finish.

Canada 24 (20)

Tries: Tom Clancy, Cam Grace, Joe Perez-Bangay, Brett King

Goals: Steve Piatek 4

Danny Tupou, Brett King, Christian Miller, Lukas Silver, Tony Felix, Matt Wyles, Steve Piatek, Rob Autagavaia, Adam Moody, Cam Grace, Tom Clancy, Billy Skidgmore, Denny McCarthy (Subs – all used) Chad Bain, Erick Alvarado, Braden Stubel, Joe Perez-Bangay

Jamaica 20 (10)

Tries: Nathan Campbell, Hamish Barnes, Corey Hanson, Renaldo Wade

Goals: Ryan Grant 1, Corey Hanson 1

Joseph Shae, Adrian Mckenzie, Hamish Barnes, Corey Hanson, Renaldo Wade, Ryan Grant, Robert Rodney, Antonio Baker, Marvin Thompson, Alec Harris, Nathan Campbell, Khamisi McKain, Jermaine Pinnock (Subs – all used) Chevaughn Bailey, Greg Hall, Tyrone Rowe, Kenardo Morgan

Referee – Paul Byrne (Eng)

Attendance – 3,129

Contact
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JRLA Development Officer

Tel: 1-876-460-9901, Email: romeocbar Romeo.Monteith

Website: www.jamaicarugbyleague.com

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Student Pioneers leave rugby league legacy in Ghana

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STUDENT PIONEERS LEAVE RUGBY LEAGUE LEGACY IN GHANA

Following the return of the GB Student Pioneers after their two week, three match tour of Ghana, GRL Development Officer Sylvester Wellington feels that there is a genuine impetus for the sport to kick on there.

“We are now looking at building a strong foundation in rugby league within secondary schools which will progress to university and, later, sustain the community league system,” he said from Accra.

“The tour was extremely important, to measure where we are, to see a vision of where we aim to be and to give the players an idea of what it will take to be successful in a sport they have certainly embraced.”

Wellington continued, “It was not only the matches, where we were able to show everyone here a national side that they could be proud of, but we are extremely grateful to the Pioneers for the coaching sessions they held with youngsters who were captivated by what they were shown – and had a genuine enthusiasm for it – and also the donations of kits and resources.”

“We are extremely grateful.”

Co-manager of the Pioneers, Keith Sandhu, saw the progress the hosts made as the tour progressed.

“It was great to see how much the Ghanaians have improved and developed,” he noted. “The hard work and dedication from all the players and staff has been truly amazing, some players travelled for nearly two hours just to train and play. The games were all extremely tough and the Ghanaians loved the contact, our boys were shocked with the physicality of the matches.”

“The work being done in the schools is great. One session we managed to coach and introduce the game to 180 kids, in another there were 70. With some more financial investment from sponsors and development work at grassroots level, I believe that Ghana RL will be a strong and good for the sport.”

His fellow tour leader, Steve Curtis, endorsed the view. “The tour to Ghana was a great success, it highlighted the huge potential for rugby league there,” he commented.

“It was a perfect mix of development, coaching and PR along with some amazing cultural experiences. The Ghanaians are so friendly, We have made some great friends, they love league and are keen to learn.”

“A personal highlight for me was seeing first-hand the potential in the schools, they had so much fun, had all the core skills and the PE teachers were excited by the sessions and wanting to do more.”

In the final tour match, also at the Presec School Legon, the Pioneers followed up their First Test 46-4 win over Ghana with a 34-6 success.

In the lead up, the Pioneers held more school sessions, a joint training and coaching exercise with the Ghana RL squad, visited the historic Cape Coast and rain forest in the National Park as well as undertook several press conferences for TV and Radio.

The day’s proceedings were kicked off by an inter-house school game with children from Our Lady of Mercy School, Accra and they and their head of PE were presented a playing kit by Richard Tate on behalf of Bradford Bulls Foundation.

In a closely fought contest with plenty of tries and great passing from both sides, the game was enjoyed by all the players especially those sporting their new playing shirts.

Despite the friendships formed between the Ghana and Pioneers squads, there was no love lost once the main game started, the noticeable difference in this encounter from the previous matches was the increase speed of the play the ball and defensive.

Ghana also moved the ball with greater confidence and forced errors with their aggressive tackling.

Back to back tries from Sam Swire and Sam Roe broke the deadlock, skipper Jonny Morris adding a third by sidestepping his way round the home full back.

Ghana’s defence came out tighter and faster after the break but Pioneers winger Jamie Park found space to race 40 metres for a try and a nice scrum play gave Morris space to glide through.

Determined running from man-of-the-match Jason Dzata lifted the home side and fast hands found a flying Gideon Khusey who made sure of the finish, Laboron Ibrahim with an impressive touch line conversion.

Where the first game offered a glimpse of the passion and pride of the West African nation, the second proved there is a real desire to learn and improve in front of another young and enthusiastic crowd.

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