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Rugby League European Championship Game 5 – Scotland 22 France 38 – Report

FROM: RLEF MEDIA DEPARTMENT

DATE: 31 October 2014

CONTACT: phil.caplan / +44 7850719412

RUGBY LEAGUE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP GAME 5 – SCOTLAND 22 FRANCE 38 – REPORT

A sensational climax saw Scotland stay in contention for their first-ever European crown despite going down 38-22 to France at Galashiels.

Steve McCormack’s men needed to avoid defeat by 17 points to end France’s hopes and trailed by the half time score of 38-6 with only 17 minutes to go.

But, in a rousing finish, three tries and two Danny Brough goals denied the French the chance of taking the title and with it qualification for the 2016 Four Nations tournament.

The Bravehearts’ fate now rests in the hands of Ireland in the final match of the tournament. If Mark Aston’s men defeat Wales in Wrexham on Sunday afternoon by a margin of 41 points, they will lift the cup and, as an additional bonus, qualify for the 2017 World Cup.

"At half time we told a few home truths, that wasn’t the Scotland way in the first half,” said McCormack, “But credit to France, everything they did was good.

“We asked the lads for a bit more honesty and reminded them we had an awful lot to play for and the second half was sensational. Hopefully Wales can do us a favour on Sunday against Ireland.”

France looked to have well and truly spoiled the Scots 20th anniversary party – the Gala guests including 1954 World Cup winner David Rose, brothers Stan and Ron Cowan, George Fairbairn and Rob Valentine, who were introduced to Netherdale crowd at the interval – Richard Agar’s men running in seven tries in 24 blistering minutes.

That included a 14-minute hat trick for livewire scrum half Remy Marginet who finished with 22 points in a man of the match display.

In front of several members of the very first Scotland team in 1994 – including Graeme Thompson, coach John Risman and current Gala RU coach George Graham – the hosts got off to a perfect start, Ben Kavanagh barging over from close range after three minutes and Brough goaling.

A good break by Danny Addy and offload to Oscar Thomas looked set to add points but, from there on in for the remainder of the half, it was all France.

The visitors had a try disallowed for a forward pass but, almost immediately, Marginet darted through to score and goaled to level.

Skipper Jason Baitieri then went over, Marginet goaling and, exploiting the increasing space at dummy half, the French went on the rampage.

A sweeping move from deep within their own half saw Marginet on hand to zip clear for his second try and, although he missed the conversion, two minutes later substitute Eloi Pelissier shot across, with the goal attempt again going wide.

Marginet’s electric pace made up for that when he completed his quick-fire treble, his goal to make it 26-6 seeing France lead the competition table on point’s difference.

On the half hour, play was halted for an injury to Callum Phillips but that failed to dampen the French joie de vivre, Aurelian Decarnin finishing off a sweeping move created by Kevin Larroyer and Jean-Philippe Baille to go over in the right hand corner, Marginet with the touchline conversion.

Just before the break, Tony Gigot crossed and Marginet’s fifth goal made it 38-6; it seeming inconceivable that his conversion would be the last Tricolors points of the game.

Scotland dominated the third quarter territorially but without being able to crack the French defence, a knock on just short of the line scuppering them in the 57th minute and a great jinking run by Thomas taking him to within a couple of metres of the line.

But, in the 63rd minute, Ben Hellewell outpaced the visiting defence to touch down in the right hand corner and, although the conversion was missed by Brough, Scotland were 11 points short of the margin needed to stay top.

An intense spell of home pressure then paid off when Adam Walker forced his way over, Brough goaling to set up a nervous last five minutes.

With two to go, Jonny Walker charged through the static French defence, Brough coolly converting to set off wild scenes of celebration despite defeat.

Joe Wardle, Thomas and the Walker brothers impressed for the Bravehearts in a second forty minutes when they did not concede a point to remain on the edge of glory.

SCOTLAND:

Oscar Thomas, David Scott, Ben Hellewell, Joe Wardle, Alex Hurst, Danny Brough (c), Nathan Massey. Adam Walker, Danny Addy, Ben Kavanagh, Sonny Esslemont, Corbyn Kilday, Josh Barlow

Subs: Callum Phillips, Jonathan Walker, Harvey Burnett, Louis Senter

Tries: Kavanagh (3), Hellewell (63), A. Walker (75), J. Walker (77)

Goals: Brough 3

FRANCE:

Mathias Pala, Tony Gigot, Aurelien Decarnin, Damien Cardace, Frederic Vaccari, Theo Fages, Remy Marginet Jamal Fakir, Antony Maria, Michael Simon, Kevin Larroyer, Benjamin Garcia, Jason Baltieri (c)

Subs: Eloi Pelissier, Jean-Philippe Baile. Julian Bousquet, Aaron Wood

Tries: Marginet (14, 22, 28), Baitieri (19), Pelissier (24), Decarnin (34), Gigot (38)

Goals: Marginet 5

Half time: 6-38

Referee: Richard Silverwood

Attendance: 1,432

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Ukraine rugby league goes nationwide with new teams

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FROM: UKRAINE RUGBY LEAGUE FEDERATION

DATE: 31 October 2014

CONTACT: Artur Martyrosyan (arturrugby)

UKRAINE ANNOUNCES NEW TEAMS

Four new clubs will take part in the Rugby League Cup of Ukraine when it kicks off in Lviv, in the west of the country, on 9th November.

The hosts, along with Uzhgorod, Rivne and Ivano-Frankivsk will see the sport complete a journey from east to south and now the western regions which ensures national development.

The newcomers will join existing teams from cities Kryvy Rog and Kharkiv.

“This is a very important step forward in spreading the sport here,” said president of the Ukrainian Federation of Rugby League, Artur Martyrosyan. “To enable it to happen, we are also developing the correct infrastructure.”

The day before the Cup kicks off, the first national coaching course to be organised by the URLK will take place, run by RLEF accredited coach-educators Martyrosyan and Oleksander Ivchenko, who qualified through the on-going RLEF-EU Leadership Devolution project.

“There will be 17 coach participants from 11 cities – Kharkiv, Lviv, Kyiv, Irpen, Dnipropetrovsk, Kherson, Rivne, Uzhgorod, Ivano-Frankivsk, Ternopil and Khmelnytsky,” Martyrosyan added. “It is also possible because of a Rugby League Development Fund grant from website Rugby League Planet and for that the UFRL expresses its deep gratitude.”

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Rugby League European Championship Game 6 – Wales v Ireland – Preview

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DATE: 31 October 2014

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RUGBY LEAGUE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP GAME 6 – WALES V IRELAND – PREVIEW

For the first time this year, there are no debutants in the Welsh squad as they face Ireland on Sunday in the final game of the European Championship, at the Glyndwr University Racecourse Stadium in Wrexham (kick-off 2.30pm).

A 17-point win for John Kear’s men will deny them the wooden spoon after defeats to Scotland and France while, should the French triumph in Galashiels tonight, a large win for Ireland could give them the title, bringing 2016 Four Nations and 2017 Rugby League World Cup qualification.

South Wales Scorpions’ Kyle Scrivens is the only player from the French game to miss out this time around, while Byron Smith comes into the Welsh squad for the first time since 2007.

Joe Burke returns after missing the trip to Albi while Scorpions’ skipper Phil Carleton is also named in the 20 after being left out last week.

“There are a few disappointed players,” said Kear. “This year we’ve tried to give as many people as we can the opportunity to prove themselves but we’ve now gone with the side that we feel can challenge the Irish on Sunday.

“I’m confident that we’ll continue our upward progression. The French game was a step forward.”

Ireland have received a massive boost with the inclusion of assistant coach for this tournament, Castleford half back and most-capped Wolfhound, Liam Finn.

Finn has been unavailable through injury for the opening two games of the tournament but his inclusion will provide vital experience in the pivotal role.

Ireland coach Mark Aston is aware how high the stakes could be come Sunday afternoon. “If France do us a favour then where we finish is in our hands,” he commented.

“Being able to include Liam is great for the whole squad. He is a quality player who showed that in Super League this season.

“Wales are a very good side and we will need to be at our best if we want to get our second win this year.”

A day of rugby league at the Glyndwr University Racecourse Stadium starts at 11.30am when Wales take on Ireland at U19 level and home coach Mike Grady has one injury doubt going into the game.

Bridgend College’s Alex King suffered a nasty gash to the eyelid in Wales’ 32-14 defeat to the English Lions in Wigan last Saturday and the coaches are assessing his situation ahead of the game.

Ireland’s U19s also go into this game on the back of a defeat having lost 42-10 to Scotland in a bruising encounter in Dublin last week.

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP TABLE

WALES SQUAD

Joe Burke, Dalton Grant (both Barrow Raiders), Byron Smith (Batley Bulldogs), Daniel Fleming (Castleford Tigers), Rhys Williams (Central Queensland Capras), Tom Hughes (Coventry Bears), Matty Barron, Ricky Hough (Gateshead Thunder), Izaak Duffy (Gloucestershire All Golds), Ollie Olds (Ipswich Jets, Australia), Owain Griffiths, Christiaan Roets (both North Wales Crusaders), Ashley Bateman, Phil Carleton, Paul Emanuelli, Morgan Evans, Connor Farrer (all South Wales Scorpions), Matty Fozard (St Helens), Lewis Reece (Toowoomba Clydesdales), Peter Lupton (Workington Town, captain)

IRELAND SQUAD

Matty Hadden (Antrim Eels), Casey Dunne (Athboy Longhorns), Mikey Russell (Barnhall Butchers), Sean Hesketh (Batley Bulldogs), Wayne Kelly (Belfast Met Scholars), Haydn Peacock (Carcassonne), Liam Finn (Castleford Tigers), Jobe Murphy (Dewsbury Rams), Luke Ambler, Callum Casey, Ben Johnston (Halifax RLFC), Robbie Mulhern (Leeds Rhinos), Bob Beswick, Stuart Littler (Leigh Centurions), Josh Toole (North Sydney Bears), Graham O’Keeffe (Oxford RLFC), Shannon McDonnell (St. Helens RLFC), James Toole (Tweed Head Seagulls), Will Hope (Unattached), Brad Hargreaves (Wigan St. Patricks)

WALES U19 SQUAD

1. Ben Jones (South Wales Scorpions u19 / Maesteg RL Academy), 2. Joseph Symons (South Wales Scorpions u19 / Brynteg Comprehensive), 3. Paul Edwards (South Wales Scorpions / Neath Port Talbot College), 4. Marcus Webb (South Wales Scorpions u19 / Bridgend College), 5. Gethyn Lloyd (South Wales Scorpions u19 / Maesteg RL Academy), 6. Morgan Knowles (St Helens), 7. Curtis Davies (South Wales Scorpions u19 / Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera), 8. Rhys Davies (South Wales Scorpions u19 / Coleg Gwent), 9. Zak Williams (South Wales Scorpions u19 / Maesteg RL Academy), 10. Rhys Brownsell (South Wales Scorpions u19 / Maesteg RL Academy), 11. Morgan Jeffries (South Wales Scorpions u19 / Maesteg RL Academy), 12. Dan Maiden (South Wales Scorpions u19 / Maesteg RL Academy), 13. Connor Davies – captain (South Wales Scorpions u19 / Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera), 14. Alex King (South Wales Scorpions u19 / Bridgend College), 15. Joe Festa (South Wales Scorpions u19), 16. Jordan Thomas (South Wales Scorpions u19 / Maesteg RL Academy), 17. Harry Boots (South Wales Scorpions u19 / Maesteg RL Academy), 18. Shane Lee (South Wales Scorpions u19 / Maesteg RL Academy), 19. Liam Maule (South Wales Scorpions u19 / Maesteg RL Academy)

IRELAND U19 SQUAD

Adam Anderson (Belfast Metropolitan College), Adam Brodigan (St. Joseph’s CBS, Drogheda), Adam Carberry (Gormanston College), Cathal Downey (St. Joseph’s CBS, Drogheda), Cathal Duffy (St. Joseph’s CBS, Drogheda), Cian Harrington (Gormanston College), Conor Redmond (St. Mary’s Diocesan School, Drogheda), Craig Black (Moyle Park College / West Dublin Bears RLFC), Darren Madden (Tallaght Community College / West Dublin Bears RLFC), Daryl Hand (Belfast Metropolitan College), Emmet Banahan (Gormanston College), Jake Wall (Athboy Longhorns RLFC), Johnny Dunlop (Belfast Metropolitan College), Johnny Mooney (Belfast Metropolitan College), Mark Bishop (Belfast Metropolitan College), Matt Connolly (Athboy Longhorns RLFC), Paul Bolger (St. Mac Dara’s Community College / Dublin City Exiles), Ryan Healy (St. Mary’s Diocesan School, Drogheda), Sean Hayes (Gormanston College), Ty Mackness (Belfast Metropolitan College)

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Elite Netherlands rugby league players offered development initiative

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DATE: 30 October 2014

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ELITE NETHERLANDS RUGBY LEAGUE PLAYERS OFFERED DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE

Seventeen of the most promising rugby league players in the Netherlands are to be offered a place on a new initiative, the Elite Netherlands Rugby League Programme (ENRLP).

A development centre has created to improve the player’s understanding, knowledge, core physical and mental skills required for international rugby league.

The programme has been designed in segments, allowing additional players the chance to be offered a place on the ENRLP at the start of any new phase.

NRLB head coach Kane Krlic commented: “There is huge potential in the Netherlands for rugby league and we believe this programme will establish an environment to help fulfil it while also creating a pathway for the players.

“The ENRLP will provide the backbone of the national team with the standards the coaching staff have put in place. We understand it is a long term process but we feel this is the best philosophy to develop and accelerate the squad.”

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Rugby League European Championship Game 5 –Scotland v France – Preview

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DATE: 23 October 2014

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RUGBY LEAGUE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP GAME 5 –SCOTLAND V FRANCE – PREVIEW

Avoiding defeat at Netherdale, Galashiels against France on Friday night will secure Scotland their first-ever rugby league title and qualification for the 2016 Four Nations tournament.

Steve McCormack’s men, who have convincingly beaten Wales and Ireland, have even more reason to celebrate, the Halloween encounter marking the 20th anniversary of the formation of the Bravehearts and the tenth year of the coach being at the helm.

McCormack makes two changes to his 20-man squad for the game, with Leigh Centurions prop Jonathan Walker returning from his one-match suspension to take the place of Joe McClean, who made his debut against Ireland last Saturday, and uncapped London Broncos centre Harvey Burnett replaces injured Brett Phillips.

Son of a Glasgow-born policeman, Burnett impressed on his Scotland U19s debut at the Commonwealth Championships this summer.

“We can do it, definitely,” said Huddersfield Giants star Joe Wardle of the Scot’s chances. “If we play like we did in Ireland in the second half, we are with a chance.

“Winning the European Championship would be outstanding, an amazing achievement for Scotland and give us the chance to play against England, Australia and New Zealand. We can do the country proud.”

France know that to head the table, Richard Agar’s men must win by a margin of 18 points and then their fate will be in the hands of Ireland, who play Wales in Wrexham on Sunday.

The Tricolors have named an unchanged squad and assistant coach Olivier Janzac has no doubt about the size of the task that faces them.

“Our defensive structure was better against Wales,” he said, “But we need more vision on attack and to find a way to combat Danny Brough’s exceptional kicking game – he is a true leader of men.

“The atmosphere is very good within the group. The players want to do well, we are still in the race.

SCOTLAND v FRANCE, Galashiels Friday 31 October (kick off 7.30pm) Tickets £10/£5 from scotlandrl.com and available on the gate.

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP TABLE

SCOTLAND SQUAD

Danny Addy (Bradford Bulls), Josh Barlow (Swinton Lions), Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants), Harvey Burnett (London Broncos), Lewis Clarke (Edinburgh Eagles), Sonny Esslemont (Hull KR), Ben Hellewell (Featherstone Rovers), Alex Hurst (Tweed Heads Seagulls), Ben Kavanagh (Widnes Vikings), Corbyn Kilday (Wakefield Trinity), Nathan Massey (Canterbury Bulldogs), Finn Murphy (Edinburgh Eagles), Callum Phillips (Workington Town), Gregor Ramsay (Easterhouse Panthers), David Scott (Doncaster), Louis Senter (Halifax), Oscar Thomas (London Broncos), Adam Walker (Hull KR), Jonathan Walker (Leigh), Joe Wardle (Huddersfield Giants). Stand-by: Joe McLean (Uni of Gloucs All Golds), Alex Walker (London Broncos).

FRANCE SQUAD

Clement Soubeyras (Carcassone), Jason Baitieri (c), Julian Bousquet, Damien Cardace, Benjamin Garcia, Antoni Maria, Eloi Pelissier (Catalans Dragons), Kevin Larroyer (Hull Kr), John Boudebza, Jamal Fakir (Fc Lézignan Xiii), Remy Marginet, Frederic Vaccari (Palau), Theo Fages (Salford), Jean-Philippe Baile, Matthias Pala, Mickael Simon (St-Esteve Xiii Catalan), Tony Gigot, Benjamin Jullien (So Avignon), Aaron Wood (Toulouse Olympic), Aurélien Decarnin (Villeneuve)

Scotland U19s v England Lionhearts at Peffermill, University of Edinburgh, Saturday 1 November (kick off 11am)
Damien Gennochio, Angus Grindlay, Cameron Robertson, Carwyn Walker (Aberdeen Warriors); Shane Toal (Barrow Raiders); Joe Kirkup (East Cumbria Crusaders), Iain Allen, Kieran Wyber, Fraser McTaggart, (Easterhouse Panthers); Lewis Clarke, Finn Murphy (Edinburgh Eagles); Sam Luckley (Gateshead Thunder); Jack Stewart (Hull KR); Richard Harris (Medway Dragons); Finlay Hutchison (Newcastle University); Oliver Murray (Thatto Heath); Alex Jobson (Waterhead)

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Palestine Rugby League gain RLEF Observer Status

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PALESTINE RUGBY LEAGUE GAIN RLEF OBSERVER STATUS

Palestine Rugby League has gained official accreditation from the Rugby League European Federation (RLEF) – the governing body for the sport throughout the Northern Hemisphere.

The according of Observer status is seen as an important step in implementing the structures needed to create a consistent and well organised domestic competition alongside a credible international side.

The gaining of Observer status has been a long, arduous task since the first steps were taken almost five years ago by brothers Rabie and Ahmad El Masri, two Palestinian refugees based in Lebanon.

The pair gained their relevant coaching qualifications and established both a Palestine XIII open age and youth side which comprised of Palestinian refugees based in Lebanon in the MENA Cup.

Palestine are expected to be involved in international fixtures over the coming months and board members and youth workers from the West Bank are set to take their coaching and officiating qualifications in Lebanon in the next few weeks.

“I thank everyone for making this become possible,” said PRL President Rabie El-Masri. “It’s been a tough road to get to where we are now and we’re looking forward to the next step along this journey”.

RLEF MEA Director Remond Safi added, “It is a huge boost to the region to formally welcome Palestine. Their determination, even under the most extreme circumstances outside of sport, are a lesson for all about not giving in when you have a dream.”

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New sides included as Greek Rugby League Second Division Championship gets underway

HELLENIC FEDERATION OF RUGBY LEAGUE – PRESS RELEASE

Date: 28 October 2014

Contact: George Stilianos | stilianos.george

GREEK SECOND DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP UNDERWAY

Further to the national side’s success in the Balkan Championship and European C, three new teams – taking the total to five – will play in the Greek Second Division Championship this season.

For the first time, all will face each other home and away as the Hellenic Federation looks to build greater opportunities, especially for the increasing number of new players attracted to the sport.

In the opening round of games, last year’s divisional champions Napoli Lakonia won 50-14 at debutants Argos Wolves, based in the Peloponnese, while relegated Promitheas Rendi lost 20-18 to Haidari Lions from west Athens, who made their bow.

The second team of Pyrrihios Aspropyrgos had the bye.

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RLEF MEDIA OFFICER

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