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New World Rugby League Rankings sees significant moves for Samoa, Serbia & Scotland

NEW WORLD RUGBY LEAGUE RANKINGS SEES SIGNIFICANT MOVES FOR SAMOA, SERBIA & SCOTLAND

For the first time since the rugby league world rankings were introduced, Australia’s position at the head of them is under threat.

Should New Zealand – who beat the Kangaroos in the recent Four Nations final in Christchurch to pick up their first-ever trophy on home soil – defeat the Green and Gold’s in next year’s Anzac Test and England on their three match autumn tour, they will go into top spot.

The Anzac encounter has added significance in 2015 as it will commemorate the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign.

“We’re very pleased with our progress this year and the Four Nations success was definitely a positive step forward,” said New Zealand coach Stephen Kearney.

“But we face some big challenges in the next 12 months – the Anzac Test against Australia and a tour of England – so we need to have to focus on maintaining and improving our levels of performance.

“If we can continue this development towards 2017, we will put ourselves in a great position to challenge for the 2017 World Cup title, which is our ultimate goal.”

Among the other notable changes in the rankings, Samoa – after their superb performances in the Four Nations – are clearly in fourth, having been 8th after the 2013 World Cup, Serbia have made great progress moving from 17th this time last year to 13th now, Canada are up to 14th from 16th and Scotland, who picked up their inaugural trophy when winning the 2014 European Championships, have overtaken Wales to move into the top eight.

Samoa coach Matt Parish commented: “I am very proud of our efforts over the past 12 months and it is a just reward for the time and effort put in by the players and management.

“I have no doubt that with the team I have on board now and more international games, that Samoa can beat one of the top three nations in the next three years, provided we get the necessary support.”

His Serbian counterpart, Marko Janković, noted: “We are proud of our five full international Tests and additional six domestic representative matches played in 2014.

“What we always highlight is that almost all of the players who represented us on the international stage were from within our domestic competition.”

The World Rankings are calculated using a formula which takes into account not just the result but also the ranking place of the opponent. While covering results over a five-year period, it adds greater weight to more recent fixtures.

Only fixtures that are recognised as being of Test status count towards the rankings. There have been several representative games played this year – involving nations such as Thailand, Philippines and Bosnia Herzegovina – which do not count but are part of a sanctioned process for possible future listing.

WORLD RUGBY LEAGUE RANKINGS (Previous ranking in brackets)

1) Australia (1)

2) New Zealand (2)

3) England (3)

4) Samoa (7)

5) France (4)

6) Fiji (5)

7) Ireland (10)

8) Scotland (11)

9) Wales (6)

10) USA (9)

11) PNG (8)

12) Italy (12)

13) Serbia (17)

14) Canada (16)

15) Russia (14)

16) Tonga (13)

17) Cook Islands (15)

18) Germany (18)

19) Norway (19)

20) Ukraine (20)

21) Lebanon (21)

22) Belgium (22)

23) Greece (26)

24) Malta (23)

25) Netherlands (25)

26) Denmark (27)

27) Jamaica (24)

28) Spain (28)

29) Czech Republic (30)

30) Sweden (32)

31) South Africa (29)

32) Hungary (33)

33) Latvia (31)

34) Morocco (34)

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Ethiopia rugby league awarded observer status

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DATE: 25 November 2014

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ETHIOPIA RECOGNISED AS AN OBSERVER

Following three years of development work in the state of Tigray, Ethiopia has been awarded official observer status by the RLEF, becoming the sixth African nation to be recognised.

Centred around the Nicholas Robinson School in Mekelle, the sport is regularly taught to 1,300 children, aged between 7 and 17-years-old.

The school’s senior sports teacher, Abebuker Ahmed Tadesse, is the president of the newly formed association, created in cooperation with the sports committee of the state of Tigray.

“We are introducing rugby league football in Ethiopia – through the Tigray Region – at youth level, so as to create a firm foundation for future growth,” said Abubeker. “We are beginning in schools and universities in the north of Ethiopia, and we will spread our sport to the rest of the country.”

Chairman of the sport committee is the Senior Technical Expert of Tigray Region Government Sport Bureau, Mr Angesom Kahsay, who worked closely with Abubeker to create the association.

The Ethiopian rugby league now needs to achieve official status in three other states for the federal ministry in Addis Ababa to recognise it formally and provide resources.

The first step in this process will be the training of more coaches and referees, which will be undertaken by RLEF MEA Director Remond Safi when he visits Mekelle at the end of the month.

Safi has been invited by school director Tesfahunegn Hailemariam and will teach 20 coaches from the Tigray Region as well as meet government officials.

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Tony Benson appointed new Belgium Rugby League Sport Director

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DATE: 24 November 2014

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TONY BENSON APPOINTED NEW BELGIUM RUGBY LEAGUE SPORT DIRECTOR

Former Junior Kiwi, Leigh and, more recently, Oxford RL head coach Tony Benson has been appointed Belgium rugby league’s newly-created Sport Director.

His duties will start in 2015 with Benson’s main targets to build a rugby league culture in the country at youth level and set up an elite program in order to for the national side to enter European Championship C in 2016.

“The appointment of Tony Benson brings us a wealth of experience forged at the highest level of the game,” said Belgium Rugby League chairman Yves-Michael Kazadi.

“His knowledge and proven ability to bring the very best out of his players makes him an ideal fit for Belgium Rugby League.”

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Spanish rugby league Cup gets underway

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SPANISH RUGBY LEAGUE CUP GETS UNDERWAY

The first game in the 2015 Spanish Cup has been played with Valencia-based Torrent Tigres defeating home side Alcoià Comtat 50-18 at the Llometa Stadium, Muro de Alcoy in Alicante.

Tigres led 22-4 at the break and were in control throughout.

The next first round tie will see Almogàvers XIII play Valencian Warriors on 21st December, with the winners joining Tigres and the top two teams in Spain, Ciencias Valencia and Irreductibles CREM in the second round.

The final is set for 10 May 2015.

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Greek rugby league federation runs match officials course – four nations involved

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DATE: 20 November 2014

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HELLENIC FEDERATION HOST MATCH OFFICIALS TRAINING EVENT

The Hellenic Federation of Rugby League has hosted a four-day match officials tutor-training event in Athens as part of the EU-supported Leadership Devolution Project.

The course was attended by match officials from Greece, Hungary and Italy. RLEF Match Official Development squad members Thierry Alibert and Rale Novakovic oversaw the activity with Rugby League Ireland’s Jason Craughwell, himself a graduate of a previous RLEF training project, gaining further on-the-job experience as an assessor of match official tutors.

Greek trio Aris Dardamanis, George Stilianos and Dimitrios Minadakis, who all attended the first round of training in Piacenza in June, delivered a Level 1 course to 14 new Greek match officials, while Hungarian duo Zsolt Lukacs and Balint Mezes and Italy’s Ciprian Gajulete and Guido Bonatti also received more practical training in delivery of the course.

“Having already received training in Italy, I felt really well prepared,” said Stilianos. “But this time to have a referee of Thierry Alibert’s calibre on board to help us was a huge bonus.

“We learned a lot and were able to build on our existing knowledge of the game. We had a great turnout on the day too – I am looking forward to having capable and qualified touch judges by my side now every time I referee. It will be a great help to me and the other referees and, in turn, to the quality of our league.”

Following the Level 1 course, the tutor-trainees were all deployed to officiate or assess officials in a friendly fixture between Pegasus and AEK, with Greek, Hungarian and Italian officials all taking turns in the middle, while Alibert finished off the match.

“This weekend has opened my eyes to the wonderful work that is being done around Europe to promote rugby league, and that we are at the beginning of something special,” said Ireland’s Craughwell.

“I am excited to be involved at a time when the international game and the development of match officials has reached a level where meaningful competitions are available to players, referees and touch judges.

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Edwards ready to hand over reins as Sweden rugby league enters new era

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DATE: 19 November 2014

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EDWARDS READY TO HAND OVER REINS AS SWEDEN RUGBY LEAGUE ENTERS NEW ERA

Scott Edwards has stepped down as chairman of Svenska Rugby League Förening (SRL), a post he had held since the creation of the Swedish governing body three years ago.

“An idea that was, in the beginning, simply a personal dream is now a reality,” said the former London Skolars player, who moved to Sweden ten years ago as a school teacher and started developing the sport there in 2009.

“The Sweden Rugby League Association not only exits but it is on the map and I believe it can continue to grow and go onto bigger things.”

SRL was admitted as an RLEF Observer in February 2011 and under Edwards’s leadership has consistently advanced the sport’s presence not only in Sweden but in Scandinavia too, with Edwards an advocate of incorporating neighbouring Denmark and Norway in any initiatives.

That cross-border collaboration started with a match against Norway in September 2010 and has seen Sweden participate annually in the Nordic Cup which, this year, saw each match awarded Test status for the first time.

Edwards was heavily involved in the introduction of the Scandinavian 9s in 2010 and the Pan-Scandinavian series in 2013 and now Sweden stands on the cusp of running its own domestic club competition.

Edwards’ own club, Kungsbacka Broncos, where he will remain a Director, has been a leading light in introducing Swedes to rugby league.

“It has been a very enjoyable journey thus far,” continued Edwards, “and I now feel that the time has come to hand over the gavel to somebody else. I was honoured to be part of the founding board in January 2011 and also to have overseen the progress and development in the last three years.”

Acting chairman Paul Briggs paid tribute to Edwards’s efforts in establishing the sport: “All players past, present and those yet to come will be thankful for Scott bringing rugby league to Sweden” he said.

“Simply put, it would not exist here if not for him. Personally speaking I am especially grateful as he selected me in the national side and coming on board with league brought my passion for sport back again.

“With our focus on developing a great domestic scene, Scott will offer help and advice for all clubs to flourish. The board thanks Scott and his family for all the time and commitment they have put in.”

The SRL will elect a new chair at its AGM in January.

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Lebanese rugby league championship set for kick off

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LEBANESE RUGBY LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SET TO KICK OFF

The Lebanese Rugby League Championship is set to kick off this Saturday (22nd November) on the country’s Independence Day.

Four clubs will participate and the season opens with a double-header with defending champions Jounieh Al Galacticos Predators facing Immortals – in a repeat of last year’s Grand Final – at University Libainase, with Wolves versus Tripoli following.

Wolves RLFC, who have been preparing in the Metn area, are led by Mikahel Shammas while Immortals RLFC, based in West Beirut, has Nayef Abi Said in charge.

Jounieh RLFC will still be under Ghassan Dandash’s control, but Tripoli RLFC has lost experienced Allen Soultan who is leaving Lebanon for Sydney with his family. He is replaced with former Balamand and Liban Espoir hooker Darwich Darwich, who has returned to the open age game.

LRLF CEO Remond Safi said: “We have our work cut out and hope that we will be able to see all of the fixtures completed amid the surrounding regional conflict and absence of a government. This year is an important year one LRLF after last season’s stuttering campaign.”

The College Rugby League (CRL) season kicked off earlier this month, with seven universities playing in two divisions.

In January, the third tier, Schools Rugby League (SRL), will commence with four regions of four teams participating, in what the Lebanese Rugby League Federation expects to be a record numbers of youth matches played in the country.

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