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Historic trophy presented to Serbian Rugby League Federation

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From: Serbian Rugby League Federation / Belgrade
Date: 31, January 2015

HISTORIC TROPHY’S PRESENTED TO SERBIAN RLF

The trophy that was awarded to the winners of Belgrade Liberation Cup from 1954-1964 has been presented to Serbian Rugby League Federation for posterity, and will now be permanently displayed at their new offices in the Belgrade.

Miodrag Krdžić, who has been the guardian of it for almost 30 years presented it to RLEF Central and Eastern Europe Director and SRLF General Secretary Jovan Vujošević and the SLRF membership for their safe-keeping.

Krdžić, a former Belgrade Rugby League Federation president in 1950s and 60s said: “I brought this trophy and the names of the cup winners are engraved on it.

“I kept it safe but now that there has been such a resurgence of rugby league in Serbia, I am happy to hand it over so it can take its rightful place. The 13-a-side game has risen again.”

Jovan Vujošević commented: “Mr.Krdžić was a pioneer of the game in the country who did a tremendous job for rugby league development in 1950s.

“This trophy is one of the most historic and oldest in the whole of the sport and we are proud and honoured to have it on display.”

After the presentation, Miodrag Krdžić spent some more time in new SRLF headquarters and recalled his memories of the beginning steps, first coaches, clubs, players and captains, until the suspension of the game in the former Yugoslavia.

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Photo: Miodrag Krdžić presents the Belgrade Liberation Cup trophy to Jovan Vujošević

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Unique collaboration between Italian and Spanish rugby league announced

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Date: 25 January, 2015

UNIQUE COLLABORATION BETWEEN ITALIAN AND SPANISH RUGBY LEAGUE ANNOUNCED

FIRL (Federazione Italiana Rugby League) and AERL (Spanish Association of Rugby League) have agreed to collaborate on the joint development of rugby league in both countries.

The agreement, which initially covers the next two years, provides a working framework to continue to build the sport in both countries, along with international fixtures.

AERL and FIRL intend to organize conferences to share best practice and exchange programmes for coaches and referees.

Aitor Dàvila, General Secretary AERL, commented, “The two nations are very close culturally and we also agree on how we look to the future.

“AERL and FIRL believe in the necessity of our referees and coaches to develop in parallel. I’m sure that this exchange will nourish our projects on both sides.”

Tiziano Franchini, vice president of the Italian Rugby League Federation, added, “These steps are needed for domestic and international development on and off the field.

“This is the first step in the formation of a cooperation at Mediterranean level.”

In addition, Spain and Italy B will play a match in Alicante in June, at the La LLometa Stadium home of Muro de Alcoy, the first rugby league clash between two Latin teams in Europe.

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Communications company continue sponsorship of Lebanese Schools rugby league

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Date: 24 January 2105

Contact: Mohamed Fawaz +961 3 230304 info@lbrl.com

COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY CONTINUE SPONSORSHIP OF LEBANESE SCHOOLS RUGBY LEAGUE

The Lebanese Rugby League Federation has confirmed the renewal of their sponsorship with multi-national communications company GMEA, who will enter into their fourth year supporting Lebanon’s youth programme.

The newly re-branded GMEA Schools Rugby League will cover two regions, North Lebanon and Mount Lebanon, as well as the U16 and U18 national teams.

LRF president Mohamed Habbous, said, “We are extremely happy to announce the extended partnership.

“GMEA’s continued support and help during these difficult times in Lebanon is so important for the youth and sport here.”

GMEA chairman Charles Chedrawi, whose son played rugby league in high school, added, “We continue to support the LRLF because we believe in what they do.

They continue to encourage the country’s next generation to embrace and enjoy sport and establish camaraderie.”

The GMEA SRL is set to kick off on 1 February with a first round double-header in Mount Lebanon with Antonine International School facing International College and St Joseph’s School playing Amchit School at IC’s Hamra ground in Beirut.

The north conference kicks off on 3 February at three age groups: U18 will see Balamand versus Malaab and Jadida against Namouzaj; at U16 Namouzaj v Zeherieh Boys with Abi Firas starting the season with a bye; and in U14 Namouzaj taking on Zeherieh; all at Chekka Municipal Field.

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Record fourteen Clubs to contest 2015 USA Rugby League Championship

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Date: 23, January 2015

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RECORD FOURTEEN TEAMS TO CONTEST NEW USA RUGBY LEAGUE SEASON

The first unified rugby league season in the United States, now under the auspices of the USARL, will comprise of fourteen teams split into three divisions over two conferences, North and South.

The competition, which includes three clubs from the former AMNRL, will see sides participate from Boston in the north to Daytona in the south.

USA Rugby League chairman, Peter Illfield, commenting on the new format noted, “Today is a significant one for rugby league in America.

On the heels of becoming a member of the Rugby League International Federation, the 2015 season will see a record number of clubs take the field, exposing even more players and fans to the game.”

The AMNRL sides – NY Knights, Connecticut Wildcats and Bucks County Sharks – join newly-formed Wilmington Black Foxes along with ten existing USARL clubs.

To decide the overall national champions, the respective winners of the North-East and Mid-Atlantic divisions will play-off for the right to face the top southern conference team in the Grand Final.

Illfield confirmed, “The USARL board voted in 10 clubs from our 2014 season, with all agreeing to improve standards by recruiting participants for match officials and coach education training, youth development and multi-level grades of participation.

“The Baltimore Blues were unsuccessful with their bid and their survival depends on the viability of a proposed second-grade competition in the mid-Atlantic region.”

USARL format 2015:

North Conference

Division A – North-East:

■ Boston 13s

■ Brooklyn Kings

■ Connecticut Wildcats

■ New York Knights

■ Rhode Island Rebellion

Division B – Mid-Atlantic:

■ Bucks County Sharks

■ DC Slayers

■ Northern Virginia Eagles

■ Philadelphia Fight

■ Wilmington Black Foxes

South Conference

■ Jacksonville Axemen

■ Central Florida Warriors

■ Atlanta Rhinos

■ Tampa Mayhem

One match-up expected to draw plenty of attention is the battle of New York City, with Brooklyn Kings taking on the New York Knights in what many expect to be the two teams to watch in the North-East division.

In the Mid-Atlantic, last year’s USARL champions Philadelphia Fight will face even stronger opposition in their quest to win three titles in a row with the addition of Bucks County and Wilmington Black Foxes.

The Black Foxes have already signed former Fight star Kevin Wiggins to their roster.

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Rugby League to be played in Netherlands schools

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DATE: 23 January, 2015

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RUGBY LEAGUE TO BE PLAYED IN NETHERLANDS SCHOOLS

The Netherlands Rugby League Bond has announced the creation of their first-ever schools rugby league programme.

It aims to engage participants from the ages of 6 to 18 and, to begin with, the sessions will be delivered by national head coach, Kane Krlic.

The first block has already started at Bredeschool Stadsdennen Harderwijk.

Schools Sport Co-Ordinator Gert-Jan Hop said it was a great success. “We are very excited to be the first cluster of schools in the Netherlands to play rugby league,” he said.

After just two sessions the pupils are already asking for more! We want to support the NRLB in developing the game in this area.”

Plans are already in place to include more primary and high schools together with colleges in the surrounding areas.

Netherlands Rugby League Bond president Timo Meinders said, “We are very excited to create this programme.

“We feel it will aid our development and will also allow more people in the Netherlands to become aware of the sport.

“We understand that to get the programme to where we want it to be will be a long but exciting process.”

He continued, “2015 is going to be an exciting year in the Netherlands for rugby league which wll also see the first ever cross-border domestic competition with Belgium starting, a list of international fixtures and an elite programme for our international players.”

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Norwegian Rugby League re-vamp as more coaches qualify

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FROM: RUGBY LEAGUE NORGE

DATE: 22 January 2015

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NORWEGIAN RUGBY LEAGUE RE-VAMP AS MORE COACHES QUALIFY

The 2015 NRL season, which kicks off in mid-April and ends with a final in Bodo in November, will see Eastern and Western conferences formed.

Flekkefjord Tigers, Porsgrunn Pirates and new side Farsund Bobcats make up the west, while Oslo Capitals, Bodo Barbarians and Lillestrom-Trondheim will play in the east.

In addition, a 9s competition will allow new teams and areas such as Arendal, Tromso and Sandnes to be introduced to the sport.

Fourteen representatives from eight rugby league clubs have taken part in Rugby League Norge’s first-ever Level 1 Coaching Course at Ulleval Stadion, Oslo.

Martin Crick, the RLEF’s Coaching Manager, oversaw the course which included tutor training with three trainee Norwegian coach tutors as well as the two-day Level 1 course.

Susanne Mål of Flekkefjord Tigers said, “There were a lot of useful tips. It was good to teach the basic skills to new players so we can develop the sport.”

One of the new tutor-trainees, Isaac Schmidt, from the champions Oslo Capitals and a Norwegian international, added, “All the participants were enthusiastic which created a great environment for learning. The course gave me an extra boost in motivation to contribute to coaching rugby league in Norway.”

RLN’s bid to increase participation has seen a concerted effort to develop the association’s administration with a new organisational structure agreed at their recent AGM.

Enrique Guy takes over from Kim Seglem as president with Lars Haigh the new vice-president.

All clubs have agreed to adopt a set of guidelines that encourage a respect policy to the core values of the sport; excellence, integrity, self-discipline and humility.

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Greek Rugby League present annual awards

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Date: 19 January 2015

Contact: George Stilianos | media

GREEK RUGBY LEAGUE PRESENT ANNUAL AWARDS

The Hellenic Federation of Rugby League’s annual awards night took place in Piraeus, Athens yesterday (Sunday).

Players, coaches and friends of the sport celebrated what the HFRL are calling, “a glorious year”, their second since formation.

Federation president Tasos Pantazidis recounted the successes which included elevation to membership of the Rugby League European Federation in February 2014, winning the European Championship B title and Baltic Championship and an expanded domestic footprint.

He also reported on the goals and plans for the forthcoming season including more domestic development together with expanded youth and senior national team fixtures, with 2017 World Cup qualifiers on the horizon.

The winners were:

Player of the Year : Nikos Bosmos (Rhodes Knights)

Coach of the Year: Christos Mouzakitis

Referee of the Year: George Stilianos

Special awards for their contribution to the development of the sport in Greece were given to the club presidents of Pegasus Neos Kosmos and Pyrrihios Aspropyrgou.

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