Archive | March 2015

Netherlands rugby league qualify officials ahead of season launch

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FROM: NEDERLANDSE RUGBY LEAGUE BOND

DATE: 31 March, 2015

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NETHERLANDS RUGBY LEAGUE QUALIFY OFFICIALS AHEAD OF SEASON LAUNCH

A Level One Match Officials course, held at the Sparta Sports Complex in Capelle aan den Ijssel, just outside Rotterdam, has again underlined the growing transfer of knowledge among the European rugby league nations.

Referee candidates from three newly formed rugby league clubs in the Netherlands – Rotterdam Pitbulls, Den Haag Knights and Amsterdam Cobras – were present, as was Peter Parker from the RFL who shared his experience; the course led by Tom van Gorkum and Jorge Vazquez.

They received their Level One Educator qualification in Brussels in February as part of the EU-backed Leadership Devolution Project and were assessed by colleagues, Jason Bruygoms and Misaele Vakadranu, who achieved their qualifications through the 2012-13 Governance Foundation Project.

“It was good to see so many people from all of the teams taking part in the course,” said Van Gorkum. “I’m looking forward to seeing them in action in the competition which starts in two weeks. This is definitely a sign of rugby league establishing itself and growing in the Netherlands".

Bonne Wilce from Den Haag Knights RLFC noted, “I thought taking part in the match official course would be a good opportunity to get a better grip of rugby league.

“Over the course of the day we covered all the basics and even the more complex and rarely seen situations to ensure we are prepared for any eventuality.

“After a morning of theory we moved outside to put what we had just learned into practice.

“This is when it became apparent knowing the rules is only half the job, executing the role of the referee on the field took some time to get the hang off.

“The hardest part was looking at the game from the referee’s perspective instead of the player’s.”

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Swedish rugby league championship poised for kick-off

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DATE: 27 March 2015

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SWEDISH CHAMPIONSHIP POISED FOR KICK-OFF

The inaugural Swedish championship kicks off tomorrow (Saturday) with four teams taking part.

Södertälje and Kungsbacka will have the honour of hosting the first round of matches in the Impact Prowear League.

Skane Crusaders visit Kungsbacka Broncos, fittingly the team created and managed by Sweden rugby league pioneer Scott Edwards, while the newcomers meet when Stockholms Kungar – who won the Scandinavian 9s last weekend – travel to Södertälje Storm.

Kungsbacka Broncos player-coach Andrew Bignell is looking forward to the season’s start. “This is great for the Broncos and the growth of rugby league in Sweden,” he said. “Everyone is excited for the first round and for a big season. We have some improvements to make but I feel that we will have a competitive side and I am confident this will be the Broncos best year yet.”

Fabian Wikander, Södertälje Storm player-coach, added, “The young guns of Sodertalje Storm will be out to prove themselves in their first season; we will be focussed on developing their talent.”

Ashley Brown, Skåne and Sweden national coach, is under no illusions that the first season will be a closely contested one. “The Crusaders have been the dominant force in Sweden but with the two new teams and a much improved Kungsbacka side we have our work cut out,” he noted.

“A new challenge awaits us and it will definitely lead to a stronger national side and some tough selection choices. Overall Sweden Rugby League’s development strategy is now exceeding expectations.”

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International Rugby League to reach new highs in 2015

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INTERNATIONAL RUGBY LEAGUE HITS NEW HIGH

A record number of at least 28 nations will be playing officially sanctioned international rugby league in 2015, with the total set to rise reflecting increased global activity.

By the end of the year, New Zealand – who face Australia in the ANZAC Test in May and travel to England for a three-match series in the autumn – could be established as the top nation, the first time since the World Rankings were instituted that anyone other than the Kangaroos have headed them.

Also already scheduled are a Pacific Series, European Championships at A, B and C level, as well as the Scandinavian Cup and matches in the Americas, Asia, Africa and Middle East; plus World Cup qualifiers for the 2017 tournament in the Antipodes set to be unveiled.

“It is great to see the breadth of international teams who are competing in 2015,” said Graeme Thompson, Chair of the RLIF competitions committee.

“It will be fascinating to see England and New Zealand lock horns again after their recent dramatic clashes and we also have other developing rivalries such as Belgium and the Netherlands playing this year.

“There is a lot of stake this year in international RL and a lot to excite.”

The RLIF has worked with member nations for the past three years to ensure that all recognised international matches are approved, eligibility of players is checked and facilities for the games meet suitable requirements.

Across the world this has driven up the standards of administration in emerging national governing bodies, ensuring that they are recruiting and developing more home-produced players as domestic leagues increase.

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Rugby League European Federation announces Belgrade congress

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DATE: 27 March, 2015

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RLEF ANNOUNCES BELGRADE CONGRESS

For the first time in its history, the RLEF will hold its annual congress – the 13th since the organisation was founded – in Eastern Europe.

Serbian capital Belgrade will host the gathering of nations on 4 July 2015, following the RLEF membership’s resolution to rotate the annual meeting around the Continent.

The RLEF Board awarding hosting rights to the Serbian Rugby League Federation upon conclusion of a formal tender process involving three expressions of interest.

“Serbian rugby league is honoured to host the most important gathering of RLEF,” said SRLF president Predrag Pantić.

“For us it is a great recognition and responsibility and we are aware that we have to fulfil the high standards set by in Paris and London [previous AGM locations].

“We are confident that our young, dedicated team will demonstrate organizational maturity and that Belgrade will show its openness and hospitality. Serbian rugby league strongly believe that this year’s gathering will bring new energy and ideas that will be of a great impact for the future development of our sport, both in Europe and in Serbia.”

RLEF General Manager Danny Kazandjian added, “Two central themes of the RLEF are to increase the European dimension of the federation and devolve leadership to a steadily growing number of increasingly capable federations.

“Giving member nations the opportunity to host the annual Council meeting certainly supports that and we look forward to an increasingly competitive bidding process, which will in turn add value to the RLEF.

“We are very much looking forward to bringing the Congress to the wonderful city of Belgrade.”

The Congress allows the RLEF’s diverse and varied membership to congregate in one setting, share best practice, perform their statutory duties as members and listen to expert guest speakers who have included RLIF chairman Nigel Wood, the Rugby League World Cup leadership, officials from UK Sport International and the European Commission, as well as politicians, journalists and various speakers drawn from the membership itself.

Following the inauguration of the RLEF early in 2003 by 10 nations, the first Council meeting was held in Paris on 10 June that year, attended by five nations. The 2014 Council meeting and conference saw 24 nations present. The RLEF currently has 34 Full Members, Affiliate Members and Observers.

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Debutants Stockholm win Scandinavian rugby league 9s

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FROM: SVENSKA RUGBY LEAGUE FÖRENING

DATE: 26 March, 2015

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DEBUTANTS STOCKHOLM WIN SCANDINAVIAN 9S

Newcomers Stockholm Kungar, in their first official competition, were triumphant in the pre-season Scandinavian 9s, held in Kungsbacka,

Kungar defeated defending champions Copenhagen Black Swans in their first game, played in light snow, and also went on to overcome Sodertalje in the pool stages.

In the decder, against three-time finalists Skane Crusaders, man of the tournament Dzenan Durgut led the way as Kungar scored four tries to one.

Sweden Rugby League chairman Paul Briggs commented, “The standard of play in Sweden has grown rapidly over the pre-season, with some amazing talent in the new teams.

“I was most impressed by the hosts, Kungsbacka Broncos, improvement and passion for the game. Next up, the Impact Prowear league starts and marks a new era of growth and development for rugby league in Sweden.”

Match official officer Raymond Elliot was very happy with the addition of new referees following the previous weekends RLEF level 1 match official course saying, “The 9s was a great opportunity for them to gain further experience of competitive rugby league.”

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First rugby league coaching courses take place in Andalucia

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FROM: ASOCIACIÓN ESPAÑOLA DE RUGBY LEAGUE

DATE: 25 March, 2015

CONTACT: erl

FIRST COACHING COURSES IN ANDALUCIA

Fresh from graduating as an RLEF Level 1 Coach Educator, Aitor Dàvila of the Asociación Española De Rugby League has delivered the first-ever rugby league coaching course in Andalucia, southern Spain.

Twelve candidates participated in the three-day course in Cordoba, hosted by the Andalucian Rugby League.

Miguel Mudarra, regional president of AERL in Andalucía, commented, “We are taking the correct steps to develop the sport in our region. Aitor did a fantastic job teaching our coaches and we expect a good development of new clubs in the future, something similar to the level of the Valencian region."

Dàvila added, “It is an important day for the rugby league in the south. I’m really surprised by how well and quickly the candidates grasped the information. Their enthusiasm and willingness to learn are worthy of mention. Everybody went home with a very positive image of rugby league and with the idea of putting their new-found knowledge into practice with their clubs.”

Next weekend in Cordoba it will be the referees’ turn when Tony Palacios, RLEF level 1 MO Educator, will run a course for the region’s aspiring officials.

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Lebanon rugby league to host Malta in Sydney

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DATE: 25 March, 2015

LEBANON TO HOST MALTA IN SYDNEY

Lebanon Cedars and Malta Knights will renew their rivalry at St Marys Stadium, Sydney on Sunday 3 May in the ‘Battle of the Phoenicians.’

Lebanon RL have just completed a series of high performance coaching clinics at the American University of Beirut and are staging the fixture as a ‘home match.’

The Cedars’ last game in Sydney was a hard-fought encounter against Fiji at the Remondis Stadium last October, which saw the Batis triumph 40-28 in the Hayne-Mannah Cup.

Malta (currently 24th in RLIF world rankings) and who sit immediately below Lebanon, will play in Sydney for the first time since the two sides last met, in front of a big crowd at the same venue back in 2006.

Lebanon took the spoils in that match with a 36-10 victory, weeks ahead of their 2008 Rugby League World Cup qualifying campaign.

Malta head coach Anthony Micallef will remain on the island coordinating the imminent domestic season ahead of a busy European summer international schedule, so the MRL has appointed a quartet of Sydney-based coaches to oversee the international under team manager David Axisa.

Micallef is using the clash as part of the selection process for Malta’s RLEF European Championship C commitments starting in September.

“Our heritage programme in Australia has been working hard uncovering eligible talent playing in the NRL, the State Cups and the National Youth Championship (NYC) through to the strong district competitions,” Micallef commented from Valletta.

“I’m keen to monitor the players’ performances in this match as we have some important games later this year in Europe. It’s a good opportunity for one or two of the players to force their way into Euro C contention.”

Lebanon coach and head of performance Darren Maroon could have a host of NRL stars at his disposal, sounding out West Tigers’ Robbie Farah, Parramatta Eels pair Tim Mannah and Reece Robinson and Reece’s brother Travis from Melbourne Storm.

The Knights have earmarked such as Newcastle Knights’ Jake Mamo and Canberra Raiders’ Andrew Heffernan.

Malta is also preparing for an additional mid-season test match against higher -anked member nation Belgium at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, Leeds on 21 June.

Lebanon vs Malta
Sunday 3 May, 2015
St Marys Leagues Stadium
Corner Forrester & Boronia Rds
St Marys, NSW, Australia

Contact:

David Axisa (MRL) 00-61-(0) 418 608140

Related links:

http://www.malteserugbyleague.com
http://www.lebrl.com
http://www.rlef.eu.com

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