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Matt Bowen visit to Serbia hailed a huge success

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From: Serbian Rugby League Federation / Belgrade
Date: 28 April, 2015

MATTY BOWEN VISIT TO SERBIA HAILED A BIG SUCCESS

Wigan Warriors and former Australia full back Matt Bowen made a huge impression in rugby league circles in Serbia, having spent the weekend in Belgrade as a guest of the Australian Embassy there.

Bowen was on hand on ANZAC centenary weekend to lend his support to a children’s rugby league festival in the capital, as well as appearing on television shows helping to showcase the sport in the country.

“It was a great honour to be there and be able to help promote rugby league,” Bowen said. “The game is obviously spreading all over the world and I enjoyed a chance to come here and help it grow.”

Over 200 Serbian children got to meet one of their heroes in the flesh as part of a pilot project administered by the Serbian Rugby League Federation (SRLF) and Australian Embassy in Serbia to teach schoolchildren in Belgrade the basics of the sport.

SRLF president Predrag Pantic noted, “It was wonderful to have Matt here to witness what we are doing. Through the programme we are offering a chance for both boys and girls aged 10 to 14 to see what rugby league is and, if they are interested, they can practice it for free during the school year.

“With the help of Australian Embassy we are able to cover elementary schools all over the Belgrade but with the accent on poor suburban areas where kids don’t have much of chance for sport. Hopefully some of them will become full time players one day.”

Pantic added, “Just having such a star player willing to come across Europe to hang out with them is really a big thing.”

“Australia is a flagship rugby league nation and we are happy that we can help our friends get involved in this great game,” said Australian Ambassador in Serbia, Julia Feeney.

“The ANZAC remembrance is an extremely important date for our country but also we remember that others made big sacrifices too, Serbs particularly. We are happy to get involved in this programme and will continue supporting the SRLF in the future .”

The aim of the Serbian Federation now, this visit also coinciding with the 61st anniversary of the first rugby league match staged in the country, is to qualify for the 2017 World Cup in the Antipodes, and they have another fan who will follow their quest.

“They even tried to sign me up,” joked Bowen. “I really hope they can succeed, it’s going to be tough, but I saw great enthusiasm. Certainly playing in the World Cup would be a huge achievement for Serbia and I’ll be rooting for them all the way.”

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Over 250 youngsters have taste of rugby league in Italy

FEDERAZIONE ITALIANA RUGBY LEAGUE – COMUNICATO STAMPA

Data: 28 April, 2015

Contatti: Tiziano Franchini. T.franchini

OVER 250 YOUNGSTERS HAVE TASTE OF RUGBY LEAGUE IN ITALY

A school’s rugby league festival at the Stadium Augusteo in Este for 14-16 year olds saw over 250 youngsters take part, 60 of them girls.

Schools from Ponso, Ospedaletto, Carceri, Cinto, Vo Lozzo Atestina, Villa Estense, Sant Urbano and Sant Elana took part with their pupils learning the fundamentals of the sport.

FIRL vice president Tiziano Francini commented, “It was a unique rugby league gala day played with tremendous enthusiasm and a competitive nature. It was a joy seeing the participants play mostly for the first time and to see their increasing enjoyment.

“We received terrific support from the Este club and the local commune to make the day such a success, and are now looking to establish regular competition between the schools which will help to grow the game in the region.”

Cinto won the boys competition with Vo Lozzo taking the girl’s crown. FIRL will be conducting another gala event there in September.

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Over 600 Dutch children get a taste of rugby league

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FROM: NEDERLANDSE RUGBY LEAGUE BOND

DATE: 26 April, 2015

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OVER 600 DUTCH CHILDREN GET A TASTE OF RUGBY LEAGUE

The Netherlands Rugby League Bond hosted an afternoon of games at the Kongingsdag Sport Festival, where over 1400 children from the surrounding areas worked around a carousel of different well known Dutch sports.

Over 600 enjoyed a 20 minute rugby league coaching session led by NRLB head coach Kane Krlic and three other qualified colleagues, who and were supported by four students from Landsede, the local college.

The children played a series of mini games to teach them the core skills of the sport.

Netherlands Rugby League Bond Development Officer, Jason Bruygoms, said, “We would like to thank Mathijs van Faassen and the Harderwijk local government for inviting us to the day.

“It’s been fantastic to see so many children playing rugby league. The feedback we received from the players, parents and teachers has been overwhelming. We hope this is the start to something special and we are excited and committed to continue our development in Harderwijk.”

He added, “Kane has been delivering sessions in the local school and keeps mentioning to the Bond about the potential rugby league has in Harderwijk and this proves his point.”

Mathijs van Faassen Combination Function Officer for Gemeente Harderwijk commented, “It was great to have the Netherlands Rugby League Bond down for the afternoon, their support and guidance was a massive benefit.

“It’s a new sport for this area and it was pleasing to see just how much the children enjoyed it. We want to support the NRLB as much as possible in their development of rugby league in Harderwijk.”

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Matt Bowen travels to Serbia to boost school’s rugby league and pay ANZAC tribute

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From: Serbian Rugby League Federation, Belgrade
Date: 24th April 2015

MATT BOWEN TRAVELS TO SERBIA

Serbian rugby league will receive a major boost this weekend with the arrival of Wigan Warriors’ star full back Matt Bowen.

Thanks to the support of Super League and Wigan Warriors, Bowen is visiting Serbia to promote their Schools Rugby League Programme, a pilot project which is part-funded by the Australian Embassy in Belgrade.

The project began on 20 January in primary schools in the capital with the purpose of teaching children the basics of the sport. Bowen, who played for Australia, will assist in a youth tournament to be held tomorrow (Saturday) at the FK Zemun stadium (14.00 GMT).

The tournament will also mark the centenary of ANZAC Day, being exactly 100 years from the landings at Gallipoli, one of the key battles of the First World War.

Coincidentally, the date also celebrates 61 years since the first official rugby league match was played in Serbia.

Bowen is one of the biggest rugby league stars to visit the country as SRLF vice president, Nebojša Sretenović acknowledges. “This is a huge honour for Serbia Rugby League to welcome such a wonderful player and one of the most respected men in the sport, on and off the field.”

“His playing record at club and representative level is among the best and he is very active in the Australian Government’s campaign ‘Close the Gap’, which aims to increase the life of the Australia indigenous people.”

Sretenović added, “Matt will be arriving with his wife and two children and will have a full schedule during this historic visit.

“As one of the initiators of it, the Australian Ambassador in Serbia, Julia Feeney, will be the main host for the Bowen family. It is scheduled for Matt to visit the headquarters of SRLF in Belgrade, he will have a couple of TV appearances, but the main event is the youth tournament.

“The programme currently involves about 200 boys and girls aged 10 to 14 years who were given the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the rugby league and then train for free, thanks to SRLF and with the support of Australian Embassy.”

The Schools Rugby League Programme is designed in accordance with the Strategy for Development of Sports 2014-2018 which was adopted by the Government of the Republic of Serbia and supported by the Serbian Ministry of Sports and Youth, and the Ministry of Education as a Secretariat for Youth and Sports of the City of Belgrade.

It is based on the LTAD (Long Term Athlete Development) plan designed by the Australian Institute of Sport, where the emphasis is on children learning about the sport through play and fun.

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Coach Benson delighted with Belgium rugby league victory

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FROM: BLEGIAN RUGBY LEAGUE ASSOCIATION

DATE: 21 April, 2015

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Head coach Tony Benson has expressed his delight with Belgium’s 52-12 victory over the Czech Republic in Brussels.

Having reviewed the footage of their nine-try triumph, Benson said, “I am really happy with our progress and the development of depth within the Belgium squad.

“The gratifying thing for me is that we are able to maintain the skills we have been working on at training in the heat of battle during the match. Although we still have plenty of fine tuning to do, this means we can move on to the next stage in preparation for the match against Holland, which is true testament to the dedication and commitment of our players and staff.”

Benson continued, “I am really excited and enthusiastic about our future.”

Two-try prop Guillaume Vander Elst, who opened the scoring, was named man of the match after a powerful display, centre Yann Bertrand with a first half hat trick.

Lelio Guilmard also crossed before the break to help establish a commanding 32-0 lead, scrum half Quentin Leclercq first across the whitewash in the second period.

Stand off Marc Parée scored a try and two goals, centre Ilias Laarchiri with the final touchdown to go with six conversions.

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Bodø Barbarians claim Norwegian rugby league 9s title

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FROM: RUGBY LEAGUE NORGE

DATE: 21 April, 2015

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BODØ BARBARIANS CLAIM NORWEGIAN RUGBY LEAGUE 9S TITLE

Bodø Barbarians made a triumphant return to the Norwegian rugby league set-up by beating host club Oslo Capitals 29-20 in the final of the first-ever Oslo Open Nines tournament.

The northerners’ scored three ‘golden point’ tries in the decider to lift the first piece of silverware in the club’s history – awarded for touching down in the ‘golden’ zone around the posts – which proved to be the difference.

The tournament took place at Dalenenga Stadion, with Bodø topping the points table after the group matches involving five sides, Porsgrunn Pirates, Flisbyen Broncos, Oslo Capitals and debutants Blindern Rugby Klubb from Oslo.

Norge RL’s Enrique Guy said, “Bodø were deserved winners. We would like to thank all the teams taking part and the event organisers for making it a great day. It was great to see so many young people enjoying and playing in the matches.”

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Dubai to host qualifier for Rugby League World Cup 2017

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DUBAI TO HOST 2017 RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP QUALIFIER

Dubai Sports City, which is hosting games in the new UAERL Nissan Cup, will also be the venue for a 2017 World Cup qualifier later this year.

The winner-takes-all Middle East & Africa Test between South Africa and Lebanon will be played there on Friday 30th October and will decide who becomes the eighth nation to qualify for the competition which will be held in Australia and New Zealand in two years’ time, .

Maqbul Dudhia, General Manager of Sports Business, Dubai Sports City said, “Dubai Sports City is delighted to welcome rugby league to Dubai.

“It is an exciting global sport and will sit well alongside the other major sports that are already played across our venues.

“We believe the presence of rugby league at Dubai Sports City will attract even more people to our Sports Village to take advantage of our world-class facilities and we look forward to the sport going from strength to strength here.”

MEA Director Remond Safi commented; “Everyone is very excited about the prospect of bringing a first full international to Dubai and it’s great that the first ever Middle East/Africa World Cup berth will be decided in one of the region’s most established event hubs.

“There are a lot of opportunities for rugby league in the UAE and the region and I am sure that this will be the first step in a long and fruitful relationship.”

Lebanon RL Federation president Mohamed Habbous noted, “Over the last three years the LRLF has had to fight an uphill battle to maintain all its activities.

“However, with the upcoming World Cup qualifier versus South Africa, we have a chance to take the sport to another level.

“Being on the world stage allows us re-engage with sponsors, fans, and government to firmly position Lebanese rugby league as a staple sport in the country and positive force.”

His counterpart at South Africa RL, Kobus Botha added, “South Africa is excited about this opportunity to participate in rugby league’s showcase event.

“We have been hard at work preparing and appointed a dedicated coaching team last year who selected a national training squad, and that team has been together for a period of time now.

“They have played several matches against provincial sides and, in the lead up to the World Cup qualifier, they will also play some international matches to prepare us for facing the traditionally tough Lebanese.”

Further World Cup qualification information will be announced by the RLIF over the next few days.

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