Archive | May 2015

Hungarian rugby league hosts successful three nations festival for men and women

HUNGARY HOSTS THREE NATIONS AT HISTORIC EVENT

The Hungarian Rugby League Federation welcomed sides from Bosnia-Herzegovina, England and Serbia for a four-day festival of rugby league that included full and 9s versions of the sport. England Women’s University & Colleges made a historic first tour into central Europe as part of it, beating the Hungarian Women’s national side 74-10 in a full international, before participating in a 9s tournament.

Played in Budapest, the University & Colleges team used the match as part of their preparations for the Associations Cup back in the UK. The following day the teams took part in a 9’s tournament, which saw the England team split into two and face Hungary and Belgrade.

Team manager Paul Carlos commented, “It was a massively satisfying tour and a good time was had by all. The feedback from the girls has been excellent and all the games were played in the right spirit.”

“It was an honour hosting a high level English side with international quality like Tara-Jane Stanley and Lindsay Anfield,” said Hungarian Rugby League Federation Director Zsolt Lukacs. “The full international was harder fought than the final score line suggests and our women learned a lot, while the 9s tournament was another great experience; there was a huge benefit for the Serbian Ladies too.”

A men’s 9s run alongside featured a team from Bosnia-Herzegovina, White Rabbits of Banja Luka, who played Belgrade and Budapest, the Serbians coming out on top.

“The Hungarian boys fought hard at the 9s tournament,” continued Lukacs. “All the games were close. After that, there was a promotional 13-a-side men’s game with all players involved, making the massive rugby league festival complete.”

Men’s 9s –

Belgrade 22 Banja Luka 4

Budapest 4 Banja Luka 6

Budapest 10 Belgrade 18

Women’s 9s –

Eng Univ & Colleges 38 Women’s rugby club Belgrade 0

Eng Univ & Colleges 28 Hungary 0

Eng Unv & Colleges II 20 Women’s rugby club Belgrade 0

Women’s rugby club Belgrade 8 Hungary 24

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USA national rugby league team rebrand as Hawks

USA NATIONAL RUGBY LEAGUE TEAM REBRAND AS HAWKS

The international rugby league scene in the United States looks different from today with the announcement that the national team will now be known as the Hawks.

The major rebrand comes on the back of the US Association of Rugby League (USARL) becoming recognized by both the Rugby League International and European Federations as the new governing body for sport in the country.

USARL Director of Marketing, Steve Williams, commented, “The Hawk is a symbol of national pride, whose core traits of strength and speed are also motivated by an inherent desire to protect their flock, which we relate to in rugby league. The result is a stunning new logo that we believe will quickly become a fan favourite on the international stage.”

After the success of reaching the quarter finals of the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, the USARL is committed to providing a better pathway for American domestic players.

“The current administration has been actively working on implementing a new selection process that rewards and acknowledges USA players for their year’s efforts and performance,” commented Peter Illfield, chairman of the USARL. “The Hawks will become a symbol for both USA-based and key heritage players to be rewarded for their contribution and commitment to grow the sport.”

The USARL will be making further announcements on their coaching staff and 2015 international schedule in the coming weeks, which will include details of qualification games for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

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Local sports stars join first rugby league coaching course in Malta

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DATE: 24 May, 2015

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FIRST LEVEL 1 COACHING COURSE HELD IN MALTA

Malta Rugby League (MRL) has delivered the country’s first locally hosted RLEF Level 1 coaching course at St Martin’s College, as part of the European Commission-backed Leadership Devolution Project.

RLEF Coaching Manager Martin Crick oversaw the course, with delivery led by coach educator and national team head coach Anthony Micallef. In also incorporated different sports, together with discussions on key EU sports topics such as dual-career athlete guidelines.

Maltese football legend Carmel Busuttil and local squash champion Bradley Hindle-Deguara delivered presentations on coaching and the transition from player to coach from their own personal experiences on the world stage.

Sam Blyton-Keep, who passed the training and is now a newly-qualified coach educator is looking forward to passing on what he learned. “Plans are now underway to organise the Level 1 assessment phase in Gozo next month,” said the 21-year-old Malta international who is permitted to teach in schools, university and at club level.

The MRL is now preparing for next month’s RLEF Match Officials Course at the same venue to complete the LDP project for Malta.

Crick noted, “It was a pleasure to experience the enthusiasm and commitment of the coaches, and the attendees showed great promise. Rugby league in Malta is on the up and I’m looking forward to seeing them play Belgium at Headingley, Leeds, in late June.”

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Southern regional rugby league championship to launch in Spain

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DATE: 24/05/2015

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AERL ANNOUNCE FIRST REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IN THE SOUTH OF SPAIN

Four sides, representing three Southern regions of Spain will meet over a six-week period, as rugby league in the country continues to expand.

The Andalusian Regional League is composed of teams from Cordoba, Seville and Malaga and feature six weeks of double-header matches, starting next weekend and finishing in July.

Miguel Angel Mudarra, President of AERL Andalucia, said, “We are really proud of the work have done at the clubs to develop the first regional rugby league championship in Spain. The effort of the last few months has been extraordinary, both at the organizational level and as well as increasing the training our referees.

“We believe it will be an exciting and very competitive championship where I dare not predict a winner.”

The first round will start with the derby match between sides from Cordoba – Córdoba Phoenix and Mineros Peñarroya – and Bandoleros Ronda (Malaga) will face Coria Samurais (Sevilla).

In total, 13 clubs are now registered in Spain. Besides the four participants in the ‘League of Andalucía’, Sevilla RLFC and Tercios XIII Tomares, both development sides, have also been established, whilst the Valencian Region, the birthplace of Spanish rugby league, comprises seven teams.

FIXTURES

1st round May 30th

Fénix vs Mineros

Samurais vs Bandoleros

2nd Round June 7th

Bandoleros vs Fénix

Mineros vs Samurais

3rd Round June 13th

Mineros vs Bandoleros

Fénix Samurais

4th Round June 20th

Mineros vs Fenix

Bandoleros vs Samurais

5th Round June 27th

Samurais vs Mineros

Bandoleros vs Fénix

6th Round July 4th

Bandoleros vs Mineros

Samurais vs Fenix

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France prepare to take on ‘in form’ Serbia in rugby league international

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Date: 21 mai 2015

Contact: Geoffroy Croze g.croze

GUIGUE: WE WON’T TAKE SERBIA LIGHTLY

France ‘A’ are preparing to play Serbia in the Municipal Stadium, St Esteve tomorrow (Friday – kick off 7.30pm), opponents who arrive on a high.

The Serbians, fresh from a rousing 20-15 European Championship B victory against Russia in Belgrade last Saturday, are one of international rugby league’s form sides, having won four of their last five outings, including comfortable wins against Ukraine and Italy.

The French squad, which assembled in Argelès-sur-Mer, near Perpignan on Wednesday, is in a good frame of mind, according to coach Renaud Guigue, who is a member of France’s high performance department.

“We’ve got a tight-knit group with a good mentality,” said the Avignon coach. “The players are behaving more and more professionally which is important leading up to the World Cup in two years’ time.”

France has played Serbia twice before in the Mediterranean Cup in 2003 and 04 and won on both occasions.

“I think our strength will be our defensive organisation,” continued Guigue. “But our greatest error would be to take the Serbians lightly. We’ll have to play right, applying ourselves without over playing.”

Serbia, who will be without inspirational captain Dalibor Vukanovic, next play in Gemona on 20 June when they will be seeking to retain top spot in European Championship B. Third-placed Italy would leap-frog them and Russia with a 25-point victory and this clash is seen as deal preparation for Marko Janković’s men.

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Malta rugby league name elite training squad for tough international programme

MALTA RUGBY LEAGUE – PRESS RELEASE

DATE: 21 May, 2015

In readiness for their summer international programme, which commences with a match against Belgium at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, Leeds, on 21st June, Malta has announced the creation of an elite training squad.

National coach Anthony Micallef has gathered together nine of the best domestic players who will also undertake social responsibility commitments and receive specialist training from foreign based coaches.

“There’s a lot of energy in the younger guys and this approach takes it up a level from what everyone is used to,” said one of the group, current international Malcolm Attard. “Having a structured approach for a select group of players puts everyone on the same page and gives us a lot more direction,”

Birkirkara Eagles’ 19-year-old winger Jean-Pierre Zarb, who debuted against Greece last year and was in the Malta team that defeated Czech Republic, is eagerly awaiting the chance to play at Headingley. “Everyone is looking forward to it, we’re expecting the biggest crowd we’ve ever played in front of and the players from Malta are trying to be in the best condition we’ve ever been in for a summer international,” he said.

Malta are also looking to appoint a high performance assistant coach, with their schedule also seeing them host Ireland before their World Cup qualifying campaign, which kicks off on 26th September in Valencia against Spain. Applications close at 5pm, Friday 31st July 2015.

Malta elite national squad:

Malcolm Attard (Stompers RL), Christian Briffa (Malta Origin RL), Julian Caruana (Stompers RL), Dragan Cerketa (Stompers RL), Peter Debono (Malta Origin RL), Darren Edmunds (Team Pit RL), Sam Keep (Malta Origin RL), Joe Paolella (Malta Origin RL), Jean-Pierre Zarb (Eagles RL)

Contact: Anthony Micallef (MRL)
00-356-79812699

http://www.malteserugbyleague.com

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Poland Rugby League formalised

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DATE: 20 May, 2015

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RLEF STAGES FIRST TECHNICAL ACTIVITY IN POLAND

The newly formed Polska Rugby XIII, which established its association under Polish law last week, has hosted the first technical activity in Lodz, as part of the RLEF’s EU-backed Leadership Devolution Project.

Five Polish candidates received their Level 1 Match Official qualification after attending a course led by PRXIII trainee educators Lukasz Lucka and Jacek Galeza, and monitored by RLEF Educators Denys Cherniev and George Stilianos.

“The keen Polish officials turned up with a great appetite to learn,” said Stilianos. “I was impressed with how quickly they took on board the rules and referee signals, then were able to implement them on the field the following day during the friendly match.”

Lucka, who founded PRXIII, added, “The seminar was another key step for rugby league development in Poland. Two of the candidates were completely new to rugby league and loved the experience.”

A coaching course will now run in June with the initial aim of setting up youth clubs in two other parts of Lodz.

The LD project, which has received €195.000 from the European Commission, is intended to increase the governance and technical capacity of participating members.

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