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Ukraine and Serbia to meet in two match rugby league series

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DATE: 30 July, 2015

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UKRAINE AND SERBIA ANNOUNCE TWO-MATCH U18 SERIES

In a first for youth rugby league in Eastern Europe, Ukraine and Serbia will play a two-match U18 series in Uzhgorod, western Ukraine on Friday 31 July (kick off 18.00) and Sunday 2 August (kick off midday).

“It`s a good chance for our U18 team to receive its first experience at international level,” said UFRL president Artur Martyrosyan. “We hope it will be a good basis for our future senior national team.”

Ukraine’s domestic league has been hit hard by the continuing political crisis, especially following new legislation on military service and travel restrictions, both within the country and abroad. Two of their first division clubs, Simferopol in Crimea, which cannot fulfil fixtures due to the travel limitations, and Ivano-Frankivsk in the west, who has lost a large number of players to the army, had to pull out of the 2015 season, while junior sport is suffering as parents are increasingly reluctant to send their children to organised sports, which may become targets for draft laws.

Despite these obstacles, UFRL has still managed to run an U18 competition, won by Korzo RLFC of Uzhgorod. The team’s coach, Viktor Melnichuk, is rewarded with the reins of the first ever Ukrainian youth national side and said, “For Ukrainian rugby league this a very important step. Being able to give our young players opportunity for international participation will benefit them and boost participation numbers.”

Serbia U18s held trials in Belgrade last week, head coach Admir Hadžić selecting his 20-man squad from five clubs, with half of the number from Serbian champions Partizan Belgrade. The games in Ukraine follow on from victory against Bosnia-Herzegovina XIII U18s 36-6 in Vitez in late April, and will culminate the busiest year for junior representative rugby league in the country since 2008.

Hadžić noted, “The atmosphere is very good in the squad and we are optimistic. Ukraine will be as physical as all their other teams, so I expect two fierce contests and we will see if our preparation has paid off.”

UKRAINE U18 21-MAN SQUAD

Alex Dedeshko, Alexander Shklyarov (Academy, Odessa), Orest Bibik, Alexander Cherkasov, Maxim Dobrovolsky, Anton Dudnik, Maxim Dulya, Vasily Duzhar, Taras Kovbasnyuk, Arthur Ovsyanikov, Taras Terletskii, Sergey Vasko (Korzo, Uzhgorod), Valery Miles, Artem Vlasyuk (Khmelnitsky), Vadim Davydov, Grigoriy Markevich (Kryvbas, Krivoy Rog), Anatoly Grankovsky (Legion XIII, Kharkiv), Valentin Koval, Semyon Nazar (Roland, Ivano-Frankivsk), Dmitriy Kravets (Rivne), Michael Kornatovsky (Sokol, Lviv)

SERBIA U18 20-MAN SQUAD
Jovan Mijušković, Stefan Predojević, Rajko Trifunović (Crvena Zvezda), Lazar Kojić, Boris Lazin, Paja Šević (Dorćol), Denis Bajrami, Branko Čarapić, Dragoljub Gvozdenović, Mihailo Ilić, Jovan Ivanković, Nikola Jugović, Petar Kovač, Aleksa Milković, Vladimir Milutinović, Toplica Ristić (Partizan), Stefan Arsić, Siniša Stojnev, Djordje Stošić (Soko Vranje), Velemir Gašević (Voždovac)

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English Colleges embark on two game rugby league tour to Czech Republic

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Date: 24 July, 2015

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ENGLISH COLLEGES EMBARK ON TWO GAME RUGBY LEAGUE TOUR TO CZECH REPUBLIC

A 19-man tour group representing English Colleges has arrived in the Czech Republic to play two games against the Czech U20s in Vrchlabí.

The first match is tonight (Friday, 18:00 kick-off) with the second on Sunday (14.00 kick off) after which there will be an official, commemorative dinner.

The tour celebrates a landmark for the CZRLA as they celebrate their 10th birthday and national coach Antonin Berk noted the significance.

“This is an important year for us,” he said on the tourist’s arrival. “We have established a junior competition which is very important for the development of rugby league in Czech Republic. We played our first U20 international in 2012 and lost 70-0 to BARLA Youth from the UK – for many players that was their first real taste of the sport – but last season beat Latvia U20’s twice, which is a measure of our progress.

“We know these games will be a really tough challenge but it is what we need.”

English College Lionhearts’ squad sees players selected from 11 colleges, having had regional trials, a two-day residential camp and a tough fixture against Scotland U19’s.

Coach James Massara said, “We have worked hard to prepare as a squad, the players have set themselves high standards. I am sure that the tour will be a successful and we will achieve the objectives we have set as a group.”

Czech U20 squad

Filip-Daniel Kittl, Antoním Berk, Patrik Zendeli (Dragons Krupka), Patrik Koliska, Jaroslav Koliska (Rabbitoh), Roman Wais, Daniel Uhlíř (Lokomotiva Beroun), Tomáš Valenta, Aleš Pour, Martin Kubát, Lukáš Mejvald, Jan Zámrský, Jakub Hudrlík, Michal Matyska (Mad Squirrels Vrchlabí), Adam Vojtěch, Jan Říha (Slavie Hradec Králové), David Štastník, Roman Prokop, Lukáš Pinc, Milan Pešout (Orli Havlíčkův Brod), Roman Strbačka (Roosters Mikulov)

English College Lionhearts

Adam Reading (St Mary’s)
Alex Jobson (Hopwood Hall)
Billy Gaylor (Calderdale)
Bradley Spriggs (Bishop Burton)
Brandon Mcintosh (Hopwood Hall)
Charlie D’Arcy (Bishop Burton)
Daniel Makin (Wigan Warriors Education Academy)
Fraser Boldy (Gosforth Academy)
Hakan Cimen (Runshaw College)
James Wright (Bishop Burton)
Jarrod Simm (Mysercough)
Jordan Baldwin (Calderdale)
Jordan Syme (Calderdale)
Joshua Stafford-Smith (South Gloucester and Stroud)
Kyle Hayes (Wigan Warriors Education Academy)
Luke Stephens ( The Crypt)
Michael Handol (Calderdale College)
Sam Mason (Hopwood Hall)
Tom Egen (New College Pontefract)

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Venue changed for MEA Rugby League World Cup Qualifier

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VENUE CHANGED FOR MEA RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP QUALIFIER

The venue and format for the Middle East Africa qualifier for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup has changed.

The contest between Lebanon and South Africa, which will determine the eighth nation of 14 to go to the finals in the Antipodes, will now be decided over two matches that will take place on the 25th and 31st of October in Pretoria rather than one in Dubai, as originally scheduled.

Rugby League International Federation CEO, David Collier, commented on the switch, “The MEA qualifier will be played over two matches in South Africa as the registration of rugby league, under the auspice of RLIF, is not yet complete in the United Arab Emirates and, therefore, the option of playing matches in Dubai was not available at this time.”

South Africa RL president Kobus Botha noted, “SARL is extremely excited about hosting this highly prestigious World Cup Qualifier. We aim to present an event to the rugby league community that showcases the great country we have, with friendly crowds and passionate supporters.

“It will also contribute to the development and awareness of the sport in South Africa. We welcome Lebanon to Pretoria and hope that this is the first of many such tournaments and a small glimpse into what South Africa can offer as a potential host country for the 2021 World Cup.”

His counterpart, Lebanon president, Mohamed Habbous, added, “We understand the unexpected situation that has forced this re-think.

“Playing in South Africa puts us at a disadvantage and makes our qualifying for the World Cup that much trickier, but we have faith in the squad and understand that the qualifier must stay in the region. True to the spirit of the Lebanese people, we will give everything we have in order to qualify and give the people at home something to cheer come October."

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RUGBY LEAGUE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP B 2014-15: MATCH 10 – UKRAINE 12 ITALY 40 – Report

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EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP B 2014-15: MATCH 10 – UKRAINE 12 ITALY 40 – Report, National University of State Taxation Service of Ukraine Stadium, Irpin

An early, six-minute, genuine hat trick from Lions Brescia winger Nicola Bellotti and a second half shut out of the hosts, ensured that Italy will take their place in the 2016 European Qualifiers for the following year’s World Cup, after a 40-12 win in Ukraine.

The Azzurri also moved above Russia on points difference and into second place in the European Championship B table, leaving themselves with an outside chance of taking the title come the final round of matches.

Paul Broadbent’s men, with recalled Angelo Ricci and Matthew Sands outstanding, and Santino Decaro highly impressive on debut, also scored three late tries to inflate the victory margin, but the result sees Ukraine relegated to European Championship C next season.

“I’m proud of the guys,” said Broadbent. “Our ball retention improved from the last two games, we didn’t lose our concentration and everyone worked so hard for each other.

“Achieving the Qualifiers is another stepping stone but we shouldn’t get carried away. There is a lot of work to do before we get there, especially continuing our domestic development and becoming full members of the RLIF.

“We are ticking the right boxes and this is another step, there are lots of positives and we’d like to keep the momentum going of our World Cup experiences,” he added.

In a match with plenty of ball movement and played in a good spirit throughout, the Italian right hand side was unstoppable in the opening exchanges, Emanuele Passera on each occasion serving Bellotti for his treble.

Oldham full back Richard Lepori created the first and a terrific run from Decaro the second, but each conversion from wide out by Pierangelo Ceretti was missed.

Twelve points behind in as many minutes, Ukraine clawed their way back level four minutes before the break, hard working Legion XIII, Kharkiv pair Mykhailo Troyan crashing over between the posts and prop Volodomyr Karpenko powering across; Oleksandr Skorbach converting both.

Just before the break, Italy struck down their left this time, Octavian Ilinca on the end of expansive passing to cross for a fourth unconverted try.

Six minutes into the second period, Italy’s Simone Boscolo forced his way over, Chris De Mayer’s first goal establishing a ten point lead, although he missed a penalty soon after.

Ukraine lacked genuine pace to finish off the openings they created and the Italian defence read the play well to scramble in cover as the hosts began to run out of energy in the hot conditions.

Italy finished strongly, Coventry Bear Gioele Celerino broke the Ukraine resolve with the game breaking try, De Meyer making it 28-12 and three minutes later Decaro gained his reward.

Lepori raced on to a kick into the in goal to claim the visitor’s eighth try, De Mayer with his fourth goal as the final whistle went.

Ukraine coach Gennady Vepryk commented, “I was generally satisfied with how we played in the first half but we will have to look at what went wrong in the second.

“This is the first time we have played in a competition at this level and we will be the better for it. It is tough to take that we are no longer involved on the road to the World Cup.”

UKRAINE 12

Volodymyr Mashkin, Aleksandr Scherbina, Mykola Shalaiev, Roman Shashkov, Bogdan Vepryk, Oleksandr Skorbach, Andrii Bashevskii, Oleksandr Kozak, Pavlo Kardakov, Volodomyr Karpenko, Igor Urkin, Evgenii Тrusov, Mykhailo Troyan

Subs (all used) Svyatoslav Аndreichenko, Ostap Grischenko, Vadim Polyuhovich, Artur Martyrosyan

Tries: Troyan (26), Karpenko (36)

Goals: Skorbach 2/2

ITALY 40

Richard Lepori, Nicola Bellotti, Emanuele Passera, Luca Rossetti, Octavian Ilinca, Pierangelo Ceretti, Chris De Meyer, Diego Del Nevo, Jonathan Marcinczak, Angelo Ricci, Gioele Celerino, Santino Decaro, Luca Milani

Subs (all used) Simone Boscolo, Stefano Amura, Matthew Sands, Tiziano Franchini

Tries: Bellotti (6, 8, 12), Ilinca (39), Boscolo (46), Celerino (66), Decaro (69), Lepori (79)

Goals: De Meyer 4/5, Illinca 0/1, Ceretti 0/3

Man of the match: Angelo Ricci

Half time: 12-16

Penalty count: 5-9

Referee: David Butler (England)

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP B – current standings

1 Serbia 5 4 1 0 132 69 63 0 8
2 Italy 5 3 2 0 136 108 28 0 6
3 Russia 5 3 2 0 111 86 25 0 6
4 Ukraine 5 0 5 0 76 192 -116 0 0

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USA Rugby League name initial train-on squad for Canada internationals

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Date: 18 July, 2015

USA NAME INITIAL TRAIN-ON SQUAD FOR CANADA INTERNATIONALS

After six weeks of USARL competition, the growing strength of the domestic game in the USA has been illustrated in the initial 35-man Hawks train-on squad, named to face Canada for a two game series in September and October.

There are 28 newcomers to the representative arena in a group that encompasses all 14 teams; 2014 Premiers Atlanta Rhinos with the most selections, providing a fifth of the total.

The USARL held a selection camp in DeLand, Florida, with two more to follow – in the North East and Mid-Atlantic regions – allowing other players to force their way into consideration before the squad is trimmed to 21 players.

USARL chairman Peter Illfield, who has assumed the coaching role in preparation for Leeds Rhinos supremo Brian McDermott to take over for the World Cup Qualifiers against Jamaica and Canada later in the year, is excited by the new talent coming through.

“I have been surprised with the quality of the players,” he said. “Watch out for the younger guys coming through like Terrance Williams, Roman Lowery, David Aguilar, Shaun Chowdhury and Urban Iyo.”

“The pre-selection gives recognition to those who stand out and to provides motivation for others to compete for positions. Specific strength and conditioning programs will be provided to the squad to better prepare them for the rigorous schedule ahead. Skill camps will be scheduled prior to the USARL National Championship Final on August 29 and leading up to our international commitments.” Illfield added.

USARL Hawks pre-select squad is as follows:

David Aguilar – Jacksonville Axemen

Taylor Alley – Central Florida Warriors

Lucas Baistrocci – Boston 13s

Kenny Britt – Central Florida Warriors

Ryan Burroughs – Northern Virginia Eagles

Shaun Chowdhury – Brooklyn Kings

Casey Clark – Philadelphia Fight

Obe Cohen – New York Knights

CJ Cortalano – New York Knights

Marcos Flegmann – Boston 13s

Jared Frymoyer – Philadelphia Fight

Michael Garvey – Philadelphia Fight

Justin Hacket – Northern Virginia Eagles

Phil Hammack – Brooklyn Kings

Rich Henson – Philadelphia Fight

Urban Iyo – Boston 13s

Asa Jearld – Washington DC Slayers

Mike Jones – Rhode Island Rebellion

Andrew Kneisly – Philadelphia Fight

Tobias Kreider – Delaware Black Foxes

Roman Lowery – Philadelphia Fight

Nick Newlin – Atlanta Rhinos

Bryan Phelps – Tampa Mayhem

Jon Purnell – Jacksonville Axemen

Tyree Reeves – Washington DC Slayers

Joe Rickert – Northern Virginia Eagles

Tone Rodriguez – Brooklyn Kings

Andrew Stockhecker – Rhode Island Rebellion

Mike Timpano – Philadelphia Fight

David Ulch – Tampa Mayhem

John Vella – Bucks County Sharks

Gareth Walker – Central Florida Warriors

Matt Walsh – Connecticut Wildcats

Kevin Wiggins – Delaware Black Foxes

Terrance Williams – Atlanta Rhinos

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Rugby League European Championship B 2014-15: Match 10 – Ukraine V Italy – Preview

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EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP B 2014-15: MATCH 10 – UKRAINE V ITALY – PREVIEW

Ukraine and Italy will meet for the first time on Saturday (18 July) in Irpin, 40km outside Kiev, the hosts’ opening home match in the competition after political turmoil in the country.

They are looking for their initial win in the competition, but the Ukrainians are still in with a mathematical chance of coming third; making the 2016 European Qualifiers for the next World Cup and avoiding relegation to Euro C.

Should they be successful against an out-of-sorts Italy who are four points better off, then it will come down to the final two games, both played on 12 September, with Italy travelling to Moscow and Ukraine hosting table-topping Serbia needing a big win and a heavy Italian defeat to have a chance.

Ukraine coach Gennady Vepryk has delivered a stark battle-cry to his squad, “There is nowhere left to retreat to!” he said, as his squad assembles in Kharkov for a three-day training camp ahead of the clash, adding, “We will get together and prepare for our most important match in this competition.”

In a statement of intent he has already named his 17 but two of his best forwards, tackling dynamo Sergii Kravchenko and industrious front row Maksym Miroshnichenko, are out injured with new caps, Krivbas’s Roman Shashkov and Legion XIII’s Aleksandr Scherbina, taking their spots.

“Artur Martyrosyan will also play instead of the injured Dmytro Stepanenko,” continued Vepryk. “I think these changes will strengthen our attack. During our preparations we will analyse the previous games carefully. I hope that our players have learned valuable lessons from our defeats and that we’ll be able to take the fight to what is a really well-known Italian team.”

Italy coach Paul Broadbent makes eight changes from the side defeated by Serbia at home last month. Halfback Remi Fontana is unavailable and is replaced by NW Roosters play-maker Chris De Meyer, while veteran forwards Matt Sands and Angelo Ricci make their return to the national team after long absences. Young Sheffield Eagles forward Santino Decaro makes his debut.

Broadbent said, “We’re expecting a really big game from the Ukrainians playing in front of their spectators for the first time at this level. It’s a bit of unknown territory – we don’t know what they’ll be like on their own patch. We have a strong squad and we should be capable enough to get a result.

“Decaro has a good rugby league grounding and we expect him to give us a good lead. He’s got a good work rate and is a strong carrier.”

The match will be live streamed through the Ukrainian federation website.

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/triolan-live

UKRAINE 17-MAN SQUAD

Svyatoslav Аndreichenko, Igor Urkin (Atlant Dnepropetrovsk), Mykola Shalaiev, Roman Shashkov (Krivbas, Krivoi Rog), Andrii Bashevskyi, Pavlo Kardakov, Volodomyr Karpenko, Oleksandr Kozak, Artur Martyrosyan, Volodymyr Mashkin, Aleksandr Scherbina, Oleksandr Skorbach, Mykhailo Troyan, Evgenii Тrusov, Bogdan Vepryk (Legion XIII, Kharkiv), Vadim Polyuhovich (RK Rivne, Rovno), Ostap Grischenko (Sokol, Lvov)

ITALY 20-MAN SQUAD

Stefano Amura, Simone Boscolo, Idammou El Mehdi, Saif Mhadhbi, Matthew Sands (Ariete Este), Gioele Celerino (Coventry Bears), Nicola Bellotti, Pierangelo Ceretti, Luca Milani, Luca Rossetti (Lions Brescia), Luca Ameglio, Chris De Meyer (NW Roosters), Santino Decaro (Sheffield Eagles), Catalin Diac (Torino XIII), Richard Lepori (Whitehaven), Diego Del Nevo, Octavian Ilinca, Emanuele Passera (XIII de Ducato), Jonathan Marcinczak, Angelo Ricci (unattached)

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP B – current standings

1 Serbia 5 4 1 0 132 69 63 0 8
2 Russia 5 3 2 0 111 86 25 0 6
3 Italy 4 2 2 0 96 96 0 0 4
4 Ukraine 4 0 4 0 64 152 -88 0 0

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Czech rugby league domestic game strengthens

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FROM: CZECH RUGBY LEAGUE ASSOCIATION

DATE: 15 July, 2015

CZECH RUGBY LEAGUE DOMESTIC GAME STRENGTHENS

The Czech Rugby League Association has put junior development as a priority and is gearing up for a forthcoming U20 international against an England Colleges team, ahead of full internationals at home to Sweden on 25th July and Belgium in early October.

CZRLA director Jaroslav Bžoch, commented, “The standards are growing and the players improving faster than previously because of the Euro-backed coaching courses we have been a part of. Numbers are also on the increase, we have five junior teams and have also played the first 9’s tournament in our history, hosted by the Mad Squirrels Vrchlabi, with another three tournaments in different cities to come.

“The biggest challenge for us is to manage this growth properly and we also need to spread the sport to other big cities,” he added.

Hosts Mad Squirrels Vrchlabi are the inaugural Czech U18 champions after emerging victorious from the first domestic Junior championship, defeating Krupka Dragons RLC in the final, with Jakub Hurdlik and Lukas Mejvald the standout players. Slavia Hradec Kralove RLC finished third under the guidance of Czech men’s national team coach Ladislav Cintler.

Vrchlabi coach and tournament organizer David Lahr said, “This is something the Czech Board has dreamed of for years, so to make it a reality is very rewarding.”

Prague Riverside Sharks were crowned Czech U15 champions after defeating the Mad Squirrels in their final. Sharks dominated the tournament with Tom Sellers and Sam Roberts scoring five tries a-piece. Lokomotiva Beroun finished a creditable third in their first outing at this age group. Sharks coach Paul Monteiro noted, “The standard was a lot higher than I was expecting.”

U20’s national team coach Antonin Berk was in Vrchlabi scouting for young talent and acknowledged, “This tournament has kick-started a very exciting summer for junior rugby league in the Czech Republic which should really help develop and improve our young players. Next year we have plans for a bigger Junior Championship played on a home and away basis.”

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