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2017 RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD QUALIFIER – MEA Game 2: SOUTH AFRICA 16 LEBANON 50 – Report

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2017 RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD QUALIFIER – MEA Game 2: SOUTH AFRICA 16 LEBANON 50 – Report

Lebanon duly qualified their first World Cup since 2000 with a comprehensive second leg win over South Africa at the Bosman Stadium, Brakpan, Pretoria.

As in the first leg, Cedars winger Travis Robinson was the destroyer in chief with a second successive hat trick against the Rhinos, second rower Elias Sukker again the man of the match after another storming display, which saw Lebanon triumph 90-28 on aggregate.

Lebanon captain Chris Saab commented: “This is the best day of my life. We have been waiting for this moment for a very long time and I hope every Lebanese person – as well as past and present players – have something to smile about.”

James Boustani, who kicked seven goals from 10 attempts added: “It’s an amazing feeling; to see what Lebanon has gone through in the last few years, to achieve this for the country is fantastic. I am proud to have played and won for my brothers, my family and my country.”

The players were joined in celebration by Lebanon Rugby League president Mohamad Habbous who said: “It still hasn’t sunk in yet, but we finally did it. This team, from the staff to the players, has been outstanding and worked so hard to achieve this World Cup qualification. I also want to thank the South African RL for being such incredible hosts and we look forward to further collaboration with them.”

Full back Daniel Abou-Sleiman opened the scoring in only the second minute, Robinson following up with two quick tries as the visitors grasped an unassailable hold on the game.

They led 28-6 at the break, their speed and organization at the play the ball constantly exploiting the South African defence along with Sukkar’s running.

Mark Daoud scored on the left after the ball was spread and, following Marcell Viljoen’s sin binning on the half hour for a grapple tackle, Sukkar claimed a deserved try.

South Africa gained some reward for their effort with try by winger Gideon Mzembe just before half time, Bradley Williams goaling.

The home response was short-lived when, four minutes in to the second period, Robinson claimed his sixth try in a week, Rupert Wells replying but the Cedars confirmed the spoils with two tries in three minutes on the hour from Tarek El Masri and the elusive Boustani, who finished with 18 points.

Nick Kassis brought up the half century for the visitors with their ninth try, Viljoen having the final say when he crossed for the ultimately out-gunned hosts.

“The boys played to the game plan, a bit of it worked, but some of it we slipped up on,” Viljoen said. “We were out on a mission but some of us were over eager, we went in too hard; they caught us out. We are working on rugby league here, it’s a sport that’s growing in RSA. The boys are keen to play. Beating BARLA was a step up for us but this wasn’t a game we were used to but we feel we are putting the sport on the map here.”

SOUTH AFRICA 16

Jason King, Gideon Mzembe, Johan Joubert, Jean Coetzer, Rupert Wells, Theo Rhodes, Bradley Williams, Jaice Terblanche, Marcell Viljoen, Rudolph Prinsloo, Dwayne Botma, Halvor Harris, Shane Gilham

Subs: Shuab Samaai, Louis Musson, Deon Kramer, Christo Louw

Tries: Mzembe (36), Wells (54), Viljoen (76)

Goals: Williams 2/3

LEBANON 50
Daniel Abou-Sleiman, Adham El Zbaidieh, Tarek El Masri, Chris Saab, Travis Robinson, Mark Daoud, James Boustani, Mitchell Mamary, Ali Allouche, Ricahrd Coorey, Elias Sukkar, Nick Kassis, Ahmad Ellaz

Subs: James Elias, Wael Harb, Robin Hachache, Ead Kassem

Tries: Abou Sleiman (2), Robinson (11,19,44), Daoud (26), Sukkar (32), El Masri (60), Boustani (63), Kassis (74)

Goals: Boustani 7/10

Half time: 6-28

Referee: Phil Bentham (England)

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2017 RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD QUALIFIER – MEA, Game 2: SOUTH AFRICA V LEBANON – Preview

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2017 RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD QUALIFIER – MEA, Game 2: SOUTH AFRICA V LEBANON – PREVIEW

South Africa need to beat Lebanon by 29 points tomorrow (31st October) in the second leg of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Qualifier – MEA, in Brakpan, Pretoria, if they are to progress to the Antipodes.

The Cedars triumphed 40-12 in the first leg on the same ground and go into the game confident of making their first World Cup since 2000.

South Africa have been without head coach Brian Greige for most of the week following his pre-arranged trip back to Australia to complete a high performance qualification.

Assistant Drikkies Mulder has been responsible for preparing the side in his absence and Rupert Wells comes into the squad, replacing Nardus Raubenheimer, while highly rated 19-year-old play-maker Ruaan Du Preez looks to have recovered from a knee injury that prevented his selection last week.

South Africa missed his goal-kicking ability, failing with all three attempts last time out.

“After Sunday’s game the Rhino players had a lot of small injuries,” said Mulder. “On Monday we had a good recovery session and overall we’ve had a hard week at practice, with a lot of defence and communication drills.

“The players had a good and hard talk about the job at hand this Saturday and there is a positive attitude in the Rhino camp.”

Lebanon goes into the game without talismanic co-captain Ray Moujalli but in relaxed mood. Moujalli, the popular Newtown Jets front rower, suffered a deep gash to his knee which will keep him out for several weeks. He has been replaced by veteran utility player Ead Kassem in Darren Maroon’s 19-man-squad.

“Preparations have been good,” said Lebanon assistant coach Chris Salem. “We are settled in here [at Pretoria’s High Performance Centre] after a few days acclimatising to the conditions. The facilities are great and the boys are looking well.

“It took a couple of days for them to get over Sunday’s match, which was played under a hot sun and on a hard ground, but they are feeling bright and ready to go.

“We have not been too worried about the team getting carried away. Everybody’s focusing on the task at hand and what they are doing. There’s absolutely no issue with us thinking the job is done at all.”

The match, which kicks off at 3pm local time at the Bosman Stadium, Brakpan, will be available to view via livestream: http://livestream.com/baruchmedia/sarugbyleague

SOUTH AFRICA SQUAD

Jaice Terblanche (Barberton Bulldogs RLC), Marcell Viljoen, Rudolph Prinsloo, Theo Rhodes (Bears RLC), Shuab Samaai (Cape Town Hyenas RLC), Jason King (Emerald Tigers QRL), Deon Kramer, Jean Coetzer, Jean Pierre Nel (Harlequins RLC), Louis Musson (Parramatta RL NSWRL), Bradley Williams, Halvor Harris (Perth RL), Shane Gillham (Titans RL QRL), Christo Louw, Dwayne Botma, Johan Joubert, Ruaan Du Preez, Rupert Wells (UP-Tuks RLC), Gideon Mzembe (Wynnum Manly QRL)

LEBANON SQUAD

Mark Daoud (Asquith Magpies), Richard Coorey, Ead Kassem, Elias Sukkar (Auburn Warriors), Ali Allouche (Canterbury Bulldogs), Chris Saab (Guildford Owls), James Boustani (Hills), Ray Finan, Robin Hachache, (Immortals RLFC), Travis Robinson (Melbourne Storm), James Elias (Newcastle Knights), Daniel Abou-Sleiman, Ahmed Ellaz, Tarek El Masri (Newtown Jets), Nick Kassis, Mitchell Mamary (Wentworthville Magpies), Toufic El Hajj, Wael Harb (Wolves FC), Adham El Zbaidieh (Unattached)

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Rugby League European Championship – Game 4 – Wales v France – Preview

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RUGBY LEAGUE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP – GAME 4 – WALES V FRANCE – PREVIEW

The two unbeaten sides so far, Wales and France, meet at Cardiff Arms Park on Friday evening (30th October, kick off 6.30pm) in the Rugby League European Championship.

Wales shocked the defending champions Scotland with an 18-12 win in Wrexham, their first triumph in 12 internationals, and John Kear’s men are keen to continue their improved form against the French, who suffered a record defeat in a fixture with England last Saturday, outside the competition.

“Last weekend’s game was a very difficult day for us,” said France coach Richard Agar. “Friday gives us the perfect opportunity to put it behind us. “We have some welcome returns to the team giving us an injection of experience and quality.

“Wales had a great start and certainly look a lot stronger in the pack, with the back three doing a great job for them.”

Agar has his skipper Theo Fages fit again and Catalans Dragons pair Tony Gigot and Jason Baitieri are in the squad as the French look to emulate their 42-22 triumph over Wales in last season’s Euros.

The encounter celebrates 80 years of the European Championship – Wales faced France in the inaugural game of the first competition in Bordeaux on New Year’s Day 1935.

There could be two Wales debutants, one being Coventry Bears’ James Geurtjens who just missed out on selection against Scotland, and the other Port Talbot born 18-year old Regan Grace who has been starring for St Helens U19s for the past 18 months.

Grace came through the junior system at South Wales Scorpions and has appeared for Wales at U16 and 18 levels.

The winger played for Wales last Sunday in the Danny Jones benefit match against Keighley Cougars, where he came on in the second half and made a big impression on Wales coach John Kear.

“We took part in the match for Danny’s family to help raise money for them but we were pleased to have the run out and look over players,” Kear confirmed.

“There were a number of good individual performances but I was very impressed with Regan. St Helens have got yet another good kid coming through the system that they’ve scouted in Wales and been developed by the club. He looked very exciting and is a magnificent prospect.

Kear added, “I was really pleased with what I saw against Keighley, Rob Massam on the other wing looked very solid too when he came on so there is strong competition for places.”

The match will be broadcast live in France by beIN SPORTS, the official broadcast partner of the Rugby League European Championship 2015.

A livestream feed is also available via Ginicam, the interactive broadcasting platform at: https://ginicam.com/event/VezBhb9jku2yFeDDdCaj

WALES SQUAD

Michael Channing (Castleford Tigers), Morgan Evans, James Geurtjens (Coventry Bears) Dalton Grant (Dewsbury Rams), Courtney Davies, Steve Parry, Lewis Reece (Gloucestershire All Golds), Craig Kopzcak (Huddersfield Giants), Elliot Kear, Rhys Williams (London Broncos), Ricky Hough (Newcastle Thunder), Joe Burke, Christiaan Roets (North Wales Crusaders), Connor Farrer (South Wales Scorpions), Ollie Olds (Souths Logan Magpies, Australia), Regan Grace (St Helens), Anthony Walker (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats), Phil Joseph (Widnes Vikings), Rhodri Lloyd (Wigan Warriors)

FRANCE SQUAD

Jean Philippe Baille (Bradford Bulls), Gadwin Springer (Castleford Tigers), Jason Baitieri, Julian Bousquet, Morgan Escare, Antoni Maria, Tony Gigot (Catalans Dragons), John Boudebza, Kevin Larroyer (Hull KR), William Barthau (London Broncos), Remy Marginet, Ugo Perez, Stanislas Robin, Jordan Sigismeau (St. Esteve XIII Catalan/ Dragons Catalans), Théo Fages (St Helens), Olivier Arnaud (SO Avignon XIII) Clément Boyer (Toulouse Olympique XIII), Mickael Simon (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats), Benjamin Jullien (Warrington Wolves)

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All eyes on RLIF World Rankings

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The international Rugby League season is now in full flow. England (3) will host a major test series against the World Number 1 ranked New Zealand starting on Saturday (UK time). Its a three-game series and the outcome could have a dramatic effect on the world rankings.

The Kiwis snatched the top spot from Australia (2) for the first time in June of this year and, with Australia inactive, they could stretch their lead at the top with a decent showing against England. However, the hosts will understand very clearly that a very strong performance from them, three wins, could put pressure on the Kangaroos in second place and even position them for an assault on top spot in 2016.

Tonga (15), who recently defeated Cook Islands (17) to qualify for RLWC2017, will expect to see themselves move up from their current 15th position. Whilst Lebanon (20), who are mid-way through their qualification series in South Africa, will be desperate to advance from their lowly 20th place and should achieve that.

The European Championship Series between, France (5), Scotland (8), Wales (9) and Ireland (7) gives those four nations the opportunity to cement their places in the top 10 in the world. However, this will be put under pressure by Canada (13), who have recently had two wins over the USA (10) as they head to Florida with the Americans and Jamaica (29) for the qualifiers for RLWC2017.

The next RLIF World Rankings will be issued in early December after the qualification tournament for the World Cup is completed in the USA.

Note about RLIF World Rankings

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  • Results in full international matches only
  • The current ranking of the opponent
  • The result of the game and the score
  • More recent results are given greater weighting
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2017 Rugby League World Cup Qualifier MEA – First leg; South Africa 12 Lebanon 40 – report

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2017 RLWC QUALIFIER – MEA GAME 1: SOUTH AFRICA 12 LEBANON 40 – Report

Lebanon are in pole position to contest their first Rugby League World Cup since 2000, after a convincing first leg win over hosts South Africa in Brakpan, near Pretoria

In the searing heat, the Cedars ran in seven tries, three to experienced winger Travis Robinson, while classy half back James Boustani landed six goals.

“We’ve been training together for five weeks and I thought it came together really well,” said Lebanon second rower, man of the match Elias Sukkar. “We played a tough opponent but we managed to get through them. Our structure was the difference and our defence was really good.

“Next week we just have to play our game and not move away from what we do so well and I’m sure we’ll confirm our place in the Rugby League World Cup.”

Robinson posted an ominous warning in the third minute, the Cedars spreading the ball wide direct from a scrum to go over in the corner, Boustani adding the extras from the touchline.

Centre Johan Joubert responded, running a terrific line to cut through two defenders to narrow the gap, Bradley Williams wide with the conversion attempt.

Lebanon skipper Chris Saab crossed from close in, the Cedars then losing experienced forward Ray Moujalli with a deep gash to his knee which required hospital treatment as Daniel Abou-Sleiman went over to increase the lead, Boustani making it 18-4.

Seven minutes before the break, Melbourne Storm’s Robinson went on a superb weaving solo run to cross in the corner to make it 22-4, too far out for Boustani to goal.

The heat and humidity began to take its toll in the second period, the visitors further hampered when Ahmad Ellazwas sin binned in the 52nd minute for a dangerous tackle.

South Africa immediately took advantage, Halvor Harris grubbering through and full back Jason King grounding, Williams again wide with the conversion.

Two tries in four minutes, from Mitchell Mamary and Tarek El Masri then took the game away from the hosts as Lebanon made good ground up the middle, Sukkar excelling, Nardus Raubenheimer replying with a score that looked to keep the second leg alive.

But Robinson put a significant gap between the teams with his hat-trick score two minutes from time.

“They dominated really well,” acknowledged South Africa coach Brian Greige. “Our completion rate was really good but we made too many mistakes in key areas, especially in the first half. We had 41 missed tackles which cost us the game, and the first 20 minutes hurt us after which we had to play catch-up football.

“We have a few things to work on this week but we should be good for the experience and hopefully we’ll turn it around.”

The sides meet again at the same venue on 30th October.

SOUTH AFRICA 12

Jason King, Gideon Mzembe, Johan Joubert, Jean Coetzer, Shuab Samaai, Theo Rhodes, Bradley Williams, Jaice Terblanche, Marcell Viljoen, Louis Musson, Dwayne Botma, Halvor Harris, Shane Gilham

Subs (all used): Nardus Raubenheimer, Rupert Wells, Rudolph Prinsloo, Jean Pierre Nel

Tries: Joubert (12), King (56), Raubenheimer (73)

Goals: Williams 0/2, Coetzer 0/1

LEBANON 40

Daniel Abou-Sleiman, Adham El Zbaidieh, Tarek El Masri, Chris Saab, Travis Robinson, Mark Daoud, James Boustani, Mitchell Mamary, Ali Allouche, Ray Moujalli, Elias Sukkar, Nick Kassis, Ahmad Ellaz

Subs (all used): Richard Coorey, James Elias, Wael Harb, Robin Hachache

Tries: Robinson (3,33,78), Saab (17), Abou Sleiman (21), Mamary (59), El Masri (63)

Goals: Boustani 6/7

Sinbin: Ellaz (52 – dangerous tackle)

Man of the match: Elias Sukkar

Half time: 4-22

Referee: Phil Bentham (England)

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Ireland end Scotland’s hopes of retaining Rugby League European Championship

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IRELAND END SCOTLAND’S HOPES OF RETAINING RUGBY LEAGUE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP

A late try from Ireland fullback Scott Grix consigned Scotland to a 24-22 defeat in an entertaining Rugby League European Championship clash at Galashiels.

After trailing at the break, a second half comeback edged Scotland ahead, but Grix’s late weaving score clinched victory for the visitors and consigned the Scots to their second defeat in this season’s competition, leaving them with no chance of retaining the title they won last year.

“When you have people like Bob Beswick, Liam Finn and Grixy it calms us down,” said Ireland coach Mark Aston. “I thought Will Hope was absolutely enormous for us as was Oliver Roberts. The pack of forwards worked really hard and that’s where the win was based. We got our just reward.

“We had some domestic players on the bench so it’s a nice blend. They’re a good group and they don’t cause me any problems. We’ll have a bit of a celebration tonight and then a bit of a break.”

Ireland now join Wales and France on one win apiece, with those two sides set to meet in Cardiff this coming Friday.

Scotland started well, enjoying the better of possession and territory in the initial minutes, but it was Ireland who opened the scoring on their first real attack, Luke Ambler charging over from close range for a try next to the posts which was converted by Finn.

An injury to James Mendeika led to a five minute stoppage shortly afterwards, with the Bradford Bulls man eventually being helped off the pitch after treatment, but it didn’t upset the Irish rhythm as they scored almost immediately when play restarted, with Brad Hargreaves going over in the corner after a break down the left.

Scotland hit back and after a strong run from Oscar Thomas earned them a penalty on the ten metre line, the ball was fed out wide to Danny Addy, who darted through a gap to touch down for an unconverted try.

A high kick from Bravehearts skipper Danny Brough on to the Irish goal line created a chance on 30 minutes but despite desperate attempts by both Shane Toal and Richard Harris to get a hand on the ball, the chance went begging thanks to good defensive cover from Hargreaves.

Good Irish pressure then had Scotland on the back foot and, after a desperate tackle from Dale Ferguson, Scotland’s respite was only temporary as Ambler powered through for his second try next to the posts, leaving an easy conversion for Liam Finn.

The first half ended with Finn opting to kick for goal when Ireland were awarded a penalty just inside the Scotland half, the Irish captain increasing his side’s lead to 18-4 at the break.

The Scots needed a good start to the second half and within three minutes they reduced the arrears with a surging run from Brough taking them to within 20 metres, which created an opening for Addy to cross for his second try which Brough converted.

It got better for Scotland four minutes later when Barrow’s Toal marked his full international debut with a try, going over in the right hand corner following a sweeping move, and Brough landed a difficult conversion from the touchline to bring Scotland back to within two points.

As the hour mark approached, a mazy run by Elliot Cosgrove took him past several challenges and to within a metre of the Scottish line, and when the ball came back Finn went over but was held up by good Scottish defence.

Soon after, Scotland took the lead for the first time, with a Brough pass creating an opening for Dale Ferguson who weaved his way past two tackles and charged over for a fine score between the posts, leaving Brough with an easy conversion.

Seven minutes later, Scottish pressure almost brought another try on the last tackle, when an Oscar Thomas pass found Alex Walker in space on the left wing, but despite his desperate attempt to touch down in the corner, the referee ruled the ball had not crossed the line.

Despite being on the back foot, Ireland landed the killer blow with what proved to be the decisive score eight minutes from time. A terrific break from Ben Johnston took him deep into the Scottish half and a fine pass inside sent Grix over for a try which Liam Finn converted to clinch a narrow win.

Scotland coach Steve McCormack noted: “The intensity in the first half wasn’t there. In international football you can’t dip your toe in and it was similar to the game in Wales last week.

“We gave ourselves a lot to do after the first half. In the second we were great though and young lads like Shane Toal, Richard Harris and Alex Walker did very well and will be better for that experience, but we don’t like being gallant losers.

“We looked after players like Bob Beswick in that second half and Liam Finn, but if you clock off at this level you get punished, and the only time we did, that showed.”

SCOTLAND 22

David Scott (Doncaster), Shane Toal (Barrow Raiders), Ben Hellewell (London Broncos), Richard Harris (Warrington Wolves), Alex Walker (London Broncos), Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) (capt), Oscar Thomas (London Broncos), Ben Kavanagh (Widnes Vikings), Liam Hood (Salford Red Devils), Jonny Walker (Leigh Centurions), Sonny Esslemont (Hull KR), Dale Ferguson (Bradford Bulls), Danny Addy (Bradford Bulls).

Subs: Joe McClean (Gloucestershire Old Golds), Corbyn Kilday (Central Queensland Capras), Lewis Clarke (Edinburgh Eagles), Harvey Burnett (unattached).

Tries: Addy (22, 43), Toal (47), Ferguson (60)

Goals: Brough 3/4

IRELAND 24

Scott Grix (Huddersfield Giants), Brad Hargreaves (Rochdale Hornets), James Mendeika (Bradford Bulls), Elliot Cosgrove (Batley Bulldogs), Casey Dunne (Longhorns RL), Ben Johnston (Halifax), Liam Finn (Castleford Tigers) (capt), Matty Hadden (Rochdale Hornets), Bob Beswick (Leigh Centurions), Luke Ambler (Halifax), Danny Bridge (Rochdale Hornets), Will Hope (Oldham Roughyeds), Oliver Roberts (Bradford Bulls)

Subs: Callum Mulkeen (Gloucestershire All Golds), Graham O’Keeffe (Oxford RL), Joe Keyes (London Broncos), Sean Hesketh (Batley Bulldogs).

Tries: Ambler (7, 34), Hargreaves (13), Grix (72)

Goals: Finn 4/5

Half time: 4-18

Attendance: 1197

Referee: Chris Kendall

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2017 Rugby League world Cup qualifier – MEA: South Africa v Lebanon, Game 1 – Preview

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DATE: 24 October 2015

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2017 RLWCQ – MEA GAME 1: SOUTH AFRICA V LEBANON – PREVIEW

Lebanon and South Africa have named their 19-man squads for Sunday’s opening 2017 Rugby League World Cup Middle East Africa Qualifier, at the Bosman Stadium, Brakpan outside Pretoria, and both are confident of gaining an early advantage in the two-game series.

“We have had a great preparation,” said South Africa coach Brian Greige. “For the past two weeks we have trained regularly as a squad and it has been very productive. The players have been coming together well and working together as a unit.

“It has been a great year for the Rhinos and the development has come together at the right time. I’m proud of what they have achieved and with the team that we have now, it will go far moving forward together.”

Lebanon, who lost Reece Robinson in the run up to their departure for South Africa has suffered further disruption with the absence of Jamie Clark, whose attempts to overturn a two-match ban for a dangerous throw failed. He is replaced by 19-year-old Canterbury hooker Ali Allouche.

Lebanon team manager Mohamed Chahal, who scored the first ever try for the Cedars, noted: “Our preparation has been pretty spot on; we’re building momentum and I think we are just about to peak at the right time. The South Africans are a big, fast side and I expect they will be ready to play and hopefully we’re on our game.”

Both teams have been invited to an official reception hosted by the Lebanese ambassador and two news crews have flown over from Beirut to cover the entire tour, an unprecedented sign of interest from the country’s major media outlets.

“It’s been fantastic to see the interest that has been sparked in Lebanon,” continued Chahal. “The side predominantly play in Australia but all the guys are excited putting on the Lebanese jumper as it allows them to re-connect to the motherland and that just adds more excitement to the tournament.”

SOUTH AFRICA SQUAD

Jaice Terblanche (Barberton Bulldogs RLC), Marcell Viljoen, Rudolph Prinsloo, Theo Rhodes (Bears RLC), Shuab Samaai (Cape Town Hyenas RLC), Jason King (Emerald Tigers QRL), Deon Kramer, Jean Coetzer, Jean Pierre Nel (Harlequins RLC), Louis Musson (Parramatta RL NSWRL), Bradley Williams, Halvor Harris (Perth RL), Shane Gillham (Titans RL QRL), Christo Louw, Dwayne Botma, Johan Joubert, Nardus Raubenheimer, Ruaan Du Preez (UP-Tuks RLC), Gideon Mzembe (Wynnum Manly QRL)

LEBANON SQUAD

Mark Daoud (Asquith Magpies), Richard Coorey, Elias Sukkar (Auburn Warriors), Ali Allouche (Canterbury Bulldogs), Chris Saab (Guildford Owls), James Boustani (Hills), Ray Finan, Robin Hachache, (Immortals RLFC), Travis Robinson (Melbourne Storm), James Elias (Newcastle Knights), Daniel Abou-Sleiman, Ahmed Ellaz, Tarek El Masri, Ray Moujalli (Newtown Jets), Reece Robinson (Parramatta Eels), Nick Kassis, Mitchell Mamary (Wentworthville Magpies), Wael Harb (Wolves FC), Adham El Zbaidieh (Unattached)

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