Archive | January 2016

Serbia rugby league in first-ever tour to Australia

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From: Serbian Rugby League Federation / Belgrade
Date: 28th January 2016

Contact: Miloš Šakan
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SERBIA RUGBY LEAGUE IN FIRST-EVER TOUR TO AUSTRALIA

Serbia begin their preparations for the Rugby League World Cup Qualifiers – Europe which take place this autumn, with an historic two week tour of Australia starting this weekend.

They will take part in the international Cabramatta 9s and play an international against the Philippines on 5 February, in the first visit of its kind by the currently 11th-ranked nation.

The squad is made up of domestic-based players, those from Serbia playing in the Australian competition and 12 heritage players, as the pool of talent available increases.

Team manager of the tour Blagoje Stoiljković commented: “We’ve been preparing this tour over a year and it is crucial in our bid to go to the World Cup. Besides the opportunity to play against different opposition, the tour will give us an opportunity to include the Serbian origin players from Australia for the first time.

“Our goal is also to connect with our community there whose support we also need in our historic quest to go to the 2017 World Cup in the southern hemisphere.”

Along with Stoiljković, eight players from Serbian clubs have departed for Sydney: Dalibor Vukanović, Stevan Stevanović, Stefan Nedeljković (all from champions RK Dorćol), Vojislav Dedić, Vladislav Dedić, Miloš Ćalić, Miloš Zogović (RLK Crvena Zvezda) and Džavid Jašari (R13K Partizan).

They will be joined by four local players that already have played for Serbia: Ilija Radan, Dejan Lukenić, Milan Radojević and Adam Nedić.

Awaiting debuts are eight new Serbian origin players: David Anđelić (Blacktown Workers, Massey NSW), Joshua Blenkinsop (Burleigh Bears U18, Gold Coast), Ilija Čotrić (Bush Rangers, ACT-Canberra), Stevan Dobrić (Belrose Eagles, Manly Warringah NSW), Reece Grkinić (Cabramatta West Magpies, NSW), Joshua Marjanović (Kawana Dolphins, Sunshine Coast QLD), Nikola Štrbac (unattached), George Vujanović (East Tigers, Brisbane QLD).

Jason Greene will be the head coach for this tour, Shane Millard assistant coach, Mitchell Henderson in charge of the physical preparation, Adrian Kraft defence coach and Cameron Dyer physio. The staff team was selected by newly-appointed special consultant to the Serbian national team, current Wakefield Wildcats coach Brian Smith.

After winning European Championship B last year, Serbia is in Group A of the 2016 European qualifiers for the 2017 World Cup, which will be held across Australia, New Zealand and PNG. They face Wales (15 October, Cardiff City) and Italy (October 22, Belgrade). Only the group winner goes directly to the WC, while the second-placed team will face a play-off with the second-placed nation in Group B (comprising Ireland, Russia and Spain) for the final qualifying place.

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Lebanon schools rugby league competition set to start fourth season

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Date: 27 January 2016

Contact Details: Mohamed Fowaz, +961 (0)3 26 304

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LEBANON SCHOOLS COMPETITION SET TO START FOURTH SEASON

The fourth season of Lebanon schools competition is set to kick off next week as the GMEA Mount Lebanon Championship sees four teams in action on Saturday February 6, with a double-header at University Libanise stadium.

Notre Dame de Louaise and Saint Joseph School begin the campaign, followed by Broumana high School against Antonine International School. All have been in training since the beginning of the school term in October 2015.

Gaby Haddad, Mount Lebanon’s new development officer, said: “This has been exciting for me, going from being a former player to part of the LRL Federation developing the game. I look forward to working with all four schools and introducing the game to new ones, as well as the general public.

“With Lebanon qualifying in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, other schools have shown interest to know about the sport. Hopefully this year will be a great championship and we have many other events coming up including a 9s tournament.”

Holders St Joseph’s, who have won two titles, will again start as favourites, with AIS also keen to get back in the winner’s enclosure. Broumana return under Fransesc Rossel,who has arrived from Spain and Notre Dame are newcomers to the competition.

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RLIF Board announces process for hosting the 2021 Rugby League World Cup

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The RLIF Board met on 12 January and finalised the documentation proposed by the RLIF Chief Executive, David Collier, for potential Hosts for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.

David Collier commented:

“The bid documentation provides the criteria and the requirements upon which submissions will be considered for the 2021 World Cup. The deadline for submissions will be the end of June 2016 and we expect to announce the successful bidder in the fourth quarter of 2016.”

“The Rugby League World Cup is the marquee event for our sport and requires world class facilities and infrastructure to provide the stage for the world’s best players to deliver the highest quality of rugby for all our supporters and for the nations participating.”

The RLIF Board also confirmed financial support for the Asia Pacific and European Continental operations and grants for each of the 18 Full Members.

RLIF Chairman Nigel Wood commented:

“These grants are fundamental to the financial health of our members and the Board approved the early payment of the 2016 grants to assist our Members. The Board also noted the excellent progress made by the Continental Federations, the successful hosting of the World Cup Qualifiers in Florida and South Africa and the securing of additional funding by the European Federation from the European Commission to support coaching and governance.”

The Board noted the good progress being made by the Rugby World Cup 2017 operation and the discussions which are well advanced with potential host cities.

RLWC2017 will be held in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea in 2017, stay tuned to all that is happening on the dedicated website www.rlwc2017.com

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Serbia Rugby League re-elect president and appoint Brian Smith as consultant

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From: Serbian Rugby League Federation / Belgrade
Date: 7th January, 2016

SERBIA RUGBY LEAGUE RE-ELECT PRESIDENT AND APPOINT BRIAN SMITH AS CONSULTANT

Following their electoral assembly meeting, the Serbian Rugby League Federation has confirmed a new four year term for its president Predrag Pantic.

The re-endorsement comes on the back of an historic 2015 when the national side won European Championship B, made the final stages of the World Cup Qualifiers – Europe and reached a highest-ever eleventh place in the World Rankings.

Pantic was elected unanimously and will be backed by a new SRLF Board comprising of Radoslav Novakovic, Blagoje Stojiljkovic, Mladen Djuric and Jovan Vujosevic; the governing body also naming Slobodan Manak as general secretary, while the Supervisory Board will be run by David Bakic, Aleksandar Milosevic and Dejan Škarić.

The assembly also approved a plan for the new season which will see them face Wales and Italy for a place in the 2017 World Cup and tour Australia in preparation. To that end, they have appointed current Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and renowned, experienced Australian coach Brian Smith as a consultant.

“Brian has been on an official visit to Belgrade,” said Pantic. “While in the country, he attended a training session of the Serbian national team on New Year’s Day, who are in the process of preparing for a tour of Australia (28th January to 8th February 2016). He also visited our offices in the capital.

“We have agreed that he will take on an advisory role during preparations for the qualifiers and for the campaign itself in October 2016.”

Smith was in Belgrade from 31st December 2015 to 2nd January 2016 with support of companies, Air Serbia, Harrison doo and KCTT.

Contact: Miloš Šakan
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