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THE RLEF ROUND UP…4

RLEF THURSDAY ROUND UP

FROM: RLEF MEDIA DEPARTMENT

DATE 25 February, 2016

CONTACT: phil.caplan / +44 7850719412

THE RLEF ROUND UP…

RLEF CONFIRM EURO C FOR 2016

Following the recent board meeting at their London headquarters, the directors of the RLEF have confirmed that tier three competition European C will take place again this year. Already confirmed are Ukraine and Czech Republic, with further applications expected for the autumn tournament.

JAMAICA NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOLS CHAMPIONSHIP BEGINS

Eight educational establishments are contesting the Jamaica National High Schools U16 Rugby League Championship over the next three weeks, aiming to take the title from St Catherine High who defeated Spanish Town High last year. Much fancied this time is second seeded Oracabessa High.

TECHNICAL SEMINARS ANNOUNCED

As part of the second ‘European Week of Sport’ which will start on 10 September, the RLEF will be hosting two technical seminars in the UK, involving all 21 participant nations. They will cover coaching supported by Leeds Rhinos and match officials run by St Helens. In addition, the RLEF will be rolling out its new Level 2 course to over 40 participants.

‘TEAM BEV’ WIN SERBIAN SEASON-OPENING RISMAN CUP

Centre Pero Madžarević’s late try gave ‘Team Bev’ a thrilling 42-40 win over ‘Team John’ in the fourth Risman Cup, the now-traditional opener to the Serbian domestic season. The Cup, named after Hall of Famer Gus Risman, sees sides playing representing his sons, eldest John playing a key part in the development of the sport in the country after it was re-founded in 2001.

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‘Team Bev’ win Serbian Rugby League season-opening Risman Cup

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From: Serbian Rugby League Federation / Belgrade
Date: 23th February 2016

‘TEAM BEV’ WIN SERBIAN RUGBY LEAGUE SEASON-OPENING RISMAN CUP

Centre Pero Madžarević’s late try gave ‘Team Bev’ a thrilling 42-40 win in the fourth Risman Cup, the now-traditional opener to the Serbian domestic season.

The Cup, named after Hall of Famer Gus Risman, sees sides playing representing his sons, eldest John playing a key part in the development of the sport in the country after it was re-founded in 2001.

The match showcases the best talent from local clubs and ‘Team Bev’ quickly stormed to 22-0 lead, posting the opening four tries. By half time, however, the holders had cut the deficit to 32-18 and the turnaround was complete by the 65th minute when second-rower Mile Potkoljnjak crossed for ‘Team John’s fourth unanswered try.

But in the dying minutes Madžarević’s second touchdown, converted by Džavid Jašari gave ‘Team Bev’ the bragging rights this year.

The game was also a good test for the Serbian national team which is aiming to expand its player base for the 2017 World Cup Qualifiers to be played later in the year. The club season starts in early March.

TEAM JOHN 40

Dragan Janković, Miloš Đurković, Leo Dodić, Aleksa Radić, Stefan Arsić, Branko Čarapić, Vladimir Milutinović, Žarko Kovačević, Stefan. Vukanović, Nikola Srbljanin, Miodrag Tomić, Mile Potkoljnjak, Stefan. Nedeljković

Subs: Slobodan Manak, Velibor Ristić, Mihajlo Jović.

Tries: Stefan Nedeljković (17’), Dragan Janković (27’, 65’), Žarko Kovačević (40’, 49’), Nikola Srbljanin (46’), Mile Potkoljnjak (54’)

Goals: Stefan Nedeljković 6/7

TEAM BEV 42

Pavle Vojinović, Petar Milanović, Miloš Čalić, Pero Madžarević, Džavid Jašari, Dragan Vasiljević, Vlado Kušić, Vladislav Dedić, Stefan Ilić, Milan Čobanović, Miloš Aleksić, Marko Milenković, Dario Abidinović

Subs: Ivan Ivanović, Vladan Stanić, Lazar Kojić, Nemanja Božić.

Tries: Pero Madžarević (2’, 75’), Petar Milanović (6’), Marko Milenković (10’), Džavid Jašari (13’), Vlado Kušić (33’), Dragan Vasiljević (36’), Nemanja Božić (43’)

Goals: Džavid Jašari 5/8

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Rugby League World Cup 2017 appoints Head of New Zealand Operations

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Experienced major events professional Andrea Nelson has been appointed as General Manager New Zealand Operations for the Rugby League World Cup 2017 (RLWC2017).

Ms Nelson joins the RLWC2017 local organising committee having previously held the role of Marketing and Communications Director for the FIFA U-20 World Cup, delivering promotions and fan activations across New Zealand.

“This is an exciting opportunity for me to work on another major global event and help showcase all that New Zealand has to offer,” Ms Nelson said.

”There is no doubt New Zealand is now one of the world’s most recognised countries when it comes to hosting major international events, and we are known for the warm welcome and unique Kiwi flavour we deliver.

“New Zealand has a proud rugby league history and a strong grassroots support base. And we can’t forget that the Kiwis are currently ranked #1 in the world.

“I look forward to working with New Zealand Rugby League, governments and our Australian partners to deliver a great World Cup that New Zealand can really get behind.”

Prior to working on the FIFA Under-20s, Ms Nelson led the Brand and Marketing Communications team at Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) which included working on projects like the inaugural NRL Auckland Nines and ‘The Show Never Stops’ domestic marketing campaign.

Ms Nelson also spent eight years working in a senior management role at the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games bid and organising committee.

RLWC2017 Chief Executive Officer, Michael Brown, said the appointment was critical to driving a world-class tournament in New Zealand.

“Andrea brings a great deal of major event experience and world class learnings from some of the world’s biggest sporting events to the organising committee,” Mr Brown said.

“We want to deliver a rugby league world cup like no other before it and that means having the best talent involved in planning and delivery. We are fortunate to have Andrea’s experience in major events and destination marketing in our team to help drive local involvement and interest in the tournament.”

The RLWC2017 will be played in New Zealand, Australia and Papua New Guinea over five weeks starting in October 2017 with 14 teams competing for rugby league’s ultimate international prize.

Register your interest and get ticket information at http://www.RLWC2017.com

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Michael Christo – RLWC2017

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THE RLEF ROUND UP #rugbyleague

RLEF THURSDAY ROUND UP

FROM: RLEF MEDIA DEPARTMENT

DATE 18 February, 2016

CONTACT: phil.caplan / +44 7850719412

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JAMAICA TO FACE CANADA IN YOUTH INTERNATIONAL

A tour has been agreed that will see Canada Youth travel to Jamaica later in the year, the first of its kind in the region. The Junior Wolverines will arrive on Monday 22 August and depart on Sunday 28 August. The main game between the nations will be played on Saturday 27 August in Kingston, along with a midweek 9s competition.

CELTIC WHEELCHAIR BOOST

Wales, Ireland and Scotland have agreed to participate in an annual Celtic Cup in wheelchair rugby league. The inaugural competition will take place at the Blackpool Leisure Centre on 30 April.

RLEF LOOKS TO MAKE PROGRESS ON MOROCCO

RLEF General Manager Danny Kazandjian has visited Theresa Griffin, MEP for NW of England, who sits on the EU Transport & Tourism Committee, in an effort to resolve the on-going issues in Morocco. “The RLEF continues to seek a resolution with the Moroccan authorities concerning the right of their citizens to be able to play the sport of their choice,” Kazandjian said. “Mrs Griffin has agreed to take up our case alongside Claude Moraes, the chair of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee.”

BELGIAN VISITORS AT WORLD CLUB CHALLENGE

BRLA president Yves Kazadi is escorting Fabien Watteyne, representing Alain Courtois the Belgian MP and former Anderlecht director, to Leeds for three days of official visits, culminating in the World Club Challenge. The visit is part of Kazadi’s plan to involve Belgian politicians in the development of rugby league in the country. Brussels municipality is considering building a combined football-rugby stadium for 2020 while Kazadi is also in talks concerning support for BRLA’s work among youth in Molenbeek.

GREEKS BEAR GIFTS

Roussos Konstantinos from champions Pegasus Neos Kosmos has been named Hellenic Rugby League ‘Player of the Year for 2015, at an awards night in Aspropyrgos, near Athens. Mouzakitis Christos of Pyrrihios RL was declared ‘Coach of the Year.’

SERBIA HAIL TOUR TO AUSTRALIA

Following their recent two week tour of Australia, Serbia Rugby League players and officials are determined to return there. “Our dream is to qualify for the World Cup,” said tour manager Blagoje Stoiljković. “The Serbian community is really big in Australia, about 200,000 strong, so the purpose of this visit was to connect with those people while giving the team a couple of strong tests. We managed both objectives.”

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Jamaica to face Canada in rugby league youth international

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FROM: RLEF MEDIA DEPARTMENT

DATE: 17 February, 2016

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JAMAICA TO FACE CANADA IN YOUTH INTERNATIONAL

A tour has been agreed that will see Canada Youth travel to Jamaica later in the year, the first of its kind in the region.

The Junior Wolverines will arrive on Monday August 22nd and depart on Sunday August 28th. The main game between the nations will be played on Saturday August 27th in Kingston along with a midweek 9s competition.

JRLA director of rugby Romeo Monteith commented: “Jamaica is happy to receive Canada on this historic youth tour. Both nations have shown a real commitment to developing international rugby league in the Americas and this venture is further indication of our resolve."

CRL president Paul O’Keefe added: "The Canada Rugby League Board Association are committed to their Youth Development Programme and the funding for this tour is the most the CRLA has ever spent on any playing group.

“We are flying the best U17s players from Western Canada over to Toronto to play against the best players in the East before selecting a squad to represent the Junior Wolverines. The 9s event will ensure as many young players as possible in Jamaica get to participate at a higher level of competition.

“Jamaica has a fantastic youth programme and their players deserve the opportunity to play against overseas competition in front of their home fans."

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Serbia Rugby League hail tour to Australia

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SERBIA RUGBY LEAGUE HAIL TOUR TO AUSTRALIA

Following their recent two week tour of Australia, Serbia Rugby League players and officials are determined to return there – having qualified for the 2017 World Cup.

The Serbs face Wales and Italy in this autumn’s European Qualifiers and they would love to be involved in the competition proper for the first time after the reception they received in and around Sydney, the Australians being co-hosts with New Zealand and PNG.

They participated in the Cabramatta 9s festival before a first-ever international with the Philippines, the just Tamaraws prevailing 18-12 in front of a large crowd.

Before the match, the Serbians were presented with their jerseys by Australian rugby league icon Mario Fenech at the Serbian Embassy.

“Our dream is to qualify for the World Cup and we know that we need help wherever we can get it,” said tour manager Blagoje Stoiljković on his arrival back. “The Serbian community is really big in Australia, about 200,000 strong, so the purpose of this visit was to connect with those people while giving the team a couple of strong tests. We managed both objectives.”

Eight players from Serbian domestic clubs were joined in Sydney by 12 players from Australia, four of whom had played back home but the others were debutants.

“I’m so proud that I had a chance to play for Serbia, a country I know just from family stories and the internet,” said one of the debutantes George Vujanović. “I know that it is a country with big sport heritage in soccer and basketball and, nowadays, tennis with Novak Djoković being number one in the world. It was a lifetime experience to represent my country of origin both on and off the field.”

Under the guidance of Australian staff, led by Yepoon Seagulls coach Jason Green, who was selected by consultant Brian Smith, the highlight of the tour was the international at the New Era stadium in Cabramatta. After having a try disallowed in the dying minutes, the heart-breaking narrow loss was sweetened by the fanatical support of 2.000 Serbians cheering for their new found heroes.

“It was a memorable experience, most of us have never played in front of that large a crowd. There were Serbian flags everywhere, we heard the people cheering, it was just unbelievable,” said captain Dalibor Vukanović. “We were hosted with great love, so we will do everything to qualify for the World Cup to have a chance to make that crowed proud again.”

The touring side also caught the attention of local media, especially as they were based in a local hostel and went on numerous community-organised events where signing autographs became the norm.

“We had a chance to go to Manly Sea Eagles’ training centre where we met their top players like Daly Cherry-Evans. Also, we saw South Sydney Rabbitohs train and had a chance to take a picture with Sam Burgess and a couple other players. It was like a dream come true, we watch all of those players on TV and we got a chance to meet them face to face,” added Vukanović.

Stoiljković acknowledges that even though the visit was a great success, the real challenge is to maintain momentum until the games in autumn.

“We have a really good feedback after the tour; people are calling us from Australia wanting to get involved. Also, we are hoping to have some more players of Serbian origins available when the time comes. Under the guidance of our new special consultant Brian Smith we are hoping to have a fair chance to fulfil our dream and qualify.”

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Rugby League International Federation announces 16 team format for RLWC2021

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With expressions of interest to host the 2021 World Cup starting to come in, Rugby League International Federation CEO David Collier has confirmed that the number of nations participating in it will rise from 14 to 16.

“The growth of rugby league internationally is reflected in the expansion of the tournament to four pools of four,” Collier said.

“The strength of the 2017 World Cup qualifiers to date, across the continents, has shown a significant increase in playing standard and quality and the newly adopted international calendar will ensure that teams will have a minimum of 15 months prior to the 2021 event to stake their claim.”

In addition, the 2021 Women’s World Cup, which will run at the same time, will be increased to six nations.

Collier added, “The World Cup is the pinnacle and we are already receiving expressions of interest to run the 2021 events in world class facilities, to provide the players and supporters with the highest possible experience.

“Bids are due to be returned to the RLIF by the end of June – and we are anticipating and encouraging more nations to apply – and the hosts will be announced by the end of 2016.”

To keep up to date with RLWC2017 please visit www.rlwc2017.com

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