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Big Mac is back… for 2017 Rugby League World Cup

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Date: 31 March, 2016

BIG MAC IS BACK… FOR 2017 RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP

Brian McDermott has confirmed that he will continue as the USA head coach for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup in Australia, New Zealand and PNG.

McDermott, 46, a former professional player with Bradford and recipient of last year’s UK Sports Coach of the Year Award, is considered one of the best in his field and most successful in the history of reigning Super League champions Leeds Rhinos.

“I’m very pleased to have been invited to continue my role with the USARL and to take the Hawks to the 2017 Rugby League World Cup,” McDermott said. “What’s already been achieved is the result of a lot of hard work and commitment with much more preparation required. I’m looking forward to working alongside a dedicated group of people that have demonstrated the desire to succeed and are willing to make the necessary changes in order to adapt.”

During 2015, after the Rhinos had achieved an unprecedented domestic treble for the club, he volunteered his time as head coach of the USA national team, guiding the Hawks to victories over Jamaica and Canada and qualification for their second successive World Cup tournament.

McDermott added: “Rugby League around the world needs brave people and those who are willing to make the necessary sacrifices to establish their mark. That philosophy instilled within the USARL is as much an attraction as it is working with the players again and one which enabled the team to qualify.”

USARL chairman, Peter Illfield said: “Brian’s involvement has had a profound impact on our players wanting to improve their rugby league skills at both home and abroad. We’re thrilled that he values the type of culture and organization that we’re building in the USA. The sport will only get better here from now on.”

Assistant Coach, Sean Rutgerson, has also committed to the Hawks for World Cup.

He played for North Sydney Bears and Canberra Raiders in Australia’s NRL, Salford City Reds in the European Super League and Jacksonville Axemen in the USA domestic competition and is a conditioning coach and personal trainer. He represented South Africa in the 2000 Rugby League World Cup.

Details of the USARL 2016 international schedule will be released shortly.

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Torrent Tigres claim Spanish rugby league Championship title

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FROM: ASOCIACIÓN ESPAÑOLA DE RUGBY LEAGUE

DATE: 30/03/2016

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TORRENT TIGRES CLAIM SPANISH RUGBY LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE

Torrent Tigres came from behind to claim the third Spanish rugby league championship, beating Custodians Madrid 10-8 in a terrific encounter at the Alter Stadium, Torrent in front of an enthusiastic crowd of over 350.

The hosts took the lead in the fifth minute, hooker Carlos Jané sending full-back Enrique Toledo over at the side of the posts, Alberto Manjón goaling.

Custodians replied in the 17th minute, Spanish international Toni Puerta with an unconverted try that was the only other score in a tight first-half.

The visiting forwards began to get on top at the start of the second period, Alberto Moreno putting his side ahead for the first time but wide with the conversion attempt.

After an hour, and on the back of some superb defence on both sides, Tigres came up the winning try, Spanish national captain and player/coach Aitor Dàvila palming the ball on to centre David Ubeda for the crucial score.

Dàvila commented: “The guys are young and were nervous, experience is key in these games, we made some mistakes on attack but held on to win. I am so proud of the effort that they put in that I have agreed to continue with them as coach for another year. It means everything to be the best team in the country.”

Opposite number Juanlu Mudarra, Custodians coach said: “The home fans really got behind their side who worked well tactically and were eager to get amongst us. We prepared well for two weeks and it went down to small details. There were only flashes of quality from our decisive players but our team held together. The Tigers played all their cards perfectly any time we controlled the game and were fair winners in a tight contest.”

The match can be viewed here – https://youtu.be/vVHKOVBtR0s

TIGRES TORRENT 10

1 Enrique Toledo 2 Dani Morales 3 Mario Rodríguez 4 David Úbeda 5 Nacho Gómez 6 Aitor Romero 7 Alberto Manjón 8 Rubén Romero 9 Calos Jané 10 Joaco Martínez 11 Vicente Cubes 12 Raúl Simó (c) 13 Aitor Dávila

Sustituciones: 14 Alejandro Domínguez 15 David Valmaña 16 Rubén Úbeda 17 Juan Pablo Rango

Tries: Toledo, Úbeda

Goals: Manjón 1/3

CUSTODIANS MADRID 8

1 Manuel Moreno 2 Pedro Andujar 3 Toni Puerta 4 Juanlu Mudarra 5 Pepe Ribes 6 José Antúnez 7 Carlos Sánchez 8 Isaac Pulgar 9 Gonzalo Fernández 10 Dani Moreno 11 Javier Santiago 12 Álex Sanz 13 Sandro Chirico

Sustituciones: 14 Fran Márquez 15 Ángel Rodríguez 16 Alberto Moreno 17 David Gutiérrez

Tries: Puerta, Moreno

Goals: Rodríguez 0/2

Referee: Tony Palacios

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RUGBY LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION HONOUR THE FOUNDER OF THE RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP

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The Rugby League International Federation has announced that the trophy awarded to the men’s World Cup Winners has been named ‘The Paul Barriere Trophy‘.

Paul Barriere was President of the Federation de Rugby a XIII from 1947 to 1955 having been made Vice-President in September 1944. He was a driving force behind the agreement to create the International Rugby League Board and to introduce the Rugby World Cup which was first played for in France during 1954. Under Paul Barriere the French national team completed its first tour to the southern hemisphere and in 2008 Barriere was posthumously awarded the inaugural RLIF Spirit of Rugby League Award.

RLIF Chairman Nigel Wood commented:

“Paul Barriere was a visionary leader in our sport who was a dedicated internationalist. His legacy in introducing a World Cup to our sport could not be marked in a more appropriate way than by naming the trophy in his honour. The RLIF is most grateful to the Barriere family for agreeing to name the trophy in Paul’s honour. The Paul Barriere Trophy will be first awarded at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup to be played in Australia , New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.”

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Notes to Editors: The title of the event will remain as the RLIF Rugby League World Cup. The World Cup will be played for the Paul Barriere Trophy and the venue and pools for the 2017 RLIF Rugby League World Cup will be announced during the UK summer 2016.

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Poland Rugby League and Manchester Rangers announce Link Up

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DATE: 28 March, 2016

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POLAND RUGBY LEAGUE AND MANCHESTER RANGERS ANNOUNCE LINK UP

Polska XIII (Polish Rugby League) and English community club Manchester Rangers have announced a partnership that will see them both work together to grow the game within Poland and across Manchester’s Polish fraternity.

Lodz is the birthplace of the sport in Poland, the country’s third largest city and is often referred to as Poland’s Manchester. The Lodz Magpies will be one of five clubs taking part in the first Polish championship this season alongside Brzeziny, Stryków, Skierniewice and Tomaszów Mazowiecki.

Manchester Rangers player and coach Anthony Petrykowski, whose grandfather was born In Steklin and was in the Polish army during the Second World War, travelled to Poland in 2015 to establish the link.

Polskie Echo, the UK-based Polish newspaper, was invited to Manchester Rangers’ recent season launch event at the Manchester Regional Arena, Sports City and the club are looking to have a Polish speaking ambassador at games to make spectators feel welcome, including in their junior team the Belle Vue Bees.

In return, Polska XIII will help with the translation of club news into Polish and the promotion of the Manchester Rangers brand across the city to the Polish community.

This supports the RLEF commitment for sport to integrate migrants into new communities, which was a key point raised in the recent EU Sport Forum in March in the Hague.

Rangers chairman Phil Fitton said: “Everyone in the city is welcome to become a part of the club, rugby league is an inclusive family sport. As well as developing the game in Manchester, we want to support growth internationally and our relationship with Polish Rugby League is a fantastic place to start.”

Polska XIII President Lukasz Lucka added: “I’m very excited about establishing links with Manchester Rangers. It’s a fantastic club and we hope to get Polish migrants in UK involved in rugby league.”

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Rugby League – Banja Luka White Rabbits win Republika Srpska Regional Cup

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DATE: 23 March, 2016

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BANJA LUKA WHITE RABBITS WIN REPUBLIKA SRPSKA REGIONAL CUP

Banja Luka White Rabbits retained the Republika Srpska Regional Cup, beating Novigrad Thunder 40-8 in front of an enthusiastic crowd at FK Krajina.

The White Rabbits gave debuts to a number of the Bosnia U18 side as well as several new players who joined the club in the off season, and produced a stunning first half display to lead 30-0 at the break.

They were led by star centre Elvis Martic, fresh from his season spent playing with Kungsbacka Broncos in the Swedish competition, Milan Vasic the Bosnia U18 captain and a typically influential performance by hooker David Stanisic.

The second half was more evenly matched with strong performances from Thunder’s Dusko Duric and captain Igor Cetojevic.

All eyes now turn to the Bosnia Herzegovina domestic league competition and, for the White Rabbits, participation in next month’s Serbian Cup, where they hope to go further than last year’s quarter final.

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Rugby League European Federation launches new development project in Czech Republic as Hungary win 9s

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DATE: 17 March 2016

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RLEF LAUNCHES NEW DEVELOPMENT PROJECT IN CZECH REPUBLIC

The Czech Rugby League Association (CZRLA) successfully launched the RLEF’s new EU-backed Training and Education Portal, playing host to delegates from England and Sweden as well as rugby league teams from Poland and Hungary.

The RLEF’s Phil Smith and Guido Bonatti led the activity, with Svensk Rugby League Forening match official leaders Paris Ghavidel-Asgari and Rajendra Shah joining Czech Level 1 Educator candidates Ondrej Preininger, Jaroslav Bzoch and Lukas Hergott for the four-day course.

“It was pleasing to revisit the Czech Republic after two years and to see the progress made,” said Smith. “It was good to see nine Czech attendees on the course who displayed sound knowledge of the laws and were able to demonstrate their skills by officiating in the pre-season 9s the following day.”

Hungary won the 2016 Czech 9s tournament held in Chrudim. The event featured eight teams from the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland; the Magyars defeating Krupka 10-4 in the final.

CZRLA Level 1 Educator Jaroslav Bzoch noted: “I was really happy with the whole course. We saw some new referees in action in the 9s tournament and they did well and that is a big success for our association.”

The Level 1 course graduates were shadowed by the educator personnel. One of them, Honza Heininger, said: “The course was fantastic. I have been wanting to become a referee and this course just made me a hundred per cent sure that I want to do it.”

The TEP has received €466.000 from the EU’s Erasmus+ project. It is intended to build the capacity of the RLEF’s European members through high quality training and mentoring.

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Calabar High and Spanish Town pick up Jamaica Rugby League junior titles

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Date: 12 March 2016

CALABAR HIGH AND SPANISH TOWN PICK UP JRLA JUNIOR TITLES

Calabar High were crowned national U14 champions for the first time after battling to a 16-12 win over favourites St. Catherine High School, at the Albion Football Ground in Spanish Town.

Calabar got off to a roaring start when Jaeden Simpson and Nathaniel Needham ran in tries during the first five minutes, and Jamar Miller added a third just before half time to give them a commanding 12 point lead at the break. St. Catherine found their spark early in the second half when Corey Walters and Davian Bailey scored two quick tries to set up a tense finale. Calabar’s Jamaree Johnson was next to score to extend the underdogs’ lead and Bailey crossed for his second for St. Catherine as the final whistle sounded. Calabar’s captain Justin Lyn was named MVP.

St. Catherine were unable to defend the U16 title they won last year, as cross-town rivals Spanish Town High prevailed 14-9 in a thriller. Spanish Town built a commanding 14-4 lead in the first half through tries from Romario Jarrett, Odain Shae and Romaine Dunn; Kenneil Byfield kicking a conversion. St. Catherine pulled a try back through Shemar Henry and were on the score sheet in the second half through live-wire scrum-half Mikel Facey to trail 14-8. With less than five minutes remaining, Facey kicked a drop-goal but Spanish Town’s defence prevailed in the final moments to earn the school the coveted title. Spanish Town’s Andre Hanson was named MVP.

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