Archive | April 2016

Hungary hosts four nations rugby league coaching activity

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FROM: RLEF MEDIA DEPARTMENT

DATE: 29 April 2016

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HUNGARY HOSTS FOUR NATIONS RUGBY LEAGUE COACHING ACTIVITY

Delegates from Malta, Serbia, Norway and Hungary congregated in Budapest for a five-day coaching seminar, led by RLEF Coaching Manager Martin Crick, as part of the European Union-backed Training and Education Portal project.

Gyula Herpai, Balint Mezes and Michael Hay, a former Montpellier RLFC player now residing in Budapest, all qualified as Level 1 Coach Educators and will now pursue professional development programmes under the guidance of their cluster mentor Serbia and the RLEF.

Hungarian Rugby League Federation official Zsolt Lukacs said: “We had a very successful time and we improved massively after this activity and made vital new international connections.”

David Hunter, a Rugby League Norge Level 1 Coach Educator, added: “Although the Hungarians are definitely in a starting up phase, they have an excellent group of guys looking to grow the game there. All of the participants were enthusiastic and willing, even when delivering instructions in the wind and rain.

“This trip was an excellent opportunity to talk to the Maltese, Serbs and Hungarians about the challenges of growing rugby league in our respective countries. The conversations we had in the evenings were equally invaluable. I am definitely more motivated to make a difference in Norway.”

Malta Rugby League’s Sam Blyton-Keep noted: “I can see a lot of potential, the whole course was fun, it was a great experience.”

The TEP is a three-year, €750.000 investment into capacity building through good governance and technical training, funded by €466.000 from the EU’s Erasmus+ project and the remainder from the RLIF and five of its full members. It is intended to build the knowledge and skills of the RLEF’s 21 European members through high quality training and mentoring.

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RLIF frustrated at delay to international recognition process

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RLIF commited to AIMS membership at its November meeting

RLIF was disappointed that its application for membership of AIMS, first made in 2013, was further delayed by the recent changes within SportAccord.

Rugby League’s application had been assessed and confirmed as compliant and therefore was recommended to the SportAccord council to place before the 2016 General Assembly. However on the eve of the General Assembly RLIF, in common with other applicant sports, were informed that it was deemed to be necessary to take the recommended application to a forum of SportAccord in November rather than finalise the process on 22 April.

RLIF Chief Executive David Collier commented:

“RLIF is frustrated by the delay in our membership application but we continue to work with SportAccord to bring this process to a successful conclusion in November. RLIF has received a written assurance from World Rugby that the concern which World Rugby has raised is with SportAccord and not with the RLIF application and therefore there is no reason for the RLIF application not to be approved at the November meeting. Sadly the delay creates additional cost and hardship to sport but we look forward to a successful outcome at the latest by the November meeting.”

RLIF has sent its congratulations to Mr Patrick Baumann on his election as the new President of SportAccord and looks forward to working with Mr Baumann.

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University of Balamand clinch Lebanon college rugby league title

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Date: 21 April 2016

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UNIVERSITY OF BALAMAND CLINCH LEBANON COLLEGE RUGBY LEAGUE TITLE

The University of Balamand confirmed their dominance of the 2016 college rugby league season with a thrilling 17-10 victory over LAU Varsity at UOB stadium in the Grand Final.

An enthusiastic crowd of 450 watched a gripping match that saw LAU pull to within one score before Joey Aslan landed a 71st minute drop goal to secure the title for the hosts, the northern outfit winning the double and losing only one match throughout the season.

LAU got off to the perfect start, silencing the home crowd when Andrew el Merj crossed in the opening minute following a repeat set, but UOB overcame their early hesitancy to post three tries to lead 16-4 at the break.

Man of the match Kevin Sassine crossed twice, fellow forward Salim Chidiac also claiming a four-pointer, influential scrum-half Aslan with two goals.

A second, 80-metre try by winger El Merj, goaled by James Hahhad, put the Beirutis only a converted try away from taking the match into extra time before Aslan’s one point sealed the win.

“It was an amazing atmosphere and a terrific game,” said LRLF CEO Remond Safi. “It’s been a busy year for the LRLF with 74 championship games played across all levels. We now turn our attention to the international fixtures lined this year in preparation for the 2017 World Cup, starting with the 8 May clash against the Cook Islands in Sydney, for which training has commenced.”

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Dutch rugby league championship kicks off with Rotterdam win

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DUTCH CHAMPIONSHIP KICKS OFF

The first Netherlands rugby league championship has kicked off with Rotterdam Pitbulls defeating Amsterdam Cobras 60-14 in the opening match.

The initial three-team competition, Den Haag Knights this weekend host the Pitbulls, will be increased to four next season with the admission of Harderwijk Dolphins.

The Dolphins are set to play a number of friendlies throughout the current season, including against a new side in Maastricht.

NRLB development manager Jason Bruygoms said: “We now have our first-ever Dutch only competition with the goal to expand each year. This season marks a year where we will be playing the most games in a domestic competition, which is great progress.

“The NRLB’s strategic plan was to really focus on domestic growth and it is starting to pay off as we have got a big influx of people participating in the sport, this we hope will eventually help strengthen the national team.”

The formation of the championship is also intended to support the NRLB strategy of obtaining government recognition in 2017.

The Nederlandse Rugby League Bond has been in direct communication with the Nederlands Olympisch Comité and Nederlandse Sport Federatie and must run a four-team competition to comply with local regulations.

At the end of the inaugural three-month competition, the winner of the Grand Final will play against North Brussels Gorillas for the BNRL Championship. Last season the Gorillas competed with the Dutch teams but the Belgium Rugby League Association is also pursuing a strategy of club registration.

The NRLB has also announced a partnership with Nutrition X who will become the official sports nutrition supplier to the international team and the Netherlands Rugby League Championship.

Kane Krlic, Netherlands Rugby League head coach noted: “We are confident that this partnership will help us to take the next step in creating a more professional environment. We are not only hoping that this link up aids our international players to perform at a higher standard but it will also allow all the players throughout the domestic competition to prepare better”

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Mico University triumph in Jamaica rugby league Inter-collegiate Grand Final

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MICO UNIVERSITY TRIUMPH AGAIN IN JAMAICA RUGBY LEAGUE INTER-COLLEGIATE GRAND FINAL

Mico University College defeated arch-rivals GC Foster College 22-18 in a thrilling and dramatic Grand Final at Duhaney Park Football Field, to win a record fourth consecutive Inter-collegiate title.

Played in front of a large crowd, the Miconians controlled the first half on the back of powerful running by their big forwards.

However, it was wingers Kemar Ricketts and Devaughn Stewart who scored their tries, while full-back Damone Downer kicked two goals to establish a 12-2 lead at the break; Kareem Harris with a penalty for GC.

Mico extended their lead early in the second half when captain Fabion Turner made a scintillating run down the left edge to score.

GC Foster responded on the hour, centre Miguel Facey collecting his own chip kick to score and Harris goaling.

Soon after, Mico had second rower Sean Hunt sent off for a high tackle and GC’s took advantage of the extra man when winger Miguel Crowl crossed and Harris narrowed the gap to two points.

With six minutes to go, Crowl went in for his second in the right corner as GC Foster led for the first time but, in a sensational twist, Mico skipper Turner’s flat, fast pass found prop Rashaun Lewis and he reached out from the clutches of three desperate defenders for the winning score with barely a minute left.

“This was a tough one, we wanted it more, it meant a lot to defend our legacy and I am happy for the players and school,” said Turner. “The match was a good advertisement Inter-collegiate rugby league and the high standards to which we aspire.”

GC Foster coach Marlando Anderson noted: “It was a good match, evenly contested, we just lost the plot at the end with our defence but it was a gallant effort from the lads and I am very proud of the school.”

In the curtain-raiser, The University Of Technology claimed third place with a 28-22 win over Excelsior Community College.

JRLA Inter-collegiate Grand Final

MICO 22

Tries: Fabion Turner, Devaughn Stewart, Kemar Ricketts, Rashawn Lewis

Goals: Damone Downer 3

GC FOSTER 18

Tries: Miguel Facey, Maurice Crowl (2)

Goals: Kareem Harris 3

Contact: Romeo Monteith

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Website: www.jamaicarugbyleague.com

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Holland and Belgium benefit from rugby league coaching course

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DATE: 17 April, 2016

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HOLLAND HOSTS COACHING ACTIIVTY

The Nederlandse Rugby League Bond has hosted a coach education exercise as part of the EU-backed Training and Education Portal project, which saw 18 participants from their own and neighbouring Belgium’s community clubs take part.

RLEF Coaching Manager Martin Crick oversaw the busy five-day event with the Federazione Italiana Rugby League’s principal educator Tiziano Franchini, a member of the RLEF coach development squad, leading on the delivery of the level 1 sessions.

“It has been very productive in terms of development for the two countries,” said Franchini. “Enthusiasm levels and the will to learn were really high. I am sure both Holland and Belgium will grow a lot after this coaching course.”

Seven Dutch and four Belgian participants received their Level 1 qualification at Sparta Rugby Club in Capelle aan den Ijssel, which was delivered by NRLB educators Thijs van de Zouwen and Marijlou Bender, supported by their Belgian Rugby League Association counterparts Yves Kazadi and Zakaria Zoubir.

NRLB development director Jason Bruygoms commented: “From those in attendance there were three school teachers who are now going to try make rugby league part of their sports curriculum. This is proof that the sport is growing in the two neighbouring nations which we hope to exploit by working closely together.”

The TEP has received €466.000 from the EU’s Erasmus+ project. It is intended to build the capacity of the RLEF’s 21 European members through high quality training and mentoring.

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Burundi becomes sixth African nation accepted for rugby league Observer status

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DATE: 12 April, 2016

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BURUNDI RUGBY LEAGUE JOINS RLEF

Burundi has become the sixth African nation to join the international rugby league community after it was accepted as an Observer of the RLEF.

Burundi Rugby League president Jean Du Christ Rusiga said: “We believe that rugby league can be a promoter of peace and development in Burundi and even within Africa itself. If we get together with our partners around the continent and work with them, there will be more and more opportunities for the sport."

South Africa was the first African nation to take up the sport followed by Morocco, Ghana, Sierra Leone and Ethiopia. RLEF Middle East Africa Director Remond Safi pointed out that, despite their modest beginnings, African nations will play an important role in the sport’s international strategy.

“Burundi’s inclusion strengthens the MEA region which will, in turn, aid our bid to become a sport recognised by the International Olympic Committee,” Safi commented.

More African nations are working with Safi to join the MEA region. BRL’s status is on a provisional basis, the RLEF has asked it to adopt a different legal entity structure within a year.

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Immortals retain Lebanon rugby league title with Grand Final win

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IMMORTALS RETAIN LEBANON RUGBY LEAGUE TITLE WITH GRAND FINAL WIN

A hat-trick of tries from veteran back-rower Rudy Hachache saw Immortals from West Beirut retain the LRL title, with a 56-10 win over Jounieh Predators at the Université Libanaise Hadath.

The match was attended by Mark Davidson, First Secretary of the Australian Embassy in Lebanon who gave the trophy to Immortals, who led 22-4 at the break and were imperious throughout.

Man-of-the-match was awarded to Jad El Hachem who was a maestro at halfback with his footwork and handling skills, he crossed for Immortals second try in the seventh minute of an impressive start – after winger Imad Chidiac had opened the scoring – and also kicked eight out of ten goals.

Predators impressed their eager fans with some fearless running and managed to score two tries, with one to Michel Salame which brought their supporters to their feet, but it was not enough to stop the men in green securing back-to-back championships.

Australian Ambassador to Lebanon, His Excellency Glen Miles said at the presentation ceremony: “We are so impressed, the standard and quality of play shows that rugby league in Lebanon has come a long, long way, and Lebanon should be very proud that they have made the Rugby League World Cup in 2017.”

Immortals RLFC 56 (22)

J. Morkaar, I. Chidiac, A. Itani, G. Maalouf, J. Haddad, A. Ghazzawi, J. Hachem, F. Beaini, Y. Khoury, M. Finan, R. Finan, Ru. Hachache, Ro. Hachache

Subs: H. El Yafi, N. Tawil, G. Zaharia, H. Tawil

Tries: Imad Chidiac (4), Jad Hachem (7), Rudy Hachache (28, 61, 77), Robin Hachache (31), Adam Itani (48), George Zakharia (55), Mounir Finan (64), Jonas Morkaar (71)

Goals: Jad Hachem 8/10

Jounieh RLFC 10 (4)

J. Asmar, M. Korkomaz, N. abi Saab, C. Wheibe, M. Salemeh, S. Sokhen, G. Dandach, W. Boustany, R. Taouk, R. Baalklini, N. Sobeh, E. Abou Lattouf, N. Zaide

Subs: G. el Rayess, K. Assaf, R. Salibi, I. Skaff

Tries: Michael Salmeh (23), Roy Taouk (58)

Goals: Ghassan Dandach 1/2

Referee: Jad Esseily

Touch Judge: Jihad Hamwi, Gaby Haddad

4th Official: Luc Savadogo

In the student Mount Lebanon GMEA Grand Final curtain-raiser, Antonie International School Titans came from behind to beat Saint Joseph School Kornet Chewan Saints 18-14, to remain undefeated for the season.

In a match that was contested to the end, Saints led 14-4 in the second half but the AIS forwards were relentless, capitalising on SJS errors close to their line.

With three minutes remaining, Titans forward Jean Tawil powered through for the winning score although the underdog Saints were on the attack when the hooter sounded.

Julien Tawk scored a brace for AIS but man-of-the-match was awarded to SJS try scorer and goal kicker Raphael Nehme, following an impressive display of attack and defence.

Lebanon U18 Coach Nayef Abi-Said was present at the game. “Seeing a final that close and only decided the last minute shows how competitive our next generation of players are and how eager they are to play and fight till the last tackle,” he said.

“It only show us the huge responsibility ahead of us to nurture this talent," he added. “I tip my hat to all coaches of the SRL for the work they are doing in training and shaping these gentlemen into respectable athletes.”

AIS 18 (4)

Tries: Julien Tawk (14, 31), Kevin Karam (39), Jean Tawil (56)

Goals: Jad Kadi 1/4

SJS 14 (8)

Tries: Raphael Nehme (18), Aram Papazian (24), Elie Allam (31)

Goals: Raphael Nehme 1/3

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RLEF suspend Hellenic Federation of Rugby League

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FROM: RLEF MEDIA DEPARTMENT

DATE: 8 April 2016

CONTACT: phil.caplan / +44 7850719412

RLEF SUSPEND HELLENIC FEDERATION OF RUGBY LEAGUE

Following a year-long investigation, which culminated in an extraordinary general meeting of the RLEF membership, Greek rugby league’s governing body has been suspended indefinitely for wilfully acting in a manner prejudicial to the interests of the RLEF and international rugby league.

“The RLEF felt it was important to impose special administrative measures to arrest further deterioration of the situation and rebuild the sport in Greece,” said RLEF General Manager Danny Kazandjian, stressing: “The Hellenic Federation of Rugby League has not been expelled.”

“We have briefed the Greek ministry of culture and will remain in contact with them as we introduce such measures that will contribute to a strong rugby league organisation there.”

According to the RLEF constitution, any suspension must be endorsed by the general assembly and, following the unprecedented meeting, the membership voted 33-1 by secret ballot in favour of the resolution to suspend HFRL, handing the RLEF a clear mandate to act.

The RLEF has been monitoring events in Greece since last March, stemming from HFRL’s lodgement of its annual membership audit.

In July a large number of local participants lodged a formal complaint against the HFRL and, in October, Malta Rugby League did likewise after Greece’s decision to forfeit their European Championship C match, a decision which damaged MRL politically and financially.

The lengthy RLEF investigation, which included an unannounced fact-finding mission to Athens by RLIF CEO David Collier and RLEF Central & Eastern Europe Director Jovan Vujosevic in February 2016, concluded that the HFRL Board had repeatedly misled the RLEF concerning its financial management.

“We have concluded the first phase of the process to rehabilitate Greek rugby league,” continued Kazandjian. “This process has endorsed our governance practices and the unequivocal support of the membership is very important. The second phase will now commence. In collaboration with every member of the Greek rugby league community with a genuine interest in the game’s health, the RLEF will implement structures and administrative practices that will ensure that Greek citizens can participate in a well organised sport run on an ethical and inclusive basis.”

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Holland hosts EU-backed rugby league match officials activity

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FROM: RLEF MEDIA DEPARTMENT

DATE: 6 April 2016

CONTACT: phil.caplan / +44 7850719412

HOLLAND HOSTS EU-BACKED MATCH OFFICIALS ACTIVITY

The Nederlandse Rugby League Bond has hosted a match official education activity in Rotterdam as part of the EU-backed Training and Education Portal project.

Held at Sparta Rugby Club in Capelle aan den Ijssel, on the outskirts of Rotterdam, 11 participants from France, Greece, Belgium and Holland took part in the four-day activity, led by the French Federation’s head of match officials, Thierry Alibert, culminating in a Level 1 MO course delivered by the hosts.

Alibert provided overall assessment, while RLEF Match Official Development Squad member George Stilianos from Greece led on training, including new Belgian Rugby League Association match official educator candidates Marco Morasci and Christophe Weyenberghe. The pair will deliver their own Level 1 course to attain their qualification next year.

One of the candidates, Dutch student Joseph Jhugroo commented: “I thoroughly enjoyed doing the match officials course. It was professionally delivered and well structured in covering not only the rules of the game but also the physical and practical issues that must be addressed when refereeing. Additionally, the opportunity to speak to experienced international referees was invaluable. It cemented my desire to become involved in rugby league in The Netherlands".

The TEP has received €466.000 from the EU’s Erasmus+ project. It is intended to build the capacity of the RLEF’s 21 European members through high quality training and mentoring.

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