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Rugby League World Cup European Qualifiers will begin In Moscow

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FROM: RLEF MEDIA DEPARTMENT

DATE: 29 May, 2016

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RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP EUROPEAN QUALIFIERS WILL BEGIN IN MOSCOW

Russia and Spain will raise the curtain on the 2017 Rugby League World Cup European qualifiers with the Russian Rugby League’s (ARLK) confirmation that Moscow city ground Fili will be the venue for their opening Pool B match against Spain. It will kick off at 3pm on 15 October, 2016.

“There have been a lot of changes to Russian rugby league’s structure and championship,” said ARLK Executive Director Dennis Korolev. “New teams have entered the conferences, a number of rugby league 9s tournaments have been held in different regions of the Russian Federation and the national team is going through changes as well.

“We realize that all our matches will be really hard work but our aim is to take part in the 2017 World Cup.”

Spain coach Darren Fisher said: “We are looking forward to the qualifying rounds and have a supreme test in drawing Russia away in our first game. We know they will be very strong and organised but we are excited about the challenge – the biggest one of our history so far.

“We’re preparing well, the domestic game has massively improved and that’s due to the desire to be in the frame for a World Cup place. Rugby league in Spain is thriving nationally, in only three years to be playing teams like Russia and Ireland, who knows what we can achieve, the possibilities are endless.”

The game will be the first international between the nations. With Ireland the group favourites, the winner of this clash will be in a strong position to compete in the final eliminator between the two second placed finishers from Pools A and B, scheduled for Leigh on 4 November.

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First official women’s rugby league game to be played in the Middle East

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Date: 27 May, 2016

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LRLF ANNOUNCES FIRST WOMEN’S GAME IN MIDDLE EAST

The first official women’s rugby league match in the Middle East will take place in Jounieh on 5 June when Jounieh RLFC Hummingbirds play AUB Women in an historic match at the Fouad Chehab Stadium.

Jounieh coach and driving force behind the women’s project in Lebanon, Ghassan Dandach, said: “I’ve been working on developing a rugby league women’s division for five years now and the passion and devotion the girls show in such a tough game is truly inspirational.”

Team captain Nada Muffarij exemplifies the spirit in which the new players have taken to the sport. “I joined a team to try something new,” she said. “A few months later I realized that I’m in a project that’s about more than just sports, and one that’s bigger than anyone person alone; a place where physical and mental strengths are complementary, where teammates work to become a unit that achieves goals inside and outside the field.”

Her AUB counter, Rim Wazni, added: “It’s great to have the chance to be participating in this historic event. We’re looking forward to making the best out of it. Hopefully the game will be a stepping stone for the sport in the country, and the first of many.”

Sol Mokdad, AUB Women’s RL coach, noted: “I am honoured to be part of this showcase event for women’s rugby league in Lebanon and the region. There has been a lot of hard work done on and off the field to bring this to fruition and our ladies should be proud of their achievements.”

The Hummingbirds and AUB have been training since October and the LRLF expects to gain support from NGOs and other civil society organisations to support this important project.

LRLF CEO Remond Safi said: “We are planning to have a women’s championship, initially with a mix of teams from the universities and clubs. We have LAU Women in its formation stages and will take the product to other universities later on.

“We will use this first match to promote the women’s game and eliminate any fears and issues that people may have about women and girls playing a physically demanding sport. We will be also looking at taking the national women’s team on tour later in the year.”

JOUNIEH HUMMINGBIRDS

Tala Flefel, Nada Mufarrij (c), Nadine Kibbi, Gael Abi Akl,Mia Kesserwani, Nayla Saniour, Reem Dahduli,Theres Kayrouz, Elza Maria Gharois, Ornella Nohra, Nour Dennaoui, Karen Roukoz, Lynn Acra,Yasimina Salame, Douha Knio, Camilia Hamze, Josiane Habib.

AUB WOMEN

Carla Badawi, Rania Abdallah, Maya Mourad, Yara Beaini, Alaa Saadeh, Nicole Khauli, Loubna Sasso (vc), Zina Ibrahim, Rim Wazni (c), Justine Abdallah, Nour Shehimi, Maya Jannoun, Aya Afyouni, Nay Achkar, Diletta Monteduro, Nour Samman, Maya Ayache

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Rugby League World Cup Qualifier to be staged in Monza

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DATE: 25 May, 2016

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EUROPEAN QUALIFIER TO BE STAGED IN MONZA

The third round of the Pool A European qualifiers for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup will kick off in one of Italy’s great sporting cities, Monza, nine miles north-east of Milan in the Lombardy region.

The Federazione Italiana Rugby League has partnered with the city, home of Formula 1 Grand Prix, to host their match against Wales in the 18,000-capacity Stadio Brianteo.

Monza’s mayor, The Honourable Roberto Scanagatti, and city sport minister Mr Silvano Appiani have agreed to promote the prestigious match during the Grand Prix and in conjunction with FIRL, whose president, Orazio d’Arro, said: “The Federazione Italiana Rugby League is extremely happy to play in Monza. It is one of the major sporting cities in Italy and we are delighted to cooperate with the Monza public administration for the legacy of our sport.”

The Comune di Monza’s tourism department will announce a package for visiting fans for what promises to be a significant celebration. “It will be a real Italian rugby league day,” continued d’Arro, “All levels of our national team will play and support the senior team to get into the Rugby League World Cup again. Italy ‘A’ against Belgium will be the curtain-raiser match.”

Wales head coach John Kear commented: “Italy beat Wales in the opening fixture of the 2013 World Cup and they will no doubt be putting out a strong team once again in order to appear at the next tournament. It should be fantastic occasion and we congratulate FIRL for organising such a great venue and city for such an important game. Everyone is looking forward to it and with so much at stake, it should be a classic.”

World Cup Qualifier, Europe Pool A – Italy v Wales – 29 October, 3.30pm, Stadio Brianteo, Monza

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Over 400 children introduced to rugby league in Italy

FEDERAZIONE ITALIANA RUGBY LEAGUE – COMUNICATO STAMPA

Data: 23 May, 2016

Contatti: Davide Macor. Press.npr

OVER 400 CHILDREN INTRODUCED TO RUGBY LEAGUE IN ITALY

Over 400 boys and girls between the ages of five and 16 played in a rugby league tournament in Este, introducing them to the fundamentals of the sport.

The tournament worked with a number of schools in and around Padova with 12 local councils involved, covering Este, Baone, Lozzo Atestino, Vo, Cinto Eugano, Villa Estense, Sant Elena, Urbana, Noventa Vicentina, Carceri, Ospedaletto Eugano and Ponso.

The youngsters were put into age categories for training clinics implemented by FIRL and, once they had a feel for the game, coaches and teachers designed matches with some teams being mixed boys and girls, who turned out to be the best performers.

FIRL vice president Tiziano Franchini commented: “We were pleasantly surprised how well the children grasped the concepts, and were taken aback by how they loved it and gave their all in the process. With local councillors looking on in amazement, watching and encouraging the children, it is safe to say that the event was a total success. The participants all said they wanted more.”

FIRL intend to grow the tournament within all the schools in the city of Padova, with a plan to reach out to 5,500 children in the near future.

11 year old category

1. Vò/Cinto Euganeo/Lozzo Atestino

2. Este

3. Ospedaletto/Carceri

4. Noventa Vicentina/ Baone

Boys 12-13 years old

1. Este

2. Villa Estense

3. Baone

4. Cinto Euganeo

Best player: Tommaso Rossi

Girls 12-13 years old

1. Vò

2. Ospedaletto Euganeo

3. Ponso/Este

4. Noventa Vicentina

Best Player: Sofia Guizzaro

Player of the tournament: Francesco Koffi

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Italy and Lebanon revive rugby league Mediterranean Cup

FEDERAZIONE ITALIANA RUGBY LEAGUE – COMUNICATO STAMPA

Data: 20 May, 2016

Contatti: Davide Macor. Press.npr

ITALY AND LEBANON REVIVE MEDITERRANEAN CUP

After a ten-year hiatus, the Mediterranean Cup has been resurrected by the Italian and Lebanese rugby leagues.

The teams will play in a one-off match on 11 June in Catania, Sicily, at the Centro Universitario Sportivo’s Cittadello dello Sport.

In an agreement reached by the two federations, principally domestic league players will be used.

Federazione Italiana Rugby League vice president Tiziano Franchini said: “It is a pleasure to relaunch, alongside the Lebanese Rugby League Federation, this important international event. We want to start this year with a prestigious competition.

“We have selected 54 players in an initial train-on squad for this match and will hold two camps to reduce the number. We want to have the best team possible for this event.”

Those selected come from 13 clubs.

The LRLF hosted three consecutive Mediterranean Cups between 2002-4, winning them all, against Serbia, Morocco and France.

Italy and Lebanon have met five times, with Lebanon having won three games and Italy one.

The last time the nations met they fought out a sensational 19-all draw in Belgrade that saw the Azzurri edge into the 2013 World Cup ahead of the Cedars, avenging the Italian’s 1999 defeat in France that paved the way for Lebanon’s World Cup bow in 2000.

“It’s an exciting time for the Lebanon boys who will be traveling to Sicily,” said Cedar’s interim head coach Tarik Houchar. “From the domestic season just finished and the training the squad has done, the boys are heading in the right direction with their preparation. I’m confident the players will be ready for battle and do their country proud come June.

“The local competition has come a long way, the calibre of player is improving and the skill level is getting better, it’s an exciting time for the LRLF.”

Spain and Malta were also involved in the discussions surrounding the competition, which the four nations envisage will be played annually, rotated around the participants.

ITALY 54-MAN TRAIN-ON SQUAD

Luca Lattanzi, Andrea Leone, Simone Stanissa, Alessandro Narduzzi (Api Di Fogliano), Fabio Galetto, Francesco Cominato, Nicholas Cominato, Simone Boscolo, Marco Brogiato, Michele Sutto, Filippo Affanni, Mhadbhi Saif (Arieti Este XIII), Agatino Magrì (Belpasso Rectores), Alessandro Santarelli, Patrik Ziliotti, Riccardo Dodi (Brianza Tigers), Andrea Gazzoli, Luca Milani, Giuseppe Pagani, Nicola Bellotti, Marco Galli, Cosimo Corvino, Paolo Volpini, Luca Rossetti, Pierangelo Ceretti (Lions Brescia), Gioele Celerino (Newcastle Falcons), Catalin Diac, Jaume Giorgis, Fausto Perissinotto, Riccardo Amerio, Luca Amelio, (North West Roosters), Riccardo Attley, Andrea Gatti, Jacopo Trabacchi, (Piacenza Rugby), Nicolas Faletti (Rugby Rovigo), Edoardo Pezzano, Andrea D’arrigo, Matteo Mazzoleni, Massimiliano Giannino, Igor Giammario, Alessandro Florio, Antonino Arrigo (Spartans Catania), Fabrizio Ciaurro, Michele Verardi (Tirreno Sharks), Bara Soulimane, Drake Muyodi, Brad Calcagno, Luca Bondioli, Diego Del Nevo, Raffaele Dalla Ragione, Emanuele Passera (XIII Del Ducato), El Medhi Immadou (XIII Della Ghirlandina), Davide Spinnato, Francesco Di Trapani (XIII Lovers Palermo)

LEBANON 25-MAN TRAIN-ON SQUAD

Imad Chidiac, Mounir Finan, Raymond Finan, Robin Hachache, Rudy Hachache, Jad Hachem, Yves Khoury, George Maalouf, Jonas Morkaar, Hazem Tawil, Nabil Tawil (Immortals RLFC), Ghassan Dandach, Steven Sokhen, Raeh Taouk (Jounieh RLFC), Ali Abou Arabi, Rami Abboud, Joesph Aslan, Kevin Sassin (Tripoli RLFC), Julien Dirani, Robert Farajala, Wael Harb, Gianni Hammoudeh, Raymond Sabat, Mike Tawk, Joseph Zeidan (Wolves RLFC)

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Rugby League announces its own version of the Americas Cup

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RUGBY LEAGUE ANNOUNCES ITS OWN VERSION OF THE AMERICAS CUP

Following the success of their meetings in the Rugby League World Qualifiers last season – which saw Brian McDermott’s USA make the finals in 2017 – Canada, Jamaica and United States have unveiled a new tournament, ‘The Rugby League Americas Cup.’

The nations will play the other to determine the champions of the region, at venues in Philadelphia and Toronto.

USARL Chairman Peter Illfield commented: “The previous games between us in the World Cup qualifiers were sensational; we only just beat Jamaica who then held Canada to a draw, with the Wolverines leading us at half time in the decider. Having rivals in such close proximity provides a healthy environment for success, extra motivation for our players, and further expansion of the sport.”

The opening Rugby League Americas Cup clash will see Canada face the Reggae Warriors on 16 July at Levitown, Pennsylvania, USA. The following Saturday night, USARL Hawks play against Jamaica in Conshohocken, Philadelphia, USA. The final match, between Canada and the USA on 24 September at Lamport Stadium, Toronto will also count as the first leg of the Colonial Cup between the old rivals.

The second leg will be in the USA on 1 October.

“This competition is crucial to the development of the game in the region, gaining us increased exposure and credibility,” said Canada captain Steve Piatek. “It will provide a pathway for the athletes being produced by each nation.”

Jamaica head coach Romeo Monteith added: “The Americas Cup will give our players a meaningful international calendar, which we hope will become a regular series.”

RLIF chairman Nigel Wood, who attended the deciding World Cup qualification match in Jacksonville last December, noted: “This is a very significant initiative in the development of our sport internationally. All three nations are to be congratulated for taking the World Cup qualifying process onto the next logical level.

“The introduction of this tournament together with the admission of Toronto Wolfpack club into the Rugby Football League competition structure in 2017 represents a step-change in the position of rugby league in the Americas.”

Rugby League Americas Cup

Canada vs Jamaica – July 16th 3pm (Levitown PA) USA

USA vs Jamaica – July 23rd 7pm (Conshohocken, Philadelphia) USA

Canada vs USA – Sept 24th 7pm (Toronto) Canada

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Ireland announced as Rugby League European Federation congress host nation

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DATE: 16 May 2016

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IRELAND ANNOUNCED AS 2016 RLEF CONGRESS HOST NATION

The 2016 RLEF Congress will be held in Bray, outside Dublin, Ireland, between 28-30 October 2016, to coincide with Ireland’s home 2017 World Cup qualifier against Russia on 29 October in the town.

RLEF chairman Maurice Watkins, CBE commented: “This will be the second Congress that has been awarded through a bidding process that was voted in by the membership in 2014, and follows the highly successful Belgrade 2015 event. I would like to congratulate Rugby League Ireland chairman Dr Mick Molloy and his team for making a compelling case to host our meeting.

“The RLEF received seven expressions of interest and three excellent bids for the Congress, showing the appetite from the membership to host the European rugby league community. We are confident that this event will help generate a greater sense of fraternity and cooperation between our member nations as they continue to share experiences and good practice, as well as enjoying the cultural diversity of the RLEF.”

RLI Director Richard Egan said: “I am delighted that we will host the RLEF Annual Congress. This further shows our commitment to bringing international activity to Bray and we look forward to welcoming members of the other national governing bodies to Ireland to share their knowledge and look at ways to continue growing rugby league across the membership.

“Bray is the ideal venue for this event, our sponsors McGettigan’s and The Royal Hotel are going to be looking after the guests throughout their stay and we thank them for their support in helping us host this event.”

A total of 19 nations – 11 Full Members, five Affiliate Members and three Observers – attended the 2015 RLEF Congress.

The RLEF was inaugurated in Paris in January 2003 and held its first three annual meetings in France, before moving to London for its subsequent gatherings.

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