Archive | September 2016

Wales rugby league look to homegrown crop for inspiration

FROM: RLEF MEDIA DEPARTMENT

DATE: 30 September, 2016

CONTACT: phil.caplan / +44 7850719412

WALES LOOK TO HOMEGROWN CROP FOR INSPIRATION

Wales Rugby League’s national development manager Idris Evans hopes that the players in the senior squad who came through the domestic leagues, and are about to take part in the 2017 World Cup European qualifiers, can inspire future generations.

Many of them have progressed through the community game and gone on to play at the highest level in both hemispheres.

On the back of a European Championship success last year, Wales – who face Italy and Serbia in Pool A – are determined to book their place at the World Cup, and Evans believes that participation in the global event could spur on the next crop of players who are developing across the Principality.

“We are excited when a World Cup comes around as we get to see the fruit of our community game on display yet again,” he said. “With players in the squad such as Elliot Kear, Gil Dudson, Lloyd White, Ben Flower and Dalton Grant, it shows that the community game in Wales develops first class players that can compete on an international stage when given the opportunity.

“These players will be showcasing the skills they first developed with teams such as Cardiff Demons, Newport Titans and Bridgend Blue Bulls before taking the step towards playing professionally in Super League, the Championship and beyond.

“I’m sure in five or six years’ time we will be seeing players who have come through the ranks of such as Torfaen Tigers, South Wales Rabbitohs and Aber Valley Wolves pulling on the shirt of Wales.”

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Rugby League World Cup qualification could give the sport in Italy a ‘quantum leap’

FROM: RLEF MEDIA DEPARTMENT

DATE: 29 September, 2016

CONTACT: phil.caplan / +44 7850719412

QUALIFICATION WOULD HELP PROGRESSION IN ITALY

“Our goal is the World Cup,” claims vice president of the Federation of Italian Rugby League Tiziano Franchini, as his side prepare for 2017 Rugby League World Cup European Qualifiers Pool A games with Wales and Serbia.

But he is also clear which way the sport needs to progress in the country if it is to be sustainable.

“We would love to make our second successive World Cup and are confident going into the qualifiers but we have also worked hard since 2013 to move the sport forward and put in a stronger domestic structure.”

Speaking from the Veneto, Franchini continued: “We are well aware that there is a lot more work to do but the path we have taken is the right one, especially with the increase in junior rugby.

“This season, for example, it was great to see the first-ever Grand Final between teams from the north and south meeting in Rome, when XIII del Ducato defeated Spartans Catania 38-14 in the Villa Pamphili stadium, and for our Mediterranean Cup game to be staged in Sicily.

“But for now the focus is on the qualifiers. The impact from the World Cup last time gave us a big boost. Now we head to the beautiful city of Monza for the challenge against Wales and to run a rugby league festival there which will put us to the test on and off the field.

“These last four years and now the qualifiers represent an important moment of transition that could lead to FIRL making a quantum leap.”

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USA Hawks take narrow lead into Rugby League Colonial Cup decider with Canada

FROM: RLEF MEDIA DEPARTMENT

DATE: 28 September, 2016

CONTACT: phil.caplan / +44 7850719412

USA TAKE NARROW LEAD INTO COLONIAL CUP DECIDER

USA and Canada meet again on Saturday evening (1 October) at Eden Park in Wilmington to see who will claim the 2016 Colonial Cup.

The Americans narrowly won the first leg, 14-8 in Toronto last weekend, coming from 8-0 down to secure victory in the last minute, which also saw them clinch the inaugural Americas Championship.

Hawks coach Dustin Cooper said: “I was very proud of the boys’ effort. We expected a tough arm wrestle on foreign soil, and that’s exactly what we got. We created plenty of opportunities but just couldn’t capitalise. To Canada’s credit, their ruck control and goal line defence was on point. The boys regrouped, did exactly what I asked of them in the second half and, as a result, we were able to play fast and direct and get points on the board.”

The Wolverines have won the Colonial Cup for the past two seasons and are desperate to keep hold of it.

Their head coach, Jamie Lester, noted: “It was a really tough loss. I thought we had done enough to get a win when we went 8-0 up with 15 minutes to go given the context of the match. But I have been around long enough to know that in rugby league that is a long time and unfortunately for us we weren’t good enough to close the game out.

“Last year we let USA back into the game in similar situations so we need to learn from these experiences. This week will be an even bigger challenge for us down in Delaware. We will need to lift a couple of notches to take the Colonial Cup series.”

In game one, Canada led 4-0 at half time thanks to a try from Akarika Dawn and it took until the 65th minute for there to be a further score, Wolverine winger Kevin Gurniak taking advantage of prop Alex Boyd’s 40 metre break from a kick chargedown.

But the visitors remained resolute and with Junior Vaivai in fine form, full-back Roman Lowrey hit back immediately and Gabriel Farley then went over to level, all the conversion attempts being missed.

The contest was settled in the closing exchanges, Hawks winger Jon St John getting away for the clinching score which Vaivai goaled.

AMERICAS CHAMPIONSHIP / COLONIAL CUP Game 1

CANADA WOLVERINES 8
1 – Robin Legault
2 – Kevin Gurniak
3 – Danny Tupou
4 – Rick Schouten
5 – Evan Thomas
6 – Matt Wyles (C)
7 – Steve Piatek
18 – Eric Moyer
9 – Alan Lafferty
10 – Alex Boyd
11 – Christian Miller
24 – Akarika Dawn
17 – Joel Hulett
Subs (all used)
13 – Shaun Mckenzie
14 – Eddie Bilborough
16 – Denny McCarthy
22 – Colbey Franko

Tries: A. Dawn, K. Gurniak

Goals: Piatek 0/2

USA HAWKS 14
1 – Roman Lowrey
2 – Taylor Howden
3 – Taylor Alley
4 – Gabriel Farley
5 – Jon St John
6 – Junior Vaivai
7 – Matt Walsh
8 – Andrew Kneisly
9 – CJ Cortalano
10 – Nick Newlin (C)
11 – Casey Clark
12 – Bart Longchamp
13 – Jon Purnell
Subs (all used)
14 – Josh Rice
15 – Rich Henson
16 – Joe Eichner
17 – Craig Mackenzie

Tries: R. Lowrey, G. Farley, J. St John

Goals: Vaivai 1/3

Half time: 4-0

Referee: Rickii Monk

Coach Awards – CANADA – Joel Hulett; USA – Josh Rice

Official MVP Award – Junior Vaivai

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Spain look to make rugby league history

FROM: RLEF MEDIA DEPARTMENT

DATE: 28 September, 2016

CONTACT: phil.caplan / +44 7850719412

SPAIN LOOK TO MAKE HSTORY

Spanish rugby league is looking to put itself on the map with their forthcoming World Cup European Pool B Qualifiers against Russia and Ireland.

The sport is new to the country, having only been in existence for three years but already has over 20 teams playing, principally in the Valencia region and around Madrid which has already seen the institution of regional representative matches.

According to Aitor Dávila, director and general secretary of AERL, as well as being one of the national side’s key players: “We have aimed to attract new players to the sport instead of relying on rugby union players, this was the key to our success because lots of people came without preconceptions.

“Getting to this stage of the qualifiers is a great achievement for us, all of a sudden people are noticing rugby league in Spain and that our guys have an opportunity to perform alongside some great truly players in the other nations who play at a high level.”

Speaking from Valencia Dávila continued: “The publicity will hopefully help us find more sponsors, it is very difficult to maintain so many clubs without the correct resources.

“The success of the national squad comes down to one man, Darren Fisher. He jumped at the opportunity to work with a developing nation and became our head coach.

“He has invested a lot of his own money and time to help develop the squad and players love training with him.

“Darren also takes the opportunity to coach local clubs when he gets a chance, this gives the players a boost and helps them see what training at a professional level is like.

“Our national squad sessions are also open to everyone, this is a great way of encouraging new players to get involved.”

Fisher, who originally hails from Castleford, has widened the national team’s playing base through his contacts in the sport and is keen to make an impression in the Qualifiers.

“We have worked very hard and every time I come back to Spain I see a big improvement in their league skills,” he says.

“It has been a privilege to be involved right from the beginning and see the progress in such a short time.

“I try to focus on using a domestic squad when possible, that is fundamental to the development of the sport in Spain.

“Getting to the World Cup would be such an achievement for us but just being involved in these high profile matches can only help develop the sport even further.”

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Serbia rugby league target World Cup qualification

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From: Serbian Rugby League Federation / Belgrade
Date: 27 September, 2016

WORLD CUP TARGET FOR SERBIANS

Serbia rugby league has stepped up their preparations for the forthcoming 2017 Rugby League World Cup European Pool A Qualifiers against Wales and Italy.

Their national side had a terrific 64-4 win in Valencia against Spain, Miloš Ćalić with three of their 13 tries, whilst their U21s were defeated 22-6 by Lebanon in the second match of their series, after the sides drew the opening game 18-all.

The Qualifiers are the culmination of a five-year plan, instituted after they had been knocked out on the road to the last World Cup, as SRLF president Predrag Pantić notes. “Having established respectable results back then, we knew we had to get really ambitious if we wanted to get ourselves further in the world of rugby league,“ he says from the sport’s head office in the centre of Belgrade.

“We concluded that the biggest possible thing for us is to get to our first-ever World Cup, that doesn’t happen too often for sports in Serbia. It possibly is too much to expect that it can be 2017, more realistically 2021, but here we are, a couple of weeks away from being able to fulfill our dreams.“

Although in their current guise for only 15 years, the sport dates back to 1953 and the former Yugoslavia when the French federation sent two touring sides to Belgrade to promote the 13-a-side game. Local sports executive Dragan Maršićević was instrumental in orchestrating those matches that began the development of rugby league in the country and less then a year later the first domestic match was played in Paraćin followed, soon after, by a national championship.

Current SRLF Board member Blagoje Stoiljković remembers those beginnings: "We had league games, touring teams both into here and our squads going abroad. The game was on the rise until the beginning of the 1960’s when, basically, the Government banned our sport. But the great spirit of rugby league lived on and 15 years ago we kicked started the whole thing again. Making the World Cup now would be a great recognition to all those pioneers of half a century ago."

"Rugby league is fast growing sport, especially in this part of Europe," adds SRLF general secretary Slobodan Manak. "We were among the first Federations that dedicated ourselves to developing in all areas: grassroots rugby, coaching and referees education, marketing, promotion and managing strategy. National team recognition is important but if you don’t have the other elements, success won’t last. We assumed a leading role in the region and that’s why it would be a great achievement if we could be a part of the World Cup. Not just for us, but for all the up-and-coming nations in this part of Eastern Europe."

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Ireland name strong looking train-on squad for Rugby League World Cup Qualifiers

FROM: RLEF MEDIA DEPARTMENT

DATE: 21 September, 2016

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IRELAND NAME STRONG 40-MAN SQUAD FOR WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS

Ireland Rugby League has named a strong looking train-on squad for their 2017 Rugby League World Cup European Pool B Qualifiers against Russia and Spain in October.

Included in Mark Aston’s initial 40-man party are 10 Super League players, including Wigan youngster Jack Higginson for the first time and a trio that have helped lift the League Leaders’ Shield with Warrington, brothers George and Toby King and Joe Philbin.

Veteran Stuart Littler has been included in what would be his rugby league swansong and there are 15 players from the domestic competition including Conor Mackey and Alan McMahon from champions Galway Tribesmen.

RL Ireland director Richard Egan commented: “Having been a part of the World Cup since 2000, RLI knows what a great spectacle the tournament is and what a fantastic experience it is for the players and squad members. We hope that qualification in 2017 will increase exposure in Ireland and further engagement by the local media to help us continue the development we have been working so hard to achieve.”

IRELAND 40-MAN TRAIN-ON SQUAD

Onisi Burekama, Gareth Gill, Paddy James, Connor Phillips (Ballynahinch Rabbitohs), Adam Boyce, Sam Boyd, Chris Hall, Matt McKelvey (Belfast Met Scholars), Joe Keyes (Bradford Bulls), Haydn Peacock (Carcassonne), Rob Armstrong (Cork Bulls), James Kelly, Mikey Russell (Dublin City Exiles), Colton Roche (Featherstone Rovers), Conor Mackey, Alan McMahon (Galway Tribesmen), Luke Ambler (Halifax), Scott Grix, Gene Ormsby, Oliver Roberts (Huddersfield Giants), Matthew Cahoon, Jordan Hyltan (Ireland Students), Bob Beswick, Greg McNally (Leigh Centurions), Casey Dunne, Wayne Kerr (Longhorns RL), Will Hope, Michael Ward (Oldham Roughyeds), James Hasson (Parramatta Eels), Adam Docherty (Portadown Pumas), Danny Bridge (Redcliffe Dolphins), Gareth O’Brien (Salford Red Devils), Shannon McDonnell (St Helens), Stuart Littler (Swinton Lions), Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats), George King, Toby King, Joe Philbin (Warrington Wolves), Dave Allen (Whitehaven), Jack Higginson (Wigan Warriors)

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Rugby League Americas Championship up for grabs in Toronto today

RUGBY LEAGUE AMERICAS CHAMPIONSHIP UP FOR GRABS IN TORONTO TODAY

The inaugural Americas Championship will be decided later today (Saturday) when Canada face USA at the Lamport Stadium, Toronto (kick off 7pm)

Both nations have defeated Jamaica to set up the winner-takes-all clash, the match also being the first-leg of the Colonial Cup, a tournament that continues to build tradition and measures the progress of both growing rugby league nations.

This year marks the seventh occasion the two teams will battle for that silverware, with Canada defeating the USA in both games in 2015 to hold the trophy. The second leg is on 1 October at Eden Park in Wilmington.

Canadian RL president Paul O’Keefe commented: “This is the first time Canada has played USA on home soil for two years and we can’t wait, we are promoting the match under the slogan "double the importance." As well as the rivalry and the USA preparing for the 2017 World Cup, RLIF Ranking points are also on the line. We are also working together on the 2021 World Cup bid, so these are extremely exciting times for both nations.”

The bulk of the Wolverines squad comes from Ontario.

Hawks head coach for these games Dustin Cooper noted: “We are a more composed team with a clearer sense of direction than in 2015. Most of the squad have a number of international games under their belt now so they know what’s expected of them individually and as a team.”

For the visitors, who include selections from 10 domestic clubs, Junior Vaivai returns partnering Matt Walsh in the halves. Taylor Howden, who featured heavily in the 2015 Rugby League World Cup Qualifiers Americas, re-joins and several newcomers are included all looking to impress leading up to the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

CANADA SQUAD

Colbey Franko, Lawrence Ross, Evan Thomas (Alberta Broncos), Alex Boyd, Kevin Gurniak, Joel Hulett, Shaun McKenzie, Rick Shouten, (BC Bulldogs) Eddie Bilborough, Akarika Dawn, Cam Grace, Alan Lafferty, Robin Legault, Denny McCarthy, Christian Miller, Eric Moyer, Danny Tupou, Matt Wyles (c) (Ontario)

USA SQUAD

Nick Newlin (c) (Atlanta Rhinos), Craig MacKenzie (Boston 13s), Bart Longchamp, Taylor Alley (Central Florida Warriors) Junior Vaivai (Illawarra Devils) Joe Eichner, Jon Purnell (Jacksonville Axemen) Gabriel Farley (Lindenwood University) CJ Cortalano, Josh Rice (New York Knights), Taylor Howden (Ohio Rugby) Casey Clarke, Rich Henson, Andrew Kneisly, Roman Lowery, Zach Reichenbach (Philadelphia Fight) Jon St John (Tampa Mayhem) Luke Barron, Matt Walsh (White Plains Wombats)

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