Archive | December 2016

Turkish Rugby League ends historic year with first domestic competition



DATE: 24 December, 2016

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Five clubs are set to make their competitive debut at the end of an historic 2016 for Turkish rugby league.

Eskişehir Aqua Rugy, Bilgi Badgers RFC, Olimpos RK, Bosphorus Wolves and Kadiköy Bulls will face each other in a competition running until March 2017, less than a year after TRL officials first made contact with the RLEF in January 2016.

By April, all the rules and regulations of the sport had been translated into Turkish and training started in May, with Kadiköy Bulls touring Serbia the following month for a first experience of competitive rugby league.

A beach tournament for 14 teams followed in Istanbul and the first representative side played in the Rhodes 8s and faced a Greek XIII in late summer.

Match officials courses were run in November to enable the domestic competition to kick off.

“We are all very excited about the start of our first league which we believe is our best reward after a year of work,” said TRLA development officer Julien Treu. “We would like to thank the rugby league community for their warm welcome and encouraging messages, it greatly helped us along the way.

“2016 has been a challenging year for us but we reached our targets and are now looking forward to an even more successful 2017.”

The Turkish Rugby League Association Championship kicks off tomorrow (25 December) with a double-header at the Maltepe Başıbüyük Stadında in Istanbul when Bosphorus Wolves face Kadıköy Bulls (kick off 15.00) followed by Bilgi Badgers against Olimpos (kick off 18.00)

The RLEF would like to wish everyone a peaceful festive season and a very happy new year.



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Cooper Cronk is the 2016 Rugby League World Golden Boot winner


Cooper Cronk has been named as the winner of the 2016 Rugby League World Golden Boot, in the latest issue of Rugby League World Magazine, published 23rd December 2016.
Cronk, the Melbourne Storm, Queensland and Australia halfback, saw off the challenge from three other shortlisted candidates including Storm clubmate Cameron Smith, Darius Boyd and Jason Taumalolo, to earn the accolade presented annually to the world’s best Rugby League player.

The award is decided by a panel of experts including former Golden Boot winners Darren Lockyer (Australia) and Garry Schofield (Great Britain) plus members of the print and broadcast media.

The Golden Boot was first awarded in 1984 to Australian Rugby League legend Wally Lewis.

The award recognises performances throughout the year at club and representative level, with particular emphasis being placed on internationals, where Cronk was one of Australia’s standout stars in their Four Nations triumph in November.

The Kangaroos went through the tournament, involving New Zealand, England and Scotland, undefeated to claim the Four Nations trophy at Liverpool’s famous Anfield Stadium in front of over 40,000 supporters.

Martyn Sadler, the Chairman of League Publications Ltd, the publishers of Rugby League World Magazine, said:

“Cooper Cronk has been an outstanding player for club, state and country for many years, but this year he really demonstrated his outstanding qualities, helping Melbourne Storm to the NRL Grand Final, Queensland to yet another State of Origin success and Australia to the Four Nations title.

“In all those competitions he demonstrated a mastery of halfback play in all its aspects, and proved himself to be one of the outstanding players of his generation who will join a wonderful list of great players who have won the Golden Boot since 1984.

“He is a truly deserving winner of the Rugby League World Golden Boot.

“He was on the shortlist alongside exalted company in Cameron Smith, Darius Boyd and Jason Taumalolo, but he deservedly prevailed when the votes were counted.”

The Golden Boot is currently being made and will be presented to Cooper Cronk at a later date.

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Previous Winners

1984: Wally Lewis: Captained Australia in Ashes whitewash over Great Britain, Queensland in State of Origin success and Wynnum Manly to Brisbane Grand Final glory.

1985: Brett Kenny: Played a starring role in Wigan winning the greatest Challenge Cup final of them all before playing in the Blues’ first-ever Origin series win.

1986: Garry Jack: Magnificent at fullback as NSW and Australia enjoyed comprehensive series wins over Queensland and Great Britain.

1987: Hugh McGahan & Peter Sterling: The Kiwi captained his country to a famous win over Australia in the only Test between the two countries that year while Sterling won two Origin man of the match awards.

1988: Ellery Hanley: Drove Balmain to stunning charge towards Grand Final place and led Great Britain to first win over Australia for ten years.

1989: Mal Meninga: Lifted Canberra’s maiden Winfield Cup Premiership after classic Grand Final against Balmain and played a leading role in series whitewash wins for Queensland and Australia.

1990: Garry Schofield: The first ‘retrospective’ winner of the Golden Boot, having been chosen to receive the award that year only for a sponsors dispute to lead to its cancellation. Schoey had to wait 21 years to finally get the accolade.

1991-1998 – no awards made.

1999: Andrew Johns: Outstanding throughout the NRL season and starred for NSW in drawn Origin series.

2000: Brad Fittler: Lifted the World Cup for Australia after Origin success with the Blues. Also helped Sydney Roosters to the Grand Final.

2001: Andrew Johns: Triumphed with Australia in the Ashes and Newcastle in the Grand Final, winning the Clive Churchill Medal.

2002: Stacey Jones: Led the Warriors to their maiden Grand Final before starring in the Test series against New Zealand.

2003: Darren Lockyer: Won his first Boot after denying Great Britain in each Ashes Test with typical brilliance.

2004: Andrew Farrell: Superb for Wigan winning the Man of Steel before leading Britain to three consecutive Test wins.

2005: Anthony Minichiello: Brilliant fullback who starred for New South Wales in Origin triumph and for Australia before their Tri-Nations final disaster.

2006: Darren Lockyer: Enjoyed the perfect year, tasting success at club, state and international level as captain of all three sides.

2007: Cameron Smith: Part of two comprehensive wins against New Zealand, was the player of the Origin series and won a Grand Final with Melbourne.

2008: Billy Slater: Succeeded at Origin level although lost finals with Melbourne and Australia. Brilliant throughout the year nonetheless.

2009: Greg Inglis: Won a clean sweep with Melbourne, Queensland and Australia, proving to be the game’s most explosive centre since Meninga.

2010: Benji Marshall: Stunned the Aussies by engineering late try to win Four Nations final. Produced many magic moments in 2010.

2011: Johnathan Thurston: A brilliant, if controversial, Man of the Match display in the Four Nations final against England crowned a spectacular year of achievement.

2012: Kevin Sinfield: Captained Leeds Rhinos to the World Club Challenge and Super League titles and England to victory in the Autumn International Series.

2013: Johnathan Thurston: The Australia and North Queensland Cowboys stand-off edged out England forward Sam Burgess to follow up his success in 2011. Thurston caught the attention of the 13-man voting panel with his man-of-the-match performance in the World Cup final win over New Zealand, completing an outstanding series for the 30-year-old. Thurston also took his club side the Cowboys to the NRL play-offs and helped continued Queensland’s stunning run of eight successive State of Origin series wins.

2014: Shaun Johnson: The New Zealand halfback played a starring role for the Kiwis in their triumphant Four Nations campaign which helped him to clinch the 2014 Golden Boot award.

2015: Johnathan Thurston: Australia’s Johnathan Thurston became the first player to win the Rugby League World Golden Boot award for a third time. Johnathan was presented with the award at a glittering ceremony hosted by Leeds Rhinos ahead of their World Club Series clash with Thurston’s North Queensland Cowboys.

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Rugby League International Federation New Year Greeting

I would like to take this opportunity, as 2016 draws to a close, to send best wishes from the Board and Staff at the Rugby League International Federation to our members, players, officials and supporters.

This year has witnessed some significant progress from the RLIF and its membership. There has been a really compelling race to qualify for RLWC2017 and I congratulate Italy, Wales and Ireland on their progress to the competition next year. It is also worthy to recognise the efforts of all the other nations involved in the qualification process and in particular this year, Serbia, Spain and Russia.

I am also keen to note the progress made domestically by so many of the members. There are eye catching developments in the Pacific Islands as development programmes grow activity across that region. The first steps have been taken in South America which extends the reach of the sport to all the continents. The Board would like to extend our thanks to the staff and members of the RLEF and the APRLC for their work in supporting development activities in their regions.

We take great pride in working with the players, officials and supporters across the globe who take a great pride in and share a passion for Rugby League.

We all can look forward to 2017 and beyond with confidence.

Nigel Wood

RLIF Chairman


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