Archive | January 2017

Seventh Jamaican inter-collegiate rugby league season kicks off

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From: JAMAICA INTERCOLLEGIATE SPORTS ASSOCIATION

Date: 31 January, 2017

NEW INTER-COLLEGIATE SEASON KICKS OFF

The seventh year of the Jamaican inter-collegiate season has kicked off with six premier tertiary institutions taking part.

Defending champions Mico University College, GC Foster College, The University of the West Indies, The University of Technology, Excelsior Community College and debutants Caribbean Maritime Institute are those taking part.

All the teams will play each other twice, with the top four making the semi-finals on Saturday 15 April and the Grand Final and Third Place play off matches taking place the week after.

The competition remains a breeding ground for players for the Reggae Warriors national side and can now boast of producing Jamaica’s first domestic player to sign a full professional contract with the University of Technology’s Nathan Campbell joining Toronto Wolfpack.

Intercollegiate Rugby League chairman Romeo Monteith commented: “There is so much talent which abounds and the resources being invested by the institutions are reaping rewards. We expect to see more intercollegiate players go professional.

“There are many challenges but our colleges and universities have done so much for their rugby league student-athletes through scholarships, access to gyms and good coaching. This year will be another exciting competition, no one can predict a winner.”

Contact –

Intercol General Secretary:

Garrique Lawrence, Tel. #1-876-322-9642

Email: intercolsecretariat

http://www.intercoljamaica.org

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SCOTLAND RUGBY LEAGUE QUALIFY 12 NEW MATCH OFFICIALS

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FROM: RLEF MEDIA DEPARTMENT

DATE: 23 January 2017

CONTACT: phil.caplan / +44 7850719412

A DOZEN NEW MATCH OFFICIALS QUALIFY IN SCOTLAND

As part of their drive to increase numbers involved in domestic rugby league at all levels, Scotland Rugby League held a successful course at Kirkcaldy RFC which saw 12 new match officials qualify.

The course was run by RFL tutor and referee, Gavin Houston and, at the same time, three new tutors attended; Peter Lowis, Luke Fenton and Ollie Cruickshank.

The participants included a number of members and players from Glasgow Panthers and Dundee Dragons Wheelchair clubs as they look to develop the sport and increase participation across the country.

Cruickshank, who is also volunteer operations manager for Scotland Rugby League, said: “Developing the number of qualified match officials in Scotland is a vital part of our long term plan to sustain the sport. It was great to see so many people, we had all ages attending and most were new to Scotland Rugby League.”

Keith Hogg, chair of Scotland Rugby League, who attended the course as a participant added: “This course is exactly what Scotland Rugby League is all about, increasing involvement with enthusiastic volunteers who want to contribute to the overall progression of rugby league in Scotland."

PHIL CAPLAN

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Ivan Cleary to coach Lebanon at Rugby League World Cup

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Date: 21 January 2017

Contact: Remond Safi | +961 3 404345| info

CLEARY APPOINTED CEDARS COACH FOR WORLD CUP

The Lebanon Rugby League Federation has announced the appointment of Ivan Cleary as the new head coach of the national team.

The highly respected former leader of Penrith Panthers and New Zealand Warriors in Australia’s NRL has agreed to take charge of the Cedars for the Rugby League World Cup at the end of 2017.

“I was privileged to have been involved in the previous Rugby League World Cup with the New Zealand squad, so to now have the opportunity to be the head coach of a developing nation such as Lebanon is something that I’m really excited about,” Cleary said.

“The Lebanese Rugby League Federation has worked hard to establish their local competition and I believe that this is an important opportunity to help lift the exposure of the game, particularly at grassroots level.

“With Lebanon qualifying for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, we have a huge opportunity to increase participation numbers and that’s really important for the growth of the international game.”

Cleary added: “From a cultural perspective, the tournament is important for players to either represent their country of birth or their family heritage and the RLWC is a great chance to showcase the great talent that the nation has to offer,” he added.

It will be the second time the Cedars have qualified for the sport’s pinnacle international event, their first in 17 years. LRLF CEO, Remond Safi, said the appointment of Cleary sends a clear message around their aspirations heading into the tournament.

“Having Ivan on board is definitely a move in the right direction and it’s an appointment that shows that we are genuine about competing in this year’s World Cup,” Safi noted.

“Having a successful campaign will certainly take the game to another level and lay a pathway for players at international level. Working with them and staff in our local competition in Lebanon, as well as our Australian-based squad members, will be an important part of the role and we believe we have the right man for the job.

“Ivan has a wealth of experience, both as a player and coach, and I believe it will be of great benefit to our players as preparations continue for the World Cup later this year,” he continued.

The Lebanon Rugby League Federation are also pleased to announce Jasara Constructions as a partner of the team and head coach Ivan Cleary.

Lebanon, currently ranked 21 in the world, have been drawn in Pool A in this year’s Rugby League World Cup and will play Australia, England and France during the pool stages, with the top three teams progressing to the Quarter Finals:

Lebanon vs France, 29 October 2017, Canberra Stadium
Lebanon vs England, 5 November 2017, Sydney Football Stadium
Lebanon vs Australia, 11 November 2017, Sydney Football Stadium

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Pretoria youngsters set to play rugby league thanks to grant from Australian government

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FROM: RLEF MEDIA DEPARTMENT

DATE: 20 January 2017

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PRETORIA YOUNGSTERS SET TO PLAY RUGBY LEAGUE THANKS TO GRANT FROM AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT

South African Rugby League has been awarded a youth development grant through the Australian government’s Direct Aid Programme. The $10,000 award will be matched dollar-for-dollar by South Africa Rugby League and will see the sport played in the schools of Pretoria.

It is envisaged that the programme will then be continued throughout other rugby league playing areas within the nation.

The monies from Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s aid budget is a result of work done by the Rugby League European Federation’s Middle East Africa department, which has already been successful in sourcing funding for Lebanon’s schools rugby league programme.

RLEF MEA director Remond Safi, noted: “Building and implementing programmes such as these will help establish sustainability within the nation’s rugby league structure and aid in further developing the sport. I would like to thank the DFAT for all their support and look forward to building and strengthening cultural programs between Australia and the MEA region over the coming years.”

Safi has partnered with Comyn Solutions, which co-developed a Sport for Life programme. The Direct Aid Programme is a small grants scheme designed to assist organisations working at community level in fields such as poverty alleviation, education, sanitation, health, human rights, rural development and conservation.

Comyn Solutions’ Shaun Cumming said: “Rugby league is a fantastic sport that can be used in developing countries to promote education, health and social development. We are harvesting this power to encourage and promote school attendance, educational outcomes, social cohesiveness and healthy living in our RLEF MEA member nations.”

SARL President Kobus Botha added: “We are grateful to the Australian government for their generous contribution and hope that together we can make South Africa a better place.”

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Rugby League European Federation to host annual congress in Belgrade

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FROM: RLEF MEDIA DEPARTMENT

DATE: 6th January 2017

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RLEF ANNOUNCES CONGRESS IN BELGRADE

Belgrade has been chosen as the venue for the 2017 RLEF Congress. The Serbian capital will host the annual gathering of European and northern hemisphere nations for the second time in three years, following a through a competitive tendering process, instigated in 2015.

Expected to attend are the RLEF’s 10 Full Members, eight Affiliates and 14 Observers as well as an active and as yet un-ranked group of new nations which includes Turkey, Greece, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria and Poland.

“I am delighted to confirm that the 2017 RLEF Congress will return to Belgrade, and I congratulate the Serbian Rugby League Federation for submitting a compelling bid,” said RLEF chairman Maurice Watkins. “When the members decided three years ago to award the congress through a competitive tender process they did so to give progressive and mature organisations such as the SRLF the opportunity to integrate further into the federation and to increase the European dimension of it.

“Serbia has always been one of the RLEF’s most prolific and active members and this year’s event will be just four months before the 2017 World Cup so will have an extra element of excitement,” Watkins continued.

SRLF general secretary Slobodan Manak added: “We are happy to be able to once again host the annual congress. We want to encourage RLEF members to be more proactive and are hoping to use this occasion to show others how they can do it.

“Belgrade is perfect place to meet, talk and share experience and ideas. It’s a beautiful city and well connected to all of Europe. It will be very nice to see some new countries here and have the opportunity to welcome them into European rugby league family.

“SRLF will once again organise a 9s competition during the congress and we are hoping that other members will recognize the benefits of such a tournament and send teams to compete in it.”

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