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Historic women’s rugby league international played in Middle East

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FROM: RLEF MEDIA DEPARTMENT

DATE: 28 February, 2017

CONTACT: phil.caplan / +44 7850719412

HISTORIC WOMEN’S INTERNATIONAL PLAYED IN MIDDLE EAST

History was made at the Fouad Chehab stadium, Jounieh when a crowd of around 1,000 saw the Lebanon Junipers women’s side face their Italian counterparts in a debut for both nations, and the first women’s international in the Middle East region.

Italy won a match of notable skill and endeavour 22-0, the return scheduled for early May.

The match was attended by Italian Consul Giorgio Valerio and Australian ambassador Glenn Miles, the Italian team having been given an official reception by the Italian embassy beforehand.

The Azzurri led 10-0 at the break and scored four tries, two to outstanding prop Anna Barro.

“We only started to play recently and have a lot to work on especially on the play the ball,” said Italian skipper and stand off Valentina Virgili, who posted their second try. “But I saw all the team fighting and not give up! We can’t wait for the next match.”

Her coach Tiziano Franchini added: “I am very satisfied with the performance and how the team reacted and improved by the minute. It is a great result after only starting work with our domestic female movement in November.”

The match, which also featured a female touch judge, is seen as the springboard for the women’s game in Lebanon, whose players were taking the field for only the third time.

There are domestic sides set up at AUB, LAU, Oracs, Jounieh RLFC and Jamhour, with a championship due to start.

Juniper’s captain Nayla Saniour commented: “It was a very intense experience on many levels and a challenge to compose in so little time a homogeneous entity both on and off the field. The official team trainings were happening four to five times a week, whether on green fields, in the gym, steep stairs or in indoors video sessions. Players were also selected on their level of commitment and behaviour to represent properly the country as a national team.

“The game itself was a big step for every one of us, we all pushed ourselves and managed to play a tough match that challenged us as much physically as it did mentally.”

Ghassan Dandash, the Lebanon coach, added: “Now we have a lot of work to do on many levels but at least we know we have the basics sorted out and the rest is a matter of time, good planning and commitment.”

LEBANON JUNIPERS 0 ITALY WOMEN 22

Lebanon

N. Saniour, E. Gharious, N. Kibbi, C. Badawi, R. Abdallah, L. Sasso, D. Knio, R. Dahdouli, K. Roukoz, S. Kannan, T. Keirouz, S. Awad, L. Acra

Subs: M. Keirouz, M. Haddad, S. Menassa, M. Antoun

Italy

G. Pratelli, M. Gueli, O. Dimartino, S. Gai, C. Gubernale, V. Virgili, L. Gurrieri, E. Indaco, S. I. Passino, A. Barro, E. Salvatore, V. Pinarello, M. Ascione

Subs: V. Forgiarini, S. Capello, S. Gazzera, G. Zaffarana

Tries: Anna Barro (13, 61) Valentina Virgili (26), Guuiliana Zaffarana (72)

Goals: Maria Virgili 3/4

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Rugby League European Federation board to look at new youth championships

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DATE: 24 February 2017

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RLEF RECOMMENDS RE-LAUNCHING EUROPEAN YOUTH COMPETITION

The RLEF Board of Directors has confirmed it is considering re-launching regular European youth championships from next year, with U18 the recommended level.

The Board discussed the proposal at a meeting at their London headquarters in addition to Europe’s World Cup qualifying formats for the 2021 tournament in England, new membership applications from European and African nations, as well as re-affirming the organisation’s appetite to overhaul its social media presence and institute a new communication plan, as part of an overall strategy review due to be launched next year.

“There are eight European Full Members now,” said RLEF General Manager Danny Kazandjian, “Compared to only England, France and Russia in 2009 when the last youth competition took place in Serbia. The breadth of youth rugby league in Europe is now significantly greater. In addition, there are Affiliate Members with domestic youth competitions, such as the Czech Republic and Italy, and others with fledgling youth development programmes, Norway and the Netherlands among them.

“We believe the time is right to re-introduce regular youth competition in the calendar, giving nations the chance to plan their development pathways in the medium and long-term as well as giving the continent’s best young players the chance to represent their country.”

The RLEF administered youth competitions from 2006-9 but they were not part of the 2010 strategy as the prevailing view was there was not enough systematic youth development in Europe to sustain a credible competition.

Since then, the amount has gradually increased, in 2010 seven nations ran youth competitions, in 2015 the number had risen to 11 (statistics for the 2016 season are currently being compiled as part of the annual membership audit).

The RLEF executive will now consult with the members before making final recommendations to the RLEF Board.

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Italy and Lebanon announce historic women’s rugby league internationals

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DATE: 16 February, 2017

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ITALY AND LEBANON ANNOUNCE HISTORIC WOMEN’S INTERNATIONALS

Italy and Lebanon women’s teams will play an historic two-match series for their own version of the Mediterranean Cup. The first game will be in Jounieh, Lebanon, on 25 February, with the Azzurri hosting the return leg on 5 May.

Both countries’ women’s programmes are relatively new and the initiative represents the latest example of healthy cooperation between the Federazione Italiana Rugby League and the Lebanese Rugby League Federation.

“Developing the women’s programme has not been an easy task in a country where sports in general is not really professionally respected, but the importance of that journey was the struggle,” said Lebanon women’s coach Ghassan Dandash, who is also a Director of Jounieh RLFC, whose women’s side – the Hummingbirds – played in the first match in the country against AUB, last year. “After five years of trial and error and after two of consistent development, the women’s side of the game is now up and running with multiple teams playing and it was only natural to create the opportunity for these young athletes to represent their country in an international match, the highest pinnacle,” he added.

The Junipers are drawn from university rugby league programmes in the American University of Beirut and Lebanese American University; two rugby league clubs, Jounieh and Lycans; as well as Jamhour school, which is relatively new to rugby league and is running a women’s and youth programme only.

“It is difficult to play an extremely demanding sport like rugby League and build an efficient team for a Test in a short period of time,” continued Dandash. “But we are at one with our players in their resolve and we have come a long way in training.”

FIRL vice president and joint-coach of the Italian women’s side, Tiziano Francini, noted: “This is a tremendous moment for the Italian rugby League movement, the first female international matches in our history against our friends from Lebanon. We started with women’s rugby League in November and can now call on 100 woman players across three regions. This is planned to be the first step to setting up a women’s domestic championship.”

LEBANON JUNIPERS TRAIN-ON SQUAD

Rania Abdallah, Carla Badawi, Kelly Bardawil, Mariam Dakka, Sarah Kannan, Loubna Sasso (AUB) Maria Zahar, Maria Antoun, Tara el Khazen, Melanie Haddad, Sacha Missir, Michele Nader, Joelle Saadeh (Jamhour), Lynn Acra, Mia Daoud, Reem Dahdouli, Elsa Gharious, Nadine Kibbi, Mia Kesserwani, Marina Keyrouz, Terese Keyrouz, Douha Knio, Sarah Menassa, Nada Mufarrij, Karen Roukoz, Nayla Saniour (Jounieh) Charline Azar (LAU), Sarah Awad, Youmna Bebery, Elyssa Boulos, Mayssa Hallak, Camila Hamzeh, Miriam Hattem, Maria Moubarak (Orcas)

ITALY WOMEN SQUAD

Virginia Pinarello, Silvia Capello, Chiara Gubernale, Viviana Forgiarini, Giorgia Pratelli, Anna Barro (Comitato Nord-est), Valentina Virgili, Marika Ascione, Benedetta Pina, Simona Gazzera, Silvia Gai, Elisa Salvatore (Comitato Nord-ovest), Marina Gueli, Giuliana Zaffarana, Ludovica Gurrieri, Oliwia Di Martino, Irma Sanna Passino, Eugenia Indaco (Comitato Sud)

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Italy and Lebanon announce historic women’s rugby league internationals

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FROM: RLEF MEDIA DEPARTMENT

DATE: 16 February, 2017

CONTACT: phil.caplan / +44 7850719412

ITALY AND LEBANON ANNOUNCE HISTORIC WOMEN’S INTERNATIONALS

Italy and Lebanon women’s teams will play an historic two-match series for their own version of the Mediterranean Cup. The first game will be in Jounieh, Lebanon, on 25 February, with the Azzurri hosting the return leg on 5 May.

Both countries’ women’s programmes are relatively new and the initiative represents the latest example of healthy cooperation between the Federazione Italiana Rugby League and the Lebanese Rugby League Federation.

“Developing the women’s programme has not been an easy task in a country where sports in general is not really professionally respected, but the importance of that journey was the struggle,” said Lebanon women’s coach Ghassan Dandash, who is also a Director of Jounieh RLFC, whose women’s side – the Hummingbirds – played in the first match in the country against AUB, last year. “After five years of trial and error and after two of consistent development, the women’s side of the game is now up and running with multiple teams playing and it was only natural to create the opportunity for these young athletes to represent their country in an international match, the highest pinnacle,” he added.

The Junipers are drawn from university rugby league programmes in the American University of Beirut and Lebanese American University; two rugby league clubs, Jounieh and Lycans; as well as Jamhour school, which is relatively new to rugby league and is running a women’s and youth programme only.

“It is difficult to play an extremely demanding sport like rugby League and build an efficient team for a Test in a short period of time,” continued Dandash. “But we are at one with our players in their resolve and we have come a long way in training.”

FIRL vice president and joint-coach of the Italian women’s side, Tiziano Francini, noted: “This is a tremendous moment for the Italian rugby League movement, the first female international matches in our history against our friends from Lebanon. We started with women’s rugby League in November and can now call on 100 woman players across three regions. This is planned to be the first step to setting up a women’s domestic championship.”

LEBANON JUNIPERS TRAIN-ON SQUAD

Rania Abdallah, Carla Badawi, Kelly Bardawil, Mariam Dakka, Sarah Kannan, Loubna Sasso (AUB) Maria Zahar, Maria Antoun, Tara el Khazen, Melanie Haddad, Sacha Missir, Michele Nader, Joelle Saadeh (Jamhour), Lynn Acra, Mia Daoud, Reem Dahdouli, Elsa Gharious, Nadine Kibbi, Mia Kesserwani, Marina Keyrouz, Terese Keyrouz, Douha Knio, Sarah Menassa, Nada Mufarrij, Karen Roukoz, Nayla Saniour (Jounieh) Charline Azar (LAU), Sarah Awad, Youmna Bebery, Elyssa Boulos, Mayssa Hallak, Camila Hamzeh, Miriam Hattem, Maria Moubarak (Orcas)

ITALY WOMEN SQUAD

Virginia Pinarello, Silvia Capello, Chiara Gubernale, Viviana Forgiarini, Giorgia Pratelli, Anna Barro (Comitato Nord-est), Valentina Virgili, Marika Ascione, Benedetta Pina, Simona Gazzera, Silvia Gai, Elisa Salvatore (Comitato Nord-ovest), Marina Gueli, Giuliana Zaffarana, Ludovica Gurrieri, Oliwia Di Martino, Irma Sanna Passino, Eugenia Indaco (Comitato Sud)

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More rugby league coaches and educators qualify in Norway

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DATE: 14th February, 2017

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RUGBY LEAGUE NORGE COMPLETES COACH ACTIVITY

Seven level 1 coach candidates and three coach educators have qualified from a course held at the Ullevål Stadium in Oslo.

The trio of educators – Dave Hunter, Isaac Schmidt and Joshua Hornby – have been added to the RLEF technical portal, which is a part EU-funded Training and Education project, and they will next attend a level 2 educator course in Serbia in July.

Slobodan Manak, the Serbian Rugby League Federation’s lead educator, also attended to increase his experience of delivery. “I was positively and pleasantly surprised by the performance of the participants on the level 1 course,” said Manak. “It was very good group, full of creativity. Norway has a bright future if these candidates start to practise what they learned and continue to spread the word.”

Leif Nilsen from Kragero Rugby League, commented, "This was an excellent course and I learned a lot. It involved a perfect combination of theory and practical skills and has already helped me to become a better coach. All of the participants were very motivated. That resulted in some interesting conversations in the classroom and lots of fun in the gymnasium. I’m sure everyone who attended walked away as better coaches.”

The TEP is a three-year, €723.000 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, while granting opportunities to share experiences amongst fellow Europeans dedicated to rugby league development.

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Lebanon schools rugby league season set to kick off

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LEBANON SCHOOLS RUGBY LEAGUE SEASON SET TO KICK OFF

The Lebanese rugby league schools season is set to kick off with seven teams competing, with more lined up to join next year and for an extended nines competition later in the season.

Four sides play in the Mount Lebanon division, which covers Beirut and the surrounding area, and three in the North Lebanon division which is based around Tripoli and Akaar.

Antonine International School are the defending champions in the Mount division and their coach, Roy Taouk, is anticipating an even greater challenge this time. “Last year was a tough one for us due to a strong competitor in St Joseph’s school but we managed to skim through,” he said. “This time, with all the intense pre-season training, I feel we will be more than prepared for challenges that await us.”

Opposite number at SJS, Luk Savadogo is expecting more from his players for the 2017 season. “The guys are even hungrier having come so close last year,” he noted. “It’s going to be a tough season as the team is not the same as before due to students graduating. I genuinely believe the competition is going to be really tight between all the teams.”

Broummana High and last year’s newcomers Notre Dame de Louaize make up the Mount division, and the sides will play each other home and away to be crowned champions and face their northern counterparts for the overall national crown.

LRLF appointed Gaby Haddad, who is also part of the Junior Cedars technical staff, to the Mount competition last season and he is working with three new schools – Besansons, Sabis International and Saggesse – running coaching courses for their PE teachers to prepare them for entry.

The Mount Lebanon campaign kicks off with a double-header . Universite Libanaise stadium in Hadat.

In the North division, Al Malaab High School, Saint Theresa and Kfarhabou will again be involved. The LRLF is seeking to appoint a development officer for that region who will be responsible for expanding and administering the schools competition.

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More match officials qualified for Greek rugby league

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DATE: 2 February, 2017

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PROGRESS IN GREECE CONTINUES WITH MATCH OFFICIAL ACTIVITY

The RLEF continues to work closely with the Greek rugby league community, running a Level 1 match official course in Athens, led by educator George Stilianos.

Five locals attended including Grigoris Koutsimpogiorgos, who has been earmarked as a referee of great potential. The 24-year-old, who took up the whistle two years ago before undertaking his mandatory national service in the army, has re-joined Greece’s refereeing ranks, taking charge of the recent clash between Rhodes and Attica Rhinos.

“It was a great experience to learn from the experienced referees and increase my knowledge,” said Koutsimpogiorgos. “I can now use these skills in matches and am looking forward to continue refereeing and attending further courses.”

Lead Spanish match officials Tony Palacios and Andrew Pilkington also attended the five-day activity which is part of the RLEF’s EU-funded Training and Education Portal project. They were joined by Italy’s Guido Bonatti, a member of the RLEF development squad, and lead RLEF tutor Phil Smith.

“The Greek candidates were impressive and it was good to see two of them officiate alongside George in a genuine, competitive fixture in the heart of Athens,” said Smith. “Their passion for the development of the sport in their country was clearly evident.”

The TEP is a three-year, €723.000 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, while granting opportunities to share experiences amongst fellow Europeans dedicated to rugby league development.

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