Archive | April 2017

France announce historic rugby league test match with Jamaica

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FROM: RLEF MEDIA DEPARTMENT

DATE: 28 April, 2017

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FRANCE ANNOUNCE HISTORIC TEST MATCH AGAINST JAMAICA

As part of their warm-up for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup – where they will face Australia, England and Lebanon in the group stages – the French Rugby League Federation has announced an historic Test with Jamaica, to be played at the Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan on 13 October.

It is the first time the nations’ have met.

In a statement, the Federation Francaise de Rugby a XIII said: “This match supports the desire of our elected officials is to develop France’s international meetings with multiple international partners.”

Jamaica played an autumn international last year against Wales pulling off a notable 16-all draw.

“We welcome this historic fixture against France as we continue our build up for the 2021 World Cup qualifiers,” said Jamaican Rugby League Association director of rugby Romeo Monteith. “France is a quality team and Jamaica we will be exposed to a wider global audience. This match builds our reputation and further demonstrates the continued globalization of rugby league.”

The FFRXIII has also expressed its intent to play against Ireland at U16 and U19 levels this year and against Italy in both men’s and women’s competition.

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Spanish U21 rugby league squad gears up for summer

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FROM: ASOCIACION ESPANOL RUGBY LEAGUE

DATE: 27 abril 2017

CONTACT: erl

SPANISH U21 SQUAD GEARS UP FOR SUMMER

This weekend the Spanish Rugby League Association (AERL) will be running a second preparatory training camp for a group of U21 players in Carlet (Valencia).

Those selected, who will be journeying from across Valencia, Andalucia and Madrid, will meet up on Saturday evening in the town’s municipal sports centre where they will be welcomed by the coaching staff, headed by national U21 coach, Andrew Pilkington.

The players will also be sleeping in a hostel on-site for the duration of the camp to make the most of the limited time available to bring the group together and will take part in a series of on-field training sessions and physical testing, as well as classroom seminars to implement and review tactical systems, while also introducing mental and physical preparation.

The training will take place at the “Riu Magre” football ground and will be open to the public.

Pilkington said: “The idea is four-fold: to get a good look at the potential we have, implement the national team systems and familiarize the players with them, give the guys a chance to develop as a group, and create some exposure for them and the sport. The help and support we have in Carlet is top class and we very much hope to continue and expand this connection.”

This is the second of two camps in preparation for a potential fixture against their Italian counterparts and is thanks to the support of the local council and sports councillor, Ramón Boronat, together with collaboration from the local football club (EMF Carlet) through their president Filiberto Chermes and sports director Miguel Guzman.

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Re-formed and expanded Russian rugby league championship set for kick off

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FROM: ASSOCIATION OF RUGBY LEAGUE CLUBS

DATE: 27 April, 2017

CONTACT: Denis Korolev | korolev’

RE-FORMED RUSSIAN CHAMPIONSHIP SET FOR KICK OFF

Re-formed and rejuvenated, the Russian rugby league championship is set to kick off this weekend when CSKA Moscow play Sparta from historic cathedral city Kostroma, situated 330 kilometres north east of the capital, in the Centre Conference.

Nine clubs spread over two conferences will start the campaign, many of those involved returning to the sport. Five will play in the Centre; defending champions Moscow Magicians, Vereya Bears and Muscovites Spartak, led by one of Russian rugby league’s earliest leaders, Aleksandr Kolikov, the others.

The Urals Conference, a mountainous region roughly 1500 kilometres east of Moscow separating the European and Asian parts of the country, comprises of Vityez based in Perm, who are joined by newcomers Ural from Ekaterinburg – Russia’s fourth largest city – Bersek from Chelyabinsk, and the eastern-most outpost, Rugby Club Adrenalin in Tyumen, coached by ex-Lokomotiv Moscow back Igor Gavrilin, who played for Russia in the 2000 Rugby League World Cup.

There is also a separate student competition continuing in Rostov-on-Don to the south.

The Russian championship has been pieced together after long months of consultation and negotiation by Denis Korolev, chairman of the Association of Rugby League Clubs (ARLK), which has led to the new-look competition based also on historic ties.

“2017 is a new stage in the development of rugby league in our country,” Korolev said. “We hope that all the changes in the Russian rugby league community will see the level of the championship, on and off the field, grow year by year. This season will be a good indicator of the state of the game in Russia and what other developments are needed.”

Evgeny Orlov, coach of Sparta, added: “We are seeing the sport becoming increasingly popular in Russia. I played it during my studies at the military institute in the Kostroma region and am thrilled to come back to it now the opportunity is here.”

Both conferences will see home-and-away fixtures, with the top two from each qualifying for the finals series in the autumn, the leading duo then advancing to the Grand Final. ARLK is also attempting to create a student league among interested Muscovite universities and will organise Nines tournaments.

Providing support to ARLK, the Rugby League European Federation will conduct joint coach and match official education seminars in June, when RLEF coach tutor Martin Crick and match official tutor Phil Smith will visit Moscow for a week, training six Russian educator candidates in each technical strand and overseeing them delivering Level 1 courses to local candidates.

The Technical Portal, which has been part-funded by the RLIF and the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme, will be fully operational in Russia by the first week of May, representing the biggest commitment to Russian-speaking participants in the field of technical education the sport has ever made.

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Latvian Rugby League Federation hosts successful coaching course

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DATE: 26 April, 2017

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LATVIAN FEDERATION HOSTS COACHING COURSE

The Latvian Rugby League Federation has hosted a Level 1 coaching course in Riga which resulted in Vilmars Sokolovs and Aivis Asmanis receiving their coach educator qualification, and three new coaches qualified. RLEF coaching manager Martin Crick was supported by Polska Rugby XIII officials in delivering the course.

“Vilmars and Aivis have been working with our programmes for a while and they have improved as good course deliverers,” said Crick. “The key for them now is to ensure that there is sufficient activity in Latvia for them and the new, highly enthusiastic coaches to work on.”

Polska Rugby XIII coach educator Lukasz Lucka, who attended with compatriot Michal Wójcik, said, “For us, as always, it was a great opportunity to appreciate the experiences of another country. I’m sure everything we have learned will help us provide better courses for Polish candidates.”

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, divided into six regional clusters, through high quality training and mentoring, while granting opportunities to share experiences amongst fellow Europeans dedicated to rugby league development.

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Knights upset Crocs to win Jamaican rugby league title

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Date: 26 April, 2017

KNIGHTS UPSET CROCS TO WIN JAMAICAN INTER-COLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIP

There was a huge upset in the Grand Final of the Jamaican Inter-Collegiate Championship when four times champions Mico University College Crocs were beaten for the first time in 2017 by University of Technology at the Alpha Boys Institute.

UTech triumphed 26-4, dominating throughout and leading 14-0 at the break, winger Mathew McFarlane and centre Johnnoy Rattray each posting a try double. Ashdane Beckford and Kevin Ferguson also crossed, skipper Marvin Thompson adding their only conversion.

Jermaine Smith was named MVP for his tenacious defence throughout, Mico’s only try coming in the 76th minute from loose forward Antonio Baker.

Winning Coach Ricardo Bramwell credited victory to hard work and determination: “We expected a close contest and figured it would come down to possession and the hungrier team,” he said. “We needed this victory, came out attacking, got them on the back foot and kept them there, this means everything to the players and school.”

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Ivan Cleary stands down from Lebanon rugby league coaching role

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Date: 25 April 2017

Contact: Remond Safi | +961 3 404345| info

IVAN CLEARY STANDS DOWN FROM LEBANON NATIONAL COACHING ROLE

The Lebanese Rugby League Federation has reluctantly announced the release of Ivan Cleary from his position of national team coach, following his appointment as head coach of Wests Tigers earlier this month.

The federation and Cleary had been discussing a possible renegotiation of the terms of their agreement but the all-consuming demands of an NRL top position meant that it was not feasible.

Cleary, who led New Zealand Warriors to the NRL Grand Final in 2011, said: “It is with regret that I am unable to complete my duties for Lebanon’s Rugby League World Cup campaign. I will be following the Cedars with very keen interest. Having begun the preparations, I truly believe that they will not only be extremely competitive in the tournament but, more importantly, will become trailblazers for the continuing development of rugby league in the country. I know the side will have massive support for the tournament.”

LRLF CEO Remond Safi commented: “We totally understand Ivan’s commitment to Wests Tigers. As he was not able to give a hundred per cent to both roles, as would be his wish, it was best to part company as each endeavour deserves to be successful in its own right. We wish him all the best with his new job.”

Safi will head out to Australia next week to interview a clutch of candidates for the role with the LRLF board having committed to not only appointing an NRL first grade or assistant coach to lead its first World Cup campaign since 2000, but also for the appointee to build a long-term relationship with local leagues and structures.

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Norway to face Sweden in rugby league international

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DATE: 21 April, 2017

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NORDIC INTERNATIONAL ANNOUNCED

Current Nordic Cup holders Norway has announced that they will play Sweden in a Test match at the Bislett Stadium, Oslo on 17 June.

It will be the seventh meeting between the nations, with Norway holding a slight advantage with three wins against Sweden’s two, the first contest ending in a 20-all draw in 2010. Norway hold the recent upper hand, winning the last two meetings in 2015 and 2016.

Rugby League Norge president Lee Johnson sees the contest as the next step up for his country’s growing band of committed players.

“After a great domestic season last year, rugby League in Norway has moved up a gear,” he said. “We have promoted one of our club coaches, Dave Hunter, to national coach and the competition to make the team will be a hard one. We look forward to facing our fellow Scandinavians and putting on a good show with the new Norwegian team.”

Hunter, a New Zealander, coaches Lillestrom and will have a healthy pool of players to pick from, drawn from the three-team northern and four-club southern conferences.

Sweden’s coach Ashley Brown commented: “With the domestic competition from both nations well underway it is sure to be a high quality international. We are underdogs but our heart and determination will push the hosts all the way.”

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