Archive | May 2017

Significant strides being made in Hungarian rugby league

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SIGNIFICANT STRIDES BEING MADE IN HUNGARIAN RUGBY LEAGUE

Following two victories at the start of 2017, their initial successes in the international arena – beating Uruguay 50-4 and Thailand 44-10 – Hungary rugby league secured the highest rise in the recently published Rugby League International Federation World Rankings, moving up five places to 33rd.

It comes as the result of a chance coming together in late 2015, which has seen rugby league begin to blossom under the Magyars banner.

Michael Hay began working with the Hungarian Rugby League Federation after finishing his playing career in France, where he’d met a Hungarian and moved to her home country to get married. Since then he has coached the Magyar Bulls national team and improved league knowledge and skills in domestic players.

Around the same time, Stephen Nemeth, a Hungarian citizen born in Australia, contacted the HRLF through Facebook. He had been living in Budapest for five months, grown up playing rugby league in Australia and, as it turned out, he and Hay played against each other.

Nemeth not only had a background in playing but also running a club in Sydney, Australia, with experience in player recruitment, sponsorship and club management and he took on the role of Hungarian Rugby League director in Australia.

Nemeth recruited experienced coach Jonathan Wilson, also based in Sydney, who is now assisting Hay with coaching Hungary’s national team.

“On the back of the international wins, interest in rugby league in Hungary spiked, with record numbers of people enquiring about trying out here,” said HRLF official Zsolt Lukacs.

“As a result, we are planning three more Test matches to be played this year; one against Poland in Budapest and a home and away series with the Czech Republic. For those games there will be four heritage players travelling from Australia to Hungary to work with the domestic players for a month, and assist in developing the domestic game in Hungary.”

Lukacs continued: “In exchange, the HRLF has arranged to have a number of domestic players travel to Australia each year in October or November to play in representative matches there. The Magyar Bulls will compete in the Kings Cup in Thailand over nine days in October where they will receive intense training from Jonathan Wilson as well as Phil Perry and Jayden McGregor, Hungary’s Level 2 and Level 1 trainers.”

For 2018, plans are in place for up to 10 domestic players to join the heritage qualified in Australia for the Emerging Nations Rugby League World Championship, to be played in Sydney during October.

Alongside, HRLF is now putting in place plans to use this increased interest to develop a fully-fledged domestic competition.

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Lebanon to face Italy in Beirut in rugby league Mediterranean Cup

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DATE: 24 May, 2017

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LEBANON TO HOST 2017 MEDITERRANEAN CUP

Lebanon are aiming to retain the Mediterranean Cup when they face Italy in Beirut on 3 June.

Originally played for in 2002, the Cup was relaunched last season when the Cedars edged a superb game, 26-22, against the Azzurri in Sicily.

That encounter was between teams comprised of only domestically-produced players and the same stipulation will apply this year as the Federazione Italiana Rugby League and Lebanese Rugby League Federation continue to strengthen a bilateral relationship that also saw an historic women’s Test match played in February.

Lebanon’s Director of Performance Tarek Houchar who, as interim head coach, led the Cedars to a 24-4 win against Malta earlier this month, commented: “The players take nothing for granted in Lebanon; their passion, commitment and attitude towards representing the nation is exemplary. I’m excited to see some fresh new faces in our train-on squad.

“Our biggest aim is to create a culture amongst the players that can hopefully leave a great legacy behind. Retaining the Med Cup will be our objective, but playing for one another will be its own victory.”

Italy coach Kelly Rolleston noted: “The match is at the start of our domestic season and with 2017 being a World Cup year, all of our players are motivated to put in a good performance to show the coaching staff what they can offer.

“We have had a couple of camps in the north and south of Italy recently and the amount of young players present and the enthusiasm shown by all involved was impressive. This is the first of a number of opportunities that our domestic players will have this year to put their hand up for the autumn.”

The Mediterranean Cup was launched in 2002 between France and Lebanon and played in Tripoli between the hosts, France, Morocco and Serbia for two more years before its 12-year hiatus. Lebanon is the defending, and so far only, Mediterranean Cup champion.

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Combined York rugby league side to take part in Ukrainian tournament

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FROM: UKRAINE RUGBY LEAGUE FEDERATION

DATE: 24 May 2017

CONTACT: Artur Martyrosyan (arturrugby)

YORK SIDE TO TAKE PART IN UKRAINIAN TOURNAMENT

A York & District select side will visit Kharkiv on 10 June to play in the seventh A.V. Martyrosyan Memorial fixture. The visitors will join three representative teams from west, central and eastern Ukraine.

“We are looking forward to playing Nines this time,” said Ukrainian Federation of Rugby League president Artur Martyrosyan junior. “For the Ukraine national team, it’s a part of our preparation for the Belgrade Nines tournament on 24-25th of June. We are pleased to welcome our friends from England.”

The tour has been organised by York Acorn boss Leigh Paul-Rientoul and businessman Gary Dickenson, who is involved in neighbouring club New Earswick All Blacks, and will see players from each of the city’s four community clubs – Acorn, All Blacks, Heworth and York Lokomotive – combine.

Paul-Rientoul explained that the tour came about due to his links with Martyrosyan, who he met while playing in Ukraine for a touring BARLA Great Britain U23s team in 2009 and 2010.

“I’ve always kept in contact with Artur and he invited us to take a team over,” said the Acorn coach. “It’s great to have representative rugby back in the city. Lads who don’t necessarily get the chance to play for BARLA GB or Yorkshire get the opportunity to represent York, experience going on tours like this and making unforgettable memories.”

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Two new nations in rugby league world rankings

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DATE: 15 May, 2017

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NEW NATIONS IN WORLD RANKINGS

Australia will go into the 2017 Rugby League World Cup in November, which they will co-host with New Zealand, further strengthened in number one position in the World Rankings after their Anzac Test victory over the Kiwis.

Two new nations are in the list for the first time with the inclusion of Thailand and Uruguay, taking the total to 42 and reflecting the greater number of sanctioned internationals being played globally.

Leilani Latu’s last-gasp try for Tonga to beat Fiji 26-24 in last week’s Pacific triple-header saw them move up one rung on the ladder, whilst the biggest gainers are Hungary who rise five places to 33rd.

RLIF World Rankings – May 14th 2017

1 Australia
2 New Zealand
3 England
4 Scotland
5 Samoa
6 France
7 Ireland
8 Fiji
9 Wales
10 USA
11 Tonga
12 Serbia
13 Canada
14 Italy
15 PNG
16 Russia
17 Jamaica
18 Belgium
19 Malta
20 Spain
21 Lebanon
22 Ukraine
23 Germany
24 Cook Islands
25 Czech Republic
26 Norway
27 Denmark
28 Greece
29 Sweden
30 Netherlands
31 Niue
32 South Africa
33 Hungary
34 Philippines
35 Thailand
36 Chile
37 Vanuatu
38 El Salvador
39 Latvia
40 Solomon Islands
41 Uruguay
42 Morocco

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First European level 2 rugby league coaching and match officials qualified

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DATE: 11 May, 2017

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FIRST LEVEL 2 GRADUATES QUALIFIED BY RLEF EDUCATION

A further milestone in European rugby league development has been reached with the first level 2 match official and coaching candidates receiving their qualifications under the new RLEF technical education system, launched in March 2016.

Steve Hogan, the head of Rugby League Ireland’s match officials department, became the first RLEF level 2 match official, whilst leading candidates in Spain, Greece and Wales are on the verge of completing their qualification. Their counterparts in the Czech Republic and Italy will use their 2017 seasons to complete their professional development tasks.

On the coaching side, Ireland’s Mike Aughey and Norway’s Dave Hunter are the first to graduate, with other coaches in Wales, Greece and the Czech Republic nearing qualification.

RLEF Coaching Manager Martin Crick said: “The RLEF Level 2 coaching award was launched in Leeds with a four-day camp for coach educators and coaches. Since then attendees have been working towards the qualification by completing a series of assessment tasks around session planning, game preparation and review, and finally a self-review of their own coaching. I would like to congratulate Mike and Dave for being the first over the line. This is an historic moment which will further develop coaching standards in our member countries.”

The Level 2 courses will begin their roll-out throughout Europe this summer, with eight scheduled from June to September in the Czech Republic, Italy, Serbia and Wales, with France and Ukraine due to hold courses in 2018. The best Level 2 practitioners will be selected for additional professional placement training in 2018 as the RLEF continues to cultivate its development pathway.

“RLEF Education’s new system is a fundamental part of our mission to foster authentic rugby league programmes throughout Europe using standardised methodology,” said RLEF General Manager Danny Kazandjian. “It’s encouraging to see locally trained leaders starting to implement this system, creating a development pathway and, most importantly, introducing a quality control threshold for every single participant. We can now monitor the quality of work that’s being done in the field for the first time, thereby ensuring that the rugby league being delivered by our members is of a high standard.”

RLEF Education is working on accreditation of its suite of 10 qualifications – Level 1, Level 2, Level 1 Educator, Level 2 Educator and Tutor, for each technical strand – on the European Qualifications Framework. The signature technical portal is now fully functional in English, French and Russian, with elements of it available in Serbian and Spanish.

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Lebanon and Malta Rugby League take positives from Phoenician Cup clash

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Date: 11 May, 2017

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LEBANON AND MALTA TAKE POSITIVES FROM PHOENCIAN CUP CLASH

A dominant first half performance saw Lebanon take the next step in preparing for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, as they defeated Malta 24-4 at the New Era Stadium in Cabramatta. They will play in the same group as Australia, England and France come the tournament.

The Cedars led 18-4 at the break, Malta containing the hosts to just a converted try in the second period. Star of the show was Lebanon stand off Abbas Miskie who crossed for a hat-trick of tries and kicked a perfect four goals.

“With limited time together leading into the game, we came together well and everyone performed,” Miskie said. “There’s always an extra bit of drive inside of you when you’re representing your country and the boys definitely showed that passion.

“The tactical side will come with time but it was definitely pleasing to see the comradery shown among the group which I think is one of the main recipes for a successful campaign come the World Cup.”

Stand in coach, LRLF director of performance Tarek Houchar added: “To Malta’s credit they kept coming at us for 80 minutes, I was more impressed with our defence in conceding one try. If we can carry this attitude into the World Cup anything is possible, there’s a good feeling amongst this playing group and we will continue to develop into a country that can earn the respect from other nations.”

Loose forward Andrew Kazzi was also a standout for his side.

For Malta, coach Peter Cassar was impressed with his side’s resilience. “Aside from being out-enthused for the opening 15 minutes, we dug in and weren’t far off for the rest of the game,” he noted. “Maltese people are very proud of their rugby league team. A packed suburban stadium was evidence that this game is a popular fixture, as did an impressive live-stream audience of over thirty thousand viewers.”

In the curtain raiser, Lebanon’s U18s defeated their Maltese counterparts 42-6.

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Norway completes landmark weekend of rugby league

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FROM: RUGBY LEAGUE NORGE

DATE : 10 May, 2017

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NORWAY COMPLETES LANDMARK WEEKEND OF RUGBY LEAGUE

A significant weekend of rugby league in Norway has illustrated the surge the game is making in the country.

In the south west, Porsgunn Pirates met Sandnes Raiders in the first game of the Norwegian championship, with the Pirates recording a 48-6 victory at Kjølnes Stadion, in front of a healthy crowd.

The following day, the nation’s new U19s played their inaugural international against Serbia U18s in Nannestad.

The visitors, led by captain and soon to be Toulouse Olympique trialist Vladimir Milutinović, – who scored six tries and kicked five goals for 34-point haul – proved too strong, recording a 54-12 win.

Håvard Hansen scored the first-ever try for Norway’s junior team.

Milutinović was awarded the Warren Heilig trophy for man-of-the-match, presented by the founder of Norwegian rugby league whose vision and determination from 2009 set the foundations, Heilig having flown in from Brisbane for the occasion.

RLN president Lee Johnson reflected on an historic start to the season. “Norway has emerged with a squad of committed young players that want more from club and national level,” he said. “Our national coaches and I held talks with our Serbian counterparts. We share the same problems and strengths in growing the sport in our countries.

“We also found out that a Serbian town is twinned with one in northern Norway where we have a number of rugby league players. Overall this was a great first game for us and we have opened talks to play more.”

In the domestic championship, four-times Grand Final winners, Oslo Capitals now benefit from a feeder club, Lillestrøm Lions, which itself boasts a couple of internationals.

Northern-most outpost, Bodø Barbarians, situated 200km inside the Arctic Circle, have won the competition once but been runners up four times.

The duo are joined in the northern conference by defending champions Trondheim Rugby Klubb, founded in 2015 and runners up in their first season, with students making up the core of their team.

In the south, Flekkefjord Tigers have been in the top four on four occasions – a notable achievement for a town of just 10,000 inhabitants – and sustained by a significant amount of junior development in the area.

They compete against rapidly improving Porsgrunn Pirates, Sandnes Raiders, who joined last year, and newcomers Stavanger Storm who, thanks to the town’s oil-based economy, has a large expatriate player base to call on.

RLN has instituted a new development division underneath the Championship, to support the sport’s growth.

As well as Lillestrøm, the village of Sparbu started a rugby league club last year and acts as a feeder to Bodø; Kragerø Rugby playing a similar role for Porsgrunn, whilst the Farsund Bobcats will feed players into the Flekkefjord Tigers.

Finally, Nannestad Norsemen, next to Oslo’s main airport, was created earlier this year and is made up of 16-19-year-olds, many of whom played against Serbia.

The next round of the championship is on 13 May, when powerhouses Trondheim and Oslo play one another.

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