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Rhodes Knights claim Greece rugby league title

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FROM: RLEF MEDIA DEPARTMENT

DATE: 30 June, 2017

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RHODES CLAIM GREEK TITLE AS GRLA CONTINUES TO BUILD

The Greek Rugby League Association has hailed the completion of its first championship season as the governing body, which ended with an exciting Grand Final in Rhodes.

Played in blazing summer sunshine, the unbeaten Rhodes Knights were held 10-all at the break, before defeating Aris Eagles 30-16.

Michalis Chatziioannou, Rhodes Knights head coach, said: “It was a terrific decider played in very hot conditions. Despite the heat both teams showed great enthusiasm and passion, and the level of play and organisation has clearly improved. We had the will but were really tested.”

Commenting on the season as a whole, Chatziioannou continued: “It very tough on and off the field, there was a lot of travelling involved but everyone played their part. The season ended successfully, especially as the new association officially joined the RLEF. That gives us the opportunity to play international games and my role as an assistant coach of the national team gives me the chance to test myself and the boys for the Balkan cup in October. I can see some talented young players here and I am very excited.”

GRLA interim president George Stilianos added: “This was by far our biggest and most successful season yet with a total of 116 registered players taking part across four teams. Moreover, the quality of the league is getting better.

“Our new team Patras Panthers had a successful season, their 1,300km round-trip to Rhodes among the highlights. All matches were officiated by qualified referees who have benefited from the RLEF training courses. Our focus is now on ensuring next season will be even better and also our tour to Serbia in October, where we will take a domestic only squad into the Balkan Cup.”

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Rugby league European U19 Championship set to return

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DATE: 29 June 2017

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EUROPEAN U19 CHAMPIONSHIP SET TO RETURN

The RLEF is re-launching the U19 European Championship after a 12-year gap, with the tournament scheduled for August 2018 in Belgrade, Serbia.

Seeded nations England, France, Scotland and Wales will be joined by Ireland, Russia, the hosts, and one of Italy or Ukraine, who will contest a qualifying match in Fogliano Deripuglia, north east Italy, next spring.

The tournament will be played on a quadrennial basis as part of a multi-year European calendar, with future hosting rights determined by a competitive tender process which will be concluded two years in advance.

Top seeds England and France will be kept in separate halves of the draw, which will be conducted live later this year. Match-days on 5, 8 and 11 August will each see four games played, with the final day determining the ranking positions for all nations.

The chief operating officer for England’s Rugby Football League, Ralph Rimmer, commented: “We are delighted to support the reinstated tournament. It is a testament to the success of the player development programmes across the game and a reflection on the strength and depth of the talent coming through. The players involved will benefit immensely from the experience of international competition and I have no doubt that they, plus the nations that they represent, will emerge far stronger for their involvement.”

France’s preparations are already well under way with an initial squad formed following a ‘Provinces of Origin’ U18 match and having played Catalans Dragons U19s. The selectors picked a 30-man Bleuets squad, which will be reduced to 22 in September following a training camp and before playing England Academy, on 9 and 13 October.

“We want to place France Youth at the highest European level and to breed a winning culture,” said French Federation technical director Patrice Rodriguez. “The matches against England Academy in October are a preparatory stage and will help us assess our potential. The European Championship is a good way to evaluate each generation and the work that is being done with players over a long period. We have designed a thorough preparation and implemented competition not only among the players but also our technical staff.”

The inaugural, and to date only, U19 Championship was played in France in 2006. The hosts, featuring current full internationals Vincent Duport, Mickaël Simon and Jean-Philippe Baile, beat England 56-0 in the final.

Now, with nine current European full members offering regular youth domestic competition, the decision was taken to re-introduce the competition at the start of the next strategic cycle.

Wales Rugby League CEO Chris Thair noted: “This is a very exciting prospect for all the young players coming through the Welsh system and is supportive of our own national strategy. Playing internationals at a young age will help the players’ development and for some, open doors to the professional game, while for many it will be one of the highlights of their playing career. Extraordinary experiences such as these are so important to game’s future health as many of these young players will become future international players, coaches, officials, administrators, sponsors and fans.”

Bob Baxendale, head of representative rugby for Scotland Rugby League added: “This is a very exciting development for European rugby league. It will be great to see so many young and talented players testing out their skills in a well organised and competitive environment. Everyone in Scotland is very excited about the tournament and we have started our initial planning to ensure that everyone involved gets a great experience, and we will use it to attract more players to the game."

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Netherlands rugby league status upgraded following European Federation congress

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DATE: 28 June, 2017

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DUTCH UPGRADED FOLLOWING RLEF CONGRESS IN BELGRADE

Following the RLEF’s 15th annual congress, held in Belgrade, the Nederlandse Rugby League Bond has been elevated from observer to affiliate member status, taking the total number of members to 19 – with an additional 14 observer nations alongside.

Thijs van der Zouwen, president of the NRLB, said: “Over the last few years we have been building a strong foundation for rugby league in the Netherlands. Slowly but steadily the sport has been growing. We have achieved this milestone thanks to all the hard work done by enthusiastic and driven volunteers such as Jason Bruygoms, Timo Meinders and Justin Stook.

“Their dedication has made it possible for more people to get exposed to and involved with rugby league. We are determined to continue on this path and strive for bigger and better things in the coming years.”

The congress was attended by 20 countries, with three additional members joining the formal council meeting remotely. The schedule included, further discussion of the Balkan Super League, a Level 2 match official course, dialogue on the role of domestic players in long-term development, the Belgrade 9s – won by Ukraine for the first time – and an RLEF Board meeting.

RLEF chairman Maurice Watkins noted: “I would like to extend my thanks to Predrag Pantic, president of the Serbian Rugby League Federation, and to all his colleagues for another well organised and stimulating congress, rich in content and providing the attending nations with multiple opportunities to share ideas and make recommendations to the RLEF for future planning, which we encourage.

“Our organisation is witnessing the growth of capacity of its members, with the result that there are more concrete ideas on the direction in which they think European rugby league should travel, all of which have contributed to a more dynamic federation.“

In the council meeting, following a lengthy debate, there was a consensus among members to increase the minimum number of domestic quota players in senior national squads from four to six.

Belgrade will also stage the 2018 congress, between 10-12 August, having won a competitive tender. It will be their third time in four years since the process was established, Ireland hosting in 2016.

Nations attending this time were: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, England, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Lebanon, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine and Wales.

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RAF complete successful rugby league tour of Holland

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DATE: 27 June, 2017

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RAF COMPLETE SUCCESFUL THREE GAME TOUR OF HOLLAND

To celebrate their 75th anniversary, the RAF’s regimental rugby league side undertook a three game tour of Holland, returning unbeaten.

According to Sgt Stu Norrie-Bland, the tour had huge benefits outside the results, which saw his side easily defeat a combined Dams (consisting of players from Amsterdam Cobras and Rotterdam Pitbulls), KDC (an amalgamation of Den Haag Knights and Harderwijk Dolphins) and a Dutch Development XIII in Harderwijk.

“Proud is not a word that I use often,” he said. “But I couldn’t feel it more having brought 26 warriors over to the Netherlands to develop the game of rugby league.

“For us, scoring 250 points across the three games and only conceding 18 is testament to the professionalism of our boys.

“But a huge shout out to the Dutch Rugby League Bond for hosting us and we expect they will use this experience to take the game forward within the Netherlands; we have made some lifelong friends.”

Despite the score lines, NRLB development officer Jason Bruygoms could see only positives.

"We did not want one of the domestic teams to miss out so we decided to combine them. It might not have been the best strategy as they were in opposition during the regular season, which only finished the weekend before.

“That had an effect but, nevertheless, they relished the chance to play a top quality side and will take the lessons on board, it was a win-win for everyone.”

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Lebanon rugby league receive presidential support for World Cup

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Date: 20 June, 2017

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LRLF RECEIVE PRESIDENTIAL BACKING

The President of the Republic of Lebanon, Michel Aoun, has welcomed a delegation from the Lebanese Rugby League Federation to the presidential palace in Baabda.

The invitation was to formally back the Cedars’ appearance in the forthcoming Rugby League World Cup, where they will initially face co-hosts and favourites Australia, along with England in Sydney and France in Canberra, in Pool A of the tournament.

Six domestic players will be part of the squad and the president encouraged the Lebanese community to support them in their quest.

LRLF president Mohamed Habbous, general secretary Sami Garabadian, CEO Remond Safi, LRLF Director Mikhael Shammas and Cedars players Raymond Sabat, Toufic El Hage, Imad Chidiac, Wael Harb, Ali Abou Arabi and Robin Hachache were presented to the president, offering him the gift of a playing shirt in exchange.

“It is with honour that we presented President Aoun with the Cedars jersey,” said Habbous. “We are excited at the opportunity to see the entire, passionate nation supporting our team in the World Cup. The domestic player’s inclusion in the train-on squad is a huge step forward for our local development.”

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Norway victorious in rugby league Test clash with Sweden

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DATE: 18 June, 2017

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NORWAY TRIUMPH IN SCANDINAVIAN TEST

Current Nordic Cup holders Norway ran in eight tries – including a brace each to Stephen Mwikaria and Ole Magnus Brekk, who also kicked three goals – as they defeated Sweden 38-18 at the Bislett Stadium, Oslo.

Norway coach Dave Hunter, commented: “It was great to get our representative season underway with a good win. We fell asleep after the break and let Sweden back into the game, hopefully the players will learn from this and stay focused throughout the whole 80 minutes.

“I’m extremely proud of our four debutants, they did the jersey proud. Our props were great, Sjur Strand and man of the match Mathias Vada Stenseth-Holm set a great platform for our halves to work off and our bench provided impact when needed.”

Norway skipper Kristoffer Milligan added: “It was a really good experience for us and I am very happy we came out on top against a valiant Swedish team. The game showed us that we have a lot of work to do before we can compete with the better teams, but it also showed us that the team has great promise. There are some really talented, young Norwegians coming through. The players are working hard to become better and I think we have a bright future ahead of us.

“One of the biggest differences I saw in the team this time was the morale and spirit. In previous games we have had a tendency to drop our heads when the opposition scores. This time we saw a 15 minute onslaught from the Swedes, which brought them three tries. Instead of giving up the team pulled together, dug deep and ended up cracking our opposition and putting on a good score.”

Ten different clubs provided players for the Norway squad. “Now we need to go back to our clubs and keep working hard, the job is never done and we need to make sure everyone on the team knows that,” added Milligan.

For the Swedes, excellent stand off Chris Ah Lam posted a hat trick.

NORWAY 38

Tries: Mathias Vada Stenseth-Holm (3), Stephen Mwikaria (10, 66), Isaac Schmidt (20), Nathan Cummins (37), Ole Magnus Brekk (42, 80), Sonny Mellor (63)

Goals: Ole Magnus Brekk 3/8

SWEDEN 18

Tries: Chris Ah Lam (30, 48, 52)

Goals: Andrew Bignell 3/3

Half time: 18-6

Referee: Danny Boag

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More coaches and match officials qualified in Russian rugby league

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DATE: 18 June, 2017

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RLEF COMPLETES TECHNICAL SEMINAR IN MOSCOW

The RLEF has concluded a week-long technical seminar in Moscow which has resulted in the qualification of six level 1 coaches, five level 1 match officials and, significantly, three level 1 coach educators and the provisional qualification of one level 1 match official educator; providing the Russian Association of Rugby League Clubs (ARLK) with a degree of self-sufficiency.

RLEF match official tutor, Phil Smith, said from the Russian capital: “Providing match official education for the five Moscow attendees will hopefully help bring about an upsurge in standards to the domestic game. Local educator Andrey Zhukov is an enthusiastic student of the game and along with his colleagues were keen to learn and willing to put in the hours to further their knowledge.

“Despite everyone attending all four full days of the course, they asked for more tuition and voluntarily turned up for an extra morning session on ‘Russia Day’, a national public holiday. Russia’s recent past has been a series of ups and downs but Andrey, with the support and resources of the federation, has the capability to move the match officials forward.”

Zhukov, a former international, confirmed: “The course was really special. After it finished we agreed that we needed more education! It allowed us to get to know officials from different teams and I hope that it will be continued.”

His wish is set to be realised as, following the evaluation of the seminar he, along with coach educators Denis Korolev and Dmitrii Polovykh, have been invited to attend level 2 courses in Serbia, in June and July. A third Russian coach educator, Kiril Borisov, will be qualified upon submission of the mandatory coursework.

Martin Crick, RLEF coach manager, was similarly encouraged: “A sleeping giant stirs. Over 30 coaches, match officials and players attended our seminars in Moscow. The enthusiasm, energy and commitment of the participants augurs well for the future development of rugby league here. It was a successful week and now ARLK needs to implement a realistic development plan.”

Dmitrii Polovykh added: “I really got a lot out of this programme. I learned so much about how to coach, psychology and to give constructive feedback to coaches and players. I’m really pleased to have qualified as an educator and am looking forward to proceeding along the pathway.”

All Russian technical participants will progress through the RLEF’s ground-breaking technical portal which is fully functional in Russian, the first time in the sport’s history that such a commitment has been made to support Russian-speaking nations.

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