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Greece look to defend title in second Balkan rugby league championship

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From: Serbian Rugby League Federation / Belgrade
Date: 29 September, 2017

SRL TO HOST SECOND BALKAN CHAMPIONSHIP

Four nations will contest the second Balkan Championship in Serbia, between the 6-8 October. Hosts Serbia and holders Greece will be joined by Bulgaria and Bosnia and Herzegovina for the Test matches.

The inaugural Championship was played three years ago, Greece – who have since undergone administrative change – defeating Serbia 50-22 in the final.

Tournament director Slobodan Manak commented: “We are delighted to welcome again our neighbouring rugby friends. This is another example of the nations in the region working together to further the sport and, despite the cameraderie, it will be a fierce competition.“

The semi-finals will see Serbia face Bulgaria and Greece play Bosnia and Herzegovina. The winners will play for the title whilst the losing teams meet in a third-place play off as part of a double-header.

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Rugby league level 2 coaching and match official courses held in Sicily

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FROM: RLEF MEDIA DEPARTMENT

DATE: 28 September, 2017

CONTACT: phil.caplan / +44 7850719412

LEVEL 2 COURSES HELD IN SICILY

The Federazione Italiana Rugby League has hosted both a Level 2 coaching and match officials course in tandem, in Catania, Sicily It was attended by delegates from England, Sweden, Greece and Spain, with RLEF coaching manager Martin Crick and match official tutor Danny McNeice overseeing the activities which took place under the auspices of the EU part-funded training and education portal project.

“The roll-out of the new level 2 coaching course continued with a very successful get together, augmented by young players from the local club here,” said Crick. “We spent four days of intense hard work in the shadow of Mount Etna. Earnest, heated debate was a feature and, as a result, coaching and playing standards across the continent are improving.”

McNeice added: “The educators from Greece, Spain, Sweden and Italy demonstrated enormous enthusiasm, talent and drive.”

Guido Bonatti from Italy, Sweden’s Raj Shah, Spain’s Andrew Pilkington and Tony Palacios, and Greece’s Jim Minadakis, George Stilianos and Aris Dardamanis all participated in the match official element, alongside other Italian level 1 officials.

“It was very beneficial for our growth as match officials,” noted Dardamanis. “In particular the opportunity to enter into more technical debate with colleagues was a new challenge that we perhaps don’t see at level 1, while having the coaches’ course run concurrently meant we had direct access to a group that perhaps needed our guidance on how a particular area of the game would be managed.”

Tiziano Franchini led the Italian coaching contingent, alongside Spain’s Aitor Davila and two new educator trainees Salvador Ramon de Pablo and Javier Vergara Cabo, together with Greek trio Michalis Chatziioanou, Nikolaos Chatzinikolaou and Vasilios Lampadochytos. Sicilian Salvatore Pezzano was added to the educator training programme.

Chatziioanou said: “All candidates and deliverers were very keen to learn and coach. The involvement of all in the class meant some great debates and conclusions. All the candidates now have greater tools to develop rugby league back in their country in a better, more competent way.”

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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Rugby League European Federation to hold live draw for U19 Championship on facebook

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DATE: 27 September, 2017

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RLEF TO HOLD LIVE DRAW FOR U19 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSIP 2018

Paul Nicholson, communications director on the board of the RLEF, will conduct the draw for the 2018 U19 European Championship, on Facebook Live at 4pm (UK time) on Friday 29 September. The seven confirmed participants and the winner of the qualification tie between Italy and Ukraine will go into the draw to determine the first round of matches.

The competition, scheduled for Belgrade, Serbia, will see the teams divided into three pots: France and England top seeds; Scotland and Wales second seeds; and the remaining nations, including Ireland, Russia and the hosts in the third grouping.

Double-header match-days will be staged at two venues and all eight nations will play for rankings on finals day on 11 August, which will see the champions crowned.

“Next year will see the adoption of a new RLEF eight-year strategy with an invigorated media component whose purpose will be to raise the profile of the RLEF’s members and competitions,” said general manager Danny Kazandjian, “This early draw will allow the nations to plot their build-up and ensures an exciting launch of what promises to be a fantastic competition which shows the growth of the junior game across the continent.”

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Rugby league in the Netherlands celebrates its best year to date

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FROM: NEDERLANDSE RUGBY LEAGUE BOND

DATE: 27 September, 2017

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DUTCH RUGBY LEAGUE CELEBRATES ITS BEST YEAR YET

The Nederlandse Rugby League Bond has celebrated its busiest season in their 15-year association with the Rugby League European Federation, including an expanded representative calendar, youth programme and domestic championship, as well as elevation to voting membership status within the governing organization.

“We as a board made a conscious decision that developing domestically was to be our main focus and goal,” says development director, Jason Bruygoms, who resurrected the Dutch governing body in 2009.

“That has paid off as we now boast a four-team domestic competition and two of those now have active youth programmes running. We have one or two more clubs wanting to start up and join the competition and, for the first time, the national squad finally celebrated victories, in Germany and then at home to Sweden.”

Holland entered the sport in 1989 when they participated in the Student World Cup in England but since the creation of the NRLB – which became an RLEF Observer in February 2012 and an Affiliate Member in June – there has been a more coherent development path.

Kane Krlic, who this year returned to Holland after a stint working with the Rugby Football League in England, has added his expertise to the technical side whilst the NRLB has also put in place a plan to promote locally-produced coach and match official educators.

“With the sport growing we are at the point where we are now having to start looking at expanding the season so it will no longer only be played during the summer months,” continued Bruygoms.

“Last year we got together on the third Saturday of each month during the winter and this is something we want to continue, offering players more games. For us to grow as a sport we can no longer plan our season around other sports as this will simply hold our progress back.”

Den Haag Knights, current champions Rotterdam Pitbulls, Amsterdam Cobras and new club this year Hardewijk Dolphins, constitute the Dutch championship. Genuine club and player development is something Bruygoms and the NRLB are particularly proud of.

“Seventy-five per cent of our clubs are no longer reliant on outside players anymore which is very positive with players opting for rugby league as their main sport. We need to cater for them in order to keep the momentum going.”

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our season around other sports as this will simply hold our progress back.”

Den Haag Knight, Rotterdam Pitbulls, Amsterdam Cobras and Hardewijk Dolphins, which entered the competition this year, constitute the Dutch championship. Genuine club and player development is something Bruygoms and the NRLB are particularly proud of.

“Seventy-five per cent of our clubs are no longer reliant on union players anymore which is very positive, with players opting for rugby league as their main sport, so we now need to cater for these players in order to keep the momentum going and the sport to continue to grow.”

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Balkan super league semi finalists decided

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From: Serbian Rugby League Federation / Belgrade
Date: 26 September, 2017

BALKAN SUPER LEAGUE SEMI FINALISTS DECIDED

Four Serbian sides will contest the semi-finals of the inaugural Balkan Super League on 4 November. Eight teams entered; five from Serbia, Bulgarians Lokomotiva Sofia, Kadikoy Bulls the champions of Turkey and Bosnian side Vitez – in the first international club comopetition of its kind in the region.

“This has been a major boost for the sport here and a tribute to the pioneering spirit of these clubs,“ said Jovan Vujosevic, Rugby League European Federation Central & Eastern Europe regional director. “It has been a very encouraging start and there have already been indications that more clubs and those from other nations would like to take part next year.“

After the last round of matches, Partizan from Belgrade headed Group A, with Serbian player of the year Vladimir Milutinović prominent, and they will face local rivals Dorćol. Former Serbian champions Red Star were winners of Group B, also remaining unbeaten in their three games, and are set to face Radnički Niš.

Standings:

Group A: Partizan 6 points, Radnički 4 Novi Beograd 2, Vitez 0

Group B: Red Star 6 points, Dorćol 4, Kadikoy Bulls 2, Lokomotiva 0

Contact: Miloš Šakan
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LIVERPOOL UNIVERSITY RUGBY LEAGUE CLUB TO CELEBRATE 50TH ANNIVERSARY IN MARCH 2018

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LIVERPOOL UNIVERSITY RUGBY LEAGUE CLUB TO CELEBRATE THEIR 50TH ANNIVERSARY WITH WEEKEND OF EVENTS

Liverpool University Rugby League Club will be 50 years old on March 15th 2018 and to celebrate the club and its members spanning the full period will be getting together to enjoy a full weekend of activity.

Not only is it the 50th anniversary of the club, which follows on from Leeds University who celebrated in 2017, but it is officially the 50th anniversary of Student Rugby League. On March 15th 1968, Liverpool University hosted Leeds University in the first ever official match between two university teams.

The celebration will include the unveiling of a Blue Plaque on the site of the original game in Widnes, a reception hosted by the university, some games for everyone including the current first team, the women’s team and a very special Masters game which will include players from the pioneering game in 1968 all the way through to the present day.

The celebration will conclude with a Gala Dinner to be held at the Hilton Doubletree Hotel in the city centre on Saturday March 17th 2018, where current players and the players, officials and supporters from across the decades are invited to come along and enjoy time with friends old and new, visit their favourite old haunts and share their stories.

Former Liverpool University Captain and now Chief Operating Officer at the RFL, Ralph Rimmer has welcomed the celebration saying:

“Playing rugby league at university was one of the most enjoyable experiences of my life. I am still friends with many of my team mates from those days and I know that is replicated by most players who have enjoyed Student Rugby League over the years”

“To see the involvement of the current club with pioneers from 50 years ago and all the players in between is a real example of the power of our sport to bring people together”

John Priestley was one of the original organisers of the game after being contacted by Andrew Cudbertson who had been a leading figure in the establishment of the Leeds club. He is looking forward to the opportunity to see and meet people from across the decades who have been able to enjoy rugby league at Liverpool and other universities.

“It is remarkable to see the growth of the student game, I remember in 1968, we struggled to be allowed to play on a university pitch and could not use the changing rooms. Playing my sport with people from every type of background was fantastic and the testimony is that just last month we had our annual trip to Wembley with team mates from that game against Leeds University.”

Organisers are keen to hear from past players from every era and to involve them in the celebrations.

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RLEF Board discusses strategic calendar

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DATE: 21 September, 2017

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RLEF BOARD DISCUSSES STRATEGIC CALENDAR

The RLEF Board has begun discussions about the instigation of a wider European calendar at its latest meeting in their new offices near London Bridge, including evolving the three-tier European Championship and expanding age group competition.

“We made clear progress on the subject of the European Championship,” said RLEF chairman Maurice Watkins. “All parties are very keen to work together to ensure the senior competition is as strong as possible as we enter our new eight-year strategic cycle, and supported by a coherent structure that will offer stability and aspiration to all our members.

“The Board also discussed the results of a membership-wide consultation on increasing the RLEF’s youth competition and we will now continue to work with the them to establish the best possible outcome for the sport.”

The RLEF has confirmed it will conduct a live draw for the 2018 U19 European Championship, which is set to take place in August in Belgrade, Serbia. Top seeds England and France will be kept in opposite groups, as will second tier seeds Wales and Scotland. Details of the full draw – which also includes Ireland, Russia, the hosts and the winner of the qualification match between Italy and Ukraine – will be communicated in due course.

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