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Lebanon rugby league coaching & match officials taking success back home

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Date: 31 October, 2017

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LEBANON RUGBY LEAGUE COACHING & MATCH OFFICIALS TAKING SUCCESS BACK HOME

Whilst the national team prepare for Saturday’s match against England in the World Cup, a quartet of domestic coaches and match officials from Lebanon are on an equally important mission in Sydney, attending a series of courses to augment their knowledge and experience.

Thanks to a A$30,000 grant from the Australian government’s Council of Arab-Australian Relations, the Lebanese Rugby League Federation has sent four trainee educators – Wissam Chami, Gaby Haddad, Lara Saba and Jad Esseilly – to the ‘LRLF-NRL Rugby League Education Program.’ All are graduates of the LRLF’s domestic technical development system.

“I’ve been involved with Lebanese rugby league since 2006 during my first year in university,” said Haddad, who, along with Chami, is responsible for the future of Lebanese coach education, having first become qualified in 2010. “In 2007 I joined ‘Club Libanais’ which was the first rugby league club in the country besides the universities.”

Like Haddad and Chami, Esseily, who was appointed LRLF match official coordinator last year, started playing at university, with AUST and then Balamand. Saba, one of three women referees in Lebanon rugby league, gravitated towards the sport solely to pursue her interest in officiating.

“It was a new sport for all of us and I loved it,” noted Chami, who now coaches a college side. “In Lebanon, rugby league is still undermined as a sport because we don’t have enough facilities. We have been working for years to create a stronger base of Lebanon-based players – that is our goal.”

All four believe that the spotlight on the World Cup, and the nation’s first-ever win at the tournament over France last weekend, can only help the sport grow back home, with greater visibility helping to attract more players and public support from the crucial ministries of education, and youth and sport.

“In Lebanon’s rugby league community all eyes are now on the national team,” said Esseily. “They are creating a dream and giving hope to every rugby player to get to their level which will push up the standards.”

“There’s a lot of work to do,” admits Saba. “The improvements are happening and by giving us this opportunity to learn and deliver our knowledge to the Lebanese rugby league community, we’ll be able to influence generations to come.”

Haddad claimed that the concept of Lebanon as a rugby league country is slowing gaining traction in a country without any great sporting culture: “In Lebanon, I believe almost everyone knows of rugby league and what we achieved. The sport has the potential to become really popular as it appeals to our youth’s mentality.”

The Beirut development officer and assistant coach to Liban Espoir (U20/21 national team) and the Junior Cedars (U18/19) is intent on increasing the number of schools involved in the U16 and U18 championships as a result.

Saba, who is also an assistant coach with one of the schools, acknowledged that the opportunity to learn more about her craft in Australia has been, “One of the happiest moments of my life. I really hope rugby league will grow more and more and I’m sure it will, especially its role in guiding young people to deal with hardships. More wins from the Cedars will have a huge impact in Lebanon.”

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Poland rugby league gears up for inaugural Grand Final on Sunday

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DATE: 27 October, 2017

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POLSKA RUGBY XIII LOOK FORWARD TO CHAMPIONSHIP FINALE

Łódź Magpies and Piotrków Wolfpack will contest the inaugural Polish Rugby League Grand Final on Sunday, at the PCS Staium in the District Sports Center in Bełchatów (kick off midday).

It will see the culmination of the first-ever Polish Rugby League Championship, which has involved five clubs competing in four qualifying tournaments over the past two months, the contestants determined by accumulating points from the festivals. The other clubs taking part were Tomaszów Wild Bears, Sparta Brzeziny and Łódź Builders.

Polska Rugby XIII chairman Lucasz Lucka said: “Rugby league is a new sport in our country. This season is the first time in which the official Polish championship has taken place in this format and history is about to be made crowning the first champions.

“Credit must go to the volunteers of the five clubs who have taken part, it’s not an easy task establishing clubs in a new sport and the whole of the Polish rugby league community should be proud with what they have achieved.”

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Spain rugby league look to add to coach educators ahead of new season

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DATE: 26 October, 2017

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NEW SPANISH COACH EDUCATORS BEGIN THEIR JOURNEY

Two new Spanish coach educator-candidates continued their development journey in Valencia, as the Asociacion Española de Rugby League hosted a Level 1 coaching course before the start of its new season. The course, which was also attended by Rugby League Ireland’s Wayne Kelly, was a part of the EU-backed Training and Education Portal project, and built around a Valencian 9s tournament played between six clubs.

Salvador Ramon de Pablo and Javier Vergara Cabo have been identified by AERL to join qualified Level 1 educator Aitor Davila to strengthen Spain’s coach education ranks. Vergara is based in Seville, giving AERL a greater spread of technical know-how outside of its Valencian base.

Vergara said: “The courses were a great experience, helping me to improve my knowledge and consolidate what I’d already been taught by the AERL. The tutoring has helped me to confront with confidence the growth of rugby league in Andalusia and to be able to plan training and evaluate my players properly.

“It was wonderful to be able to meet coaches and referees from other nations who have a level of development similar to that of Spain and to be able to contrast and exchange experiences and ideas about managing training and problem solving that we face every day.”

Belfast-based Kelly added, “From what I saw at the 9s tournament, there is a lot of potential for the game in Spain and the more active coaches learning the basics of the game, the better the standard will become.”

The course was overseen by RLEF coaching manager Martin Crick. “Both of the new educators were hugely enthusiastic, and very committed,” he noted. “Salva is a teacher and a dynamic deliverer. However, neither has extensive knowledge of the game and will require more training, which is built into our continuing professional development system.”

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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Belfast-based Kelly, himself an educator-candidate who is currently working towards achieving that qualification, said, “I thought the participants were very enthusiastic and hungry to learn. From what I saw at the 9s tournament there is a lot of potential with the game in Spain and the more active coaches learning the basics of the game, the better the standard will become.”

The course was overseen by Crick, who has now evaluated three courses in Valencia and has seen the impressive development of Davila in particular. “Aitor’s delivery both in the classroom and on the field is very competent,” said Crick. “One of the main aims of the weekend was to train two new educators to assist Aitor, who is overworked. Both were hugely enthusiastic, and very committed. Salva is a teacher, and a dynamic deliverer. However, neither has extensive knowledge of the game and will require more training, which is built into our continuing professional development system.”

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 World Rankings released ahead of World Cup 2017

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The Rugby League World Rankings have been updated prior to the kick-off of the 15th World Cup in Melbourne on Friday.

Two of the participants, Lebanon – up three places to 18th and Italy – who rise two to 12th – are amongst the main movers since May; along with the Netherlands, Hungary and Vanuatu.

Cedars head coach Brad Fittler commented: “It’s really encouraging news on the verge of the tournament, to hear that we are rising in the rankings. It’s a great boost as we go into our group games with Australia, England and France and a further yardstick to measure ourselves by – it gives us encouragement to aim even higher and break into the top ten.”

Results in the World Cup could see Australia, co-hosts New Zealand or even England – if they win the World Cup for the first time since 1972 and the Antipodens both have poor tournaments – end the campaign as the number one ranked nation.

Should they make the quarter finals, Scotland will most-likely retain their high spot of fourth gained after their showing last year’s Four Nations tournament.

The biggest movement is expected to be between positions six and 12 which gives every group game added importance, allied to the fact that the eight quarter finalists in 2017 will automatically qualify for the 2021 World Cup in England, which will be boosted to 16 nations.

Full rankings are below and at RLIF.com

  1. Australia
  1. New Zealand
  1. England
  1. Scotland
  1. Samoa
  1. France
  1. Fiji
  1. Ireland
  1. Wales
  1. USA
  1. Tonga
  1. Italy
  1. Jamaica
  1. Serbia
  1. Canada
  1. PNG
  1. Malta
  1. Lebanon
  1. Russia
  1. Belgium
  1. Spain
  1. Norway
  1. Greece
  1. Cook Islands
  1. Ukraine
  1. Czech Republic
  1. Netherlands
  1. Germany
  1. Hungary
  1. Sweden
  1. Niue
  1. Denmark
  1. South Africa
  1. Philippines
  1. Vanuatu
  1. Thailand
  1. Chile
  1. Solomon Islands
  1. El Salvador
  1. Uruguay
  1. Bulgaria
  1. Latvia
  1. Morocco

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RLIF Chief wishes teams well for Rugby League World Cup

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The pinnacle of international Rugby League competition, the Men’s and Women’s World Cups start in Australia on Friday October 27th when Australia host England in the opening game of the Men’s competition in Melbourne as 6 weeks of intense competition begins.

During the competition, leaders of the sport from all corners of the world will gather for the RLIF Annual General Meeting and to receive the Annual Review. It will be a momentous few weeks for Italy who have not only qualified for the Men’s World Cup but have also passed the criteria required for nomination as a Full Member of the RLIF at the AGM in Sydney on 1 November.

David Collier OBE, RLIF Chief Executive Officer, is looking ahead to the competition and to meeting with the RLIF members from around the globe.

“RLWC2017 will be a fantastic experience as the 14 best male teams in the world fight for their place in the final and for our female teams to showcase the progress made in Women’s Rugby League. There will be games played over an extensive geographical area, taking in New Zealand and Papua New Guinea as well as the major centres across Australia. Thousands of fans will enjoy the games in the stadia and millions will watch on TV, it is a great showcase for the sport.”

“Rugby League has had another good year in 2017, our membership has grown to 71 nations and our Annual Review demonstrates the progress made within every continent.”

“The World Cup is an amazing experience for everyone involved and I send my best wishes to the host organisers, the competing teams, the officials and all supporters. The Host Nations have worked exceptionally hard to get to this stage and now we can focus on the excitement on the pitch.”

One important part of David Collier’s journey to Sydney will be to transport with him the RLIF Golden Boot Trophy. At the conclusion of the tournament the best player in the world will be awarded the Golden Boot for 2017. There are several outstanding contenders but it is likely that a strong performance at RLWC2017 will provide the judging panel with the compelling evidence to make their final choice.

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Norway hold on to defeat Czech Republic in rugby league Test match

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FROM: CZECH RUGBY LEAGUE ASSOCIATION

DATE: 22 October, 2017

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NORWAY HOLD ON TO DEFEAT CZECH’S

A hat trick from winger Ole Magnus Brekk proved to be the difference as Norway held on, despite a late Czech fight back, to win 30-26 in Krupka; the nations sharing 12 tries.

The hosts took an early lead when second rower Richard Gach crashed over for an unconverted score, Brekk responding with two tries in nine minutes, both out wide and unconverted.

Czech best, hooker Ales Pour, levelled in the 20th minute, Jakub Hudrlik wayward with his conversion, but the visitors dominated the second quarter to establish a 24-8 lead at the break.

The Vikingene posted three tries in that period, two to right winger Leif Andreas Nilsen, loose-forward Isaac Schmidt with the other; skipper Nathan Cummins adding the extras to two of them.

Home captain Jan Heininger narrowed the gap in the 50th minute, Trondhjem’s Brekk completing his treble soon after, Stavanger Storm’s Cummins with his third goal.

Vrchlabi Mad Squirrels’ rake Pour grabbed his second just before the hour and late scores from Jaroslav Bzoch and Pavel Pavlik nearly saw the hosts overcome the deficit, but their sole goal from Ladislav Cintler – their third kicker – was not quite enough.

CZECH REPUBLIC 26

Adam Vojtech, Vladimir Pleskač, Jaroslav Bzoch, Martin Kostal, Ladislav Cintler, Jakub Hudrlik, Bruno Jasiczek von Castello, Ales Pour, Ondrej Preninger, Pavel Pavlik, Richard Gach, Jan Heininger (c)

Subs: Tomáš Adamec, Pavel Mejstřík, David Lahr, Oldřich Chrbolka

Tries: Gach (1), Pour (18, 59), Heininger (50), Bzoch(69), Pavlik(79)

Goals: Hudrlik 0/2, Vojtech 0/2, Cintler 1/2

NORWAY 30

Reidar Flage, Leif Andreas Nilsen, Kevin Båtnes, Kristian Nordin-Skipnes, Ole Magnus Brekk, Torbjørn Thorsen Egaas, Nathan Cummins, Sjur Håvard Strand, Kristoffer Milligan, Mathias Vada Stenseth-Holm, Joshua Skidmore-Hornby, Isaac R. Schmidt

Subs: Lucas Zuniga, Stephen Skofteland, Christoffer Stalsberg, Ravn Arvidsønn

Tries: Brekk (5, 14, 57), Nilsen (24, 39), Schmidt (33)

Goals: Cummins 3/6

Half time: 8-24

Referee: Lukas Hergott

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Successful year for German rugby league

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Date: 18 October, 2017

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GERMAN RUGBY LEAGUE REPORT SUCCESSFUL 2017

Dramatic victory over Wales Dragonhearts, 38-34, in Cardiff last Saturday marked a highly satisfactory 2017 for rugby league in Germany.

“This year has has seen consolidation and some steps forwards,” said joint national coach Bob Doughton.

One of the major successes has been the introduction of the regionally-based domestic BundesLeague, featuring four teams; Northern Devils, Grüne Jäger, Ruhrpott Rhinos and champions Ostwestfalen. “The tournament not only gave the players greater match practice but enabled the national coaching staff to make adjustments and develop them as the tournament unfurled,” Doughton added.

“It produced a lot of new, local players with some going on to make their international debuts like prop Renko Flemming (Northern Devils) and wing Presley Chirombe (Grüner Jäger). Two young talents for the future to watch out for are 16 year-olds Liam Bons (Northern Devils) and Dennis Tumme (Ruhrpott Rhinos).”

In the first international of the season, a narrow defeat to Holland in Osnabruck, the German side consisted solely of those playing in the domestic league and afterwards, both nations’ boards agreed to discuss how to increase cross-border participation levels.

“The victory in Wales was something special,” Doughton confirmed. “It was the first time that the national team had been in a country where rugby is the national sport and people in the street knew what rugby league is.

“It was doubly significant as Wales is our mentor country and there is a great rapport between the management and staff of both organisations. The WRL have helped with advice on administrative matters and they are a great support in the development of our organisation.”

Doughton noted: “All along it has been the intention of the national coaches to expose the better domestic players to the highest grade of opposition. That can only be done with the inclusion of the heritage players such as long-serving stalwart Andy Hoggins from Oxford and last year Ben White of Swinton and Ben Dent of York.

“This year also saw the inclusion of Dan Pearson from Sherwood Wolf Hunt and the return of Super League Grand Final winner Jimmy Keinhorst from Leeds Rhinos after a five-year absence. An influential inclusion this time has been half-back Brad Billsborough from St.Helens, currently playing for their Academy and the Reserve sides.

“He has a gift for organisation and communication – at only 19 he has a maturity beyond his years. All of these players helped the domestic guys rise to a level of performance which would have been otherwise unattainable.”

NRLD has also developed an active youth programme. There is a weekly session at an omni-sports club in Hattingen and various school activities ranging from regular weekly gatherings to six-week courses. In all, some 100 children have received bespoke rugby league activity this year.

According to Doughton: “The most exciting development, though, is the formation of the new club in Dortmund, Ruhrpott Rhinos, which is the first purely rugby league club in Germany. Dortmund is the twin city of Leeds and the Ruhrpott Rhinos will become a partner club of Leeds Rhinos.

“Discussions have already taken place with members of Dortmund City Council about using the link to revive the Twin City programme, which is currently inactive. We have coached at various schools and events in the city, including at summer camps. We have a lot of work to do but we are convinced that there is a lot of potential to develop the sport in the area. It won’t be quick but the potential is very exciting.”

Importantly to maintain the progress, a German TV channel, Pro Sieben MAXX, has just announced that it will show the complete 2017 Rugby League World Cup free-to-air in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

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