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Norway rugby league herald best-ever season

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FROM: RUGBY LEAGUE NORGE

DATE: 30 November, 2017

CONTACT: anne.haigh

NORWAY RUGBY LEAGUE HERALD BEST-EVER SEASON

In their first campaign, Stavanger Storm have finished top of the expanded Norwegian rugby league championship, ahead of Porsgrunn Pirates. The season saw a seven-team competition, with sides spread over 1,800km, complete all the scheduled games, along with the national side competing in four fixtures, all unbeaten, in what is the most successful Norge RL campaign to date.

“Forty games being played without a single forfeit is a major step forward,” said chairman Lee Johnson. “We now look to the future with a strategic plan to develop better skills among the players. We also look forward to taking on new and stronger opposition within Europe and to do our best in the 2021 World Cup qualifiers.”

Norway also played their first junior international in 2017, against Serbia U18s, two 9s tournaments and now have 11 clubs actively training, with three newcomers set to play in the first 9s competition next year.

“We also focus on staging an event rather than a game,” added Johnson. “The intention is to recruit more youngsters to take us to the next level. We have already booked a trip to Serbia for a school team, Nannestad Norsemenn. Clubs are reporting record numbers in training and the interest in rugby league has never been higher. Significantly, the sport has also had a lot of exposure in the media, especially after our Nordic Cup triumph.”

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Cameron Smith and Teuila Fotu-Moala named as Rugby League’s Players of the Year

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Australian Captain Cameron Smith and New Zealand Kiwi Ferns star forward Teuila Fotu-Moala have received the prestigious individual international player awards today (Wednesday) at the official Rugby League World Cup 2017 Grand Final luncheon at the Sofitel Brisbane attended by all four finals teams.

The Australian hooker narrowly edged out Tongan forward Jason Taumalolo with England winger Jermaine McGillvary being named in 3rd place for the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) Golden Boot Award.

The presentation of the RLIF Golden Boot was made by RLIF Chairman Nigel Wood and caps an outstanding year for Smith who has led the undefeated Australian team with distinction, winning his 50th cap for the Kangaroos during 2017.

Smith also won the 2017 Dally M Medal, 11 years after winning his first Medal, and led the Melbourne Storm to the NRL Premiership. He has been an ever-present force in the Australia team during 2017, kicking 24 goals to date in the 2017 World Cup and surpassed Clive Churchill’s record for most consecutive Tests.

RLIF Chairman Nigel Wood said: “Cameron has secured his place as one of the greats in the history of Rugby League.

“His outstanding performances edged out Jason Taumalolo whose performances in this World Cup played a major role in the excitement and colour which Tonga brought to the 2017 World Cup.

“Cameron is a deserving recipient of the Golden Boot and is recognised by his peers and followers of our sport as a truly exceptional player.

“I join the nominations panel and my colleagues on the RLIF Board in congratulating Cameron.”

The presentation of the Women’s World Cup Player of the Tournament was made by RLIF Chief Executive David Collier to the New Zealand star forward Teuila Fotu-Moala.

Fotu-Moala has scored three tries in three games but it is the strength of her defence which has shone the spotlight on her performances.

Nicknamed “Jukebox” by former Australian captain Darren Lockyer, because “the hits keep coming”, she is among the leaders in most statistical categories per game in the World Cup – 3rd for run metres, 3rd for line-breaking assists, 5th for tackle breaks, 2nd for post-contact metres and 6th for line-engaged runs.

Teulia was also named New Zealand Women’s Player of the Year in 2017, establishing her as one of the top female players in the world game.

Collier said: “Teuila has been devastating in both attack and defence and is a punishing runner of the football.

“She has laid the foundation for the Ferns’ outstanding run in the tournament and has been the leading forward in the competition.

“I thank the broadcaster of the women’s event for their role in the nominations process and Rugby League World Cup 2017 for their delivery of the first Women’s World Cup held in parallel with the men’s competition which has significantly enhanced the development of women’s Rugby League.

“I join the Board of the RLIF in congratulating Teuila on this well-deserved award.”

Rugby League fans in Brisbane will be able to see both Smith and Fotu-Moala in action when the double-header World Cup Finals between Australia and New Zealand (women) and Australia and England (men) are held on Saturday at Brisbane Stadium on Saturday (2 December).

Tickets are available from www.rlwc2017.com

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Cameroon rugby league awarded observer status

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DATE: 28 November, 2017

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CAMEROON RUGBY LEAGUE AWARDED OBSERVER STATUS

The RLEF board has awarded observer status to Cameroon Rugby League XIII, an association based in Yaoundé, the nation’s capital city.

“Rugby league will give Cameroonian youth strong human and social values; solidarity, courage and citizenship,” said CRLXIII chairman Samuel Tayou. “Physically, rugby league is well suited to Africans and the game is just spectacular.”

Tayou heads a seven-strong executive committee which was elected by its 26 Directors in 2017, in line with the French system. However, the Cameroon story is now in its sixth year and currently involves eight member clubs: Yaoundé-based Dragons RL, Bulls RL, Raiders RL, Petou Institut RL and Panthers RL; plus Nyété Bulls, Babadjou RL and Kumba RL. Another five clubs are in the process of being formed.

“Everything started in 2012 with (former Kangaroo international) Michael Hancock in Brisbane, who embraced my idea to set up rugby league in Cameroon,” explains Carol Manga, CRLXIII’s general and development manager, who worked in the medical profession in Australia. “Back then I just wanted to give something back to the youth that they could enjoy at home.

“I brought a bit of Cameroon to Australia and now I’ve taken a part of Australia back with me! I would like to thank everyone involved, especially the Australian and Cameroonian governments and rugby league officials Tas Baitieri, Brad Fittler and Remond Safi who supported this idea. Now it’s representing hope to many young people in Cameroon, a way to teach and educate through rugby league.”

The CRLXIII’s current two-year development plan concentrates on four objectives: obtaining government recognition, a target being supported by the French rugby league federation, which is already in correspondence with the Cameroonian sports ministry; the creation of four geographical groups to administer the sport regionally; establishing competition, youth, technical education and development commissions, which will be charged with growing the sport at grassroots level; and entering the Emerging Nations World Cup in Sydney in 2018.

Cameroon is the latest African country to be accepted by the RLEF following Ghana in 2014 and joining Burundi, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. RLEF Middle East Africa director Remond Safi is also reviewing an application from two other African countries, and is in contact with others interested in developing the sport there. He is also drawing up plans to take each country from observer to affiliate member status.

“Africa is an important region for the sport,” said Safi. “It has 1.2 billion people and the African Union recognises 54 countries. Rugby league’s universality will be strengthened through African development and we have the opportunity to partner with many more governments which should eventually lead to IOC and GAISF full member recognition.”

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The Rugby League International Federation congratulates finalists in RLWC2017

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Following a pulsating semi-final between England and Tonga, played in front of a capacity 30,000 crowd in Auckland, England booked their place to face Australia in the Men’s Rugby League World Cup Final in Brisbane on Saturday December 2.

The RLIF Chief Executive David Collier commented:

“The Tonga v England semi- final showcased the very best of Rugby League. The match was honoured by the presence of His Majesty King Tupou VI and the fans support for both teams created an electric atmosphere with the match providing wonderful entertainment for fans around the world.”

“This World Cup has been enriched by the performance and colourful support provided by the Pacific nations and in particular I wish to congratulate Tonga and Fiji on reaching the semi-final stage. For Fiji this was their third consecutive World Cup semi-final but Tonga, in their first semi- final, have provided memories which will live long in the hearts of rugby league supporters.”

Ten time winners Australia will play in their 14th consecutive final against and England whose three wins in World Cup Finals have all been in Great Britain shirts with their most recent win being achieved in 1972. The two nations last met in the Final in 1995 at Wembley when Australia took the Paul Barrière World Cup by the narrow margin of 16-8.

The Kangaroos have been in imperious form conceding only three tries in their five games but will come up against a Wayne Bennett inspired England team who will be looking to avenge the opening game defeat in Melbourne.

The progress which the international game is making has been exemplified by the Women’s World Cup which has been run alongside the Men’s competition with both Finals being played at the Suncorp Stadium on Saturday, a first in world sport.

Following the semi-finals the two outstanding teams in Women’s Rugby League, the Australian Jillaroos and the New Zealand Ferns reached the Final by defeating Canada and England respectively in the semi-finals.

The Women’s player of the tournament will be revealed on Wednesday as part of the Final’s lunch from the following shortlist:

  • Ali Brigginshaw (Australia)
  • Honey Hireme (New Zealand)
  • Teuila Fotu-Moala (New Zealand)

Collier concluded: “I congratulate all the finalists and I would urge fans to come to the Suncorp Stadium to watch what should be a wonderful double header of World Cup Finals”.

Tickets are available via www.rlwc2017.com.

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Rugby League International Federation Announces Short-List For Golden Boot Award

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The most prestigious individual accolade in International Rugby League is set to be awarded at the Gala Finals luncheon on Wednesday November 29 in Brisbane when the Rugby League International Federation will present the iconic RLIF Golden Boot.

The Golden Boot recognises outstanding performance in, and contribution to international Rugby League, and is nominated by a panel comprising international coaches and the media.

Six players from the Australian team, three England players and one each from Fiji, Lebanon, New Zealand and Tonga were nominated by the panel which been whittled down to a four-man shortlist based on those receiving the most nominations.

The shortlist is as follows:

Cameron Smith (Australia)

Jason Taumalolo (Tonga)

Jermaine McGillvary (England)

Suliasi Vunivalu (Fiji)

The nominating panel comprised Kangaroos Coach Mal Meninga, Scotland Coach Steve McCormack together with journalists Steve Mascord and Martyn Sadler.

Cameron Smith, 34 has led the undefeated Australian team with distinction winning his 50th cap for the Kangaroos during 2017. Smith who this season led Melbourne Storm to the Premiership has been an ever present during Australia’s World Cup campaign converting 24 goals and surpassed Clive Churchill’s record for most consecutive Tests with his 36th Australian match in a row in the group game in Canberra.

North Queensland star Jason Taumalolo has been the talisman for Tonga’s remarkable World Cup campaign. Taumalolo, 24, has led the Mate Ma’a from the front with impressive performances in their wins over Scotland, Samoa, New Zealand and Lebanon and became the first forward in NRL history to run for over 5,000 metres in a season during 2017.

Winger Jermaine McGillvary, 29, has had an outstanding World Cup campaign scoring 7 tries for England on their way to the World Cup Final. The Huddersfield Giants star is appearing in his first World Cup and is England’s leading metre maker.

Fiji’s Suliasi Vunivalu is the tournament’s second top try scorer crossing the whitewash 9 times as Fiji have scorched a path to the semi-finals. Vunivalu, 21 made his international debut against Tonga in 2017 and the Melbourne Storm winger has been the stand out player in the Bati’s campaign.

The RLIF Chief Executive David Collier commented:

“The RLIF is grateful for the panel in providing these nominations for the shortlist which represents all four nations competing in the World Cup Semi-Finals. It is an outstanding list which will produce a worthy winner of the Golden Boot when it is awarded at the Finals lunch.”

Having held a highly successful Women’s World Cup in parallel with the Men’s competition the Women’s Player of the World Cup will also be presented at the Finals lunch. The Women’s competition reaches the Semi-Final stage at Cronulla on Sunday November 26 with the Final being played at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane as a double header with the Men’s Final on Saturday December 2.

David Collier further commented:

“The Women’s World Cup has been hugely successful with excellent crowds at Cronulla and is show-casing the huge progress which has been made in Women’s Rugby League. I would encourage all fans of the sport in Sydney to attend the Semi-Finals on Sunday and the Final in Brisbane.”

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Note to editors: The shortlist for the Women’s award will be announced on Sunday November 26 .

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Ukraine rugby league report successful season

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FROM: UKRAINE RUGBY LEAGUE FEDERATION

DATE: 23 November, 2017

CONTACT: Artur Martyrosyan (arturrugby)

LEGION XIII DOMINATE UKRAINIAN SEASON

UFRL president Artur Martyrosyan Jnr has complimented all the sides who played this season, which has seen further, steady progress for the sport . “We have completed another excellent season of senior and junior rugby league,” he said. “I would like to congratulate all the teams that have participated, and those that have had success this year.”

Legion XIII were once again the champion side, beating ‘Sokil’ Lvov in the Grand Final to maintain their run of domestic dominance, 2017 seeing them go through unbeaten and conceding their fewest number of points in games.

In the capital, Spartac Stadium saw locals Kiev RLC – the runners-up in the Cup to Legion – face Veres from Rivne to contest third place, the visitors triumphing 40-26, the match having been level at the break.

Fifth to eighth positions were held respectively by Korzo (Uzhhorod), Korabel (Mykolaiv), MSU (Mukachevo) and Kiev Rebels.

Six teams contested the Cup of Ukraine, played in a 9s format for the first time, in Kiev.

“Competition has been good, participation numbers are increasing and we are looking forward to hearing how the qualifiers will work for the next World Cup after the success of the current one,” Martyrosyan added.

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Lebanon Rugby League Federation buoyed by reaction to World Cup success back home

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Date: 22 November, 2017

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LRLF BUOYED BY REACTION TO WORLD CUP

“Unprecedented media coverage of the Cedars’ World Cup campaign will lead to increased support at all levels,” claims Lebanon Rugby League Federation president Mohamed Habbous, after the side made the quarter finals for the first time, thereby ensuring their qualification for the next tournament in England in 2021.

“After the first-up pool win against France in Canberra they took significant notice,” added Habbous, who hails from Tripoli, north Lebanon. “We’ve been trying to tell them how strong the team is and how powerful a tool it can be to unite the country and they really saw that after that result.”

Before departure to the tournament, LRLF directors Sami Garabedian and Nayef Abisaid appeared on four lengthy TV features with broadcasters OTV, LBC, New TV and Al Manar. LBC and MTV have had reporters in situ following the campaign, and the country’s print media has provided extensive coverage of a sport it has become increasingly familiar with over the past 15 years. All the major radio stations have kept their listeners updated of the historic progress.

In-depth features have also appeared on the BBC, BBC Arabic and in UK newspapers The Times, Guardian and Daily Telegraph, and then Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri tweeted his congratulations following the France victory. The Lebanese fans, in Sydney in particular, made further headlines bringing colour, noise and atmosphere to the games against England and Australia, whilst the nation was on the edge of its seat as the gallant Cedars just went out to Tonga in Wellington.

“We started getting lots more requests from various outlets,” continued Habbous, who played for Balamand university in the LRL competition. “We need to consolidate our position now by driving home how professional the organization is on limited funds and what we’ve accomplished in the name of the country. It’s beyond parallel compared to any other federation here. We can now compete proudly against nations who we could only dream of playing in other sports.”

Minister of State Pierre Raffoul officially represented the president of the republic along with the ambassador and consular general at the match against the Kangaroos, and increased government support is one of the LRLF’s targets, in addition to retaining strong links with the Lebanese-Australian community.

A number of companies are speaking to the LRLF to support multi-year development projects in Lebanon, including funding youth academies and affirmative action to use rugby league players to ensure talent and leadership remains there rather than emigrating.

“Our sponsors have been excellent,” Habbous acknowledged. “We are indebted to Chalouhi, Holdmark, PTC, Dental on Evaline, Zahli, Speedway, Jasaara Construction, Trinity Construction, Icon Construction, Excite and Fita – an impressive list.

“We hope that we have made them proud. Their support means so much to us, without it we couldn’t have done as well as we did. They allowed us to focus on the rugby side of things and we hope their continued support in the future will lead to even better results. We aim to keep the same level of excellence and standards in all our upcoming events, especially the mid-season international just announced against fellow quarter finalists Papua New Guinea.

“We’ve also learned so much about relations with the Australian-Lebanese community. Our mission remains to promote rugby league so that it contributes in some way to the betterment of Lebanon’s civil society.”

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