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Rugby League International Federation obtain GAISF recognition.

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The world governing body for Rugby League, The Rugby League International Federation, was granted Observer Status by GAISF (Global Association of International Sports Federations – formerly SportAccord) at its Council meeting held on January 24th 2018.

Observer Status gives the RLIF the right to attend the GAISF General Assembly and allows it to take advantage of the GAISF network to grow and develop. The GAISF Observer Status has been designed as the first step in the path towards fulfilment of all criteria required for GAISF membership.

RLIF Chief Executive Officer, David Collier OBE, has welcomed the recognition saying:

“We would like to thank the GAISF Council for their grant of Observer status for Rugby League, it will have a positive impact on the RLIF Membership around the globe. We currently have 71 member nations who will all now be able to progress relationships with their own national government and sports organisations. We look forward to taking up our position playing our part at the earliest opportunity.”

“We have seen continued and sustained growth in the membership of the RLIF over the past 8 years and, built upon the interest generated by RLWC2017 in the Men’s, Women’s and Wheelchair formats, we expect to see that growth carry on.”

“I would like to record my thanks on behalf of the Board to the staff and volunteers in our confederations and across the membership for their support and hard work.”

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Rugby League International Federation obtain GAISF Observer status.

Rugby League International Federation obtain GAISF Observer status.

The world governing body for Rugby League, The Rugby League International Federation, was granted Observer Status by GAISF (Global Association of International Sports Federations – formerly SportAccord) at its Council meeting held on January 24th 2018 which gives the RLIF the right to attend the GAISF General Assembly and allows RLIF to take advantage of the GAISF network to grow and develop. The GAISF Observer Status has been designed as the first step in the path towards fulfilment of all criteria required for GAISF membership.

RLIF Chief Executive Officer, David Collier OBE, has welcomed the recognition saying:

“We would like to thank the GAISF Council for their grant of Observer status for Rugby League, it will have a positive impact on the RLIF Membership around the globe. We currently have 71 member nations who will all now be able to progress relationships with their own national government and sports organisations. We look forward to taking up our position playing our part at the earliest opportunity."

"We have seen continued and sustained growth in the membership of the RLIF over the past 8 years and, built upon the interest generated by RLWC2017 in the Men’s, Women’s and Wheelchair formats, we expect to see that growth carry on.”

“I would like to record my thanks on behalf of the Board to the staff and volunteers in our confederations and across the membership for their support and hard work."

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Bosnia and Herzegovina rugby league association recognised and board formed

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Date: 30 January, 2018

Contact: Jovan Vujosevic <Jovan.Vujosevic>

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA RUGBY LEAGUE ASSOCIATION RECOGNISED AND BOARD FORMED

The Bosnia and Herzegovina Rugby League Association has been formally recognised, and established its inaugural board following an assembly in Vitez.

Its objectives for 2018 include further coach and match official education, the setting up of domestic competition and application for Observer status to the Rugby League European Federation.

To assist in its initial aims, the BHRLA has been granted A$7,500 by the Australian Embassy in Vienna from its ‘Direct Aid Program’ to Rugby Club Vitez, for the development of the sport amongst youngsters in the area, specifically the cities of Vitez, Banja Luka and Sarajevo.

Newly-installed BAHRLA president Zeljko Lubanic commented: “We are extremely grateful to the DAP for supporting our project ’Play the ball Bosnia and Herzegovina.’ This significant asset will enable us to continue to delop rugby league amongst younsters. Vitez is geographically located in the heart of the country and we can spread out from there. We intend to encourage youths from Sava to Neum to play which will form the basis for the development of clubs and domestic competition.“

RLEF Regional Director, Jovan Vujosevic, added: “This is a significant moment for the region. After six long years of groundwork, the Bosnia and Herzegovina Rugby League Association has been officially recognised. Continued support from the Australian government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to help the development of rugby league in Balkan area is a vital component and truly appreciated.“

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Successful rugby league coaching and match officials courses run in Ukraine

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FROM: UKRAINE RUGBY LEAGUE FEDERATION

DATE: 28 January, 2018

CONTACT: Artur Martyrosyan (arturrugby)

SUCCESSFUL RUGBY LEAGUE COACHING AND MATCH OFFICIALS COURSES RUN IN UKRAINE

A series of match officials and coaching courses have been successfully undertaken by the Ukrainian Rugby League Federation, in readiness for the start of the newly instituted Joma Super League in mid-March.

Eight new match officials – Denys Cherniev, Roman Bykhov, Olexiy Shkolny, Olexiy Markov, Dmytro Medvedev (all from Kharkiv), Igor Yurkin (Pokrovsk), Viktor Baranov (Kyiv), Maxym Synytsya (Rivne) – qualified, with chairman of the MO and coaches’ committee, Olexander Ivchenko, running the course at the head office of insurance company Knyazha in Kharkіv.

“The courses were very effective,” Ivchenko said. “We considered all the issues raised in the last season, reviewed a lot of video content on refereeing and developed the concept of high-quality officiating for all kinds of domestic competitions.”

At the same time in Kyiv (Kiev), at the Olena Vasylivna Mendel school, the UFRL conducted courses on children’s coaching for the first time, led by New Zealander Ray Murphy.

The programme consisted of three parts; theory, practice and discussion and was structured around children and youth players from the ages of six to 18.

Sixteen participants from eight cities took part – Gennady Veprik, Anatoly Grankovsky (Kharkiv), Igor Yurkin, Vladimir Lysenko (Pokrovsk), Volodymyr Mazepa (Kramatorsk), Volodymyr Radchyk (Rivne), Volodymyr Krutovsky (Ternopil), Bogdan Mykytyuk (Ivano-Frankivsk), Severyn Shkilnyk, Volodymyr Rizov (Lviv) and Artur Martyrosyan, Ruslan Myshko, Zhanna Myshko, Evgen Zubrytskyi, Artem Zakharenko, Viktor Baranov (Kyiv) – all of them passing the course.

“I was very much surprised by the results that have been achieved here over a very short period of time,” Murphy commented. “So many people are working fanatically and diligently developing the sport. I’m sure that in the near future rugby league in Ukraine will gain even more speed.”

PHIL CAPLAN

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Jamaican high school rugby league season begins

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From: JAMAICA RUGBY LEAGUE ASSOCIATION

Contact: Romeo Monteith, JRLA Director of Rugby

Tel: 1-876-460-9901 romeocbar

Date: 26 January, 2018

JAMAICAN HIGH SCHOOL U14 AND U16 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS BEGIN

The 2018 national U14 and U16 high school rugby league championships got off to a promising start, with an increased 19 teams from 11 schools participating, Calabar High the defending champions at both age groups.

In the U14 category, Kingston College, Calabar, Spanish Town and St. Catherine are joined by newcomers, Cedar Grove Academy, Old Harbour and BB Coke High.

Old Harbour won on debut against Kingston College and Cedar Grove Academy’s draw with St. Catherine were the surprise results from round one.

At U16s, Calabar, Kingston College, Campion, Clan Clarty, St. Georges, Spanish Town, St. Catherine, Old Harbour, Bi Walk and BB Coke High are vying for supremacy.

Old Harbour and Cedar Grove, defeating Kingston College and St. Catherine respectively, provided the upsets of the opening week.

Old Harbour coach Devaughn Stewart was upbeat after a winning start in both competitions. “Our team has grown a lot over the past few months. The players are committed and willing, we expect to do well against more seasoned opponents,” he said.

U14 Results

Old Harbour High 32-0 Kingston College

Calabar High 12-8 Spanish Town High

Cedar Grove Academy 8-8 St Catherine High

U16 Results

Old Harbour High 22-0 Kingston College

Calabar High 6-0 Spanish Town High

Cedar Grove Academy 2-0 St Catherine High

BB Coke High 16-10 Campion College

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Serbia rugby league agree three-year partnership with Lionhearts

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DATE: 14 January, 2018

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SERBIA RUGBY LEAGUE AGREE THREE-YEAR PARTNERSHIP

The Serbian Rugby League Federation is to further enhance its links with the English regions by signing a three-year deal with the Yorkshire Men’s League, as part of the Rugby Football League’s Lionhearts programme.

The Lionhearts will travel to Belgrade in 2018 and 2020, with a Serbian select touring Yorkshire in 2019 for the first time.

SRLF general secretary, Slobodan Manak commented: “We are very excited and want to thank both the RFL and RLEF for enabling this long term association. For the past few years matches between Serbia and the English Lionhearts have always been very exciting to watch and good preparation for our players – from which they have learned and developed.

“This is a step forward because it is the first time we plan to come to England and we are all very thrilled at the prospect.”

“The Yorkshire Men’s League is delighted to be entering into such a partnership,” said programme manager Chris Spurr. “This formal agreement builds on previous tours, coaching and match official development programmes with Serbia. We look forward to visiting the beautiful city of Belgrade in 2018.”

Two games will be played in the Serbian capital, on 22 and 24 June. In 2016, Serbia narrowly went down 16-14 at home to the YML Lionhearts.

Although the Lionhearts have been touring Europe for over a decade, two years ago the RLEF and RFL agreed to a more strategic direction including three-year, reciprocal agreements to ensure continuity and advance planning, and targeting the nations at European Championship B level.

Discussions are ongoing between other RFL regions and Russia and Italy to agree similar partnerships.

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RUGBY LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION APPOINTS NIGEL WOOD AS CEO

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RUGBY LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION APPOINTS NIGEL WOOD AS CEO

The Rugby League International Federation has appointed RFL and Super League CEO Nigel Wood to be its new Chief Executive. The unanimous decision was taken by the RLIF Board following the successful staging of the Rugby League Men’s and Women’s World Cups in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. Wood will take up the office later in the year and will follow inaugural CEO David Collier OBE into the role. He will also stand down as RLIF Chairman as a consequence. The RLIF board will consider nominations for its next Chair in February 2018.

RLIF Deputy Chairman John Grant said “We are delighted to have reached an agreement with Nigel to take over as the executive lead for the RLIF at this time. Nigel is a 10 year CEO with a proven track record as a Rugby League Administrator of the highest standard, is respected on both sides of the world, has an intimate understanding of the complex relationship between domestic and international rugby league, and provides a fast start in the role at a time when capitalising on the momentum created by the 2017 World Cups is critical.”

John Grant added “The RLIF board determined that the board’s Nominations Committee from Australia, New Zealand and Europe should in the first instance undertake a rigorous process with Nigel as its internal candidate to confirm his willingness and suitability to take the role. Failing this, it was then to undertake an external process. The Committee was swayed not only by Nigel’s clear experience but also by his deep knowledge and sincere passion for international rugby league. Its recommendation that he was the right person to take the international game forward at the very exciting but challenging time was adopted unanimously by the full board”

Senior Director and member of the Nominations Committee, John Bishop from NZRL, said “I have worked with Nigel for two World Cup cycles now and numerous international Tournaments and have seen first-hand his endeavours for the international game. The next few years are vital for international rugby league and the Board believe Nigel is undoubtedly the right person to be bring focus and energy to our plans.”

Nigel Wood said “I feel honoured and humbled to be asked to serve the RLIF as CEO for the next phase of its development. International Rugby League is a wonderful and essential aspect of our sport as the images, testimonials and emotions of the recent World Cups have once again demonstrated. I believe these are exciting times as more and more people recognise the role of international rugby league has in developing the whole sport. New countries and investors are attracted to our sport and I look forward to working with all parties, clubs and other key stakeholders to ensure that we give players, supporters and commercial and broadcast partners the most compelling international calendar that we possibly can.”

NOTE TO EDITORS

The Rugby League International Federation has held its three World Cups in 2017. France defeated England in the final of the Rugby League Wheelchair World Cup, Australia defeated New Zealand in the finals of the Women’s World Cup and Australia defeated England in final of the Men’s World Cup.

In the recent Women’s World Cup, Canada, Papua New Guinea and Cook Islands made their first appearances. In the Men’s Tournament Papua New Guinea staged World Cup matches for the first time and Tonga reached a World Cup semi-final for the first time.

The RLIF has 71 affiliated members, the latest full membership by awarded to Italy in November 2017.

In addition to Men’s, Women’s and Wheelchair World Cup, the RLIF held World Tournaments for the Armed Services and Students in 2017.

Rugby League 9’s will be showcased at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

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