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RUGBY LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION (RLIF) ELECTS NEW OFFICERS

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The Board of Directors of the RLIF has elected recently retired Chairman of the Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC), John Grant, as RLIF Chairman.

He succeeds Nigel Wood who has been appointed as RLIF Chief Executive upon David Collier’s retirement in May.

As the inaugural Chairman of the ARLC since its formation in 2012, John has overseen significant development of rugby league both on and off the field in Australia and, as an RLIF Director since 2014, he has contributed to expansion of rugby league internationally culminating in the successful Men’s and Women’s Rugby League World Cups in Australia, New Zealand and PNG in 2017.

Prior to his roles in administration of rugby league, John enjoyed a pioneering career in the ICT Sector as Managing Director of ASX listed Data#3 Limited from 1997 until 2015. He was honoured in 2010 with Australia’s most prestigious Information and Technology Award for services to the IT Sector, the Pearcey Medal.

John represented Queensland and Australia at Rugby League and was a member of the 1972 Australia World Cup Squad.

He brings a unique blend of business acumen and International Rugby League experience to leadership of RLIF.

John Grant paid tribute to the work of Nigel Wood commenting:

‘Nigel has led the International Federation for the past 3 and a half years and has been instrumental in championing the case for International Rugby League. His appointment as Chief Executive to succeed David Collier will bring a wealth of Rugby League experience to the Federation and the Board wishes Nigel every success in his new role.’

The Board also elected Graeme Thompson, one of the Rugby League European Federation’s (RLEF) representatives on the RLIF Board, as RLIF Deputy Chairman. Graeme is a former Scotland International before becoming the first Rugby League Development Officer for Scotland. Graeme subsequently joined the Rugby Football League’s Performance team becoming Performance Director in 2006 and England Team Manager for the 2008 World Cup. He was appointed as Performance Director for GB Water Polo and GB Curling and has been an RLIF Board Director since 2011.

Sally Bolton, an RLEF Director, announced her resignation from the RLIF Board, following her new role at the All England Club as Director of strategy and planning. John Grant commented:

‘Sally has made a significant contribution to the RLIF Board following her leadership of the 2013 World Cup organisation. We will greatly miss Sally’s insight and experience and wish her every success in her new role at the All England Club.

Sally’s replacement will be nominated by the Rugby League European Federation. ‘

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Rugby League European Federation increases local player quota as Bolton stands down

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FROM: RLEF MEDIA DEPARTMENT

DATE: 26 February 2018

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RLEF INCREASES LOCAL PLAYER QUOTA AS BOLTON STANDS DOWN

Following its latest meeting in London, the RLEF board of directors has confirmed the minimum number of domestic quota players in all official RLEF competitions will be increased.

A resolution proposed by Wales Rugby League and seconded by the Federation Française de Rugby a XIII was carried 30 votes-to-nil which will see the minimum number of domestic quota players increase from two in a 17-man-squad to four, effective immediately. The resolution will apply to all levels of the European Championship and any future official tournament within the RLEF’s jurisdiction.

“The board was very pleased to see action resulting from debate on this subject in council in Belgrade last summer,” said RLEF general manager Danny Kazandjian. “But more than just the result of the resolution itself, the RLEF is particularly pleased to see members taking democratic steps to shape policy, a sign of the growing confidence and self-assurance of our members.”

Member of the board Blagoje Stoiljkovic reported on preparations for the eight-nation European U19 tournament, which kicks off on 5 August in Belgrade, whilst the board adopted the tender document for future events as well as the timetable up to 2024, which will ensure hosts are announced three years prior to each tournament.

Sally Bolton announced her resignation from the RLEF board, following her new role at the All England Club as director of strategy and planning. “I have enjoyed my time on the RLEF Board, contributing to the development of the sport in Europe,” said Bolton, who joined in October 2015. “I wish the RLEF well in its next stage of development.”

Kazandjian commented: “On behalf of the whole organisation I would like to thank Sally for her service in what has been a successful period of change, and wish her well in her new role at Wimbledon.”

Bolton has also resigned from the RLIF board, where she sat as one of the RLEF’s two nominated directors. The RLEF will begin recruiting for a new independent director and will nominate a replacement on the RLIF board in due course.

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Famous Serbian and Russian clubs join forces in rugby league tie up

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DATE: 22 February, 2018

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FAMOUS SERBIAN AND RUSSIAN CLUBS JOIN FORCES

The rugby league clubs of Partizan Belgrade and CSKA Moscow have announed a a joint initiative that will see Partizan tour Moscow from the 23-26th March, to initiate a twinning arrangement.

Both are part of large mutil-sport organizations and have a similar history, formed by the armies of Yugoslavia (Partizan) and the Soviet Union Red Army (CSKA). Respective presidents of their rugby league sections Partizan’s Admir Hadzic and Denis Korolev of CSKA met in Belgrade in July last year to set out the details of this historic tour.

“The initiative for cooperation came from Denis, who contacted RLEF regional director Jovan Vujosevic, and we immediately accepted because we consider this an exceptional opportunity to play a match between the champions of Russia and the winner of the Balkan Super League,“ said Hadzic.

“The agreement is an annual one, one year Partizan will travel to Russia and next year CSKA will come to Serbia. Both clubs beleive that coopeartion like this can raise the level of rugby league in both countries and animate football fans of both clubs to support and watch the games. Such cooperation can also bring in new sponsors and media coverage.“

Head of the board of trustees at CSKA, Alexei Mitryushin, added: “An old friendship will be secured by this rugby match. For CSKA it is an important game in preparation for the beginning of the season but more it offers a hand of friendship. We are waiting for our Serbian brothers!”

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Red Star win Serbian Rugby League Super Cup

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Date: 21 February, 2018

RED STAR TAKE SRL SUPER CUP

The traditional season-opener, the Serbian Super Cup between the winners of the domestic and Balkan Super Leagues, saw Red Star defeat Belgrade rivals Partizan 42-26 at the BASK Arena.

Red Star, under new Australian coach Trevor Smith started superbly, with three tries in the opening 20 minutes from Rajko Trifunović, Stefan Nikolić and Denis Čengaj, all goaled by Vojislav Dedić to give them an 18-0 lead.

Partizan countered with tries from Miloš Đurković and prop Ronaldo Bitići, and when Dario Abidinović crossed soon after the break, the lead was cut just to six points at 20-14.

From there the red and whites regained their dominance with four unanswered touchdowns, Australian import Jack O’Brien running the length of the field and then setting up another score from long range for Miloš Zogović which proved to be the game definer.

In the last quarter, Partizan rallied to claim the last two tries despite having Dušan Milutinović sent off, three other players in total being yellow-carded in a typically no-holds barred encounter between the sides.

It was the second time Red Start have picked up the SRL Super Cup and the 13th victory in 20 matches in all competitions against their biggest rivals.

RED STAR 42

Miloš Zogović, Rajko Trifunović, Denis Čengaj, Petar Milanović, Vuk Štrbac, Stefan Nikolić, Vojislav Dedić, Slobodan Milenković, Vladislav Dedić, Nenad Žujić, Aleksandar Đorđević, Stefan Nedeljković, Jack O’Brien

Rezerve: Ilija Krstić, Adam Pavlović, Sam Heron, Slobodan Manak

Tries: Rajko Trifunović (’10), Stefan Nikolić (’19), Denis Čengaj (’21), Jack O’Brien (’45), Žujić (’52), Miloš Zogović (’56), Vojislav Dedić (’59)

Goals: Vojislav Dedić 7/8

Sin bin: Denis Čengaj

PARTIZAN 26

Mihajlo Ilić, Dario Abidinović, Džavid Jašari, Pavle Vojinović, Leo Dodić, Vladimir Milutinović, Aleksa Milković, Ronaldo Bitići, Dušan Milutinović, Branko Čarapić, Nikola Srbljanin, Vlado Kušić, Denis Bajrami

Rezerve: Žarko Kovačević, Mihajlo Stoiljković, Miloš Đurković.

Tries: Miloš Đurković (’23), Ronaldo Bitići (’39), Dario Abidinović (’42), Dušan Milutinović (’72), Mihajlo Ilić (’80)

Goals: Džavid Jašari 3/5

Sin bin: Leo Dodić, Vladimir Milutinović

Sent off: Dušan Milutinović

Half time: 20-10

Referee: Radoslav Novaković (Belgrade)

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Democratic Republic of Congo joins rugby league

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DATE: 1 February, 2018

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DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO JOINS RLEF

The RLEF board has awarded Congo Rugby League observer status. The organisation, which is recognised by the country’s sports ministry, is based in Kivu in the east, close to the Burundian border. CRL is constituted by seven community organisations.

RLEF Middle East Africa director Remond Safi commented: “It’s great to see another African nation join the rugby league family and aiding the sport’s recently successful GAISF member application. Congo Rugby League has plans to take the sport throughout the country and expand into the capital, Kinshasa. The MEA region is taking shape with plans being discussed to strengthen the nations and provide technical education to develop the sport to a high standard.”

M. Kajibwami, president of CRL added: “We would like to thanks Monsieur Shombo [Uvira region head of sports services, ministry of youth and sport], southern hemisphere development officer Tas Baitieri for the supply of equipment, and Remond Safi for his counsel and advice to help grow our sport. We are excited by what is ahead.”

Since Ghana joined the RLEF in 2013, several other African nations have followed including Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Burundi and Cameroon, with more African and Middle Eastern nations preparing applications.

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