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CSKA win first Army Unity rugby league cup

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DATE: 28 March, 2018

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CSKA WIN FIRST ARMY UNITY CUP

A Vasili Drozdov goal, conveting a last-gasp try from centre Dmitri Leskov, sealed an astonishing comeback from Moscow’s CSKA, as they defeated Partizan from Belgrade 38-36 in the inauguaral Army Unity Cup at the MBA Stadium.

The hosts were 16 points down with barely five minutes remaing in minus three degrees temperature but thrilled their fans in an astonishing finish.

Tries from Mihajlo Ilić and Dario Abidinović and two Džavid Jašari goals gave the visitors and early 12-0 advantage, CSKA replying through Leskov’s first touchdown. Partizan led 18-16 at the break, Ilić with a second score, and two Vladimir Milutinović tries in the second half seemed to have given them the win.

But three tries in the closing minutes, two from Leskov and another via Tariel Dzavadzasvili saw CSKA home.

Partizan coach Admir Hadzic, whose side travelled 2,000km for the game, said: “I can’t say the score didn’t matter, but more important is that we made the trip and that a tradition was officially started. We are looking forward to hosting our Russian friends next year in Belgrade.”

CSKA 38

Kiril Boz, Igor Avramov, Kiril Borisov, Dmitri Leskov, Sergei Muncan, Jon Kriste, Aleksandr Lysokon, Ustin Petruška, Vladimir Panschacev, Tariel Dzavadzasvili, Vasili Drozdov, Nikolai Zagoskin, Aleksandr Naumov

Subs: Denis Tulenev, Aleksei Smakov, Aleksandr Aleksandrov, Vladimir Soldatov.

Tries: Leskov (26, 78, 80), Lysokon (37), Drozdov (40, 75), Dzavahavsvili (76)

Goals: Lysokon 1/1, Aleksandrov 1/2, Drozdov 4/4

PARTIZAN 32

Dragan Jovanović, Pavle Vojinović Vladimir Milutinović, Nikola Srbljanin, Kosta Stojiković, Branko Čarapić, Džavid Jašari, Dušan Milutinović, Mihailo Ilić, Dario Abidinović, Leo Dodić, Denis Bibić, Vlado Kušić

Subs: Mihailo Stoiljković, Aleksa Milković, Ronaldo Bitići, Denis Bajrami.

Tries: Milutinović (44, 62), Mihajlo Ilić (11, 33), Dario Abidinović (19)

Goals: Džavid Jašari 6/6

Half time: 16-18

Attendance: 500

Referee: Aleksandr Zukov (Russia)

Touch judges: Sergej Dobronian (Russia) Vladan Kikanović (Serbia)

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Lebanon Rugby League Federation debt free as president stands down

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Date: 27 March, 2018

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LEBANON RL FEDERATION DEBT FREE AS PRESIDENT STANDS DOWN

Further to a board meeting of the LRLF, president Mohamad Habbous has commented: “On the back of a successful World Cup campaign – and year generally – we are looking forward to ushering in an exciting new era. For the first time in its 17-year history the LRLF is debt free, meaning that we have stability to grow through the next period.

He added: “We have a strong stable of committed sponsors who believe in our mission; to positively impact Lebanon’s civil society through its citizens. We acknowledge that there is a lot of work to do with our structure and we have reached out to all our stakeholders to discuss the future.

“It is also my intention not to stand for re-election as president later this year. I have been involved with Lebanese rugby league since its inception in the country and, prior to the World Cup, I had taken this decision with my family. I am happy to have given everything for this sport and watch it grow to what it is today.”

Habbous continued: “I will look back and be proud of what we have accomplished at the LRLF, especially with all the headwinds Lebanon has faced over the years. But I look forward to the future even more: Lebanese rugby league has even more potential to grow and become an increasingly important sport in the country.”

Governance reform will feature as part of a new four-year strategy which will introduce amendments to the federation’s operating structure including new membership requirements, performance related funding packages and compliance, to ensure better organised and structured community clubs.

The appointment of a new technical team including a head coach and a performance director – who will be responsible for preparing all junior representatives teams, including targeting qualification for the U19 European Championship in 2020 – is also underway.

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The road to the 2021 Rugby League World Cup begins in Vrchlabi

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DATE: 26 March, 2018

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THE ROAD TO THE 2021 RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP BEGINS IN VRCHLABI

The town of Vrchlabi will host the preliminary stage of the European qualifying route to the 2021 Rugby League World Cup in England, when the Czech Republic host Norway on 30th June.

It will be the opening fixture in Euro C which will comprise six nations split north and south. Germany are the other nation in the north group; Greece, Malta and Ukraine in the south. The respective group winners will face an elimination game at a neutral venue for promotion to Euro B and a place in the next stage of World Cup qualification, which will take place in autumn 2019.

Euro B will be played in October 2018 between Russia, Spain and Serbia, with the top two advancing to the 2019 qualification tournament and the bottom nation relegated to Euro C.

RLIF Chief Executive Officer David Collier said: “Integrating competitions with the European World Cup qualifiers provides added meaning to the games, which is one of the international federation’s key objectives.

“The increasing number of member nations vying for a World Cup berth is further evidence of the growth of the sport, while the launch of preliminary qualification comes a year earlier than for the 2017WC, which is another sign that significant tournaments are being strategically positioned in the RLIF calendar.”

Further details of the next stage of European qualifying will be announced shortly, Netherlands and Latvia opted not to enter the process.

European Championship B & C Fixtures

European Championship B: Spain v Russia (Valencia, 6 October); Russia v Serbia (Moscow, 13 October); Serbia v Spain (Belgrade, 20 October)

European Championship C – North: Czech Republic v Norway (Vrchlabi, 16 June); Germany v Czech Republic (Osnabrück, 25 August); Norway v Germany (Porsgrunn, 15 September)

European Championship C – South: Malta v Ukraine (Marsa, 30 June); Ukraine v Greece (Kharkov, 8 September); Greece v Malta (Athens, 15 September)

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Domestic rugby league to start in Cameroon

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CAMEROON CHAMPIONSHIP SET TO BEGIN

The Cameroon Rugby League, admitted as observer members to the RLEF last November, has announced details of its first season, which will start next month and include a domestic competition and a series of 9s tournaments at junior and senior level.

Four clubs – Taureau RL, Institut Petou RL, Black Boys RL from Douala and Babadjou RL – will meet in a double-header on the 14 April at the Stade Annexe, in the nation’s capital Yaounde, with the senior games preceded by a junior 9s competition.

The top three teams after two rounds will progress to stage two, which also includes Sahel, based in Garoua, 1000km north of Yaounde. They also have a women’s section and the historic first women’s game is scheduled for 12 May between Sahel and Raiders RL club.

There will be semi-finals at senior and junior level leading to a Grand Finals day in June, whilst a number of regional 9s competition will also take place before the season ends in November.

Cameroon Rugby League 13 president Samuel Tayou said: “The stage is set, rugby league will be officially played in Cameroon, including women’s rugby. The CRLA 13 will realize the dream of many young people to discover, play and interact through rugby league. We are committed to it on behalf of the youth of our country, the sport is an interactive platform promoting cultural diversity and education. We are looking forward to working alongside all our partners and others, including the Ministry of Sports and Physical Education (MINSEP).”

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Universities celebrate 50 years of official competition

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The first ever official game of Rugby League between two UK university teams was played on March 15th 1968 when the University of Liverpool hosted the University of Leeds. Leeds had started their Rugby League adventure almost exactly one year previously. The game was played at Leigh Recreation Ground in Widnes, largely due to the unavailability of a university pitch and thanks to the efforts of the great Rugby League referee, Mick Naughton.

To mark the anniversary, there was a series of events over the last weekend culminating in a Gala Dinner in Liverpool city centre attended by players past and present which included eight people from the original Liverpool squad and six players who played in the original game representing both Liverpool and Leeds.

Liverpool’s original organiser was John Priestley who recalled how the game came about.

“Our Chemistry Department played Leeds in an annual Rugby Union game but we had several players who played Rugby League on a regular basis. I knew that Leeds had started a Rugby League team and so I made contact with Andrew (Cudbertson), he just showed me my original hand written letter which he has kept for all these years.”

“I approached the Athletic Union for support and they told me that the first thing I needed to do was prove that I had enough interested players. I posted a sheet of A4 on the notice board and watched it fill up over a few days to the point where we clearly had the interest.”

“We approached Mick Naughton to referee the original game and we got more than we bargained for, he arranged the pitch, the referee and even coached us”

“We never thought that our idea to play a game of Rugby League would progress to what we see today but I am glad that it did.”

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John Priestley (L) and Andrew Cudbertson (R) at the unveiling of the plaque on March 15th at Leigh Recreation Ground, Powerhouse lane, Widnes

Photo below: Players from the commemorative game played at Liverpool University

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Expanded Balkan super league kicks off featuring 15 teams from seven countries

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Date: 16th March, 2018

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EXPANDED BALKAN SUPER LEAGUE KICKS OFF FEATURING 15 TEAMS FROM SEVEN COUNTRIES

The second Balkan Super League kicks off this weekend with a significant increase in interest. A total of 15 teams will take part in five groups of three, including participation from rugby league debutants Albania and Montenegro, together with Greece, joining sides from Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey and Bosnia Herzegovina. Applications were also received from South Africa and Russia.

In the first season last year eight clubs participated, Serbian side Partizan defeating Belgrade rivals Red Star 32-26 in the Grand Final.

BSL commissioner Dragan Pavlovic commented: “We planned to build the competition but this is a huge step in just one season. It will be challenging while doubling the number of teams, but it is great to see how our sport can grow in this part of continent.” Over 300 players are expected to take part over the summer.

The opening three games will be played this Sunday 18 March, with Bulgarian side Locomotive hosting defending champions Partizan in Sofia. In Belgrade, Dorcol take on Vitez from Bosnia Herzegovina, while Radnicki Novi Beograd play Bosnian debutants Banja Luka Warriors.

Group A: Radnicki Novi Beograd (Serbia), Kadikoy Bulls (Turkey), Banja Luka Warriors (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

Group B: Partizan (Serbia), Lokomotiv (Bulgaria), Aris Eagles (Greece).

Group C: Radnicki Nis (Serbia), Attica Rhinos (Greece), Klubi Regbise Tirana (Albania).

Group D: Dorcol (Serbia), Vitez (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Juzna Regija (Montenegro).

Group E: Red Star (Serbia), Rhodes Knights (Greece), Bilgi Badgers (Turkey).

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Rugby League European Federation seeking independent director

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The board of directors of the Rugby League European Federation (RLEF) is seeking to appoint an independent director for a renewable two-year term to assist them in the delivery of its 2018-2025 strategic cycle.

The RLEF strategy is based upon the federation’s core values of empowerment, dynamism and developing a rugby league culture in its member nations, and its implementation has seen membership grow from seven countries in 2010 to 36 at the end of 2017, with an expectation that over 40 nations will be members by the end of 2018.

Rugby league’s rapid international growth means that the RLEF is the de facto governing body for the northern hemisphere, and consequently the board is seeking particular experience and skillsets to assist the federation to (a) support its diverse membership, and (b) commercialise the elite European Championship.

The Board is seeking applications from candidates with a strong background in any of the following:

• International sporting relations (particularly in the Middle East and Africa)
• European Union / European Commission (particularly Erasmus+ expertise)
• Fund-raising (particularly in the Middle East and Africa)
• Commercial

Successful candidates will be expected to attend board meetings, normally four-to-five per year, where they will provide help, guidance, advice and support to the executive team, as well as sitting on one sub-committee of the federation, which usually meets remotely. Board meetings are usually in London, where the RLEF is based, but can be abroad.

The position is a voluntary post but reasonable expenses will be met to assist in undertaking the duties. The successful candidate will be appointed initially until the RLEF Annual Council Meeting in 2020.

Applications should be made in writing, including a letter of application and a current CV, to the RLEF Ltd company secretary at danny.kazandjian@rlef.eu.com.
Closing date for applications is 5pm (UK time) on 7 May 2018

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