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Bids received to host 2020 U19s Rugby League Euros as participation increases

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FROM: RLEF MEDIA DEPARTMENT

DATE: 31 May, 2018

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FOUR NATIONS IN RUNNING TO HOST 2020 U19 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP

The RLEF board has confirmed that England, France, Italy and Lebanon are all prospective hosts for the 2020 U19 European Championship. All four tenderers must submit their bid documents by 1 October 2018, with the RLEF expected to make an announcement on the winning bid in November 2018. The tendering process for the 2022 tournament also opens this October.

“The RLEF is delighted with the calibre and breadth of tenderers for the 2020 event,” said RLEF director Paul Nicholson. “The U19 competition is an important part of the growing European calendar and will support growth and improving standards in the vital, underpinning youth programmes run by the members.”

The results of the 2017 annual member audit have also been lodged with Jamaica reporting excellent progress, the number of 13-a-side youth games played increasing from 38 to 66 matches. France, Lebanon, Ireland, Serbia, Ukraine and Wales all recorded overall participation increases, whilst Lebanon was in the black for the first time in its history, having turned over more than US$900k in 2017.

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Successful visit underpins Cameroon rugby league

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DATE: 27 May, 2018

RLEF UNDERTAKE SUCCESSFUL VISIT TO CAMEROON

Rugby League European Federation’s Middle East & Africa regional director, Remond Safi, has returned from a successful week-long visit to Cameroon to further establish the sport. Whilst there, he met director of standards at the Ministry of Sport, Phillipe Obama, and budget official Celestin Messi Ekassi to ensure backing for and official recognition of the sport, whilst General Benoit Emane Asso’o – first cousin of the president of the country – will take up an honorary position on the CRLXIII board.

Safi advised the board on operational strategy and structure and carried out a number of media interviews promoting the sport, also carrying out level 1 coaching and match official courses – which identified potential educators – at the Institut Petou in the capital Yaoundé, a partner school in the sport’s youth programme.

“I’m very pleased with the current structure CRLXIII have implemented and the support that the sports ministry will provide,” said Safi. “Cameroon is one of four African nations that will aim to raise their status with the RLEF and intend to compete in the next World Cup qualifiers cycle for the 2025 tournament. It’s an interesting phase in the continent, with MEA nations working closely and co-operating with one another.”

CRLXIII president Samuel Tayou added: “We look forward to taking the game to the next level. We appreciate and are very thankful to the RLEF/RLIF for their support in liaising with the sports ministry and look forward to competing on the international stage and showcasing Cameroon rugby league to the world.”

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Bosnia Herzegovina Rugby League Association awarded observer status

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DATE: 26 May, 2018

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BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA AWARDED OBSERVER STATUS

The Bosnia and Herzegovina Rugby League Association has been accorded observer status of the RLEF.

The sport was first played in the country in 2012 when a group of enthusiasts at the University of Banlja Luka, led by student Sreten Zec stared the initial club, the White Rabbits. Further teams were formed in Stanari, Novi Grad, Drvar and Vitez.

The national side was established in 2014, playing in the Balkan Cup against Greece and Hungary and paticipated in the Belgrade 9s the following year. Subsequently, the national youth team has faced Serbia, Lebanon and the England Lionhearts at U18 level.

In 2017, the BHRLA received a direct aid grant from the Australian embassy in Vienna to support youth rugby league development, part of which is currently being used to fund children with diabilities and special needs becoming involved with the sport.

Now, with recognition from their government, the federation has been formally accepted into the RLEF.

Bosnian and Herzegovina Rugby League Association president, Zeljko Ljubanic, commented: “We thank the RLEF who have recognized our work and effort by including us in the European the rugby league family. This is an incentive for our future work which includes the formation of new rugby league clubs and domestic competitions, with further education of match officials and coaches our priority.

“I pay tribute to the help and co-operation of the Serbian Rugby League Federation, who are the leaders in our region, whilst the participation of Vitez in the Balkan Super League has been very important in helping us to take the next step into more international competition.“

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Rugby League European Federation announces charitable partnership for Middle East Africa region

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DATE: 22 May 2018

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RLEF ANNOUNCES CHARITABLE PARTNERSHIP

The Rugby League European Federation and Australian-based charity Dev Inno Ltd have entered into a partnership to build cohesive, sustainable rugby league communities in the RLEF’s Middle East Africa region.

Dev Inno’s Sport for Life programme, aimed at promoting sport and education in developing nations, will focus on delivering technical training to coaches, officials and administrators, to increase the number of youngsters playing rugby league and to support growth.

The sport will be used as the vehicle to encourage school attendance, academic achievement and post-school outcomes including employment, enterprise and further education.

Dev Inno Ltd Director Shaun Cumming said: “We have been working with the RLEF’s MEA director Remond Safi for some time to formalise this arrangement. This partnership will allow Dev Inno to use the RLEF’s team and membership to encourage education prospects. These young people are the future leaders of the MEA region and beyond, and rugby league is a fantastic sport that can especially impart leadership qualities to its participants.”

RLEF MEA Director, Remond Safi added: “This partnership will ultimately increase the number of participants in our member nations and the social impact we have within them. It also provides us with a framework to receive other donations and sponsorship, and ensures accountability of our activities.”

Safi has just concluded a week-long visit to Cameroon, one of a cluster of four west African rugby league nations. The MEA region now encompasses two full members and nine observers. Safi expects at least two of these observers to become affiliate members this year.

For more information visit www.devinno.org

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Italy qualify for U19s Rugby League European Championship

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DATE: 20 May, 2017

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ITALY QUALIFY FOR U19s EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP – Report

The Azzurrini overcame Ukraine in comprehensive fashion to qualify for the U19s European Championship in Belgrade in August, with a 50-0 win over Ukraine at the Stadio Fogliano.

A winning warm up game with Serbia and being in camp together for ten days in the run up clearly aided the Italians, who scored nine tries in the 25 degree heat; Antony Virzi and stand out loose forward Fabio Morosi both with a brace as the hosts built a 22-0 lead at the break.

“Today my team put in a very good performance,” said Italy U19 head coach, Salvatore Pezzano. “They concentrated for the whole game and our defensive structure was excellent. We had a young team, we had one excellent week in camp and one day in France before playing against a French regional selection in Toulon and that all contributed to the performance.

“I hope we will perform well in the European Championship. Our young squad contains plenty of good prospects. Now, they will play in the Italian championship and we hope we will have the resources to prepare in a camp one week before we travel to Belgrade this August.”

Morosi was superb throughout, making seven clean breaks and tying up three or four defenders in the tackle and still, invariably, getting the ball away. On four occasions the hosts broke up the middle for tries and the visitors struggled to control the play the ball area, their mounting frustration seeing Vitalii Kovach sinbinned for throwing a punch.

“Obviously, I’m not very happy but I believe in my team,” commented Ukraine U19 head coach Viktor Melnychuk. “The biggest problem is that we had no experience in international games. This was the first time for all these players and it was a big challenge for us.

“I believe next time we will be stronger. We don’t have a physical problem, just a mental one. The boys don’t have enough rugby league experience as there’s no youth competition older than U16 in Ukraine and it’s a big gap to seniors. We must start with the younger players to prepare for the 2020 U19 European Championship and play a minimum of two U19 games per year.”

ITALY U19 – 50

Giovanni Sciacca, Gianluca Priviterà, Antony Virzì, Stefano Dalmasso, Alfio Laudani, Giordano Arena, Francesco Mendosa, Leonardo Artale, Antonio Cacopardo, Giovanni Rizzo, Mario Di Sano, Fabio Morosi

Subs: Stefano Cenci , Salvatore Liperia, Nicholas Ferrero, Simone Leotta

Tries: Alfio Laudani (5), Giovanni Sciacca (23), Antony Virzi (8, 39), Simone Leotta (47), Antonio Cacopardo (51), Fabio Morosi (20, 60), Nicholas Ferrero (63)

Goals: Francesco Mendosa 7/9

UKRAINE U19s – 0

Daniil Hapon, Volodymyr Brodovskyi, Taras Serafin, Dymytro Bedulia, Dmytro Vasilishin, Liubomyr Beznoschuk, Vitalii Puchkov, Daniil Chervinskyi, Vladislav Rudov, Anton Pyatnytskyi, Vitalii Kovach, Maksym Shvets, Oleksandr Petrenko

Subs: Mykyta Ivchenko, Andrii Shelepovskyi, Oleksandr Moroz, Oleksandr Petrenko

Goal attempt: Liubomyr Beznoshchuk 0/1

Sin bin: Vitalii Kovach, Ukraine (53)

Half time – 22-0

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Italy and Ukraine U19s play off for a place in 2018 Rugby League European Championships – Preview

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DATE: 18 May, 2017

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ITALY AND UKRAINE U19s SET FOR HISTORIC QUALIFICATION TIE – Preview

Italy and Ukraine U19s meet for the first time in the Stadio Fogliano, Fogliano di Repuglia tomorrow (Saturday), for the right to be the eighth nation in the 2018 U19 European Championships, in Belgrade this August.

The eliminator will be the first of its kind at this level, signalling the growing emphasis on junior development among the RLEF’s member nations.

The hosts warmed up with a 38-20 win over Serbia at the same venue last weekend and head coach Salvatore Pezzano’s 20-man squad is drawn from across the country but with a distinctly Sicilian accent, 11 players selected from the South Zone.

The match venue, in the region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia close to the Slovenian border, is further from Sicily than it is from Ukraine, so the Azzurrini have been in camp there for the week.

“Our preparation has been very good,” said Pezzano, a Catania native. “We had a good victory over Serbia which was a step forward and, more importantly, it gave us a clear understanding of our players. We asked them to control the ball and they did, topping 60% completion of their sets, which we were very happy about. We need to work on discipline against Ukraine as we can expect a physically strong team ready to fight over every tackle, we can’t afford to be defending for long periods.”

Their opponents have run youth competitions at various age levels for a number of years. Their team is drawn from six clubs, covering Donetsk in the east to Lviv in the west, and the 17-man squad gathered in the Carpathian Mountains on Thursday for a two-day camp before departing for Italy today.

Head coach Victor Melnychuk commented: “We have selected the best young players from all our areas and have had very fruitful and successful training camp. Now we are just hoping to gain the victory in this first U19 international game in the history of Ukrainian rugby league.”

ITALY U19 20-MAN SQUAD

Stefano Cenci, Simone Snidar (North East Zone), Werther Bartolini, Nicholas Ferrero, Stefano Dalmasso, Simone Leotta, Fabio Morosi, Leonardo Raveggi, Davide Signorelli (North West Zone), Giordano Arena, Leonardo Artale, Antonio Cacopardo, Mario Di Sano, Alfio Laudani, Salvatore Liperia, Francesco Mendosa, Gianluca Priviterà, Giovanni Rizzo, Giovanni Sciacca, Antony Virzì (South Zone)

UKRAINE U19 17-MAN SQUAD

Vladislav Rudov, Dmytro Vasilishin (Burevisnik Khmelnitski), Anton Bolshakov, Daniil Chervinskyi, Anton Pyatnytskyi, Vitalii Puchkov, Andrii Shelepovskyi (Donetsk), Liubomyr Beznoschuk (Ivano-Frankivsk Stanislaviv), Mykyta Ivchenko (Legion XIII Giants) Daniil Hapon, Taras Serafin, Dymytro Bedulia, Oleksandr Petrenko, Maksym Shvets, Volodymyr Brodovskyi (Lviv Tigers), Oleksandr Moroz, Vitalii Kovach (Transkarpatian Trinity)

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Czech Republic and Norway prepare to kick off 2021 Rugby League World Cup qualifiers

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DATE: 17 May, 2018

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CZECH REPUBLIC AND NORWAY PREPARE TO KICK OFF 2021 WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS

Preparations are in hand as the Czech Republic and Norway look to kick off the 2021WC Qualifiers in Vrchlabi, on 16 June.

The clash doubles as the opening tie in European Championship C – North, a group which also includes Germany. The winners will play the top team in the south – featuring Malta, Ukraine and Greece – for the right to appear in the final European WCQ tournament to be held in late 2019.

Lukas Hergott, president of CZRLA commented: “For us to be taking part in World Cup qualifying is a dream come true for all of us involved in Czech Rugby League. We are a grassroots organization who have had to grow the sport organically here with players new to all forms of rugby, so the feeling of pride in seeing our name in such games is massive and makes all the hard work worthwhile.

“We hope to use the publicity generated from this campaign to promote our sport in the Czech Republic to a much wider audience of potential players, sponsors and fans. It should also give us a boost in obtaining official recognition from the Czech Sports and Olympic Association.”

His national head coach, Ladislav Cintler, added: “The task ahead is daunting for us but the players are determined to show how the playing standard is improving year on year in the Czech Republic. The chance to play for their country in a World Cup campaign has focused our players into working harder than ever. Win, lose or draw I know that every player who pulls on a Czech jersey has given their all and made sacrifices to be in that position.”

His opposite number, Norway’s Dave Hunter echoed that sentiment. “In the last few years RLN has seen a real growth in playing numbers, in particular at U19 level,” he noted. “We are hoping that inclusion in the RLWC qualifiers will see that continue and that the added exposure will help us secure funding for the future.

“Playing the Czech Republic and Germany will be extremely hard but all the players, coaching staff and management are willing to put in everything to ensure everyone performs to their full potential over these two games at least. Our domestic competition kicked off in April and we have just had 40 plus players attend our first camp with the intention of impressing the coaching staff before our big game against the Czech Rep.

“We have selected a very strong squad which includes a mix of talented youngsters and experienced players.”

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