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RLIF Board makes progress on international calendar

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The Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) Board met over the weekend in Singapore to consider a wide range of items reflecting its leadership of rugby league globally.

Heading the agenda was progressing finalisation of a long range calendar of international matches and tournaments that would allow fans and the many other stakeholders of international rugby league to anticipate and plan their future.

The Board received submissions on the calendar from the Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC), the New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL), the Rugby Football League (RFL), the Asia Pacific Rugby League Confederation (APRLC) and the Rugby League European Federation (RLEF), together with proposals from the RLIF executives.

Aside from locking down matches for the top ranking nations over the long term, the Board also ensured that the international calendar offered a platform for the challenger nations to compete against their more mature counterparts while at the same time paying regard to commercial considerations, player welfare and workload, and global balance.

The calendar centres on a suite of global events in four-year cycles, including Rugby League World Cups, 9s World Cups, European and Asia Pacific Confederation tournaments, Lions, Kangaroos and Kiwi Tours, and opportunities for developing nations.

The Board agreed to undertake consultation with stakeholders to finalise the details for the next two cycles to present to its planned World Rugby League Congress in the UK in November. Key elements of the calendar include:

  • Rugby League World Cup in 2021 and 2025
  • Kangaroos Tour to UK in 2020
  • Kiwi Tour to UK in 2018 and 2022
  • Lions tour to southern hemisphere in 2019 and 2024
  • 9s World Cup in 2019 and 2023
  • 2019 Championships for the Pacific nations in a mid and end of season format
  • 2018 European Championship (and then at two-year intervals)
  • 2018 Australia v New Zealand Test (annually to 2022)
  • 2020 New Zealand fixture(s) in the southern hemisphere

The Board also agreed that World Cup qualifying competitions will expand organically and begin earlier due to the increase in aspiration from the growing membership.

‘There’s clearly still some detail to be finalised, but this is a fantastic announcement that has been a long time coming. It should give great heart and confidence to our international community,’ RLIF Chairman John Grant said.

‘It reflects the broad diversity that exists across our RLIF Member nations and we believe it can provide the certainty our fans, players and commercial stakeholders need to make long term commitments to international rugby league,’ he added.

The Board also dealt with the ongoing work of governance reform and agreed a range of Constitutional changes to be taken forward by the Governance Working Group to be put to Members for a consultation period in September and finally for adoption by Members in General Meeting in the UK in November. The Board indicated the final composition of the board would adopt best practice in independence and diversity and would include an appropriate mix of skills and expertise.

‘The Board had a very robust debate as it should on governance reform. The recommendations from the Working Group hit at the heart of how the Federation needs to govern a global sport in today’s fast changing environment,’ Mr Grant said.

‘The endorsement provided by the Board to the Working Group foreshadows a future that balances the obvious strength and contribution of the major nations and their associated professional leagues with the opportunity to grow the sport in the 65 nations in which it is played across the globe,’ he added.

The Board endorsed a proposal from RLIF CEO Nigel Wood to commence stakeholder engagement to review the process and criteria it applies to sanctioning international matches. This follows a commitment made by RLIF Chairman John Grant in June prior to the Denver Test between New Zealand and England. The review will be led by CEO Nigel Wood and will seek input from a broad range of stakeholders including National Federations, major leagues, professional and semi-professional clubs, players and their association representatives and industry experts. Its scope will include such as the strategic fit of matches within the international calendar, minimum standards, player welfare while on international duty, and insurance, and it will be informed by player data that was accumulated in and around the Denver Test.

‘This is a very significant piece of work that will provide consistency and benchmarks to which our nations must aspire to ensure international rugby league performs at the levels our players, clubs and fans expect,’ Nigel Wood said.

‘The Denver Test exposed all of us alike to this performance standard and has been a positive catalyst for this review,’ he added.

The Board also accepted the resignation of RFL Chairman Mr Brian Barwick. The Board thanked him for his four and a half years of service acknowledging an ongoing relationship with him in his new role as Chairman of Rugby League World Cup 2021.

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Rugby League European Federation and French Federation agree joint collaboration

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RLEF AND FRENCH FEDERATION AGREE JOINT COLLABORATION

Following successful level 2 coaching and match officials courses in Barcares, near Perpignan – involving cluster group Netherlands, Belgium and Ireland RL – as part of the part-EU funded Training and Education project, there has been agreement to recognise and adopt joint technical qualifications between the RLEF and French Federation for the first time.

This significant collaboration follows on from the RLEF/Asia-Pacific accord to develop joint coaching qualifications, to be launched in January 2019, which are significant steps towards the development of a global suite of accreditation.

Six candidates took part on the coaching course and they will gain their final graduation on completion of the CPD (continuing professional development) aspect.

“It was an historic occasion for European rugby league,” said RLEF coach development manager, Martin Crick. “This was the first time that the French Federation has taken a lead role in coach development for the RLEF, led by Laurent DePuy.

“It was a great pleasure to work alongside such an experienced coach, and an invaluable learning experience for all concerned. Even more significant was an agreement reached between the federation and the RLEF to recognise each other’s qualifications and to work together to harmonise the two.”

Belgian coach, Francois Gillet, commented: “I had a wonderful time at the camp and have learned so much and met so many passionate and motivated people from European rugby league.”

As well as the seven candidates, the head of match officials and technical director with the English Rugby Football League, Steve Ganson and his counterpart from the French Federation, Mohammed Drizza were observers of the match officials course.

According to Tom Mather, the RLEF’s match officials manager: “All the participants passed, with those from the French Federation showing great promise from an educator perspective. We are taking large strides in aligning match officials education between the RLEF, FFR XIII and the RFL.”

The TEP is a three-year, €723.000 investment into capacity building through good governance and technical training, funded by €466.000 from the EU’s Erasmus+ project and the remainder from the RLIF and five of its full members. It is intended to build the knowledge and skills of the RLEF’s 21 European members, divided into six regional clusters, through high quality training and mentoring, while granting opportunities to share experiences amongst fellow Europeans dedicated to rugby league development.

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France and Italy name squads for Rugby League U19 European Championships

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FRANCE AND ITALY NAME SQUADS FOR U19 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

France and qualifiers Italy have named their squads for the U19 European Championships, to be held at the Makis Stadium, Belgrade from 5-11 August. The winners go through to the semi finals and the losers play in ranking matches.

France U19 head coach Jean-François Albert admitted he was spoiled for choice. “For a trainer it is always difficult to leave people out,” he said. “But after final trials at the port of Barcarès, we now have our 21 players.”

Jason Goffin (Villeneuve), Alexandre Gay (St Toulon) and Clement Tailhades (Albi Rugby League XIII) miss out, with 12 selected from St Esteve XIII Catalan, who are linked to Super League side Catalans Dragons.

“The 21 lucky ones have their eyes riveted on the tough games ahead in Serbia,” Albert added. “We are determined to lift the trophy.”

If France start as the favourites, Italy are outsiders but that does not concern their U19 head coach, Salvatore Pezzano. “We come to this tournament with a great desire to get involved,” he commented, adding of their first up fixture with the French: “We are well aware of having to work hard for the first race, but the guys are very determined and willing to work.”

His squad contains youngsters from Castleford and Halifax.

“As a Federation we have worked a lot with these young people because they represent the future of our movement. I am convinced that it will be a formative experience for them and for us too. Personally, I am very confident.”

FRANCE U19 SQUAD

Miki Bauer, Mathias Leveille (AS Carcassonne), Timothe Bertrand, François Dorce-Hantz, Lucas Emblard, Corentin Rey (SO Avignon), Sebastien Bled, Robin Brochon, Louis Carre, David De Macedo, Guillaume Gorka, Thomas Lacans, Matthieu Laguerre, Corentin Le Cam, Arthur Mourgue, Barthelemy Rouge, Hugo Salabio, Florian Vailhen (St Esteve XIII Catalan), Pierre Fourquet, Mathieu Jussaume, Pierre Jean Lima (Toulouse Olympique), Jason Goffin (Villeneuve)

ITALY U19 SQUAD

Joseph Fella (Castleford Tigers), Mattia Cantoni, Stefano Cenci, Andrea Piccoli, Mattia Saoncella, Simone Snidar (Comitato Nord Est), Werther Bartolini, Stefano Dalmasso, Nicholas Ferrero, Simone Leotta, Fabio Morosi, Leonardo Raveggi, Davide Signorelli, Paolo Viani (Comitato Nord Ovest), Citarra Antony Virzì, Leonardo Artale, Antonio Cacopardo, Mario Di Sano, Alfio Laudani, Salvatore Lipera, Francesco Mendosa, Gianluca Privitera, Giovanni Rizzo, Giovanni Auriel Sciacca (Comitato Sud), Nico Rizzelli (Halifax)

Opening fixtures – Sunday 5th August

Ukraine v Wales (kick off 15.30)

Ireland v Scotland

Serbia v England

France v Italy

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England and Serbia name squads for Rugby League U19 European Championships

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ENGLAND AND SERBIA NAME SQUADS FOR U19 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

England’s Lions and hosts Serbia have named their squads for the U19 European Championships, to be held at the Makis Stadium, Belgrade from 5-11 August. The winners go through to the semi finals and the losers play in ranking matches.

Sixteen community clubs are represented in the England squad, Leigh Miners having the most included with four, head coach Allan Coleman commenting: “It’s been really difficult picking this year’s U19s squad. So far training has gone well, and the players are really settling in together.”

“We know what lies ahead with the European Championship, it will be the toughest competition these young players have played in. They are certainly looking forward to it, it’s a chance for these lads to show everyone the ability and quality they have.”

A final training session will take place this Saturday before the England squad depart for the tournament early next week.

Their first up opponents, Serbia, are currently in boot camp in Karataš, at the facility of Serbian Ministry of Sport. Under new coaching duo Neil Bijorac and Brett Davidson, they have picked a cosmopolitan squad with four Belgrade sides making up the bulk, and five of players of origin flown in from Australia to add greater experience.

“The players and coaching staff are very happy with the continuing improvement,” said Bijorac from the camp. “The team has come together, all the boys are pushing themselves in all aspects of their training and are looking forward to representing Serbia with pride, especially in front of a passionate home crowd. We see this as a beginning.”

ENGLAND SQUAD

Liam Kenyon (Blackbrook), George Senior (Dewsbury Celtic), Jake Bradley (Hensingham), Bradley Holroyd (Leigh East), Louis Brogan, Calum Coleman, Robert Crompton, Joe Digby (Leigh Miners), Benjamin Bradshaw (Myton), Callum Wood (Orrell St James), Brandon Wood (Rochdale Mayfield), Elias Harrison, Curtis Williamson (Skirlaugh), Benjamin Selby (Stanningley), Sam Favell (Thatto Heath), Cameron Hetherington (Walney Central), Curtis Teare (Wath Brow), James Goulsbra-Miller (West Hull), Leon Harber, Gary McMahon (Wigan St Judes), Ben Holmes (Wigan St Patricks)

SERBIA SQUAD

Jai Smith (Brothers, Queensland), Matija Mihajlovic, Marko Simovic (Dorcol, Belgrade), Matthew Dragisic (Canberra Raiders), Daniel Marjanovic (Kawana Dolphins, Queensland), Stevan Ivankovic, Stefan Milinkovic, Vladimir Milutinovic, Mihajlo Stojiljkovic (Partisan, Belgrade), Zane Bijorac, Zane Marolt (Queanbeyan Blues, Canberra), Ivan Andric, Marko Jakovljevic, Mihailo Tomic, Vuk Tomic (Radnicki, Belgrade), Dorotej-Dado Arnold, Uros Golubovic, Marko Jankovic, Ilija Krstic, Luka Raskovic, Marko Satev, Aleksandar Stefulj (Red Star, Belgrade), Veljko Stankovic (Tzar Dusan, Paracin)

Opening fixtures – Sunday 5th August

Ukraine v Wales (kick off 15.30)

Ireland v Scotland

Serbia v England

France v Italy

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Ireland and Scotland name squads for Rugby League U19 European Championships

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IRELAND AND SCOTLAND NAME SQUADS FOR U19 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

Ireland and Scotland have named their squads for the Celtic derby in the U19 European Championships, to be held at the Makis Stadium, Belgrade from 5-11 August. The winners go through to the semi finals and the losers play in ranking matches.

Seven domestic clubs are represented in Wayne Kelly’s Ireland squad, with five coming from Longhorns. “Working with these lads for the last six months has been a real pleasure and tells me that Rugby League Ireland is in a good place going forward,” said the head coach. “Leading into the Euro’s everyone has a positive mentality and knows their role. It’s a fantastic opportunity for these young lads to put their skills on show, we will turn heads with our performances.”

A season-long injury playing with UK Super League side Hull Kingston Rovers has given Scottish full international Danny Addy the opportunity to take his first step on the coaching ladder with the young Bravehearts, his cosmopolitan squad containing six players from Edinburgh Eagles.

“We can’t wait to get to Belgrade, we’ve had some great development sessions in Scotland and I’ve been really pleased with how hard the players have worked and their desire to improve,” Addy noted. “We’ve got a really mixed squad with a few lads from Super League Academies and others who have only just started to play. It’s great that we have a healthy number from the Scotland domestic game.

“Ireland are always good, competitive opponents and that has shown when we’ve played them through all the age groups. They’ll have lads in the same situation as us but we’ve been preparing for this tournament since November so we’re confident that the guys can represent themselves really well.”

IRELAND SQUAD

Sam Cullen, Ryan Curran, Fiach Millward, Conor Smyth (Athy Sharks), James Cromie, Paul McGookin (Belfast Stags), Josh Basthill, Gareth Gardiner, Andrew Smyth (Belfast Met Scholars), Charlie Donnelly (Dublin City Exiles), Jack O’Sullivan (Eastern Rhinos), Sam O’Sullivan, John Why (Galway Tribesmen), Joe Togher (Hindley), Luke Findlow (Ince Rose Bridge), Shalun Carey, Josh MacNamee, Ronan Michael, James Mulvaney, Kevin Varga (Longhorns RL), Zack Fellows (Midland Hurricanes), Jordan McKibbin (Portadown Pumas), Callum O’Neill (Widnes Vikings)

SCOTLAND SQUAD

Elliot Campbell (Barrow Island), Liam Punton (Bradford Bulls), Frankie Armstrong, Timmy Kennedy, Jamie McCabe, Sean McKervail, Gregor Mitchell, Alex Williams (Edinburgh Eagles), Daniel May (Halifax Elite Rugby Academy), Clem Harrison (London Skolars), Charlie Emslie, Connor Terrill (Millom RLFC), Callum Kennedy, Chris Paterson (Newcastle Thunder), Fergus Simpson (Newcastle Thunder/Edinburgh Eagles), Jack McMillan (Queensbury ARLFC), Euan Caldwell, Connall McDonagh (Strathmore Silverbacks), Archie Andrade, Iain Oakley (Wakefield Trinity), Adam Hay (Wallsend Eagles)

Opening fixtures – Sunday 5th August

Ukraine v Wales (kick off 15.30)

Ireland v Scotland

Serbia v England

France v Italy

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Wales and Ukraine name squads for Rugby League U19 European Championships

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WALES AND UKRAINE NAME SQUADS FOR U19 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

The first two squads have been named for the U19 European Championships, to be held at the Makis stadium, Belgrade from 5-11 August; Wales and Ukraine playing in the opening fixture. The winners go through to the semi finals and the losers play in ranking matches.

Late entrants Ukraine, who have taken the place of Russia, are determined to make the most of their reprieve after initially losing out to Italy in the qualifying game. “This is an historic event for Ukrainian rugby players. We are grateful to the organizers for the opportunity to take part,” said U19s head coach Igor Yurkin. “The composition of the participants in the tournament is very strong and we will have to try hard to show our strengths.”

New Welsh U19s head coach Anthony Walker, who has had his squad together for a month in preparation, acknowledged that it was a step into the unknown. “We are travelling to Serbia with a squad that we feel can be competitive and in contention for winning the competition,” he noted. “We have a range of players, from regulars in League 1, some from Super League academies and into the community game and nobody is guaranteed a shirt yet.

“We don’t know what to expect from Ukraine but we can guarantee they will be a big physical side. We want to concentrate on our own performance and to lay a foundation with tough, aggressive defence that teams will find hard to break down.”

UKRAINE SQUAD

Anton Bolshakov, Daniel Cervinsky, Evgeny Chernykh, Denis Mayorov, Vitaly Puchkov, Anton Pyatnitsky, Andrei Shelepovsky, Kirill Usik (RK, Rivne), Nikita Ivchenko (Legion XIII, Kharkov), Vladimir Brodovsky, Danylo Gapon, Oleg Kuninets, Bogdan Matsyuk, Alexander Petrenko, Maxim Shvets (Sokol, Lviv), Vladislav Rudov, Dmitry Vasilishin (Burevestnik, Khmelnytsky) Lubomyr Beznoschuk, Vladislav Osipov (Stanislaviv, Ivano-Frankivsk), Vitaly Kovach, Alexander Moroz (Zakarp)

WALES SQUAD

Adam Young (Aber Valley Wolves), Cobi Green (Bradford Bulls), James Bartlett, Jake Cannon, Benjamin Hunter, Morgan Rowlands (Cardiff Blue Dragons), William Lynch (Leigh Miners Rangers), Cai Ellis, James McGurk (Newcastle Thunder), Jacob Hitchcox (North Wales Crusaders), Finlay Swift (Pilkington Recs), Elliot Jenkins (Rochdale Hornets), Matthew Jones, William Mills (Salford Red Devils), Lewis Hall (Warrington Wolves), Macauley Harris, Ellis Simon, James Smith, Fraser Stroud, Aneurin Walker (West Wales Raiders), Billy Glover (Widnes Vikings)

Opening fixtures – Sunday 5th August

Ukraine v Wales (kick off 15.30)

Ireland v Scotland

Serbia v England

France v Italy

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Keinhorst named in Germany squad as Moorteufel take BundesLeague title

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KEINHORST NAMED IN GERMANY SQUAD AS MOORTEUFEL TAKE BUNDESLEAGUE TITLE

Following the completion of their domestic season – Moorteufel taking the 2018 title – the Germany coaching staff has named their squad for the 2021 World Cup qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Norway, and the annual Griffin Cup clash with the Netherlands.

The matches in European Championship C – North, will see them host the Czech’s in Osnabrück on 25 August, and travel to Porsgrunn on 15 September to face Norway. In the opening game of the competition, the Czech Republic defeated Norway, 20-12.

UK Super League Leeds Rhinos’ Jimmy Keinhorst, who has scored 18 tries and 15 goals in ten appearances for Germany, is the highest profile player named in the NRLD squad, which includes 12 newcomers and contains 19 of the group that beat Wales Dragonhearts 38-34 last October in Cardiff.

“The squad reflects the improved standards of our domestic Steeden BundesLeague,” commented joint coach Simon Cooper. “It also rewards players for their commitment to our sport both on and off the field.

“Against the Dutch, in Rotterdam on the first of September, we will only select domestic players, as we want to encourage the development of the game here. Last year we were beaten for the first time by our neighbours and that is something we are keen to rectify.”

The announcement of the squad came after Moorteufel from Karlshöfen – previously known as the Northern Devils – won this year’s Steeden BundesLeague, narrowly beating last year’s champions Ostwestfalen Warriors 26–20 in the final round of matches. Seven of the victorious side are in the international squad.

In a game of high intensity and played in almost tropical conditions, the outcome was in the balance until the final minute when Daniel Pearson scored by the posts to secure the silverware.

Bob Doughton, joint coach of the national team noted: “This year’s competition has shown a marked improvement in the standard of play, the lads are really beginning to understand the game. A massive thank you goes out to everyone who participated and made this year’s Steeden BundesLeague so successful.”

The curtain-raiser to the top-of-the-table encounter saw Green Hill Hunters (last year’s Grüner Jäger) secure a 22-20 victory over Ruhrpott Rhinos, also with the final play of a thrilling encounter.

NRLD SQUAD 2018

Ben White (Berkeley Eagles), Andy Hoggins (Coventry Bears), Martin Apostel, Benedikt Esser, Eduard Klassen, Sebastian Roczyn, David Ziekursch, Norman Ziwitzka, Marc Zupan (Green Hill Hunters), Connor Hampson (Halifax), Jimmy Keinhorst (Leeds Rhinos), Liam Bons, Karsten Brüning, Renko Fleming, Florian Frede, Jannek Hagenah, Alex Leers, Maurice Verstraaten (Moorteufel), Jared Blanke (Lézignan), Mawuli Amefia, Liam Doughton, Josh Leutenecker, Sebastian Peter, Vivi Seelweger, Phil Wadewitz (Ruhrpott Rhinos), Daniel Pearson (Loughborough Univ), Brad Billsborough (Swinton Lions), Mazlum Akbayrak, Zak Bredin, Niall Butler, Josh Ferguson, Sven Guderian, Phil Hunz, Max Keller, Raphael Tokona, George Wood (Westfalen Warriors), Ben Dent (York Knights)

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