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Poland rugby league set for Norway to play historic first international

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FROM: RUGBY LEAGUE NORGE

DATE: 31 August, 2018

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POLAND SET FOR HISTORIC FIRST INTERNATIONAL

Poland will play their first international rugby league match tomorrow (Saturday) at the Stavanger Stadion on Norway’s south-west coast.

Activity first commenced in the country in 2011, with Poland Rugby XIII set up four years later and the organisation receiving official status in 2017. “This is a historic day for us and we thank RL Norge for their assistance in organising the game,” said association president Lukasz Lucka. “This is the start of our journey in the sport as a nation and we are very excited about our prospects.”

The Poles will face Hong Kong and Japan in Pool C of the Emerging Nations World Championship in Sydney in October. Eight of their 17 players are from the country’s oldest club, Sroki Łódź, whilst two play in the Norwegian league for Sandnes Raiders. A total of six Polish domestic sides are represented.

The match has added significance for Norway following Germany’s victory over the Czech Republic in European Championship C – North last Saturday. The result means that the Vikings, who lost 20-12 away in the Czech Republic in game one, must beat Germany by 14 points in Porsgrunn on 15 September to win the group and stay in the qualifying race for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.

“The match against Poland will be an excellent opportunity to redeem ourselves,” said Norway coach Dave Hunter. “It will also be a chance for players to push for spots for our game against Germany. We’ve bought some youngsters into our squad including teenagers Sindre Sæbo Rosland and Dan Horne from local club Sandnes Raiders. I’m expecting them to add some enthusiasm to our squad. We’re anticipating a huge challenge from the Polish. With this being their first-ever sanctioned match, they are going to play with great passion".

The match will be refereed by Jaroslav Bzoch from the Czech Republic, appointed by the RLEF match official panel.

NORWAY 19-MAN SQUAD

Bendik Kalvik, Sjur Strand (Bodø Barbarians), Frank Kiriinya, Simon Viljoen (Trondheim Rugby Klubb), Lucas Zuniga (Lillestrøm Lions), Kristoffer Borsheim, Fredrik Nortun, Ezra McIntyre (Stavanger Storm), Kristian Hilton (Saddleworth Rangers), Harald Mikalsen, Kristoffer Milligan (Flekkefjord Tigers), Kevin Båtnes, Chris Stalsberg, Nils Kristian Holte, Arne Oma Torsen (Porsgrunn Pirates), Kim Andre Seglem, Dan Horne, Sindre Sæbø Rosland (Sandnes Raiders), Mathias Vada Stenseth Holm (Sparbu Lumberjacks)

POLAND 17-MAN SQUAD

Sebastian Puchalski (KS Budowlani Łódź), Krzysztof Ignatowski, Michał Smykowski (Sandnes Raiders), Kamil Dziubek, Jakub Jastrzębowski, Seweryn Smolis (Sparta Brzeziny), Jacek Kolasa, Mateusz Kowalewski, Łukasz Łucka, Emil Petit, Tadeusz Rusek, Krzysztof Tonn, Jonathan Tutak, Michał Wójcik (Sroki Łódź), Dawid Wożniak (Stryków Bulls), Mateusz Dziąg (Skierniewice Razorbacks), Łukasz Łukasiewicz (Wild Bears Tomaszów Mazowiecki)

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Netherlands and Germany name squads for rugby league Griffin Cup

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FROM: NEDERLANDSE RUGBY LEAGUE BOND

DATE: 31 August, 2018

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NETHERLANDS AND GERMANY NAME SQUADS FOR GRIFFIN CUP

The sixth, annual Griffin Cup takes place in Rotterdam tomorrow (Saturday) with the Netherlands looking to hold on to the trophy after winning it for the first time last year, when they defeated Germany 30-18 in Osnabruck.

The Germans arrive in buoyant mood after a superb win in the 2021 World Cup qualifiers last weekend, defeating the Czech Republic 24-4.

“Everyone is looking forward to our first international fixture of the year,” said Netherlands head coach Kane Krlic. “Coming off the back of a great NRLB Championship, the boys are all keen to go out and represent their country.

“We have a great relationship with the German Rugby League and both governing bodies believe that the more we can work together, the stronger both nations will be. There are a few German players in the Dutch Championship but come match day we will put all friendships aside for 80 minutes.”

Krlic added: “Last season we won our first Test match in 11 years bringing the Griffin Cup home but after their great result last week, we know Germany will be coming over full of confidence. What excites me the most is how young our squad is. It’s pleasing to see players like Ruben Stuifzand and Ari-Tjerk Schultz who have come through the Netherlands Rugby League school development programme to the national set up.

“They have now been in this environment for three years and you can see in training that they’ve taken a massive step forward this year and look more comfortable and vocal in the sessions, yet both are still only 20. Coventry Bears’ James Geurtjens’ experience is invaluable in helping our young players develop. He has recently announced that this his is final year and he wants to finish his career doing all he can to help us in the Netherlands.”

Teenagers Liam Bons and Alex Leers from Steeden BundesLeague champions Karlshöfen Moorteufel make their debuts for Germany, as do Mazlum Akbayrak, Sven Guderian, Max Keller and Raphael Tokona.

“We have decided to give some players who missed out on playing against the Czech Republic last week a chance to show what they can do,” noted Germany co-coach Bob Doughton. “All the players chosen have played in the domestic competition this year, including Daniel Pearson who guested for Moorteufel.

“There will be some changes for our World Cup game against Norway, there is a battle for places and Liam and Alex are potential future stars. We are expecting a tough game that will test our players in many areas. The Dutch are very well organized and we want to win back the Griffin Cup that we lost for the first time last year".

NETHERLANDS RUGBY LEAGUE BOND 19-MAN SQUAD

Adam Braksator, Daan van Rossum, Joran Schoenmaker, David Bos (Amsterdam Cobras) James Geurtjens (Coventry Bears) Paul Dirkzwager, Lucas Gout, Robbin van Wijk, Bonne Wilce (Den Haag Knights) Daniel de Ruiter, Arie-Tjerk Schultz, Ruben Stuifzand, (Harderwijk Dolphins) Hannes Bavius, Ben Dommerhuisjen, Patrick Funk, Shadan Lavia, Isaac Ngirubiu, Dominic Stuivenberg, Emerson de Werk (Rotterdam Pitbulls)

GERMANY 19-MAN SQUAD

Martin Apostel, Benedikt Esser, David Ziekursch, Marc Zupan (Green Hill Hunters), Liam Bons, Florian Frede, Jannek Hagenah, Alex Leers, Maurice Verstraaten (Karlshöfen Moorteufel), Liam Doughton, Vivi Seelweger, Sebastian Peter (Ruhrpott Rhinos), Daniel Pearson (Sherwood Wolfhunt RLFC) Mazlum Akbayrak, Zak Bredin, Sven Guderian, Phil Hunz, Max Keller, Raphael Tokona (Westfalen Warriors)

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Rugby League European Federation appoints two new independent directors

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DATE: 30 August, 2018

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RLEF APPOINTS NEW DIRECTORS

The Rugby League European Federation has appointed two new independent directors to its board; sport engagement manager Mahdi Choudhury and civil engineer Colin Kleyweg.

Choudhury joined the British Olympic Association as a lawyer in 2006 and has worked as part of the TeamGB delegation at the last six Olympic Games, including serving as deputy chef de mission at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi and as head of sport operations in Rio two years later.

He is currently acting as TeamGB chef de mission for the upcoming 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, and also serves as a panel member for Sport Resolutions UK, and recently completed a secondment to UK Sport’s international relations team, with the aim of growing specific sports in developing countries.

Kleyweg, who replaces outgoing Director Blagoje Stoiljkovic, is an experienced director of family companies in Australia and Serbia and, amongst a host of industry accolades, is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers. In 2017, he became directly involved in sports management through his financing of Red Star Belgrade Rugby League Club and the setting up of Crveni Kengur Media; a digital, social media and marketing agency specialising in sports broadcasting via online platforms.

“Being appointed as an independent director of the RLEF is a new and exciting opportunity,” said Choudhury. “ Given my previous experience working in elite sport and international relations, I am looking forward to working with the board to help support the RLEF’s members and to continue to grow rugby league in the Northern hemisphere.”

Kleyweg added: “I am committed to the future growth of the sport in Europe through the development of positive branding and by connecting deeply with the communities that we represent. I have experience both inside and outside the game that I genuinely believe can benefit the organisation, and help grow this underrated and under-commercialised sport to give the players the audience they deserve.”

RLEF chairman, Maurice Watkins CBE commented: “We have always been committed to making the board the broadest possible church in terms of background, experience and speciality and we firmly believe that Mahdi and Colin offer us that going forward.

“This is a very exciting time for the game under our jurisdiction with more nations playing, participation and domestic leagues increasing, greater and more accountable governance in place, and a World Cup on the horizon. I’m sure both men will enjoy and rise to the challenge, it is great to have them on board.”

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Germany stun Czech Republic in Rugby League World Cup qualifier – report

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DATE: 26 August, 2018

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GERMANY STUN CZECH REPUBLIC IN WORLD CUP QUALIFIER

Germany put themselves in pole position for the next phase of 2021 World Cup qualification, with a stunning win over the Czech Republic in Osnabruck, to head the European Championship C – North table.

If they take a point from Norway in Porsgrunn next month, they will face the winners of the Southern section in the next round of WC games.

Bob Doughton, president of German rugby league and co-coach of the national side commented: “It was a very tough, we had to work really hard to break down the Czech’s.”

“There was some impatience in our build up, but we now move on to Norway and it come could down to point’s difference.”

Skipper Brad Billsborough was the star, scoring one try, setting up two others and landing four goals for half his side’s points.

It took 32 minutes for the deadlock to be broken but not before each side had made clear cut chances, Germany spurning three opportunities with the last pass going begging and the visitors twice denied.

On two occasions early on the hosts created an overlap, but right winger Jannek Hagenah couldn’t reel in the scoring ball and, in the 25th minute, he was again given space out wide again but this time the Czech cover came across to bundle him in to touch.

The bigger visiting forwards looked to plough a furrow up the middle but brave German defence held them up.

Just after the half hour, Billsborough’s guile sent full back Ben Dent over for the opening try, Billsborugh goaling and missing with a drop goal attempt in the 37th minute trying to establish a two-score lead.

Billsborough took matters into his own hands five minutes after the break with a delightful try, eluding the first line of Czech defence and showing an outrageous dummy to go over, and landing the extras.

A ball steal in front of their own posts on the hour saw the Czech’s penalised and Billsborough slotted over the goal to make it 14-0 as torrential rain began to fall.

In the greasy conditions, twice the Czech’s spilt the ball coming out of their own 20, prop Connor Hampson plunging over out wide for the Germans as they capitalised.

With ten minutes to go, Oldřich Chrbolka scrambled over in the corner for the visitors to give them hope, Tomáš Řičica wide with the conversion attempt, but Germany sealed a fantastic win when Billsborough’s brilliant cut out pass sent Westfalen Warriors’ George Wood over, Billsborough goaling.

Doughton added: “Brad is 20 and we made him captain because he is a leader and has a mature head to guide the team around the field, but I was also so impressed with Phil Hunz who is only in his second season and filled in for us at loose forward where he has never played before, he was tremendous.”

Czech head coach Ladislav Cintler noted: “The game was very even but Germany made less mistakes than us,” he said. “We are getting better every year but we can improve and play smarter.”

GERMANY 24

Ben Dent, Jannek Hagenah, George Wood, Sebastian Peter, David Ziekursch, Brad Billsborough, Marc Zupan, Connor Hampson, Liam Doughton, Sebastian Roczyn, Martin Apostel, , Josh Leutenecker, Phil Hunz

Substitutes: Karsten Brüning, Renko Fleming, Phil Wadewitz, Vivi Seelweger

Tries: Dent (32), Billsborough (60), Hampson (65), Wood (79)

Goals: Billsborough 4/5

CZECH REPUBLIC 4

Jan Mudroch, Oldřich Chrbolka, Antonín Berk, Filip-Daniel Kittl, Filip Špaček, Tomáš Řičica, Jakub Hudrlík, Bruno Jasiczek, Petr Šedina, Ondřej Maňák, Ondřej Preininger, Jan Heininger, Josef Maňák

Substitutes: Tomáš Adamec, Richard Gach, Lukáš Krištof, Aleš Pour

Try: Chrbolka (70)

Goal: Řičica (0/1)

Referee: Andrew Pilkington (Spain)

Half time: 6-0

Man of the match: Brad Billsborough

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Germany and Czech Republic name squads for Rugby League World Cup qualifier

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DATE: 24 August, 2018

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GERMANY AND CZECH REPUBLIC NAME SQUADS FOR WORLD CUP QUALIFIER

Germany have included 15 players from their domestic league in their 19-man squad ahead of the 2021 World Cup Qualifier with the Czech Republic in Osnabruck tomorrow (Saturday), as part of European Championship C – North. The visitor’s win in their opening match against Norway means they can ensure passage to face the winners of the Southern section.

All four clubs who make up the BundesLeague – recently crowned champions for the first time Karlshöfen Moorteufel, Green Hill Hunters, Ruhrpott Rhinos and Westfalen Warriors – are represented for the hosts, along with four heritage players; skipper Brad Billsborough, Connor Hampson, Ben Dent and George Wood, who appeared for Westfalen during the 2018 campaign.

Billsborough takes the armband due to Mawuli Amefia being injured and said: “I am immensely proud to have been given the opportunity to captain Germany, it is a real honour for me and my family. I look forward to leading this talented and committed group of players against what is sure to be a tough Czech side.”

Simon Cooper, joint German national coach added: “Some players have made a round trip of over 1,200km to play in the BundesLeague. The reward is that they are part of the first-ever German team to be involved in the World Cup Qualifiers.”

“This game can be a turning point in Czech rugby league history,“ said their player/coach Ladislav Cintler. His side side defeated Norway 20-12 at home in June but are without man of the match Patrik Koliska. Cintler drafts in two potential debutants, Ondřej Maňák and Bruno Jasiczek.

“This clash with Germany is our final test of this year so it will be our golden point of this international season,” Cintler claimed. “We will put every effort into this match and we want display our best there.”

GERMANY 19-MAN SQUAD

Martin Apostel, Benedikt Esser, Sebastian Roczyn, David Ziekursch, Norman Ziwitzka, Marc Zupan (Green Hill Hunters), Connor Hampson (Halifax), Karsten Brüning, Renko Fleming, Jannek Hagenah, (Karlshöfen Moorteufel), Ben Dent (Newcastle Thunder), Liam Doughton, Josh Leutenecker, Sebastian Peter, Vivi Seelweger, Phil Wadewitz (Ruhrpott Rhinos), Brad Billsborough (Swinton Lions) Phil Hunz, George Wood (Westfalen Warriors),

CZECH REPUBLIC 19-MAN-SQUAD:

Oldřich Chrbolka, Ondřej Preininger, Tomáš Řičica (Chrudim Rabbitohs RLC), Antonín Berk, Filip-Daniel Kittl (Krupka Dragons), Lukáš Krištof, Pavel Mejstřík (Lokomotiva Beroun), Petr Šedina (Mikulov Roosters), Tomáš Adamec, Ladislav Cintler, Richard Gach, Jan Heininger, Jan Mudroch, Filip Špaček (Slavia Hradec Králové), Josef Maňák, Ondřej Maňák (Sporting Treizister Toulon Métropole), Jakub Hudrlík, Aleš Pour (Vrchlabí Mad Squirrels), Bruno Jasiczek (unattached)

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Canada rugby league restructures ahead of expansion plans

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DATE: 16 August, 2018

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CANADA RUGBY LEAGUE BOARD RESTRUCTURES AHEAD OF EXCITING EXPANSION PLANS

In the lead up to their participation in the Americas Qualifiers for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup, against Chile, Jamaica and USA, and with their 2018 domestic season nearing completion, the board of the Canadian Rugby League has been restructured and bolstered.

Representatives from each of the domestic rugby league organizations; Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario were voted on as CRLA directors under newly-elected president, Bob Jowett. “I am honoured to be given this opportunity to promote the sport in Canada and look forward to working with both the board and other supporters of rugby league to increase awareness of, and participation in the game, throughout the nation,” he said.

“The new board is balanced with directors from across the country, each of whom brings their own special attributes and skills. With champions of women’s and junior rugby league on it and with the constitution allowing the board to appoint additional directors, there is every reason to be optimistic about the future of rugby league here.”

The full board comprises of: Bob Jowett, Ontario, president, Josh Knight, BC, vice president, Danny Tupou, Ontario, secretary, Lawrence Ross, Alberta, treasurer, and Thomas Hughes, Alberta, director of rugby.

Their immediate aims are to achieve financial stability and assist the national team in their Rugby League World Cup Qualifying tournament, scheduled for November/December in Jacksonville, Florida. Winning that would see the Wolverines qualify directly for the 2021 World Cup to be held in England. There is a further play off scheduled in 2019 for the side finishing second in the group.

Longer-term goals include growing participation to make rugby league one of the top five most popular sports in Canada and gaining recognition by Sport Canada. “League one of the most accessible and exciting sports, with the opportunity for almost anyone aged from 4 to 84 to play some version, it will therefore be the responsibility of the CRLA to open up opportunities,” Jowett added.

“We aim to offer the chance to participate to all Canadians irrespective of gender, age, race, sexual orientation, background, income status – to be genuinely all-inclusive. I have been fortunate in seeing first-hand how welcoming the sport can be and the positive influence that the game can have on people’s lives.”

On the field, Ontario’s significant 24-12 touring victory at Chicago Stockyarders followed the successful completion of the Ontario Rugby League domestic season. Teams from Toronto, Scarborough and Brantford competed, with the Brantford Broncos emerging as champions for 2018.

On the west coast, the British Columbia season has also wrapped up. Teams from Vancouver, Surrey, Capilano and Abbotsford battled it out with the Vancouver Dragons dramatically defeating the Capilano Cougars 26-24 to claim their first championship.

The Canadian domestic season will finish with three teams challenging to become Alberta Rugby League champions in September and October.

In addition, the CLRA are building closer links with professional side Toronto Wolfpack, who play their first home game in the Super 8s Qualifiers this weekend against Hull Kingston Rovers, as they seek a place in Super League.

“We have strong ties as fans and working cooperatively to build the sport here, and whether the Wolfpack achieve promotion to Super League this year or sometime in the future their supporter base, including the CRLA, is behind the team all the way,” said Jowett.

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France win dramatic Rugby League U19 European championship final as Wales, Serbia & Italy also claim silverware – details

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DATE: 12 August, 2018

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FRANCE WIN DRAMATIC U19 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL AS WALES, SERBIA & ITALY ALSO CLAIM SILVERWARE

France, despite being without three players who flew to England to make their debuts for Catalans Dragons in the Super League on Friday night, held on to defeat England 26-24 in the U19 European Championship at the Makis Stadium in Belgrade.

In the preceding games; Wales won the plate in the third place game, defeating Scotland 42-18; Serbia claimed the shield, overcoming Ireland 36-24; and Italy were victorious in the Bowl, triumphing 62-6 over Ukraine.

England staged a dramatic fightback with two late unconverted tries when trailing 26-16, but were just unable to overcome the French in a superb title decider. The sides were locked at 10-all at the break, France centre Matthieu Leguerre opening the scoring, Thimothe Bertrand with the goal.

England responded with tries through skipper Chris Teare, scoring in his third consecutive game and Gary McMahon, who converted his own effort but the French were level at half time with Louis Carre crossing, Bertrand missed the conversion and a drop goal attempt as the whistle blew.

Pierre Jean Lima put the French ahead early in the second half after a great run by winger Guillaume Gorka and Leguerre claimed his double, Bertrand goaling both and adding a penalty to make it 24-10. Teare stepped clear after a five man passing move to give England hope, McMahon goaling, but another Bertrand penalty maintained a ten point margin going into the final stages.

With three minutes to go, Callum Wood sent in Elias Harrison, the extras missed and, with the final play, Calum Coleman’s arrowed kick was pounced on by Liam Kenyon in the corner but McMahon could not add the levelling conversion, England finishing with five tries to four.

France general manager Florian Chautard commented: “It is a magnificent achievement by this team. It was very nerve-racking at the end when we saw England come back, but the win is just rewards for all the hard work put in by this squad.”

“We worked hard all game and figured out their system but gave ourselves too much to do at the end,” said England head coach Allan Coleman, “The lads are really disappointed but it’s still a great achievement by this squad and I couldn’t be prouder of the boys.”

FRANCE 26

Corentin Rey, Miki Bauer, Matthieu Leguerre, Louis Carre, Guillaume Gorka, David De Macedo, Thimothe Bertrand, Florian Vailhen, Thomas Lacans, Barthelemy Rouge, Corentin Le Cam, Sebastien Bled, Mathieu Jassaume

Subs: Pierre Fourquet, Pierre Jean Lima, Francois Dorce Hantz, Hugo Salabio

Tries: Leguerre (6, 45) Carre (21), Lima (37)

Goals: Bertrand 5

ENGLAND 24

Curtis Teare, Ben Selby, Robert Crompton, Brandon Wood, James Golksbra-Miller, Gary McMahon, Calum Coleman, Leon Harber, Callum Wood, Jake Bradley, Liam Kenyon, George Senior, Louis Brogan

Subs: Elias Harrison, Ben Holmes, Sam Favell, Joe Digby

Tries: Teare (8, 45), McMahon (18), Harrison (67), Kenyon (69)

Goals: McMahon 2

Half time: 10-10

Referee: Ben Casty

Wales came from 18-6 down to dominate the second half against the Scots. The young Bravehearts started brightly, skipper Archie Andrade opening the scoring, Luke Punton with the goal. Lewis Hall replied for the Welsh, converting his own score but Elliott Campbell and winger Tim Kennedy added tries for Scotland before half time, Punton adding the extras to both.

Wales dominated the second period, adding six tries all through different scorers as they continually looked to spread the ball. Billy Glover and then Cobi Green racing clear from the base of a scrum brought them level, wingers William Lynch and James Smith, Macauley Harris and Fraser Stroud with their other touchdowns. Hall was perfect with the boot landing seven goals and finishing with 18 points.

Wales head coach Anthony Walker said: “I’m very proud of my boys and their response after the England game. We never panicked even when we went behind and our players showed great character to get back into the game. Winning the plate is a great achievement.”

According to Scotland general manager Alex Chandler: “We let them back into it and then the heads dropped, which left us at the mercy of their attack. We still look at this tournament as a success on every level as it’s the highest Scotland have finished in this competition and every player has got something out of it.”

Hosts Serbia won silverware as they defeated Ireland in a terrific game that could have gone either way. Serbia were indebted to skipper Vladimir Milutinovic, the second rower superb throughout and finishing with 20 points from two tries and a perfect six goals.

Centre Zane Bijorac also claimed a brace of touchdowns, hooker Jai Smith and, in the closing minute, Matija Mihajlovic with Serbia’s other touchdowns. Ireland led 10-6 and 24-22, full back Ryan Curran their star with two tries – including a stunning length of the field effort – and four goals, winger Andrew Smyth also claiming a try double.

“We prepared well for this, the boys needed to win for a bit of self-belief,” said Serbia head coach Neil Bijorac. “I was happy with our start but a few errors crept in. To our credit, we corrected them and scored some good tries at the end.”

Ireland general manager Conor Kelly noted: “We’re very disappointed and there’s a sombre mood in the camp. The lads gave it everything and the score line is a bit flattering as I think we were the better team for a lot of the game. We can still take positives, this was the first time this group of lads had played together so to see them constantly bounce back is superb.”

Stand off Davide Arena scored two tries and six goals for Italy as they swept aside Ukraine. The Azzurrini led 30-0 at the break, half back partner Nico Rizzelli with a second half hat trick.

Italy coach Riccardo Dodi commented: “Our game plan worked, we had more freedom to move the ball making less mistakes in attack, so we were more effective.”

Opposite number Ihor Yurkin was far from despondent. “This has been a real learning process and we will take it forward into future tournaments. Italy were strong but we showed great pride.”

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