Archive | September 2018

Spain name squad for Rugby League World Cup qualifiers

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DATE: 28 September, 2018

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SPAIN NAME SQUAD FOR WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS

Spain head coach Darren Fisher has named his 22-man squad for the European Championship B clashes with Russia and Serbia, which double up as qualifiers for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup in England.

Miquel Tomas, Carlos Font, Juan Mudarra, Fernando Vidal and Francisco Pérez have been added to the mix. “They have had a great season and also taken part in the games against the GB Teachers in April,” said Fisher. “We have also added some experience with players that will add value and guidance around the field. They have to be committed and become key members in helping our development of domestic players and generally the growth of the game is Spain.”

One of those who is expected to shine is Francisco Luis Pérez, known as Paco. “He is one of our success stories as he only took up the game two years ago,” Fisher confirmed. “He is from a small town in the Cordoba region and was a good level soccer player. He caught the attention of the coaching staff initially through his national league appearances with Peñarroya and later with the U21 programme.

“His was named in the U21 side which travelled to Saluzzo to take on Italy last year and his performance was outstanding in that match. He stood out as one of the most courageous players and we have kept close tabs on his progress since. His commitment is second-to-none, having driven on his own and on various occasions the six hours from his home to national team events in Valencia.”

The full squad will convene in Valencia next week for a series of on and off-field sessions prior to the Russia fixture on October 6th .

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP B FIXTURES

6 Oct 2018 – 15:00 Spain Russia Quatre Carreres, Valencia
13 Oct 2018 – 15:00 Russia Serbia Fily Stadium, Moscow
20 Oct 2018 – 14:00 Serbia Spain Makis Stadium, Belgrade

SPAIN 22-MAN SQUAD

Anthony Delgado (Carcassone), Antonio Puerta, Juan Mudarra, Rafael García (Custodians RL), Chris Lopez (Eastmoor Dragons), Leandre Torres, Luc Franco (Limoux), Eloi Pelissier (London Broncos), Francisco Luis Pérez (Mineros Peñarroya – Pueblonuevo), Daniel Garcia, Alex Doutres (Palau), Aitor Romero, Daniel Morales, Hadriel Mehamed, Raúl Simo, Miquel Tomas (Tigres Torrent), Romain Pallares (Toulouse Olympic), Adriá Alonso, Fernando Vidal, Carlos Font (Xativa Roosters), Miguel Olivares (Valencian Warriors), Kevin Aparicio (Unattached)

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Serbia rugby league celebrate historic birthday with game against France

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Date: 27 September, 2018

SERBIA RUGBY LEAGUE CELEBRATE HISTORIC BIRTHDAY

Serbia rugby league is celebrating the first game played in the country, which took place 65 years ago yesterday.

On 26 September 1953, newspaper Politika – at that time the oldest and most popular in the former Yugoslavia – reported on a match that kicked off at 4pm at the JNA stadium – today FC Partizan Belgrade’s ground – between the French youth national team and one from the University of Marseilles (Provence Region) in front of around 8,000 spectators. The young French won 44-41, having led 23-13 at half time, to widespread acclaim.

Club matches followed and Yugoslavia was represented at the international board meeting in the run up to the inaugural World Cup, held in France the following year. In 1961, the Yugoslav national team played their first and only match against a French amateur XIII, going down 13-0 in Banja Luka. The modern Serbian RL federation was set up in 2001.

To commemorate the inaugural event, on Sunday 7 October 2018, Serbia and France will meet in a Test match at the NC Makis stadium.

The game will also be part of the centenary commemoration of victory in the First World War, and will honour the liberation of Serbia by French Marshal Louis Franchet d’Espèrey together with Serbian Army; the winning team being presented with the Marshal Franchet d’Espèrey Cup.

Before that, Serbia will play two matches against Wales Dragonhearts, made up of players from the community competitions in the principality, on 3 October 2018 at FC Heroj Polet stadium and three days later at the NC Makis stadium.

The Serbian coaching staff will use the trio of games as final preparations before their European Championship B matches with Russia and Spain, the Serbians defending the trophy they won in 2015, those encounters also doubling up as qualifiers for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.

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Lebanon rugby league clubs agree major administrative reform

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Date: 27 September, 2018

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LEBANESE CLUBS AGREE MAJOR REFORMS

At an Extraordinary General Assembly held in Beirut, the Lebanese Rugby League Federation clubs have unanimously adopted a package of major reforms including a new membership policy, the club championship participation agreement and the federation’s operational rules.

“We set out our commitment to reform the LRLF a while ago and are delighted to have adopted this initial package which will support the modernisation and professionalization of the federation,” said general secretary Sami Garabedian, who chaired the meeting.

The attendees also discussed the possible appointment of independent directors, another key part of the governance reform, with two un-named candidates having accepted nomination.

“It is very exciting to see the calibre of person who is interested in joining the board,” continued Garabedian, “The next phase of the project is very important as we seek to consolidate our gains from 2017 and position the governing body to ensure it has the strongest possible foundation to move forward from.”

Immortals RLFC representative George Rahal added: “We all share the goal of lifting standards for the sport and this reform is certainly a step in the right direction. Now it is up to the member clubs and LRLF administrative committee to continue the momentum.”

The audit of the LRLF accounts is also nearing completion.

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Netherlands Rugby League triumph in Sweden

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DATE: 26 September, 2018

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NETHERLANDS PICK UP FOURTH SUCCESSIVE WIN

For the first time in their history, the Netherlands rugby league side have won four consecutive Test matches, after their 24-4 triumph in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Amsterdam Cobras centre David Bos lead the way with two of their four tries, as the visitors built a handy 16-4 lead at the break.

A Lucas Gout penalty put them ahead early after dominating the initial play, Joran Schoenmaker with the opening try on the 20 minute mark, goaled by Gout.

Sweden winger Jonas Lyppert got the hosts on the board but Bos with his first and a Gout conversion and penalty put the Orange in command.

In driving rain, Den Haag Knights stand off Bonne Wilce and Bos with his second touchdown completed the scoring.

“I am extremely proud of my players, they had to show great togetherness,” said Netherlands head coach Kane Krlic, who played three debutants; Gydo Van Den Heuvel, David Schran and teenage back rower Rick Huther. “The patience we showed with the ball proved important as we continued to starve the Swedish of any good field position and we took advantage of that in the latter stages of the first half.”

Krlic added: “One of the most pleasing aspects was, late in the second half, the Swedes had four sets on our line and we showed great pride in defending it. All the players paid for their flights even before the squad was announced knowing there was a chance they wouldn’t be selected in the 17, but everybody has bought into the team first ethos.”

Sweden head coach Sam Cammel noted: “It was good to get our first hit out for a while. It was a tough match played in difficult weather conditions, we made a lot of unforced errors and did not take the best of our chances.”

SWEDEN 4

Christoffer Andreasson, Robert Maun, Muller Qalibu, Christopher Vannerberg, Jonas Lyppert, Fabian Wikander, Andrew Bignell, Mark Beveridge, Ruadhri O’Brian, Peter Wiklund, Fakaosifolau Maake, Buster Derk, Theo Karlsson

Substitutes: Plamen Lazarov, Johnny Engström,, Sebastian Johnson-Cadwell, Mathew Mitchell

Try: Jonas Lyppert (21)

Sin bin: Maun (66 – foul play)

NETHERLANDS 24

Ben Dommerhuijsen, Ruben Stuifzand, Joran Schoenmaker, David Bos, Gydo Van Den Heuvel, Bonne Wilce, Lucas Gout, Shadan Lavia, Paul Dirkzvager, Emerson De Werk, Daniel De Ruiter, Daan Van Rossum, Adam Braksater

Substitutes: Arie-Tjerk Schultz, Rick Huther, David Schram, Hannes Bavius

Tries: Schoenmaker (19), Bos (24, 61), Wilce (66)

Goals: Gout 4

Half time: 4-16

Referee: Guido Bonatti (Italy)

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Details announced for Americas 2021 Rugby League World Cup qualifiers

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DATE: 24 September, 2018

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DETAILS ANNOUNCED FOR AMERICAS WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS

Details have been confirmed for the 2018 Americas Championship, that will act as a qualifier for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.

The University of North Florida, Jacksonville, will host two double-header rounds on 13th and 17th November 2018 to determine which one of the four nations will qualify automatically, and which other has the opportunity to progress through a repechage in 2019.

In the opening games, Canada will face Jamaica and USA take on newcomers Chile, the first South American representatives.

The winners will face each other for the right to qualify or gain a second chance, whilst the losers will also meet in a rankings Test match.

Much of the attention will focus on the appearance of the Chileans, who gained Affiliate status of the Rugby League International Federation earlier this year and where the sport is starting to make rapid strides.

“It has not been an easy path,” said Chile Rugby League president Guillermo Artiaga. “We do not yet receive rugby league on television here, so it has been true fanaticism by players educating themselves on the finer points of the game.

Artiaga continued: “I have had the greatest faith in this project but even I am surprised at how rapidly the sport has spread, particularly in the last two years. We now have two men’s leagues and a women’s league, an entrenchment with many schools and councils and it is 2,000km between our northernmost club and our southernmost.

“We feel solidarity with our surrounding nations in Latin America. Had they not flourished simultaneously, it would not have been possible for us to have the necessary competition to reach this point,” he added. “If we perform strongly at these World Cup qualifiers it will thrust the spotlight on the potential and appetite from this region, not just within Chile.”

RLIF CEO Nigel Wood commented: “This a significant moment for international rugby league with the inclusion of a new continent, South America, in the World Cup qualifiers for the first time. This is the largest Americas qualification competition in history, both in terms of teams and matches.

“The work being done on the ground there is hugely encouraging. The week after the matches in Florida, Brazil, Argentina and Colombia’s men will meet in Sao Paulo, and the first women’s international will also be played there between Brazil and Argentina,” Wood confirmed. “The demand for the sport globally has never been higher.”

The USA has twice hosted qualifiers, winning both to advance to the Rugby League World Cup in 2013 and again in 2017. In 2011, they defeated Jamaica and South Africa in Philadelphia, and in 2015 beat Canada and Jamaica in Jacksonville.

USA Hawks head coach Sean Rutgerson noted: “We have a great record here and this is where we qualified last time. UNF have great facilities and the city of Jacksonville has responded enthusiastically to being named the host city.”

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Serbia Rugby League expect increased exposure from World Cup qualifiers

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SERBIA LOOK FOR INCREASED EXPOSURE VIA WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS

As they prepare to face long-time rivals Russia together with Spain in European Championship B – the fixtures doubling as 2021 Rugby League World Cup qualifiers – Serbia expect interest in the sport to peak.

With the recent live-streaming of the U19 European Championships, held in Belgrade, and greater awareness of their top sides appearing in the Balkan Super League as well as domestic competition, the profile of rugby league has risen appreciably.

“We have got some much-needed exposure,” said secretary general of SRL, Slobodan Manak. “Rugby league players aren’t yet superstars overnight, but media coverage is better and the overall support is there – we are becoming a favourite sport!

“Our juniors taking fifth place at the Euros definitely gave us a public push. For the first time we had our games nationally televised so the general public, not just a sports audience, could see how much pride our boys played with. The buzz and feedback was big and we want to continue it through European Championship B.”

Manak added: “We are expecting huge games against Spain and Russia that will bring big crowds, both in Belgrade and when we go to Moscow. Getting to the next step in qualification is the goal but the pure excitement of the competition is what will continue to make us popular.

“Not so long ago, we were watching and dreaming of attending a World Cup but now England 2021 doesn’t see that far, both for the federation and the public.”

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP B FIXTURES

6 Oct 2018 – 15:00 Spain Russia Quatre Carreres, Valencia
13 Oct 2018 – 15:00 Russia Serbia Fily Stadium, Moscow
20 Oct 2018 – 14:00 Serbia Spain Makis Stadium, Belgrade

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Spanish Rugby League link with Valencian soccer

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SPANISH RUGBY LEAGUE LINK WITH VALENCIAN SOCCER

In the lead up to their fixtures in European Championship B against Serbia and Russia, which double as qualifiers for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup in England, the Spanish rugby league federation is further fostering a close relationship with soccer in the Valencia region.

“Instead of trying to go head-to-head with other sports, rugby league is instead starting to join forces with other programmes, to increase exposure and awareness of the game,” said Asociación Española de Rugby League administrator and player Aitor Davilia. “In particular, the Valencia region has seen a number of initiatives whereby rugby league is part of kids’ camps and seen at local schools.”

The best example is the town of Carlet, about 30km south of Valencia. For the past four years, thanks to a connection with Spanish national team member Andrew Pilkington, the AERL has run coaching sessions during the month-long summer football camp.

As a result, 18 months ago when the Spanish U21 side wanted to run a residential training camp prior to a summer friendly against Italy, the natural choice was Carlet. Likewise, when the full domestic national side welcomed Great Britain Teachers earlier this year, the town once again opened its arms and facilities.

Miguel Guzmán Moreno, the director of the town’s youth football programme commented: “The guys from rugby league have always come down, with no financial motives, to show our children more about their sport and its virtues. In return, the club and the town have given them access to facilities for matches, training sessions and camps, and the bond has strengthened as time has gone on.”

With the opportunity to further develop such links and expose more Spanish children to rugby league, AERL has undertaken sessions in similar football and multisport camps in Beniparrell (home of the country’s founding club, Valencian Warriors) and Vilamarxant.

Izan Galera, one of the organisers of the Vilamarxant camp noted that his company (Grup Multiesport Vilamarxant): “Is well aware of the need for young children to be exposed to a range of sports as well as learn about the values it can bring to their lives, so we actively encourage new sports in the events.”

With the national team entering camp at the beginning of October in preparation for the European Championship B matches, the likelihood is that at least one training session will be taken to Carlet, while there will also be some sessions at Valencia’s Cambridge House Community College, a British school that hosted a number of national team players last year. On that visit students were put through their paces as well as given talks on the players’ careers and the demands of being an amateur athlete on the international stage.

According to Davilia: “Children from all three, Cambridge House, Vilamarxant, and Carlet will also be invited to take in the match day on 6 October against Russia and walk out with the teams, thus strengthening bonds and maybe capturing the imagination of a future “XIII de Toro” star.”

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP B FIXTURES

6 Oct 2018 – 15:00 Spain Russia Quatre Carreres, Valencia
13 Oct 2018 – 15:00 Russia Serbia Fily Stadium, Moscow
20 Oct 2018 – 14:00 Serbia Spain Makis Stadium, Belgrade

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