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Christmas Greetings from RLIF Chair

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The Chair of the Rugby League International Federation has issued an end of year message to the members, players and supporters of rugby league across the world. Graeme Thompson, who took over the role in November, has welcomed the progress made in the past 12 months and is enthusiastic about the future for the sport.

“As we move on from this year and look to the next, then the central sense is one of progress made but greater opportunity lies ahead for the game.”

“Our board has a busy year coming as we finalise the important work in developing our governance towards the best practice required to ensure that the RLIF is as efficient and well-governed as possible in readiness for all the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead”

“On the field, we will see two significant world activities. We will see the 2021 World Cup Men’s line up confirmed and the first World Nines in Sydney including men and women competing alongside one another.”

“There will be significant other international events including no doubt new nations becoming part of our ever growing membership.”

“All of this can only be achieved by the many volunteers and staff members who work within our member nations. They are a growing band of people and it’s great to see and recognise what they are achieving for rugby league. I would like to thank them for all of their efforts and wish them every success for 2019.”

“In 2018, we saw a crucial expansion of the RLIF staff. This provides the organisation with much improved capacity to ensure that we can support our members and help them to grow. In our CEO, Nigel Wood, our Global Operations Manager, Danny Kazandjian and our Southern Hemisphere General Manager, Jeremy Edwards, we have expertise and experience to ensure that our progress continues and expands.”

“So before we say goodbye to 2018 I wish everyone best wishes for the holiday season and good luck for 2019.”

Graeme Thompson – RLIF Chair

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Encouraging end of year for Greek Rugby League Association

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DATE: 19 December, 2018

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ENCOURAGING END OF YEAR FOR GREEK RUGBY LEAGUE

The Greek Rugby League Association has reported an encouraging end to the year, with reigning champions Rhodes Knights standing top of the league after winning all four of their matches to date. They have been pushed all the way by the sides in second and third, only just defeating Athens pair Attica Rhinos 22-20 away and Aris Eagles 26-22 at home.

Newcomers Larisa are yet to get off the mark but their inclusion is one of the highlights as 2018 comes to an end, along with the start of the women’s game – with Aris and Patras setting up sides – which it is planned will lead to the formation of a national women’s team.

“After three months, seven games and two friendly matches for our women, I have to say things are going well so far,” commented GRLA vice-president Aris Dardamanis. “Despite the difficulties we have in Greece, the 2021 World Cup qualifying game against Norway is coming up in May 2019 and we want to write history. Our passion for the sport is stronger than ever before.”

In the build-up for the clash with the Norwegians, which will be held in London and also doubles as the European C decider with promotion at stake, an Athens versus Rest of Greece trial match has been confirmed for early 2019.

RLEF general manager Chris Thair noted: “Increased participation, growth in the women’s game and a vibrant domestic club competition show rugby league in Greece is alive and well. I’m delighted for the people involved as they work under arduous conditions at times and we’ll continue to support them. The GRLA remains undeterred despite the difficulties and increased hostilities against its activity. Matches continue to be played and playing numbers continue to grow.”

Pictured is action from the recent clash between Aris and Patras Panthers, which the Eagles won 44-4. National player Kostas Georgogalas of Aris is being tackled by his former teammates, having moved from Patras, where he was studying, back to the capital.

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Encouraging end of year for Greek Rugby League Association

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DATE: 19 December, 2018

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ENCOURAGING END OF YEAR FOR GREEK RUGBY LEAGUE

The Greek Rugby League Association has reported an encouraging end to the year, with reigning champions Rhodes Knights standing top of the league after winning all four of their matches to date. They have been pushed all the way by the sides in second and third, only just defeating Athens pair Attica Rhinos 22-20 away and Aris Eagles 26-22 at home.

Newcomers Larisa are yet to get off the mark but their inclusion is one of the highlights as 2018 comes to an end, along with the start of the women’s game – with Aris and Patras setting up sides – which it is planned will lead to the formation of a national women’s team.

“After three months, seven games and two friendly matches for our women, I have to say things are going well so far,” commented GRLA vice-president Aris Dardamanis. “Despite the difficulties we have in Greece, the 2021 World Cup qualifying game against Norway is coming up in May 2019 and we want to write history. Our passion for the sport is stronger than ever before.”

In the build-up for the clash with the Norwegians, which will be held in London and also doubles as the European C decider with promotion at stake, an Athens versus Rest of Greece trial match has been confirmed for early 2019.

RLEF general manager Chris Thair noted: “Increased participation, growth in the women’s game and a vibrant domestic club competition show rugby league in Greece is alive and well. I’m delighted for the people involved as they work under arduous conditions at times and we’ll continue to support them. The GRLA remains undeterred despite the difficulties and increased hostilities against its activity. Matches continue to be played and playing numbers continue to grow.”

Pictured is action from the recent clash between Aris and Patras Panthers, which the Eagles won 44-4. National player Kostas Georgogalas of Aris is being tackled by his former teammates, having moved from Patras, where he was studying, back to the capital.

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New Nigeria Rugby League Association accepted by RLEF

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DATE: 18 December, 2018

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NIGERIA RUGBY LEAGUE ASSOCIATION CONFIRMED

A new Nigeria Rugby League Association has replaced the previous governing body as Observer members of the RLEF, following a number of inactive years by the old federation.

NRLA chairman Abiodun Olawale Cole, commented: “We have watched for too long wondering why a nation the size of Nigeria, blessed with so many athletes, are not a major force in the world of rugby league.

“We appreciate and understand the timescales required and are fully committed to growing the sport here. Our team firmly believe in our values being centred on exhibiting strong leadership, full transparency in all our dealings and upholding the name of rugby league in the highest esteem.”

Vice president and general manager of the NRLA is former professional player Ade Adebisi.

“It is welcome news to see a reformed and active Nigeria Rugby League,” said Remond Safi, RLEF Middle East Africa regional director. “NRLA have already gained official recognition from their local Olympic body and activity in Nigeria will also assist with developing international competition in the region and moving everyone forward. I look forward to working with them with the aim of enabling them to meet affiliate membership in the next twelve months.”

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Dates confirmed for final European qualifiers for 2021 Rugby League World Cup

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DATE: 16 December, 2018

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DATES CONFIRMED FOR FINAL EUROPEAN QUALIFIERS

Following the draw for the final European qualifying groups for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup – undertaken by St Helens’ international stars Tommy Makinson, Regan Grace and Theo Fages – the dates have been confirmed for next year’s fixtures.

In a quirk of fate, the nations in group one – Italy, Ireland and Spain, have all faced each other before at senior level, whilst those in group two – Greece or Norway, Russia and Scotland have never previously met.

“We played Ireland in the qualifiers for the 2017 World Cup and Italy in a friendly in 2015 so we know both teams very well,” said Spain head coach Darren Fisher. “This is a very tough group, however, we will prepare as best as we can and ensure we are up for this challenge. Everyone love games with high reward and there is nothing bigger than trying to qualify for a World Cup.”

The top two nations in each group will make the full tournament in England.

The match to determine who joins Scotland and Russia in group two, the final of European Championship C between Greece and Norway, will take place on neutral territory, in London, on 18 May 2018, with plans to make it part of a double-header event in the capital.

RLEF general manager Chris Thair, who hosted the live draw, commented: “All the nations who are still in contention have already come through tough qualifying games in 2018, and there is no doubt the excitement, pressure and on-field performances will need to be at an all-time high next year. Further details of times and venues will be revealed early in 2019. but we are set for a thrilling three weeks.”

FINAL EUROPEAN QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT

Round 1:

26-27 October, 2019

Spain v Ireland

Scotland v Russia

Round 2:

2-3 November, 2019

Italy v Spain

Greece or Norway v Scotland

Round 3:

9-10 November, 2019

Ireland v Italy

Russia v Greece or Norway

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First Cameroon rugby league season successfully completed as men’s and women’s champions crowned

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FIRST CAMEROON SEASON COMPLETED WITH CHAMPIONS CROWNED

The inaugural Cameroon Rugby League XIII champions have been crowned at the end of the opening season after Black Boys De Douala defeated Taureau RL 10-0 in the men’s Grand Final, and Rock defeated Raiders 4-0 in the women’s.

Five sides took part in the men’s competition; Petou RL, De Nyeté and Bandjoun RL the others’

“This rewarding season has given us a positive balance of how to structure clubs, learn and improve our technical skills and administration,” said Carol Manga, CRL XIII general and development manager.

“Rugby League is a social integration platform for young people in Cameroon and we cannot thank enough the players, volunteers, club officials, coaches, referees and all the board members of the Cameroon Rugby League XIII for getting us off the ground,” he added.

“Our sincere thanks also go to the UCB Group – Union Camerounaise Des Breweries – for their support.

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Albania become 39th member of the Rugby League European Federation

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ALBANIA GRANTED OBSERVER STATUS

Albania has become the 39th member nation of the RLEF after they were granted Observer status, further strengthening the sport in the Balkans.

“Congratulations to everyone involved in Albania Rugby League, the sport should be excited about the developments taking place in the region,” said Jovan Vujosevic, RLEF Central & Eastern Europe regional director, who has facilitated their inclusion. “Tirana has played in the Balkan Super League and the national side appeared in the Balkan 9s against Bosnia and Herzegovina, Turkey and Bulgaria this year. We will continue to develop the initial progress made.”

Ilir Dashi, president of Albania Rugby League noted: “It is a great milestone for the amount of work done so far. We would like to thank all those who came to the aid of rugby league in Albania since we started and the RLEF and RLIF for granting us this opportunity for further expansion. Our small yet strong crew will do the utmost to make more well-grounded progress. We are at the brink of a new year with many objectives on the horizon and many people with us.”

Kein Turdiu, ARL general secretary added: “Becoming a member of the RLEF has been a goal of ours since we started this journey. Today, having been awarded the membership status means a lot for us, we are one step closer to making rugby league a significant sport here. Many doors have now been opened for us and we are eager to work. All of us are focused and determined to spread the sport to every corner of Albania.”

Gaining Observer status means that a national federation has a suitable board, constitution, bank account established in the nation, a plan for developing the game domestically and is active. A federation may move to becoming an affiliate or full member subject to governance, the depth of domestic competition and national team fixtures.

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