Archive | February 2019

New rugby league seasons kick off in Serbia and Lebanaon

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FROM: RLEF MEDIA DEPARTMENT

DATE: 27 February, 2019

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NEW SEASONS KICK OFF IN SERBIA AND LEBANON

The traditional match to herald the start of the new rugby league season in Serbia, named after the Risman family, saw ‘Team John’ comprising of the Serbia U21s, defeat ‘Team Bev’ made up of their best U23s, 36-24 at the BASK Arena.

In the seventh annual clash, ‘Team John’ retained the trophy thanks to a superb hat-trick from skipper Vladimir Milutinović’s. ‘Team John’ overturned a 14-12 half time deficit to score four unanswered tries in the closing stages.

The SRL season will continue next weekend with the first trophy up for grabs, the Super Cup duel between arch Belgrade rivals Red Star and Partizan.

Meanwhile, this weekend will see the start of the student campaign in Lebanon. The 2019 Lebanese Youth Championship will kick off with an expanded nine teams involved. Officially known as the Scholastic Rugby League, it will again take place in two areas.

The northern tournament includes the U18 teams from holders Tripoli RLFC and El Mina RLFC, together with Sheikh Khalil Hussein Institute, Kfarhazir English School and Amioun Institute, with the teams playing each other once before the play-offs.

Whilst in Mount Lebanon, the territory that includes Beirut, St Joseph’s, Antonin International, Notre Dame and Dhour Shweir schools are involved in a six-round competition that will end with an April final. St Joseph’s have won the last three titles and will enter the competition as favourites.

Gaby Haddad, Mt Lebanon Development Officer, commented: “I’m very happy that we have new schools wanting more games in their curriculum. Dhour Shweir Secondary school is the newest team to join, hopefully they get a great experience in this season’s championship.”

The champions of Mt Lebanon will play the northern group winners for the title of Lebanese champions.

Mohamad Mohsen, North Lebanon Development Officer, added: “Last season’s competition was a success. All the players were extremely excited about learning the game. This season the numbers have gone up as the sport is getting more recognition.”

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Rugby League International Federation moves towards fully aligned coaching and match official qualifications

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The Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) is supporting the creation of a full suite of internationally recognized and aligned coaching and match official qualifications. This project advanced significantly following detailed discussions between the Asia Pacific Rugby League Confederation and the Rugby League European Federation held in New South Wales, Australia.

The coach education leadership of APRLC and the RLEF have concluded over 50 hours of detailed collaboration in just four days last week. This was the second such meeting of its kind and resulted in the alignment of the newly drafted Level 1 Rugby League Coach course, which is now, subject to formal adoption, ready for implementation. In addition, Peter Corcoran, OAM and Martin Crick agreed the module structure for a Level 2 Rugby League Coach.

“The on-going collaboration between APRLC and the RLEF has progressed further this week,” said Crick, who has led the northern hemisphere’s education programmes for almost a decade.

“We hope the final draft of the level 1 will be launched in June, whilst the significant progress we made towards the Level 2 qualification means it can be completed later this year.”

A core element of the re-design was flexibility, allowing level 1 candidates to complete work remotely and only needing one day of face-to-face tuition to complete the two-day course. Similarly, the four-day level two can now be completed with a minimum of two days face-to-face coaching, providing member nations with an adaptable resource they can suit to their own, often volunteer, work force.

A meeting with Colin Sanctuary, Player Development Manager at NSWRL, has given rise to discussions on sharing game and training clips; training schedules; and webinars on selected topics. This will assist coaches and match officials world-wide with access to specific on-line training resources.

RLEF Match Official Manager, Tom Mather and Peter Corcoran have also been liaising for 18 months to align all match official education. Speaking of the progress made, Mr Corcoran commented:

“An education and training scheme for coaches and match officials, in any sport, goes to the soul of that sport; professional delivery of courses is at the heart of a sport’s development; and coaches and match officials have the opportunity to be the life blood of the sport and make a difference to the lives and performances of the sport’s participants. This is the Vision of the RLIF into the future.

“The RLIF Education Programme is aimed at giving the participants the essential building blocks and values needed to succeed in a coaching or match officiating career that may embrace the influencing of children, teens or adults by encouraging the sharing of such ideas and experiences as ethics, acceptable behaviour, community and club responsibilities along with insights into the ‘best practice’ issues for match performance.”

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LEBANESE RUGBY LEAGUE FEDERATION ELECT NEW SIX MAN BOARD

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Date: 20 February, 2019

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LRLF ELECT NEW BOARD

Following elections hosted and presided over by the Ministry of Youth and Sport in Beirut, the Lebanese Rugby League Federation has announced its new administrative board. The six-strong group, which is mandated until January 2023, includes four independent directors and two nominated by the clubs.

The move towards an independent board was part of a key strategic decision made early in 2018 to provide a fresh perspective and identify specific skills to take the organisation forward, principally led by officers free of affiliation.

The four new independent directors are: international corporate lawyer Assaad Feghali, a partner in one of Lebanon’s leading legal practices, who was elected president; media and sport lawyer Ramy Aoun, named vice president; London-based Karl Bistany, an experienced sports marketing consultant with a client list that includes UEFA, leading broadcasters in Europe, Africa and Asia, the Bundesliga and the Premier League; and Jad Abinassif, an operations manager in the technology sector who represented Lebanon in the 2008 RL World Cup qualifiers.

Two of the previous board were re-elected, Mikhael Shammas, president of Wolves RLFC, who is the new treasurer; and Remond Safi, president of Tripoli RLFC, who will serve temporarily as general secretary in the transitional phase.

Feghali, 45, from Rabieh, just outside Beirut, commented: “I look forward to further growing the LRLF and inputting my knowledge and skills, together with the new board members, to strengthen and develop our organisation. I would like to thank my predecessor Mohamad Habbous who gave 16 years of duty, guiding the federation through its difficult formative steps. Mohamad was universally respected and we all owe him a huge debt of gratitude.”

Bistany added: “I am honoured to have been invited to join the board. Whilst there has been a lot of progress since 2002, the future promises significant opportunity and I look forward to working with my fellow members to continue growing Lebanese rugby league, both domestically and internationally.”

Chief among the board’s tasks is the long-term development of community clubs by giving them an environment to thrive. The adoption of new regulations last year, which will be incorporated within a revised constitution, will provide more stability, and the federation will now work closely with the ministry to improve club administration and consultation.

Tripoli RLFC director Dr Jihad Achkar, said: “As a founding member of the LRLF and the first rugby league club in Lebanon, we continue to be committed to the advancement of rugby league in Lebanon. We and the other clubs have high hopes for the newly elected LRLF board to steer the sport and raise the standards, and we look forward to working with them as they put forward their strategy for the next phase.”

The board accepted Safi’s resignation as LRLF CEO, following eight years in post and 13 employed with the governing body in total. He will focus solely on his expanding role as the sport’s Middle East Africa regional director. The board will recruit a new CEO and reconstitute its Australian entity, which is legally managed by the board in Lebanon, through an open election process.

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Rugby League International Federation to appoint three independent directors

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The Board of the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) has unanimously agreed that a proposal to appoint three independent directors will be presented to the membership for approval at an EGM to be held in April this year. This is a key aspect of a package of significant governance reform which was proposed by the members at the AGM in November.

The Board has been made up of representatives from the Australian Rugby League Commission, New Zealand Rugby League, Rugby Football League, Asia Pacific Rugby League Confederation and the Rugby League European Federation. Now, for the first time ever, there will be three independent directors appointed based upon particular skills and expertise and will help the RLIF to achieve the highest standards of governance in line with best practice. One of the independent directors will become the RLIF Chair.

The Board also approved the proposal for the selection of the 12 men’s teams and the 4 women’s teams who will participate in the RLIF Downer Rugby League World Cup 9’s to be held in Sydney on 18/19 October. Those nations will now be invited to participate and will be announced once positive responses are received.

Positive discussion about the international calendar for 2019 and beyond progressed significantly with further announcements expected very shortly.

RLIF Chair, Graeme Thompson was happy with the progress made in the meeting saying

“The governance reform process has been detailed and lengthy, which is right and proper, as it represents organisational progression. In particular it guides how we make future strategic decisions.”

“The addition of Independent Directors to the Board, provides a key opportunity for the organisation to incorporate other relevant backgrounds and experiences to work alongside the present Board’s abilities. The unity of the Board on the governance reform package is very significant and we look forward to the final stage of engaging with our member nations and seeking their ultimate approval”

“Whilst we already have the World Cup Nines and World Cup qualification established for this season, there has been significant progress on the rest of the 2019 calendar. This plan involves a myriad of stakeholders, who require some final consultation, before announcements can be made. We anticipate this to be in the very near future.”

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Rugby league’s Balkan Super League expands to include first Italian club

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DATE: 8 February, 2019

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BALKAN SUPER LEAGUE TO INCLUDE 14 TEAMS FROM EIGHT NATIONS

Rugby league’s most geographically spread club competition, the Balkan Super League, will be further expanded when it kicks off in April 2019.

The third year of the tournament will see it encompassing 14 clubs spread over two divisions for the first time, with eight nations involved following the inclusion of first Italian side Lignano Sharks.

Eight clubs will feature in the first division in two pools of four, with previous winners Red Star and Partizan, both from Belgrade, the respective seeds. Lignano will be in the same pool as holders Red Star, along with their Serbian rivals Dorcol and Greek club Aris Eagles.

Inaugural winners and last season’s runners-up Partizan’s initial opponents will be Locomotive Sofia (Bulgaria), Kadikoy Bulls Istanbul (Turkey) and another Serbian side, Radnicki Nis.

In the second division, Group A will feature Montenegro’s South Region from Tivat, FIS Vitez of Bosnia Herzegovina, and Albanian’s CR Tirana. Turkish side Ankara Phrygians are in Group B, alongside Serbia’s Red Kangaroos and Radnicki Novi Beograd.

“After months of open discussion amongst the participating clubs and federations involved, we shaped this year’s format and are confident that it will produce the best championship so far,” said BSL commissioner Dragan Pavlovic.We are returning all the previous countries involved, while the major addition is having Italian rugby included with Lignano.”

"We are very happy to be able to enter such a prestigious and high-level tournament,” noted Sharks team manager Davide Macor. “For us it will certainly be a great sporting and human experience. We are working hard to guarantee the best event for our visitors. We are ambitions but we are aware that we will face teams of great prestige. We face this with enthusiasm and desire.”

BSL founder and RLEF Central & Eastern regional director, Jovan Vujosevic, commented: “We are very proud that our initial idea of just spreading the rugby league spirit in region is growing in to serious championship. There is interest from other countries and in the future we see the BSL as the biggest driver to elevate the level of the sport in the region.”

In both divisions, the two best-placed teams in each group will enter the play-offs and contest the semis, with the respective Grand Finals set to be staged at the home venue of the highest ranked side.

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Norway Rugby League host first junior coaches course

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DATE: 6 February, 2019

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NORWAY RUGBY LEAGUE HOST FIRST JUNIOR COACHES COURSE

In the build up to their European Championship C decider against Greece in London on 18 May , which doubles as a 2021 Rugby League World Cup qualifier, Norge RL has delivered a successful level one coaching course in Oslo.

A record total of 14 club coaches came from across the country to attend, nine of them intent on coaching recently-formed U12s sections in three of the clubs. Norway head coach Dave Hunter commented: “This is a massive step forward for the game here, as clubs set about ensuring sustainability for the future.

“Rugby League has made great strides in the country in recent years. The premier competition has six teams playing, with sides travelling considerable distances to complete their fixtures. Stavanger Storm, for example, have to travel over 1,000km, or 17 hours by bus, to play Trondheim RK.”

Hunter added: “There is then a subsidiary competition consisting of three 9s tournaments for new teams or those at an early stage of their development. The national team being involved in the World Cup qualifiers has provided a real focus for all, especially with getting more young players involved and engaged.”

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Offiah endorses decision to host MEA Rugby League Championship in Nigeria

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NIGERIA CHOSEN TO HOST SECOND MEA RUGBY LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP

Nigeria has been chosen to host the second Middle East Africa Rugby League Championship, which will take place over a week in October and is likely to comprise of two groups and a final, all at a single venue.

It will be the second MEA Championship to be played in Africa, the first in 2015 as part of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Qualifiers, when Lebanon travelled to and defeated South Africa over two matches.

“I’m certain the expanded competition will be a success in Nigeria and would like the Nigerian people to get behind us and show how great the country and Africa can be for the sport,” said former professional Ade Adebisi, vice chairman and general manager of the Nigeria Rugby League Association. “This tournament will be a fantastic avenue to showcase the raw talent in Africa and the Middle East and what rugby league has to offer outside of traditional boundaries.”

It is also planned to host a regional educational event for coaches and match officials around the Championship.

The decision to hold the tournament in Nigeria has been endorsed by Rugby Football League Hall of Famer Martin Offiah. “Of Nigerian heritage, I am always delighted when I see fellow countrymen express their athletic prowess. It makes me very proud that my parents came from a small village in the state of Onitsha and now a statue of their son sits outside Wembley Stadium in London thanks to this great sport. It is my honour to support the NRLA on their journey into the world of international rugby league.”

Participating nations will be announced in March.

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