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Jamaica to play first-ever home rugby league Test against USA

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From: Jamaica Rugby League Association

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Date: 28 March, 2019

JAMAICA TO PLAY FIRST-EVER HOME TEST MATCH AGAINST USA

History will be made on 22 June when Jamaica play their first-ever home international against the USA, at the Mona Bowl Field in Kingston (kick off 3.30pm), in an escalation of one of international rugby league’s burgeoning rivalries.

In their previous meeting in Florida last November, the Reggae Warriors won 16-10 to claim a place in the 2021 World Cup, with the Hawks now consigned to a repechage at the end of this year. The match will be part of the sport’s mid-year international weekend.

“It is a ground-breaking moment for us and we look forward to hosting the USA after eight consecutive matches between our countries over there going back to 2009,” said Jamaica director of rugby and national head coach Romeo Monteith. “It is the start of our preparations the World Cup in 2021 and a fantastic opportunity to showcase the sport in front of our fans and partners, this is a major moment for the JRLA.”

Previously, Jamaica have played home matches against Canada in 2017 and the British Amateur RL Association tourists.

USA Hawks head coach Sean Rutgerson commented: “I’m happy for my players to have a get-square on their minds and many will have ground to make up as I look at my squad to play in the next round of qualifiers. Of late, we’ve only been to Canada or playing at home so it’s good for us to get out and experience something completely different.”

The Hawks expect to arrive in the Jamaican capital the day before the game and both sides look like being made up completely of domestic players.

The United States and Jamaica will also play in the inaugural Americas 9s at Lamport Stadium, Toronto, on 18 May.

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Ghana Rugby League Federation appoint national head coach

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Date: 27 March, 2019

GHANA RUGBY LEAGUE APPOINT HEAD COACH

Ghana Rugby League has appointed Andy Gilvary as their national team head coach in preparation for the 2019 Middle East Africa Rugby League Championships, to be held in Nigeria from the 2-6th October.

Gilvary was part of the RLEF technical delegation that worked on establishing Ghana RL in 2012, delivering coaching and match official development courses. He has spent the last five years coaching Coogee Dolphins in the South Sydney competition.

“It is amazing to see how far the sport has come in such a short time,” Gilvary said on his appointment. “There is a flourishing university inter hall competition, and the start of a domestic league will make selection for the national team extremely competitive. The MEA Championship will be another exciting part of the international calendar.”

Along with team manager Jafaru Awudu Mustapha and assistant coaches Julius Amevor and Marshall Nortey, the RLFG staff will look to guide the players through a number of camps and training sessions prior to their departure for Nigeria.

Ghana RL president Nana Prempeh noted: “I am impressed by the ambition and energy demonstrated by Andy and I look forward to working with him and the group of players that I believe have what it takes to succeed on the international stage. Andy already has knowledge of Ghana and this will assist him better prepare for the MEA Championship.”

Ghana’s opening game will be against the hosts at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos (kick off 4pm local time).

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RLIF Middle East Africa Championship to be staged in Lagos, Nigeria

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Three nations on debut, and one returning to the international fold, will contest the second RLIF Middle East Africa Championship in October 2019. The event, staged over four days, will be hosted at the Teslim Balogum Stadium in Lagos, Nigeria, with the hosts facing fellow newcomers Ghana, and Cameroon – also making their bow – coming up against Morocco, who last played a representative fixture in the first tournament eight years ago.

The matches will be played on 2nd October with the respective winners and losers contesting the final and ranking play-off games on 6th in a second double-header.

“The MEA Championship could be one of the most significant moments in the history of international rugby league,” said Adi Adebisi, general manager of the Nigerian Rugby League Association, who have recently established four clubs for their competition which is due to begin in May.

“The staging of such a tournament here, the largest economy in Africa is a massive opportunity for both Nigeria and the sport.”

Morocco’s re-emergence under a new board coincides with four clubs currently playing in their domestic competition – Nador Arkmane (Nador), Black Eagles (Casablanca), Marocaine Assalam (Guelmim) and South Lions (Bouzakarne) – which kicked off in January 2019.

President of the Moroccan Federation, Yassmina Abdesselem, commented: “We are very much looking forward to taking part. The players are excited to work through to selection for our proud national team.”

Ghana and Cameroon are building up to their initial Test matches.

“We are looking forward to the Championship and especially proud and excited to compete in an all-African tournament first up,” noted Kareem Captain, a member of the Ghana Rugby League board of trustees.

CRL XIII general manager Carol Manga added:

“Rugby League is a community-based sport and the tournament will bring people together and enrich their lives. We in the Cameroon want to show off how entertaining this sport can be.”

Rugby League European Federation MEA regional manager, Remond Safi, who has been the architect of the championship commented:

“This will provide a pathway for the four participants to obtain affiliate membership, potentially by the end of the year.

“Playing official international matches is a part of the criteria and the profile gained will also encourage other nations to develop the sport in new areas of the continent.”

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Red Star win first-ever Serbian girls rugby league match

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Date: 20 March, 2019

RED STAR WIN FIRST-EVER GIRLS MATCH

To commemorate the 65th anniversary of the inugural rugby league match played in the country, further history was made when Red Star Belgrade won the first-ever full contact girls match, beating Red Kangaroos 46-16 at the Ada Ciganlija stadium.

Played as a 9-a-side, full contact clash, Red Star were led by Helena Host, who scored 18 points from three tries and goals, and two-try Jelena Stoiljković. Tamara Bošnjak replied with a brace of touchdowns for the Roos.

“We made history today and even though it was exhibition game, we made a first step in setting up girls competition in Serbia,” said Red Star president Zeljko Delić. “The score wasn’t important, it was the commitment and passion among the girls that so impressed.”

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First official girls’ rugby league game played in Jamaica

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Date: 18 March, 2019

HISTORY MADE WITH FIRST GIRL’S GAME

Cedar Grove Academy Tally-Hawks (pictured) defeated Ascot High 8-4 in the first full girls’ game held in Jamaica. The high school sides met in a 9s clash, with previous activity for girls having been a tag tournament.

Ascot’s fleet-footed Krystal Hall wrote her name in the record books with the first try, levelled by Deandra Edwards, and it was the Cedargrovians who broke the deadlock when their head girl and vice-captain Naomi Mohamid broke clear to score the clinching try.

Antonio Baker, coach of the Tally-Hawks and also JRLA director of female rugby league was pleased with the efforts of both teams and the management behind them. “Females are just as eager as males to play the sport, so we are providing them with the opportunity to see what they can contribute,” he said.

Efforts are currently underway to develop a national framework for the women’s and girl’s game at high school, intercollegiate and national level. Currently, conversations are being held with Canada Rugby League to have their women’s team travel to Jamaica in 2020 to play a Test match, with a reverse fixture the following year.

Baker added: “Significant growth and development is the forecast for female rugby league in Jamaica as several stakeholders at high school and university level especially are already seeking ways to get their institutions involved in the sport.”

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Fiji coach believes a Pacific nation will win at least one of the next three Rugby League World Cups

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Brandon Costin, head coach of the Fiji Bati Rugby League team is convinced that a Pacific nation will win one of the next three Rugby League World Cups. Costin, who has started his role as full-time head coach of the Bati, was outlining why he is so ambitious for the sport in Fiji and also across the wider Pacific region.

“We are dealing with the best athletes in the world. They are built like a rock and can run like the wind – I am in awe of their size and speed. Our responsibility is to put some rugby league into them by nurturing the game on the islands.

“When you consider that over 40% of the current NRL athletes are of island heritage, it is a foregone conclusion that one of the Pacific nations will win one of the next three rugby league world cups.”

Costin, who is the first full-time coach of the Fiji Bati and has already spoken to players and coaches of clubs playing in the Vodafone Cup, sees the elements all being put in place to ensure that the Bati can emerge as a real challenger and he is looking forward to leading this ambitious programme.

“The RLIF Oceania Cup is a brilliant concept. The Pacific nations are gagging for this level of competition and it will all lead into a magnificent World Cup in 2021.

“Our job is to encourage and develop the youth players and get them on a pathway into the NRL or Super League systems. On the island we are hoping to get the go-ahead for a club in the NSW Cup which will put another 30 full-time athletes into the programme. They will live, eat, train and play together and this provides them with the platform to play for the Bati and launch a real challenge on the world cup.

“We are charged with getting the domestic players up to speed and create a complete pathway from domestic competition through the NSW Cup and into the NRL and Super League. By 2025 there will be a huge pool of local players who have had the opportunity to be a part of this.”

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