Archive | May 2019

Morocco Rugby League name coach for MEA Championships

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Contact: Remond Safi, MEA Regional Director, Rugby League European Federation
PO Box. 1069 Jounieh, Lebanon, Office: +961 9 856345
E-mail: remond.safi

Date: 24 May, 2019

MOROCCO NAME COACH FOR MEA CHAMPIONSHIPS

On the back of the completion of their domestic championship, Morocco Rugby League has named Jérôme Alonso as their head coach for the MEA Championships in Nigeria in October, where they will initially face Cameroon. He will be assisted by Rachid Amraoui.

“I am very happy and proud to have been chosen to coach Morocco’s national team.,” Alonso said. “It is with great enthusiasm that I approach this new adventure and we will make every effort to be ready for the Championships, which will be the start of our project to further develop rugby league in this country.”

“We are the founders of the Moroccan revival and it is a pleasure to be part of it,” Amraoui added. “We have a lot of work to do and our first mission is to call the players in France to present the project and see if they want to be part of it. The first feedback is positive and we are preparing a get-together for them on June 29 and 30 to see their reaction.”

There was a surprise in the Moroccan Grand Final, Assalam Guelmim winning the national championship for the first time, triumphing 4-0 against favourites Nador Arakmane XIII Sharks, in Berrchid.

Assalam head coach, Mohamed Boukassal, commented : “It was a really great experience for our team, to come out on top of the competition. Nador are a more experienced side and have a greater history but we managed to win and this has fired our team to want to play more games. The competition was at a very good level with little between all the teams.”

In a four-team league, the other two sides were Casablanca Black Eagles and South Bouzakarne Lions.

Morocco RL president Yamina Abdesselem has just returned from the RLEF Congress in Istanbul, which she found to be a very valuable experience and exchange of information. “The XIII Moroccan is in full construction in terms of the creation of other clubs and infrastructure,” she said. “The MEA Championships will be a good benchmark for us and enable us to continue to get wider recognition.”

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WOMEN’S & WHEELCHAIR EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS LAUNCHED

Following its first-ever Congress in Istanbul, Turkey, the RLEF has announced the creation of two new European Championships, beginning in 2023, for the wheelchair and women’s game.

RLEF general manager Chris Thair commented: “It is important that we continue to reflect our members activities and needs. Both the women’s and wheelchair games have grown considerably in the last few years and I’ve no doubt these European Championships will inspire further growth. Wheelchair rugby league is fast, robust and extremely exciting to watch. It also involves some wonderful players who are genuine superstars. Our intention is to bring the action to the forefront and raise the profile of those who play it. England, whose professional clubs launched the very successful women’s Super League in 2017, and France, who continue to have large numbers participating, will start as likely favourites for the 2023 Women’s European Championships.”

Thair added: “The RLEF Congress had over 40 delegates from 21 nations and it was fitting that Turkey’s women’s captain Melike Sahan launched the tournament at the event. She then inspired Turkey to an 18-14 victory over Italy in their inaugural women’s international, watched by a very vocal crowd and all the delegates. Congress helps foster a spirit of togetherness as we all share the same journey.”

RLEF chairman Maurice Watkins noted: “The 2019 Congress was the best we have ever held and for that we give thanks to our staff, led by Chris, and the Turkish Rugby League Association who hosted the event. TRLA president Gurol Yildiz, founder Julian Treu and the whole team were professional, inspiring and have added a great deal to our membership.

“A great deal of time and effort goes into these events, however, it is the outcomes that matter most. A press section was introduced to the RLEF Congress this year and national Turkish television networks such as TRT Sports were present along with council leaders. A speech from legendary Turkish sports commentator and TV host Orhan Ayhan to launch proceedings added to the sense of occasion and ensured the sport was seen by millions on Turkey’s national news.”

Watkins confirmed: “The decisions and talks held will lead to a brighter future. The whole weekend was significant for international rugby league as every single member of the RLEF was either their or involved in a game. On the same day, the United States beat Jamaica, Canada and Latin Heat to win the Americas 9s. Greece defeated Norway to lift the European Championship C trophy and move to the next stage of the World Cup qualification process. Spain played host to a Super League game which broke that competition’s attendance record for a regular season game. Finally, Turkey played their inaugural women’s international before us. There remains a great deal to do but we must also recognise the great strides that have been taken. Everyone is very excited and hopeful about the future of international rugby league.”

A record number of Middle East African nations were represented, with delegates from Cameroon, Lebanon, Morocco, Nigeria and Palestine present.

Turkey held on to overcome Italy 18-14 in a pulsating women’s international, after leading 12-4 at the break. The game was superbly refereed by Serbian official Vladan Kikanovic and held at the sunny Beylerbeyi Stadium. Tries from Turkey’s Ecem Acikzog and Esen Gul, both converted by Acikzog, put the hosts 12-0 in front before an unconverted try by Italy’s Gioga Lozzi just before half time saw them back in the contest. Italy began the second half strongly and scored through Alessandra Berotti, however, a try by Mehtap Korku, again converted by Acikzog put Turkey into an unassailable 18-8 lead. A late try for Italy by Virgina Pinaello, converted by Valentina Viesin proved to be consolation for the visitors.

Turkey Women:

Melike Sahan, Huyla Tasci, Gulusan Cakmak, Mehtap Korku, Nazlican Erdogan, Esen Gül (Izmir Bati Gucu RLC), Elif Yilmaz, Zeynep Aydın, Nazife Taşkın, Ecem Acikgoz(Ankara Phrygians RLC), Bengu Ozgen, Safak Ozturk, Merve Fırtına, Ezgi Kilic, Elif Kutlu (Kadikoy Bulls RLC), Berivan Dilmac (Eskisehir Aqua Warriors RLC), Jiyan Avras

Italy Women:

Lisa Sovran, Stefania Tolto, Riulla Callagel, Virgina Pinavello, Alessandra Menotti, Cecilia Piva, Valentina Virgili, Giulia Iozzi, Simona Gazzera, Rosa Bettolatei, Altea, Giulia Stucchi, Erica Neri, Enrica Pandolfo, Marika Ascione, Carlotta Gnerreschi.

Further photos from RLEF Congress and Turkey v Italy game can be found here –

[20/05, 17:17] Gurol Turkey RL: https://photos.app.goo.gl/9JfthXHod9XYRivq8
[20/05, 17:18] Gurol Turkey RL: https://photos.app.goo.gl/vY221irnoTUvg5CU9

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2021 Rugby League World Cup qualifier – Greece 56 Norway 26 – report

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DATE: 19 May, 2019

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2021 RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP QUALIFIER – GREECE 56 NORWAY 26 – Report

A dominant first half, which saw them 32-0 ahead at the break, saw Greece qualify for the final stages of the 2021 World Cup European qualifiers, where they will face Scotland and Russia, with the top two sides advancing. They were also crowned European Championship C winners.

The gallant Norwegians, with centres Kristoffer Borsheim and Fredrik Nordtun outstanding, rallied in the second half at the New River Stadium, London, but had left themselves too much to do.

The spine of the Greek side proved too strong, with teenage South Sydney junior, hooker Peter Mamouzelos the star with four of their ten tries. “Coming over here has been a wonderful experience,” he said. “I’ve never been to Europe before. Going into camp in Greece with the team, I learned a lot about my culture and to come here and get the win was fantastic; it was a team effort. The whole family has got behind me, the support has been fantastic.”

In a blistering start, it took seven minutes for Greece to open the scoring when excellent Robert Tuliatu, the London Skolar on home territory, threw a dummy and fooled three defenders to cross; Jordan Meads, who directed play throughout, surprisingly skewing the conversion from in front of the posts, his sole miss.

With the Norwegians expending too much effort in defence, on the back of a penalty, Tuliatu and Meads combined to send Terry Constantinou over to score out wide in the 16th minute. Two minutes later, full back Constantinou broke clear and got the ball away to put paratrooper Theodoros Nianiakas into the open. The Aris Eagles backrower, who only started playing the sport six months ago, was unchallenged on his 35-metre run to the try line.

Nordtun was sin binned in the 26th minute for trying to delay the play after another Greek raid, and the blue and whites made the Vikings pay when Meads put centre Dimos Kartsonakis over in the corner, Meads landing the side line conversion to make it 20-0.

Mamouzelos dominated the end of the opening 40 with two tries in quick succession, the first capitalising on a Meads break and bamboozling defenders from close in, the second a superb solo effort from 70 metres, latching on to a Tuliatu midfield offload.

Norway, who stayed out on the field at half time, showed increasing resolve at the start of the second period to hint at a possible stunning comeback.

At the end of their best set, engineered by Kritsian Nordin-Skipnes and Brett Harvey, skipper Kristoffer Milligan dived over from dummy half on the last tackle, and with Joshua Skidmore-Hornby making an impact off the bench, a long pass set Casey Diggs free on the right; Nordtun curling over the conversion.

Mamouzelos completed a genuine hat-trick, diving over from dummy-half to give the Greeks breathing space, but Borsheim capitalised on a blind side play to superbly dummy his way over and, after Tuliatu had knocked on over the line, Nordtun took Simon Viljoen’s long pass to cross on the left to make it 38-20.

Norway lost possession from the restart and Greece made sure of the victory when Mamouzelos, playing at half-back, collected the ball from the scrum and fed Meads who put Constantinou over in the corner; Meads with the touchline goal.

A superb passage from the Greeks saw Mamouzelos begin a move from inside his own half. He linked up with Tuliatu who sent Meads into the clear and Mamouzelos backed up to score between the posts; Meads’ goal bringing up the Hellenic half century.

Mamouzelos then turned provider, racing down the side line before stepping inside Stephen Mwinkar. The Norwegian custodian managed to hold on to him, but the Souths tyro was able to get the ball away for Nianiakas to cross for his second try.

Norway were rewarded for their perseverance, and had the consolation of winning the second half, when they spread the ball wide and released former athlete Diggs, who sprinted 60 metres for a score to delight their fans and numerous dignitaries.

GREECE 56

1 Terry Constantinou

2 Ioannis Nake

3 Kostas Katsidonis

4 Dimos Kartsonakis

5 Nikolaos Kourkakis

6 Nikos Bosmas

7 Jordan Meads (c)

8 Stefanos Bastas

9 Peter Mamouzelos

12 Ioannis Rousoglou

11 Theodoros Nianiakas

10 Grigorios Koutsimpogiorgas

13 Robert Tuliatu

Subs (all used)

14 Aris Dardamanis

15 Pantelis Tsattalios

17 Ioannis Dimakas

18 Georgios Tsiakos

Tries: Tuliatu (7), Constantinou (15, 68), Nianiakas (17, 73) Kartsonakis (26), Mamouzelos (35, 38, 53, 71)

Goals: Meads 7/8, Bastas 1/1, Mamouzelos 0/1

NORWAY 26

1 Stephen Mwikar

2 Casey Diggs

3 Kristoffer Borsheim

4 Fredrik Nordtun

5 Bendik Kalvik

6 Nathan Cummins

7 Simon Viljoen

8 Sam Mullins

9 Kristoffer Milligan (c)

10 Ezra McIntyre

11 Nils Kristian Holte

12 Kritsian Nordin-Skipnes

13 Brett Harvey

Subs (all used)

14 Sonny Mellor

15 Chris Stalsberg

16 Lucas Zuniga

17 Joshua Skidmore-Hornby

Tries: Milligan (42), Diggs (46, 78), Borsheim (59), Nordtun (66)

Goals: Nordtun 2/4, Cummins 1/1

Sin bin: Nordtun (26 – professional foul)

Half time: 32-0

Referee: Cameron Worsley (England)

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Greece and Norway name 19-man squads for 2021 Rugby League World Cup qualifier – plus broadcast details

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DATE: 17 May, 2019

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GREECE AND NORWAY NAME 19-MAN SQADS FOR WORLD CUP QUALIFIER

Greece and Norway have named their 19-man match day squads for tomorrow’s European Championship C Final, which also acts as a qualifier for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup. The nations meet for the first time tomorrow (Saturday) at the home of London Skolars’ New River Stadium, Haringey (kick off 1pm) before the hosts play their League 1 fixture with Doncaster.

Greek Rugby League Association president, George Stilianos, commented: “We have been looking forward to this match ever since we won our last qualifying game in September. We have been concentrating on beating Norway and nothing else beyond that. There are fans travelling over from Greece, plus the Greek community living in London that will join forces to make some noise for the team and hopefully get them over the line.“

Lee Johnson, Rugby League Norge’s chariman noted: “The build up to this game has been intense with all players training at their peak for this momentous occasion in rugby league Norway’s history, on its tenth anniversary. We all know what a mountain we have to climb to make the final qualification stages, but everyone is giving it their all.

“Throughout these last months of behind-closed-doors talks with the RLEF and Greece, it has been great to see all parties wanting the same thing, to put on the best show we can and make this a day for all players to remember for rest of their lives. Both nations have struggled with outside forces trying to deny them the right to play, but this game is a statement to tell everyone that Norway and Greece are here to stay and look forward to bright futures in the sport, no matter what the outcome.“

The match will be live-streamed on the on the RLEFTV Youtube site – http://po.st/RLEF-NORvGRE – and in Norway via major broadcast provider Amedia.

GREECE 19-MAN SQUAD

Aris Dardamanis, Grigoris Koutsibogiorgos, Ioannis Dimakas, Ioannis Rousoglou, Thodoris Nianiakas (Aris Eagles), Iasonas Kourkakis, Ioannis Nake, Eugenios Malai (Attica Rhinos), Jordan Meads (Beerwah Bulldogs), Stefanos Bastas (Doncaster RLFC), Robert Tuliatu (London Skolars), Dimos Kartsonakis, Georgios Tsiakos, Kostas Katsidonis, Michail Bosmos, Nikos Bosmos, Pantelis Tsattalios (Rhodes Knights), Peter Mamouzelos (South Sydney), Terry Constantinou (Sunbury Tigers)

NORWAY 19-MAN SQUAD

Brett Harvey (Bardufoss Badgers), Casey Diggs, Bendik Kalvik, Sam Mullins (Bodø Barbarians), Harald Mikalsen (Flekkefjord Tigers), Sonny Mellor, Joshua Skidmore-Hornby, Lucas Zuniga (Lillestrøm Lions), Nils Kristian Holte, Kristoffer Milligan, Simon Viljoen (Oslo Capitals), Kevin Båtnes, Chris Stalsberg (Porsgrunn Pirates), Kristoffer Borsheim, Nathan Cummins, Ezra McIntyre, Fredrik Nordtun (Stavanger Storm), Stephen Stepanek Mwikaria (Trondheim Rugby Klubb), Kristian Nordin-Skipnes (Woden Valley Rams)

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Rugby League European Federation heads for Turkey

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DATE: 16 May, 2019

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RUGBY LEAGUE EUROPEAN FEDERATION CONGRESS TO TAKE PLACE IN ISTANBUL THIS WEEKEND

A record total of over 40 delegates, representing 23 national federations, will be part of the RLEF Congress to be held this weekend in Istanbul, Turkey, who host the annual get-together for the first time.

RLEF general manager Chris Thair is looking forward to the gathering and venue. “There is a vibrancy in international rugby league at present highlighted this weekend,” he said. “Turkey recently became an RLEF affiliate member have shown tremendous growth in recent years, it is fitting they share the spotlight.”

Thair added: “The representation will include the largest-ever gathering from the Middle East and Africa region, ahead of this year’s MEA Championships in October in Nigeria. Our role is to ensure growth of the sport, the development of the federations and deliver some of the best international competitions. This kind of face-to-face networking ensures international rugby league runs increasingly smoothly, more games are arranged and the increasing number of members assist one another.

“Rugby League is growing, we should be positive about this trend, especially knowing the people involved, and I’m confident about the future. We have some exciting announcements to make at Congress.”

The two-day meeting will also see the first-ever international played by the Turkish women’s team, when they face Italy on Saturday evening at the Baylerbeyi Stadium, Istanbul (kick off 6pm).

“This is a very exciting time for Turkish Rugby League,” said TRL president Gurol Yildiz, “It will be an historic weekend and we are extremely pleased and honoured that the Italian women will share this wonderful moment. We have put in great deal of time and effort to come to this stage especially our founder, development officer and women’s coach Julien Treu and board member Fatih Çetinkaya. The development of women’s rugby League is a very important part of the TRLA.”

FIRL director Tiziano Franchini noted: “The Italian women’s team is very excited to re-start their international activity for the 2019 season. All the players are very keen to put in a very positive performance and keep working to improve. After two games against France in 2018, we are happy to be back and look forward to setting up a continuous productive working relationship between TRLA and FIRL.”

TURKISH WOMEN’S SQUAD

Melike Sahan, Huyla Tasci, Gulusan Cakmak, Mehtap Korku, Nazlican Erdogan, Esen Gül (Izmir Bati Gucu RLC), Elif Yilmaz, Zeynep Aydın, Nazife Taşkın, Ecem Acikgoz(Ankara Phrygians RLC), Bengu Ozgen, Safak Ozturk, Ece Tekin, Merve Fırtına, Ezgi Kilic, Elif Kutlu (Kadikoy Bulls RLC), Jiyan Avas, Derya Sanliturk, Berivan Dilmac (Eskisehir Aqua Warriors RLC)

ITALY WOMENS SQUAD

Colangeli Giulia, Lisa Sovran, Matilde Buzzon, Altea Forto, Anna Barro, Neri Erica, Pinarello Virginia (cap), Piva Cecilia, Menotti Alessandra, Siria Raisa, Stefania Toldo (Comitato Nord Est), Valentina Virgili, Bettolatti Rosa, Gazzera Simona, Carlotta Guerreschi (Comitato Nord Ovest) Giulia Iozzia, Pandolfo Enrica (Comitato Sud)

After the game everyone will share a cruise on the Bosphorus River hosted by the Turkish Rugby League Association, Ragbi Lig Dernegi.

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Rugby League recognised as a sport in Norway

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Date: 14 May 2019

RUGBY LEAGUE RECOGNISED AS A SPORT IN NORWAY

In the lead-up to the biggest match in their history on Saturday, when they face Greece in a 2021 World Cup qualifier in London, rugby league has been officially recognised by the Norwegian government.

At an extraordinary general assembly of the Norwegian Rugby Federation (NRF), the sport was voted in as an activity according to the rules of the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports (NIF), ten years after matches were first played.

The decision caps a five-year campaign by Rugby League Norge which will be formally recognised as a governing body, likely before the end of the year. League will have a parallel legal status as other sports administered by the NRF.

As a recognised body, RLN will control its own governance and bank account whilst its clubs will, for the first time, be able to name themselves ‘rugby league clubs’ rather than ‘rugby clubs’. The clubs will also be voting members of NRF, whose board will have two rugby league directors, along with wheelchair rugby and rugby union. Funding for rugby league will now increase, especially for youth, club and technical development.

Karl-Fredrik Velle, Rugby League Norge director, who was also elected vice president of the NRF on the acceptance, said: “Both the NRF and Rugby League Norway are satisfied with this solution and are now starting to formalise an agreement; the real development of rugby league in Norway begins now.”

The first season in Norway kicked off in 2009 with three teams and 50 players. Since then the sport has grown to 12 clubs comprising of approximately 550 senior and youth players.

“This is the perfect boost for us going into the huge match with Greece, with the title of European Championship C winners also on the line, ” added Velle.

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Initial Ghana rugby league season kicks off

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FROM: RLEF MEDIA DEPARTMENT

DATE: 6 May, 2019

CONTACT: phil.caplan / +44 7850719412

GHANA DOMESTIC SEASON KICKS OFF

The 2019 Ghana Rugby League Championship has kicked off with a double header at the Legon Rugby Field. Featuring four clubs in its inaugural campaign, who are all based around the capital Accra, Panthers defeated Pirates 34-22 and Bulls overcame Skolars 38-18.

“The team is very eager to win the championship and the players are working tirelessly to make that happen,” said Edward Donkor, director of rugby at Skolars, whilst his counterpart with the Bulls, Collins Ofosu, added: “The competition promises to be a good ground for player development and progression.”

Pirates captain Christian Fafa-Xorla Okpattah was delighted with his side’s first competitive fixture. “I believe we can win this competition, even though it is going to be a tough league,” he noted. “We have a really good team and we are here for gold.”

The championship continues until July, with players aiming to be considered for the Middle East Africa Championship later this year in Nigeria. “We will use this tournament to test the best to get us ready for the internationals,” said Jafaru Awudu Mustapha, team manager of the national side.

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