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South Africa to host the 2020 MEA Rugby League Championship

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DATE: 28 October, 2019

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SOUTH AFRICA TO HOST THE 2020 MEA RUGBY LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP

South Africa have won the bid to host the men’s 2020 Middle East and Africa Championship, which will take place in Pretoria next October.

The 2019 version was recently held in Lagos, Nigeria and also involved Cameroon, Ghana and Morocco – the hosts taking the title after defeating Morocco in the final.

South Africa Rugby League Sporting Association chief executive officer, Frans Parsons, commented: “Players, officials and fans can look forward to a great experience here. The partnership between our federation and the University of Pretoria means everything can be hosted on one site in a world-class facility. The Hatfield sports campus has held many international events and teams in a variety of sports, so to add rugby league to that list is huge feather in our cap.”

Parsons continued: “It has come at exactly the right time as the game is growing here. Hosting and taking part in an international tournament will be a huge boost to everyone involved in the sport. If the recent competition is anything to go by, we will have some fantastic games and take the participating nations out into the surrounding schools and clubs to ensure we continue to support our communities.”

RLEF general manager Chris Thair, whose board evaluated a number of proposals, said: “The South African bid was very strong and I know from personal experience that it is a wonderful place to go and play rugby league. The MEA Championship is still in its early stages of development, however, with the facilities, partners and people involved in South Africa, I know the tournament will build upon that held in Nigeria and help everyone to grow.”

Thair added: “Following the 2020 Championship, the tournament will move to a two year cycle and fall into line with similar federation competitions in Asia-Pacific, the Americas and Europe. The Middle East and Africa region is a very exciting growth area for the whole sport. I’m looking forward to seeing this tournament expand and what South Africa will offer. International rugby league is developing well with clear plans for the future.”

SARLSA will host the MEA Championship at the renowned TuksSports Campus, LC de Villiers Sports Ground at the University of Pretoria. All players and officials will be able to enjoy top class accommodation and training facilities on offer at the TUKS High Performance Centre.

South Africa will be joined by three other nations, one of whom will be current defending champions Nigeria, with the others to be announced early next year.

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2021 RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP QUALIFIER POOL A – SPAIN 8 IRELAND 42 – Report

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2021 RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP QUALIFIER POOL A – SPAIN 8 IRELAND 42 – Report

Four tries in the closing 14 minutes inflated Ireland’s margin of victory against a spirited Spain at the La Ciutat de L’Esport complex in Xàtiva, south of Valencia.

The hosts held their more experienced visitors out for close on 20 minutes and, although the second half became increasingly fractious in the sun, gave a good account of themselves overall – as acknowledged by Wolfhounds head coach Stuart Littler.

“I’m very happy with the win although we were a little indisciplined and got caught up in few things that we can be a bit more professional about, which had a negative effect on our structures,” he commented.

“When we played direct and hard and got some go forward we got results but it was always going to be clunky in our first game, the lads haven’t been together for a while. Spain have come on leaps and bounds since I was last here as a player.”

Spain took an early lead, dashing scrum half Romain Pallares landing a sixth minute penalty after Julien Agullo was taken late when instigating a move to the right.

Twice the home defence was called into a desperate rear-guard action, Joe Keyes thrown back into the field of play as he looked to side-step over between the posts going solo, and Irish skipper Bob Beswick held up over the line by Antonio Puerta.

Ethan Ryan was looking increasingly dangerous, not least on kick returns and, after hard-working George King had handled twice, Oliver Roberts was held up over the line as the home defence remained solid.

Puerta covered Greg McNally’s grubber on the last after expansive play from Liam Byrne, King, Keyes, Roberts and Roland Podesta on debut, as the visitor’s pressure built.

They gained reward with two tries in quick succession just before the quarter time mark, Ryan setting up the first handling three times in a 90-metre move, from a kick, linking with Frankie Hatton and then producing a fine lobbed offload for McNally to cross.

On the re-start set, Ireland exploited the left, Roberts with the telling pass, Ryan linking from the back and Podesta going round behind the posts and adding his second goal in a faultless display of kicking.

Spain gained rousing applause for their defensive fortitude on the half hour that prevented a further score, Roberts was then denied and otherwise near-impeccable James Bentley couldn’t gather a McNally cross kick as the half ended.

Spain kicked out on the full towards the end of the opening set of the second half on their own 20 and, after Bentley had created the position, Keyes jinked his way over.

The scrum half was then sinbinned in the 47th minute for taking exception to a late challenge, along with Anthony Delgado, but it was the hosts took advantage of the extra space.

Pallares’ long pass freed winger Alexis Escamilla and he kicked back inside, Romain Franco winning the race to the ball and Pallares converting to narrow the gap to 10 points.

As the play became scrappy, Podesta was pulled back for a forward pass, Matthew Coade was just held out after a fumbled high kick and Alex Doutres intercepted into the clear only to be brought back for a knock on.

But, as the pressure on the home line mounted, Tyrone McCarthy plunged over and the floodgates opened and Beswick and Keyes combined for Bentley to deservedly go over in the corner, Podesta with the touchline conversion.

Agullo was sin binned for a dangerous tackle as tempers continued to fray, McCarthy claiming his second, again powering over from close in, and the returning Beswick’s fine cut-out pass finally sent Roberts across.

For Spain head coach Darren Fisher, there was much to be encouraged about. “There were so many positives but I need to pick the squad up for next week – and I expect us to turn things around,” he said. “The guys put in so much but they need to show that same level again in Italy.”

SPAIN

1 Romain Franco

2 Alexis Escamilla

3 Antonio Puerta

4 Alex Doutres

5 Daniel Garcia

6 Luc Franco

7 Romain Pallares

8 Gaetan Estruga

9 Miguel Blanco-Charters

10 Maxime Garcia

11 Emir Walid Bouregba

12 Anthony Delgado

13 Julien Agullo

Subs:

14 Kevin Aparacio

15 Ludovic Renu

16 Rafael Garcia

17 Simon Juarez

Try: Franco (48)

Goals: Pallares 2/2

IRELAND

1 Ethan Ryan

2 Matthew Coade

3 Frankie Hatton

4 James Bentley

5 Roland Podesta

6 Gregg McNally

7 Joe Keyes

8 Liam Byrne

9 Bob Beswick

10 Pat Moran

11 Oliver Roberts

12 Tyrone McCarthy

13 George King

Subs:

19 Dec O’Donnell

15 Ronan Michael

16 Danny Bridge

17 Michael Ward

Tries: McNally (17), Podesta (19), Keyes (42), McCarthy (66, 76), Bentley (70), Roberts (78)

Goals: Podesta 7/7

Half time: 2-12

Referee: Geoffrey Poumes (France)

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2021 RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP QUALIFIER – EUROPEAN POOL B – SCOTLAND 86 SERBIA 0 – Report

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2021 RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP QUALIFIER POOL B – SCOTLAND 86 SERBIA 0 – Report

Scotland, aiming for their fifth qualification, have one foot in the 2021 Rugby League World Cup tournament after an overwhelming 15-try victory over Serbia at the Lochinch Ground in Glasgow.

The outcome was effectively decided within the opening 20 minutes, winger Will Oakes posting his third try – and his nation’s seventh in a blistering start – by quarter time, the visitors barely putting together a concerted attack in that time.

Scotland head coach Nathan Graham was impressed by his side’s clinical finishing but acknowledged that intensity was lacking in the second half.

“We began really well,” he said. “We were unsure about the quality of their squad knowing that they had several heritage players, and it was a bit uneasy in the changing room beforehand. But our start to the game was amazing, completing the first six sets and scoring a try off each one, which effectively won the game and helped us settle down.”

Graham, covering for Chris Chester and Jon Duffy, added: “In the second half, it became a bit scrappy and it was difficult to maintain the same focus after the break.”

The Bravehearts, in yellow heritage shirts celebrating 25 years since formation, made the perfect start, Oakes fed into the corner inside 35 seconds, Ryan Brierley with the extras.

Ben Kavanagh’s break allowed Alex Walker to go between the posts, Brierley adding the extras and, on the sixth minute, Oakes claimed his second in identical fashion to his first on the overlap out wide.

Two minutes later, Brierley did it all himself, sprinting clear from half way and making it 22-0, then turning provider to position Nick Glohe across as the Bravehearts ran riot.

Kavanagh, winning his 20th cap, was proving near unstoppable on the fringes, the back rower releasing David Scott for his opening score and, when Serbia spilt possession, Oakes swept it up to speed clear and complete his hat trick from 70 metres, Brierley converting.

Scott posted his second, cashing in on a Luke Douglas bust as the visitors were unable to hold the home forwards, especially after James Mirceski was sin-binned for a high tackle on 25 minutes.

Temporary respite for the Serbians was ended just after the half hour when impressive debutant Calllum McLelland crossed from dummy half close in, Brierley’s goal taking the lead to a half century.

The scrum half’s pace in midfield brought him a second touchdown that he also goaled, making it 56-0 at the break.

Seven minutes into the second half, McLelland was again the instigator, easing Walker in for his brace but Serbia showed greater resilience as the half progressed.

Kavanagh deservedly crossed taking advantage of another Oakes break out wide just before the hour, Brierley landing his tenth goal from the touchline.

Tempers flared after a late hit on Adam Walker, Ilija Radan sin-binned and, soon after, Rajko Jankovic and Danny Addy were yellow carded for an off the ball incident.

With additional space, McLelland was again involved in Ben Hellewell’s score on the right, and Scott competed his hat-trick to become the joint top try scorer in Scotland’s history.

Dan Turland completed the scoring when he crashed over from close in, Brierley converting and finishing with 34 points.

Serbia, a late inclusion for Russia in the final qualifiers, showed new head coach Stuart Wilkinson enough after the break for him to build on, despite the hammering.

“Obviously, we’re disappointed with the outcome but everything I’ve seen today can be fixed,” he noted. “In a lifetime of coaching, I’ve been in worse situations and able to turn it around. What isn’t fixable is attitude and the players tried to the bitter end. I was very proud of their effort and what they tried to do against a more experienced side.”

SCOTLAND

1 Alex Walker

2 Davey Dixon

3 David Scott

4 Ben Hellewell

5 Will Oakes

6 Callum McLelland

7 Ryan Brierley

8 Luke Douglas

9 Danny Addy

10 Adam Walker

11 Nick Glohe

12 Ben Kavanagh

13 Dale Ferguson

Subs:

20 Matt Hogg

15 Sam Luckley

23 Dan Turland

17 Kieran Moran

Tries: Oakes (1, 6, 20), Walker (3, 47), Brierley (8, 35), Glohe (11), Scott (17, 23, 72), McLelland (32), Kavanagh (58), Hellewell (68), Turland (76)

Goals: Brierley 13/15

SERBIA

1 Vojislav Dedic

2 Zane Bijorac

3 Aleksandar Djordjevic

4 James Mirceski

5 Dragan Jankovic

6 Ben Stevanovic

7 Daniel Marjanovic

8 Vladica Nikolic

9 Rajko Jankovic

10 Milos Calic

11 Stefan Nedeljkovic

12 Jason Muranka

13 Stevan Stevanovic

Subs:

14 Daniel Burke

15 Vladimir Milutinovic

16 Ilija Radan

17 Lazar Zivkovic

Half time: 56-0

Referee: Tom Grant (England)

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Netherlands Rugby League bid for Toronto Wolfpack Super League game

NEDERLANDSE RUGBY LEAGUE BOND

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DATE: 25 October 2019

NETHERLANDS RUGBY LEAGUE BID FOR TORONTO WOLFPACK SUPER LEAGUE GAME

With their early season fixtures in Betfred Super League 2020 set to go ‘on the road’ because of the climate in Toronto, the promoted Wolfpack are currently finalising potential venues for their top flight debut.

The Netherlands Rugby League Bond has submitted a bid to host a clash, with two potential venues proposed – the 11,000 capacity Sparta Stadion Het Kasteel, The Castle, in Rotterdam and the NCRA Stadium in Amsterdam, which holds 6,000 fans.

Should the Wolfpack take up the offer, it would see Super League break new ground in bringing professional rugby league to a seventh county, after being staged in England, Wales, Scotland, France, Spain and Canada to date.

Newly-appointed NRLB competitions manager, Matt Rigby commented: “I am really excited that we have the foundations to table an exciting bid to bring the Toronto Wolfpack to either of two of Europe’s biggest and best cities. We believe hosting a professional rugby league event in the Netherlands would be a huge lift in our development and are hopeful of receiving their approval.”

The bid has been supported by Netherlands head coach, Kane Krlic: “Over the past five years the NRLB has grown at a rapid rate,” he said. “The player pool, amount of clubs and skill levels have all increased during the period and that has led to a greater appreciation for rugby league in the Netherlands. If we could bring a professional match here, I firmly believe that it would not only accelerate our development but also be a major event for the enthusiastic Dutch sporting public, as well as travelling fans from the UK.”

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Match officials and streaming details announced for Rugby League World Cup European qualifiers

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MATCH OFFICIALS AND STREAMING DETAILS ANNOUNCED FOR RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP EUROPEAN QUALIFIERS

Match Officials from nine European nations will take charge of the six final European World Cup qualification games that begin this weekend, with representation from England, Scotland, France, Spain, Czech Republic, Italy, Ukraine, Serbia and Ireland.

RLEF general manager Chris Thair noted: “We have full-time Super League officials mixing with the best from other nations across Europe. We are particularly pleased that they have been appointed from such a wide variety of countries, it reflects well on our member federations, the officials themselves and the RLEF match official technical programme led by Tom Mather.”

Thair continued: “The Erasmus grant awarded to the RLEF from the European Union in recent years has been of great benefit to qualifying more officials from across the continent, and we have long term plans for continuing this vital work that helps underpin all of our development.”

The appointments have been made by the RLEF Match Official Panel which is independently chaired by David Butler and involves the head of match officials in England, Steve Ganson, France’s Mohammad Drizza and Mather.

Live stream details have also been announced for three of the matches, with plans to cover the others in the hands of the local federations hosting the games, details below.

GAME 1: Scotland v Serbia, 26th Oct (3pm), Lochinch Ground, Glasgow

Referee Tom Grant (England)

Touch Judge Dean Bowmer (England)

Touch Judge Jack Smith (England)

Reserve Official Peter Lowis (Scotland)

Interchange Official Dave McKervail (Scotland)

Commissioner Phil Smith

GAME 2: Spain v Ireland, 26th Oct (5pm), La Ciutat De L’esport, Valencia

Referee Geoffrey Poumes (France)

Touch Judge Alexandre Guedes (France)

Touch Judge Ludovic Bernard (France)

Reserve Official Tony Palacious (Spain)

Interchange Official Andrew Pilkington (Spain)

Commissioner Remond Safi

GAME 3: Greece v Scotland, 1st Nov (7.30pm), New River Stadium, London

Referee James Child (England)

Touch Judge Peter Brooke (England)

Touch Judge Matt Rossleigh (England)

Reserve Official Cameron Worsley (England)

Interchange Official Tom Mather (RLEF)

Commissioner Colin Baker

GAME 4: Italy v Spain, 2nd Nov (4pm), Stadio Communale G. Teghil, Lignano

Referee Benjamin Casty (France)

Touch Judge Geoffrey Poumes (France)

Touch Judge Jarda Bzoch (Czechia)

Reserve Official Ciprian Gajulete (Italy)

Interchange Official Guido Bonatti (Italy)

Commissioner Remond Safi

GAME 5: Serbia v Greece, 9th Nov (1pm), NC Makis Stari Obrenovacki, Belgrade

Referee Robert Hicks (England)

Touch Judge Andrew Pilkington (Spain)

Touch Judge Denys Cherniev (Ukraine)

Reserve Official Roman Bykhov (Ukraine)

Interchange Official Radoslav Novakovic (Serbia)

Commissioner Jovan Vujosevic

GAME 6: Ireland v Italy, 9th Nov (7pm), Morton Stadium, Dublin

Referee Liam Moore (England)

Touch Judge Gareth Jones (England)

Touch Judge Andy Smith (England)

Reserve Official Jason Le Lievre (Ireland)

Interchange Official Stephen Monaghan (Ireland)

Commissioner David Butler

LIVE STREAM DETAILS

GAME 1: Scotland v Serbia – TBC.

GAME 2: Spain v Ireland – on You Tube by Canal PMC Valencia. Direct link to game https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHiI25RoR6_nP6FBs08JjRg/live

GAME 3 Greece v Scotland – on the RFL’s Our League channel, https://membership.rugby-league.com/login/

GAME 4: Italy v Spain – TBC, Italian Federation (FIRL) have stated they will stream.

GAME 5: Serbia v Greece – on Sports Flick Global https://www.sportsflickglobal.com/

GAME 6: Ireland v Italy – Nothing confirmed at present

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Greece name cosmopolitan squad for Rugby League World Cup qualifiers

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GREECE NAME COSMOPOLITAN SQUAD FOR WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS

Greece have named a cosmopolitan 22-man squad for their final European qualifiers for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup. They face Scotland in London and travel to Serbia in Pool B, with the top two going through to the main competition in England, the Greeks aiming to make it for the first time.

Five players are selected from the domestic game, three of them from Aris Eagles and two representing Rhodes Knights, with two from the English leagues and the remainder of the squad based in Australia.

Half back Jordan Meads is expected to play a key role and Cronulla’s Billy Magoulias is fresh from securing their feeder club, Newtown Jets, the inter-state championship. “I’m looking forward to pulling on the Greek national jersey once again,” he said. “There is plenty at stake this time around and it would be wonderful to see Greece reach the World Cup. Scotland and Serbia will be very competitive but my aim is to help us create history.”

GREECE 22 MAN TOURNAMENT SQUAD

Aris Dardamanis, Greg Koutsimporgiogos, Theodoris Nianiakas (Aris), Jordan Meads (Beerwah), Stefano Totidis (Belrose), Billy Magoulias (Cronulla), Stefanos Bastas (Doncaster), Mitchell Zampetides (Hills District), Robert Tuliatu (London Skolars), Sebastian Sell (Mittagong), John Mitsias (North Sydney), Nikolaos Bosmos, Kosta Katsidonis (Rhodes Knights), Vasili Tsikrikas, George Tsikrikas (St Marys), Peter Mamouzelos, Nick Mougios (South Sydney), Terry Constantinou (Sunbury), Jake Kambos, Chaise Robinson (Sydney Roosters), Adam Vrahnos, Jake Vrahnos (Sydney University)

FIXTURES

Greece v Scotland 1st Nov 7.30pm New River Stadium, London London
Serbia v Greece 9th Nov 1pm NC Makis Stadium, 11000 Belgrade Belgrade

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International Rugby League enjoys best ever congress

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October 19th, 2019

International Rugby League enjoys best ever congress

International Rugby League (IRL) has completed its annual congress which was held in Sydney. Delegates from across the world heard details of developments, participated in discussions about the shape of the international game and listened to inspirational presentations from visiting speakers.

At the heart of the congress was the re-brand of the organisation and the roll-out of the new digital platform designed to help the membership in all aspects of their activity.

Congress received the latest update on the evolving international calendar which is built around the flagship men’s, women’s and wheelchair world cups every four years and features regional championships every two years starting in 2020 with the European Championships, Oceania Cup, Middle East Africa Championship and Americas Championship. The final details will be presented to the board in February 2020.

Guest speaker, Joanna Lester spoke passionately about the growth and the importance of women’s rugby league and how the women’s game can be an important entry point for governing bodies in their efforts to achieve government recognition.

Craig Phillips, CEO of Commonwealth Games Australia spoke to Congress about the opportunities that are presented to a sport by participation in multi-sport games such as the Commonwealth Games and updated members on the progress being made towards having rugby league recognised as a participation sport within the Games’ framework.

Commenting on the congress, IRL Chair, Graeme Thompson said:

“The annual gathering of those at the heart of international rugby league, our members, was again an uplifting experience for everyone as we continue the global development of our sport.

“The spirit of inspiration and commitment was captured at the congress close when the delegate from Cameroon, a very new nation to our game, thanked the federation and its members for the support they had been given in playing in the inaugural MEA Championship. He highlighted the pride of the players in representing their country and also the difficulties experienced by their squad including travelling four days to get to Nigeria and then a similar return journey. Congress thanked Cameroon for their commitment with fulsome applause.

“I would also like to express our thanks to Australia for providing a great setting for Congress including the fantastic spectacle of the World Cup Nines”

IRL Chief Executive Officer, Nigel Wood was enthused by the commitment and energy generated by the congress saying:

“In my opinion this has been our best congress to date. It was full of energetic debate from members on a wide range of topics all of which are supporting the continued development of rugby league and a shared ambition for growth globally.”

The congress concluded with the formal annual general meeting at which former Chair, John Grant was awarded life membership of International Rugby League. The members also approved Colombia’s application to become the newest member of International Rugby League.

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