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Men’s European Rugby League Championships expanded in 2020

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DATE: 29 January, 2020

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MEN’S EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS TO EXPAND IN 2020

The draw will take place in Serbia on Friday evening (7pm, CET 8pm) for the expanded men’s 2020 European Championships, which will feature four levels of competition for the first time.

In the senior Championship, holders France, Scotland, Ireland and Wales will be joined by Italy and, for the first time, Spain, with a final to be held – most likely in France, on 7 or 8th November – and relegation to European Championship B introduced.

The nations will be drawn into two groups of three, which will culminate with the group winners playing each other.

Dean Buchan, Spain RL’s CEO said: “It is genuinely exciting times for rugby league here. We have just seen the launch of our first professional club, the Valencian Hurricanes, have a new domestic league starting, and this international programme keeps that momentum growing. We proved in the recent World Cup qualifiers that we can compete and I believe that we will be capable of causing a major upset in the competition”.

FIRL vice president, Tiziano Franchini, added: “We are very proud to be involved in this prestigious and historic tournament. We will use it to prepare for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup in England and treat it with huge respect. We are delighted to be taking part”.

The draw, organised by the Red Star Sport Society Media Center, will be broadcast by CKM Red on the RLEF Facebook page, and be undertaken by the Serbian men’s and women’s national team captains, Stevan Stevanovic – a social media influencer with almost 100,000 Instagram followers – and Jelena Stojiljkovic.

Champions France and runners up Wales from the 2018 European Championship will be top seeds in pot 1 of the draw, Ireland and Scotland in pot 2, and Italy and Spain in pot 3.

For European Championship B, fixtures have already been agreed: 17/18 October – Serbia v Russia, 24/25 October – Greece v Serbia, 31st Oct/ 1st Nov – Russia v Greece.

Whilst in European C, there will be an open draw between Norway, Ukraine and Germany. In the inaugural European Championship D, an open draw will involve four nations: Netherlands, Czech Republic, debutants Turkey and Malta, with a final to be played in May/June 2022.

Rugby League European Federation general manager, Chris Thair, noted: “There is now a route for any nation to be crowned champions of Europe and this will no doubt raise the aspirations of all our 26 members based in Europe. The expansion of the Championships will expose more nations to a higher level of competition and accelerate their development.

“Commercially the format, including a Championship final, is more attractive to sponsors and broadcasters which should further improve the exposure and investment into international rugby league.”

The Men’s Rugby League European Championships is the highest tier of international competition in Europe and started in 1935, it currently takes place every two years.

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP – 2020 Key Dates

17/18 October – Round 1

24/25 October – Round 2

31st Oct/ 1st Nov – Round 3

7th – 8th Nov – Final (Venue TBC)

There will also be a separate draw for the fixture format, with each nation playing a home and away game.

The two games over three weeks provides all nations with a blank weekend to arrange additional internationals should they wish to do so.

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Ghana Rugby League launch 9s circuit and recycling initiative

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Date: 26 January, 2020

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GHANA RUGBY LEAGUE LAUNCH 9S CIRCUIT AND RECYCLING INITIATIVE

Today (26 January) sees the start of a President’s 9s tournament in Ghana involving four clubs, with the champions crowned in December. In a bid to welcome newcomers into the sport, the 9s will feature on the last Sunday of each month at Legon Rugby Field and involve existing sides; Bulls, Pirates, Panthers and Skolars.

The matches will also feature a revolutionary recycling initiative, “Keep Rugby League Clean” which will look at how to properly dispose of plastic waste by asking fans, players and individuals to come with their plastic as entry tickets in exchange for an instant prize. It will then be collected and bagged for Aqua Africa, a recycling company.

Emmanuel Akuklu, assistant manager of Rugby League Federation Ghana noted: “The competition will highlight the campaign against poor and improper sanitation in Ghana. We will use this year’s games to add our voices. We need to keep our playing fields clean.”

The RLFG was revived earlier this year under the leadership of president Nana Prempeh which saw Ghana’s men’s national team, the Leopards, take third place in the MEA Championship with a play-off victory over Cameroon.

In addition, the University of Ghana held an inter-hall rugby league competition. Now, a university 9s involving UG, University of Cape Coast, Regional Maritime, Lancaster University and the University of Professional Studies will also begin in April 2020, with additional plans to also take rugby league into schools.

Image – Ghana 9s from left to right William Pearce-Biney (Skolars), Enock. Niikoi (Bulls), Bless Mensah (Pirates), Samuel Adu Sarpong (Panthers)

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Greek Rugby League Association sees progress at home

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DATE: 26 January, 2020

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GREEK RUGBY LEAGUE ASSOCIATION SEES PROGRESS AT HOME

Following their historic qualification for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup, when they were forced to play matches away from home after a dispute over recognition of the official governing body, the signs are that rugby league is beginning to take root in Greece.

A number of domestic matches were also played in secret because of the political conflict but the sporting political landscape is changing.

Greece will play hosts England, Samoa and France in Group A of the forthcoming World Cup and the Association is confident that tensions are easing and rugby league will be openly played in Greece this year without any repercussions from the authorities.

GRLA president George Stilianos said: “We understand that there has been a change to the president of the Hellenic Federation of Modern Pentathlon (HFMP) which the government recognises as controlling rugby league, and their new general secretary confirmed the body has no interest in disrupting our activity here. This has yet to be confirmed in writing, however the signs are positive at this stage, so much so that we are planning on openly playing rugby league once again.

“Qualifying for the World Cup, in a draw made by Prince Harry at Buckingham Palace, has significantly raised media interest in the sport here.”

Stilianos added: “Regarding our current season, we have teams split into an east and west group for logistical reasons, to reduce travelling costs and ally teams of similar history and standing and, so far, it has worked really well.

“Plus we have an Athens Cup, so that the more established teams in the capital can play more matches. So far, the most notable result has been Attica Rhinos beating Rhodes Knights, who had been undefeated since we started rugby league back in 2012!”

GREECE’S ROUTE TO 2021 RLWC QUALIFICATION

8 Sep 2018, Kharkov – Ukraine 26 -28 Greece

15 Sep 2018, Athens – Greece 60 -4 Malta – match played in secret at midnight

18 May 2019, London – Greece 56-26 Norway – neutral pla-off

1 Nov 2019, London – Greece 24-42 Scotland – should have been in Greece but permission to play denied

9 Nov 2019, Belgrade – Serbia 6 -82 Greece

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Duhaney Park Red Sharks win Jamaica rugby league New Year 9s

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Date: 19 January, 2020

RED SHARKS SNARE NEW YEAR 9S

The Jamaica Rugby League Association launched the 2020 men’s season with the second annual New Year 9s. Eight community and intercollegiate teams took part in the tournament at the Duhaney Park Mini Stadium.

Following the group stages, Duhaney Park Red Sharks were crowned champions after defeating Caribbean Maritime University Spartans thanks to a sudden death field goal. Both teams were locked at 14-all at the end of regular time and neither could find the winner in golden point extra time, so it took drop kicks to separate them. Marvin Thompson sealed it for the Red Sharks after Kareem Harris went agonizingly close for the Spartans.

Washington Bulls won the Trophy after Akel Johnson’s last-gasp try on full-time to defeat Duhaney Park Firestorm 14-12. Cedar Grove Cyclones defeated UWI Pelicans 24-14 to take the Bowl and St. Bess Sledgehammers claimed the Plate over Liguanea Dragons with a 20-12 victory.

JRLA Director of Rugby Romeo Monteith said: “Nines is now a permanent part of the rugby league calendar and this is one of three open men’s tournament that will form a circuit to identify Jamaica’s best players in the short version of the sport. It’s quick which suits our guys and will act as selection for the 2021 America’s 9’s Championship and we’ll hopefully qualify for the World Cup 9s in 2022. The other two instalments will be the Easter 9s on April 4th and we conclude with the Summer Nines on May 30th.”

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Ravens react to Rugby League World Cup draw

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RAVENS REACT TO FACING ENGLAND, PAPUA NEW GUINEA AND BRAZIL IN 2021 RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP

At the 2021 Ruby League World Cup draw hosted on Thursday at Buckingham Palace with HRH The Duke of Sussex, Canada’s national women’s team – The Ravens – currently ranked fifth in the world, were represented by Mandy Marchak, skipper of their 2017 World Cup side, who saw her nation drawn in Group A against hosts England, Papua New Guinea’s Orchids and newcomers Brazil.

“The Ravens made Canadians proud with their strong performance at the RLWC in Australia last time out,” said Bob Jowett, president of the Canada Rugby League Association. “We as an organization are all looking forward to striving to top that in 2021, not least facing the Brazilians in what will be a first North v South America clash,” he added.

The Ravens have already begun their preparations with a match last weekend which saw a Canadian Women’s West selection defeat their East counterparts 24-18. The match was held at Lamport Stadium Toronto, under their ‘Thunderdome’ – the ground which will house Toronto Wolfpack when they take their place in Betfred Super League next month.

“We are all looking forward to the Wolfpack making their presence felt and further increasing the profile of the sport here following their recent promotion and marquee signings.” Jowett continued.

“It was really special being part of an event that was more than just sport but brought everyone together with a sense of equality,” said Marchak. “It’s a wonderful draw for us, they’ll be no easy games and I’m really excited especially for the clash with the Brazilians.”

For further information, contact: media – (416) 737-9172

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GAISF EXTEND INTERNATIONAL RUGBY LEAGUE OBSERVER STATUS

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The Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) has extended International Rugby League’s (IRL) observer status for a further two years in a sign of rugby league’s continuing growth within the international sporting community.

IRL Global Operations Manager, Danny Kazandjian, has welcomed the extension and commented:

“Our membership of GAISF is really important, an integral part of the organisation’s conversion into a high capacity international federation.

“During the first two-year observer period the number of government recognised members increased by one third, the IRL undertook significant governance reform, modernised the organisation’s brand, agreed the first pillars of a ten-year international calendar and began assuming core international federation competencies for the first time, such as anti-doping and technical development.

“We recognise the importance of GAISF membership for the sport of rugby league and for the wider IRL membership. It also allows other sports and agencies to interact with rugby league in a way that previously wouldn’t have happened, given the recognition of our standards that GAISF provides.

“We are working closely with GAISF and our members to achieve full membership. This involves managing the different and often complex government requirements in place in every one of our member nations, as well as in those nations aspiring to become members.

“The process requires each member nation to satisfy the criteria of their own government and whilst that is sometimes arduous for some members, it is certainly a good discipline and is strengthening both their individual governance and access to resources, including all-important facilities to play and grow rugby league.”

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International Rugby League appoints Greg Barclay as its new Chair

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International Rugby League appoints Greg Barclay as its new Chair

International Rugby League has appointed Greg Barclay to be the organisation’s first independent Chair following a wide-ranging review of governance carried out in 2018 and 2019. Barclay is a highly respected and experienced sports administrator who has just started his last term as the Chair of New Zealand Cricket. He is also a board member of the International Cricket Council. He is a qualified lawyer with particular experience in commercial and business law, and previously established a sports event management, travel and sponsorship business.

The Chair will be joined by two other independent directors appointed after an extensive search and recruitment process.

Emma Young comes to IRL with a strong background in digital strategy and enabling business transformation through the provision of technology solutions. She has extensive sports experience having been Head of Telecommunications at the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. She currently advises the International Olympic Committee.

The Honourable Troy Grant had a significant 22-year career in Policing & Emergency Management before being elected to the New South Wales parliament where he had numerous significant ministerial roles including Deputy Premier and Tourism & Major Events Minister in the NSW government. Troy will also serve as a Deputy Chair alongside current IRL Chair, Graeme Thompson, who will move to a Deputy Chair role as well.

The new directors will take up their appointments on 10th January 2020 with Greg Barclay assuming the Chair on 1st February 2020.

Outgoing Chair, Graeme Thompson stated:

“This is another significant landmark for the evolution of the IRL. We are very pleased with these appointments as they bring independent persons to the Board with significant skills and experience to add to those we already have.

“I look forward to working with Greg, Troy and Emma.”

Greg Barclay commented:

“I am humbled and proud to be the first independent Chair of the IRL. I am thoroughly looking forward to working with the Board, staff, members and other stakeholders to continue the global growth of Rugby League. I believe there are many opportunities across the globe that we can develop, which will build on the work of the last few years.”

Troy Grant welcomes his appointment to the Board by saying:

“Rugby league has been a huge part of my whole life from ball boy to playing, coaching & managing juniors, refereeing and establishing & administering a competition. It is a privilege to be a part of rugby league’s world governing body. I am very keen to be part of the sport’s growth. I will be a passionate advocate for the sport utilising my political experience and networks to enhance our present stakeholder relationships and help to take our sport into new geographies and cultures.”

Emma Young said: “I am delighted to be appointed to the Board of IRL as one of its first independent non-executive directors and am excited about helping build on the success of Rugby League globally and support its inclusive and diverse approach to growing the sport.”

“I am looking forward to working alongside our new independent directors, our existing Board and the whole membership to continue, and enhance the growth of international rugby league across the whole world.”

ENDS

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