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Historic weekend for European Rugby League

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FROM: RLEF MEDIA DEPARTMENT

DATE: 16 September, 2019

CONTACT: phil.caplan / +44 7850719412

HISTORIC WEEKEND FOR EUROPEAN RUGBY LEAGUE

For the first time, two full women’s internationals took place on the same day, marking a milestone weekend for the RLEF, with a number of historic fixtures. Canada Ravens beat Serbia Women 34-6 in Belgrade, the hosts making their international debut in the female game, whilst Turkey continue their rapid progression overcoming debutants Greece Women in Edrine, 40-4.

Two men’s full internationals were also played, with Greece travelling to Turkey and defeating the home nation 38-24 in preparation for their forthcoming 2021 World Cup qualifiers, and the Netherlands retained the Griffin Cup, travelling to Gnarrenburg and beating Germany 56-18.

In other men’s international games, Albania lost to the GB Student Pioneers 48-0, in Tirana, and Canada’s men defeated South Serbia 78-2 at the start of their tour tp Eastern Europe. On Sunday, Scotland U16s defeated Ireland U16s, 30-24, in a junior international.

RLEF general manager Chris Thair said: “We’ve had internationals played in five countries this weekend which is testament to the willingness of non-professional players and the unstinting efforts of volunteers. We will see some huge internationals this Autumn involving all of the RLEF members, the MEA Championships in Nigeria and the final stage of the European World Cup qualifiers.”

Thair added: “International rugby league is alive and well. The RLEF will soon announce our new strategy and whilst we recognise there is a lot of progress still to be made, we must take great pride by weekends such as this. More nations are playing international rugby league than ever before and this is significant for the sport, as one of the most powerful assets in our armoury is the international jersey.”

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Impossible to sum up such a complex character in one word but, maybe, metamorphosis – some thoughts on JJB

SOME THOUGHTS ON JJB

For those of us who had the privilege of watching the great Leeds Academy side of the mid-90s, the seeds that germinated into the golden generation, you could pick out the greatness at an early age.

Kevin Sinfield was going to captain his country. Danny McGuire be an all-time leading try scorer. Rob Burrow continue to defy and terrorise defences. Ryan Bailey refuse to be intimidated and get under the skin. JJB……maybe; but he’s the one who outlasted them all.

Two years of serious groin injuries, which became a vital part of his story of overcoming and incorporating adversity saw his debut delayed, they would have most likely dampened the resolve of the less committed to a dream.

Once in first team, he became a valuable squad player but soon established himself, like fellow retiree Carl Ablett, as the backbone of the most successful Leeds side ever.

He might not be the one instantly called to mind by the fans as they listed their favourites and focussed on the glamour but for the coaches, the pair became almost the first names on the team sheet; JJB the definer of DNA and whatever that word culture means.

His close friendship with Kevin Sinfield, clearly a case of opposites attracting, was vital in shaping both but what brought the very best out of him and gave him defined purpose was the arrival of Alaimatagi Lauitiiti in the Rhinos’ dressing room.

The always seemingly serene Kiwi, who became a man mountain on the field, was just the example a strident JJB was looking for to give meaning and direction to his unstinting efforts.

Not only did he find religion, so important to him in ordering his life alongside the most patient and understanding of wives (who effectively had five boys in the house to look after) but Ali inadvertently opened up a whole new world to his new soulmate.

By his own admission, JJB had read one book up to that time, Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code, but he went on a ceaseless quest for knowledge from wherever he could find it, becoming an absolute sponge.

He wrote increasingly perceptively and with brevity, transferred that to producing and editing tv pieces from a different creative perspective, and learned how to deliver the most poignant and deep-seated of messages, from the heart, without notes.

He loved and contributed to ‘the narrative’ and, like the best comedians – even though the material was invariably serious – told wondrous, ramshackle tales that always came back to the point.

JJB has become the single most developed, rounded, captivating human being I’ve come across in over 50 years of watching and writing about the sport, the greatest epitome of how and why it can change lives and people.

The on-field success, the rings and medals, will always speak for themselves but the transformation in him has been truly astonishing and a privilege to witness.

Which is why there are no limits to where he can go next. With the self-taught skills, he can be whoever he wants; club and city ambassador, foundation trustee, school governor, inspiring in front of any company, be that sponsor or trade delegation.

He’ll be missed in the refining of battle, but as he so often alludes to about the process, has emerged as a diamond. If I was head of Leeds City Council, I’d make him the next mayor.

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Germany and Netherlands name squads for annual Griffin Cup rugby league Test

RUGBY LEAGUE DEUTSCHLAND

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Contact: Bob Doughton | Doughton

Date: 11 September, 2019

GERMANY AND NETHERLANDS NAME SQUADS FOR ANNUAL GRIFFIN CUP

The seventh, annual Griffin Cup will be staged in Gnarrenburg, Germany this Saturday (kick off 4pm) with the hosts looking to regain the trophy. They won the first four encounters starting in 2013, when they were triumphant 28-22 in Heidleberg, but have been defeated in the last two clashes, including last year’s clash in Rotterdam, when the Dutch prevailed 38-22.

Led by Barrow’s Ben White, Rugby League Deutschland, include 10 players from Moorteufel who have just retained the Steeden BundesLeague, ahead of Westfalen Warriors. “We have seen some very competitive matches where small mistakes have made the difference,” said NRLD president Bob Doughton. “There were some fine individual performances, especially from established national team members but there have also been some very promising efforts from newcomers, several of whom have been rewarded with a place in the national squad. I was very pleased to see some 15 and 16 year-olds taking their first steps into the open-age game and they showed that they are made of the right stuff,” he added.

The Germans are also planning matches against the English Lionhearts and Italy. “We are trying to develop the domestic players and also offer some interesting experiences. Watching the Grand Final at Old Trafford after the Lionhearts match will definitely open the eyes of the domestic players!” Doughton claimed.

According to Netherlands head coach, Kane Krlic, who selects an all domestic squad: “Training has been extremely positive, the intensity has been on a different level this season. It was extremely hard to cut the original squad down, which shows just how much the game has developed in the Netherlands in recent years. The core of players have been in our system for a few years now, together with a sprinkling of new ones, I am extremely excited to see how the new guys cope on the international stage.”

GERMANY SQUAD

Ben White (Barrow Raiders), Andy Hoggins (British Police), Brad Billsborough (Grafton Ghosts), Martin Apostel, Benedikt Esser, Aare Heinrichsen, Sebastian Peter, Malte Rohrmoser, Richard Seidler, Marc Zupan (Hilltop Hunters), Connor Hampson, Daniel Pearson (Halifax), Liam Bons, Benjamin Böse, Henning Brockmann, Karsten Brüning, Renko Flemming, Florian Frede, Niclas Füllgraf, Jannek Hagenah, Alex Leers, Maurice Verstraaten (Moorteufel), Jared Blanke (Newcastle), Liam Doughton, Joshua Leutenecker, Vivian Seelweger, Benjamin Tüngethal, Phil Wadewitz (Ruhrpott Rhinos), Raphael Tokona (REME), George Wood, (Southend Sharks), Mazlum-Bayram Akbayrak, Mawuli Améfia, Zak Bredin, Sven Guderian, Hanspeter Höhrer, Phillip Hunz, Maximilian Keller, Michael Longmuir (Westfalen Warriors)

NETHERLANDS SQUAD

Tim Goudswaard, David Schram, Joran Shoenmaker (Amsterdam Cobras), Paul Dirkzwager, Thomas Farrell, Romeo Goldman , Lucas Gout, Leon van den Bruggen, Bonne Wilce (Den Haag Knights), Sjoerd Botterblom , Daniel de Ruiter, Arie Tjerk Razoux Schultz, Ruben Stuifzand (Harderwijk Dolphins), Ben Dommershuijsen, captain, Patrick Funk, Shadan Lavia, Edson Neves, Dennis van den Broek (Rotterdam Pitbulls)

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Middle East African nations name squads for rugby league championship

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Contact: Remond SafiMEA Regional Director
Po Box. 1069 Jounieh, Lebanon, Office: +961 9 856345
E-mail: remond.safi

Dare: 10 September, 2019

NATIONS NAME TRAIN ON SQUADS

All four nations have announced their initial train-on squads for the second Middle East Africa Championship, to be held at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos, Nigeria from 2-5 October.

Hosts Nigeria have opted for a 60-man party initially, including the likes of Canterbury Bulldog’s Jayden Okunbor, who has been named vice captain, young Leeds prop Muizz Mustapha who has impressed on loan at Newcastle Thunder, and Hull KR emerging talent Elliott Wallis. Super League stars Tuoyo Egodo and Sadiq Adebiyi and established names Rob Worrincy, named as skipper, Will Sharp and Daniel Igbinedion are also included. They join local players from Eko Trinity, Kano Lions and Logos Haven, part of Nigeria’s eight-team domestic competition, which is set to kick off as a pre-cursor to the tournament. NRL vice-president and general manager Ade Adebisi noted: “We have held a number of successful national training sessions in the capital and in the North of the country and look forward to being joined by stars from overseas. I’m excited to have reached another milestone on the targets we set at the beginning of this wonderful journey. Nigeria is blessed with so much raw talent and I can’t wait for the world to see what we eventually accomplish.”

Okunbor said: “It is an absolute honour, that I will forever be proud of. Growing up never thinking Nigeria would ever have a national team and now to be named a vice captain means so much to me and my family.

“To be a part of what could possibly be the beginning of something amazing also really excites me and I can’t wait to rip in with the boys.”

Nigeria will face Ghana in their opening match and captain of the Skolars club there, Riddick Alibah claimed: “Passion and discipline is what makes champions and is what we have. We are coming as the pride of the nation and we will leave as champions win or lose. This means more to us than just a tournament, it is a springboard for us and the region.”

The other debutants are Cameroon and Carol Manga, CRL’s general manager, noted: “Five men’s teams in Cameroon are currently in the middle of their club season and there is huge excitement at squad training.”

Jean Marc Akoa Akoa of the Sahel club in Groua commented: “I am so happy to be shortlisted to the national rugby league team of Cameroon. This motivates me to work more and more, to be physically and technically at the level required by the staff to be selected.”

They face previously dormant Morocco, whose president Yamina Abdesselem, said: “Our men’s national team will come mainly from the six-team domestic championship. The tournament will give another dimension to the XIII Moroccan and contribute to the development of the sport in North Africa. The list of 30 of our players has been the subject of various selection stages, the last of which involving everyone, will take place from 26-30 September, south of Casablanca.” Skipper Souhail Ait Alla from the Gulmim Essalam club added: “It will be the third time I represent my country, against Lebanon in 2011 and the GB Student Pioneers two years later. We will try our best to be competitive, we know we are going to face great teams but our goal is to tell the world that Africa are coming – our Federation never gave up.”

Remond Safi, the Tournament Director confirmed: “The domestic African clubs provide the majority of players to each national squad which is a major step forward for the region and justification for the tournament. It will be a wonderful spectacle in Lagos and everyone is looking forward to it”.

Cameroon Train On Squad

Diryl Tchinda (Bandjoun Rl Douala), Armel Damdja, Bidjana Jean Claude, Nguele Hermand, Hamadou Moussa, Patrick Eugene Nkouak, Nanga Yannick Olama, Tsoungui Alphonse Olama, Lamere Mfochive Oudi, Yannick Noah Simon, (Bulls Rl Yaoundé), Tientcheu Nguekam Emmanuel, Moutcheu Jangue Raphael, Yohan C. Kwedi, (Gorila Rl Douala), Kallasi Nguiagueu Arnaud, Meli Arnaud Cyrille, Embella Mouhamed, Christian T. Pegou, (Guepard Rl Douala), Eyong Arno Bienvenue, Bekolo Elie, Watio Franck, Fabrice Yepmo Joufang, Fosso Ledoux, Arnaud Ndjeng, Chieyem Prince (Panda Rl Youndé), Ndifor Paul Atungsiri, Akoa Akoa Jean Marc, Ngoufack Geordane, Kuate Talom Steve (Rock Rl Douala), Aliou Garga, Malai Alban, (Sahel Rl Garoua)

Ghana Train On Squad

Marcus Alexander Amate Neil, Albert Abeku Amonoo Nelson (Brixton Bulls Rlfc), Benjamin Anane, Kwabena Afful Cleland, Collins Kweku Ofosu, Desmond Atsu Geotrah, Nigel Nii Ampim Sackey, On Yelib Oliver Puman, (Bulls Rlfc – Ghana), Reece Connor Rance (Coventy Bears), Issac Akwasi Akuoko (Manly), Samuel A. Aboagye Sarpong, Darryl Amoatey, Nasiru Abdul Latif, Eric Tettegah, (Panthers Rlfc – Ghana), Calivinson Accorlor, Philip Asomani, John Bless Mensah, Enoch Abam Niikoi, Christian Fafa Okpattah, (Pirates Rlfc – Ghana), Alibah Riddick Nana Abrokwa, Richard Amevor, Isaac Jordan Annan, Elikem Koesi Asafo, Edward Danquah Donkor, Chris Da Gama, Michael Quatey, William Pearce Biney, (Skolars Rlfc – Ghana), Kwabena Afful Cleland (Unattached)

Morocco Train On Squad

Souhail Ait Alla, Mouslim Ali, Boujoua Ayoub, Ahmed El Faiz, Brahim Aferhane, Ouhcham Mahdi (Association Marocaine Assalam Rugby Xiii) Mohssin Afouks, Zakaria Attarch, Khalid Azghikh, Moussa Bencharki, Ismail Edhouz, Raid El Fath, Mbark Hani, Yassin Oujbor, Marouane Mounwir, Chnikhl Youssef, (Association Black Eagles Rugby Xii) Ilias El Fezazi (Racing Club Baho Xiii), Iliass Laachiri (Lyon Villeurbanne Rugby Xiii), Amine Addaqqouni, Oussama El Abdioui, Amine Belaachj, Aissa El Hamdaoui, Soufiane Kissi, Ali Sambo, Bilal Zariouh (Nadour Arkmane Rugby Xiii) Naji Anas (Racing Club De Carpentras Du Comtat Xiii) Ismail Edhouz, Taleb Idriss, Jarif Lachen, Marouanne Mounwir, Yassin Oujbor, (South Lionsrugby Xiii), Badreddine Medkouri (Sporting Treiziste Toulonnais) Adam Ed Diche (Union Sportive Ferralaise Xiii),

Nigeria Train On Squad

Alamin Ajelara, Azeez Ajelara, Benjamin Jegede, Jordan Adebumowa, Mathew Jegede, Micheal Worrincy, (Africa United Australia) Jayden Okunbor ( Canterbury Bulldogs) Tuoyo Egodo (Castleford Tigers) Daniel Igbinedion, Robert Worrincy, (Dewsbury Rams) Hsa Harrison, Nosakhare Agwoje, Oladele Abiodun, Emmanuel Ayewe, Eneji Michael Iyeshi, Francis Olatunbosun, Shittu Isiaka Eko Trinity) William Sharp (Halifax Rlfc England) Elliot Wallis (Hull Kingston Rovers England) Jude Abrakson, Alex Richard, Issa Omale, Obi Wilson, Gabriel John, Joshua Etim (Kano Gazelles) Samuel Akpabio, Christian Williams, Sani Mohammed, Ibrahim Suraju, Nuhu Ibrahim, Bashir Usman (Kano Lions)Prince Nwauzor, Kelechi Anozie, Shedrack Kalu, Sukirudeen Alameen, Buni Mba, Sodiq Sakariyau, Emmanuel Peter, Michael Clement, Izuchukwu Nwaire, Monday Samali, (Lagos Broncos) Jeremiah Peters, Azuka Kelvin, Stephen Kiki, Olisa Kelvin, John Precious, Eric Olualogbo, Daniel John, Prince Samuel, Ayo Johnson, Quadri Kareem, Mark Macaulay, (Lagos Haven) Muizz Mustapha (Leeds Rhinos England) Sadiq Adebiyi (London Broncos England) Jubril Olajide (Manchester Rangers England) Isah Lawal Saulawa (Northants Uni England) Matthew Komolafe (Parramatta Eels Australia) Godson Sado ( St Albans England) Boluaji Fagborun (Unattached)

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Nations prepare for Middle East Africa rugby league championship

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DATE: 30 August, 2019

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NATIONS READYING FOR MEA CHAMPIONSHIP

Preparations are well under way in all the four competing nations who will be part of the second Middle East Africa Championship, to be held in Lagos, Nigeria from 2-5 October; the hosts, fellow debutants Ghana and the Cameroon, and Morocco, who return to the international arena.

Nigeria’s domestic competition is set to kick off in a fortnight as a pre-cursor to the tournament and NRL vice-president and general manager Ade Adebisi noted: “We have held a number of successful national training sessions in the capital and in the North of the country and look forward to being joined by stars from overseas, like Tuoyo Egodo and Sadiq Adebiyi nearer to the kick off. Last weekend we partnered up with Ghana to put a team into the London 9s for the first time and it was very clear that we have the talent. On top of this, we have an experienced coach in Joe Mbu who will be able to blend it all together. We still have a lot of work to do, but the building blocks are all there.”

Farouk Prempeh, president of Ghana Rugby League, added: “The MEA Championships will help put Ghana on the rugby league map. Domestically we’ve just held a successful men’s club season involving four clubs and the majority of the national team will come from there. Following the profile we’ll gain from this great event we know participation will increase next year. We are very pleased with our preparations and the MEA Championship has provided a very positive atmosphere for the sport in Ghana.”

Carol Manga, Cameroon Rugby League’s general manager, noted: “ All the nations in the MEA Championship are going to gain in experience as, for many, this is our first time in a big tournament. Our love, passion, sacrifices and commitments will be justified and we are hugely excited. Our head Coach Khalil Njoya is working closely with all the players and the board members are tirelessly undertaking to get more sponsors and government support. Five men’s teams in Cameroon are currently in the middle of their club season and there is huge excitement at squad training.”

Yamina Abdesselem, president of Morocco Rugby League, claimed: “We are humbled as a Federation to participate, we find a lot of joy and pleasure from this adventure. Our men’s national team will come mainly from the six-team domestic championship. The tournament will give another dimension to the XIII Moroccan and contribute to the development of the sport in North Africa.”

In addition to the matches, there will be coaching and match official programmes surrounding the Championship, and the 2021 Rugby League World Cup team will also be bringing the trophy and delivering additional education, development and profile to support the sport’s growth in the region.

PHIL CAPLAN

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Turkey face Ukraine in Rugby League U19s European Championship qualifier this weekend

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DATE: 28 August, 2019

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TURKEY FACE UKRAINE IN RUGBY LEAGUE U19S EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIER THIS WEEKEND

Turkey will face Ukraine this Saturday (31 August) at the Beylerbeyi Stadium, Istanbul to determine the eighth nation to play in the 2020 U19s European Championship (kick off 3pm).

The winners will head to Lignano Sabbiadoro in Italy to join the hosts, France, England, Wales, Scotland, Serbia and Ireland from 3–13 September next year.

Turkey RLA have run training camps in Eskisehir, Ankara and Istanbul in preparation.

“The U19 European Championship is a big stage for us and qualification for the main event would mean a huge step,” said their U19 head coach, Kemal Ege Gurkan.

“Whatever the result, we aim to create a team that is embraced. This is likely to be a generation that will represent Turkey at the higher stages of international rugby league in senior level and they need to start their stories by winning hearts in this campaign.”

Rugby League in Turkey has continued to grow with more than 15 men’s and women’s teams competing, encompassing around four hundred senior players and their leading side, Kadikoy Bullls, reaching the semi finals of the Balkan Super League.

“We are actively encouraging more players especially youngsters aged between 16-19, who are making their first steps in the sport,” added Gurkan.

Team Manager Oytun Colok noted: “Turkey is a country with a young population. We prepare our young players for international matches mentally, technically and physically and are creating a genuine brotherhood.”

Their selected squad represents ten domestic clubs.

Their Ukrainian counterparts have played two games in Serbia as part of their build up, defeating Serbia U19s ‘A’ 44-0 and the full Serbian U19s side, 32-10, both games at the SC Inge stadium in Belgrade.

Artur Martyrosian, Ukraine Federation of Rugby League president, commented: “One of the general aims of our Federation is to grow the sport to the highest level, so the participation of our senior and junior national teams at European Championships is a very important pointer. We really want to take a part in the full U19s European Championship next year.”

Lviv contribute seven players to the Ukrainian squad, which is made up of players from six domestic clubs.

The match can be seen via livestream at: https://www.facebook.com/events/355554695368339/?ti=icl

TURKEY U19 SQUAD

Kaan Baran Çetiner (Ankara Phrygians), Burak Özkan, Seyit Ülker, Burakcan Yermez, Mert Yıldırım, (Aqua Rugby), Mustafa Efe (Avcı), Eymen Agdas (Badgers), Alperen Güneş (Eskişehir Çamlıca sk), Doruk Terzi (İzmir Owls), Caner Ark, Kerim Cömert, Eyüp Ensar Das, Ramazan Tomruk (Kandira Akçakoca sk), Oğuz Ergen, Deniz Küçük, Yusuf Can Tunç (Kadıköy Bulls), Canberk Demirci, Batuhan Köse, Alperen Yaman (Olimpos), Presley Cochrane-Salman (Western City Tigers)

UKRAINE U19 SQUAD

Ivan Kapustiak, Maksym Shevchuk (Burevіsnik), Oleksandr Slizovskyi (Dnipro), Vitalii Puchkov (Legion XIII), Orest Adamyk, Daniil Hapon, Yurii Kolosovskyi, Rostyslav Kovalyshyn, Danylo Kozak, Oleh Kunynets, Ihor Vashcuk (Lviv Tigers), Vitalii Boichuk, Andrii Ivaniuk, Taras Splavnyk (Stanislaviv), Vadym Polishchuk, Oleksandr Rozhko, Danylo Vedler (West Giants)

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Serbia replace Russia in Rugby League World Cup qualifiers

SERBIA REPLACE RUSSIA IN RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS

Serbia has replaced Russia in group two of the final European World Cup qualifiers, after the Russians were withdrawn.

Serbia will face now Scotland in Glasgow on 26th October and host Greece in Belgrade on 9 November, the top two nations making the 2021 Rugby League World Cup in England.

Denis Koralev, president of the Russian Association of Rugby League Klubs commented: “This is not a sudden or unexpected decision, we have been in regular contact with the RLEF about our position, and need to re-boost the sport here.

“Rugby League is still being played but there are some domestic issues including constitution of the board that we need to look at.”

Tournament Director for the qualification games Chris Thair said: “Russia’s withdrawal is unfortunate, however, all parties agreed it was the right course of action. After expressing concerns over their preparations and readiness to play, I made a recommendation that was backed by the RLEF and approved by the RLIF board, who own the World Cup property.”

Thair added: “Serbia finished third in the European B competition compared to Norway who were second in European C, whose fixtures doubled as World Cup qualifiers. All the other nations have been kept abreast of matters throughout and I thank them for their patience and support – we even had the remarkable situation of the Serbian general secretary acting as our interpreter with the Russian Federation and trying to find solutions for Russia to stay in the competition, even though Serbia would be the beneficiaries if they withdrew.

“Every avenue was explored with Russia and we do wish to see a strong rugby league presence in the country. We have agreed a number of supportive measures with Denis. The RLEF will soon be advertising for a new board of directors on their behalf to take their federation forward into a new era.”

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