Democratic Republic of Congo joins RLEF

The RLEF board has awarded Congo Rugby League observer status. The organisation, which is recognised by the country’s sports ministry, is based in Kivu in the east, close to the Burundian border and is constituted by seven community organisations. “It’s great to see another African nation join the rugby league family and aiding the sport’s recently successful GAISF member application,”…

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Successful Coaching and Officials courses in Ukraine

A series of match officials and coaching courses have been successfully undertaken by the Ukrainian Rugby League Federation, in readiness for the start of the newly instituted Joma Super League in mid-March. Eight new match officials – Denys Cherniev, Roman Bykhov, Olexiy Shkolny, Olexiy Markov, Dmytro Medvedev (all from Kharkiv), Igor Yurkin (Pokrovsk), Viktor Baranov (Kyiv), Maxym Synytsya (Rivne) –…

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Boznia & Herzegovina RLA Recognised and Board Formed

The Bosnia and Herzegovina Rugby League Association has been formally recognised, and following an assembly in Vitez has established its inaugural board. Its objectives for 2018 include further coach and match official education, the setting up of domestic competition and application for Observer status to the Rugby League European Federation. To assist in its initial aims, the BHRLA has been…

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Serbs Agree Three Year Partnership with Yorkshire Men’s League

The Serbian Rugby League Federation is to further enhance its links with the English regions by signing a three-year deal with the Yorkshire Men’s League, as part of the Rugby Football League’s Lionhearts programme. The Lionhearts will travel to Belgrade in 2018 and 2020, with a Serbian select touring Yorkshire in 2019 for the first time. “We are very excited…

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Ukraine RL Announce New Franchises

Following meetings in England in the run up to Christmas, Ukraine Rugby League has announced a revamp of its top competition which will see five regional Super League franchises put in place, each allied to an English club.  Those five – participants in the 2018 Joma Super Rugby League – will be as follows:  Transcarpathia Trinity, linked to Wakefield; Lviv…

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RLEF geared up for 2018

“Rugby League’s presence has grown quite dramatically this year,” says RLEF general manager, Danny Kazandjian in his end of year report. “A number of strategic objectives have been achieved, with Bulgaria, Cameroon, Greece and Turkey all admitted as observer nations.” “Of the four, the last three all have multiple clubs now and are well positioned to become members by the…

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Greeks report further progress this season

Greek Rugby League is enjoying significant progress as their current domestic season begins to take shape.  Four clubs (Aris Eagles, Attica Rhinos, Patras Panthers and defending champions Rhodes Knights) make up the domestic championship, with the most recent game between the Panthers and Knights staged at the 25,000-seat Pampeloponnisiako Stadium. That match represented a 1,340km round trip for Rhodes who,…

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Serbia and Jamaica Funding Boost

SERBIA:   A sponsorship deal arranged with the Australian embassy in Serbia will see the SRL once again receive funds, via the Australian Department for Foreign Affairs’ Trade Direct Aid Programme, to help promote rugby league development at junior and youth level throughout 2018. The TDAP is an Australian aid scheme intended for European countries that are not members of the…

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Germany Holds Successful Coaching Course

Nationaler Rugby League Deutschland (NRLD) has run a successful Level 1 coaching course.  Two candidates on the two-day course were UK-based Nick Keinhorst and Dan Pearson, who are keen to help German rugby league progress. Twelve local candidates also attended the course, which  was led by NRLD coach educators Bob Mawuli Amefia, Simon Cooper and Bob Doughton and overseen by…

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