Burundi, Lebanon, Nigeria and South Africa bid to host 2020 MEA Championship

In the leadup to the second Middle East and Africa Championship, due to take place in Nigeria for the first time (from 2-5th October 2019), bids to host the 2020 tournament have been received from four nations. Competing in Lagos along with the host nation will be Cameroon, Ghana and Morocco. Nations submitting bids to host the 2020 tournament are:…

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Ireland and Norway squads for first-ever, international meeting

Norway Rugby League have named three debutants in their 19-man squad to face an Irish Club Select XIII at the Franciscan College, Gormonston Park, Gormonston, County Meath tomorrow (Saturday, kick off 3pm). The match, which will also act as a warm up for the Norwegians prior to their European Championship C decider with Greece (London on 18 May), acts as…

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RLIF Middle East Africa Championship to be staged in Lagos, Nigeria

Three nations on debut and one returning to the international fold will contest the second RLIF Middle East Africa Championship in October 2019. The event, staged over four days, will be hosted at the Teslim Balogum Stadium in Lagos, Nigeria, with the hosts facing fellow newcomers Ghana, and Cameroon (also making their bow) coming up against Morocco, who last played…

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New Super League partner for a new Nigerian club

You might mistakenly be thinking that rivalry between Super League clubs is mainly restricted to the Pennines, in the North of England.  But no; the battle between Leeds Rhinos and Wakefield Trinity has recently taken on an international dimension – in Nigeria. The newly established Nigerian Rugby League is set to launch its inaugural domestic competition this summer.  Leeds Rhinos…

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Spain qualify more coaches ahead of new Rugby League season

Ahead of the new domestic season which launches in April, the AERL has qualified eight new coaches from Andalusia, after a successful level one course held at Lupión City Hall, in the Jaén region. Candidates from three clubs – Andújar, Baeza and Huelva – took part, in association with ARLA (Rugby League Association of Andalucía). “The course has been very…

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Serbia `Team John’ beat Lebanon `Team Bev’ in traditional season-starter Risman Cup

The traditional match to herald the start of the new rugby league season in Serbia, named after the Risman family, saw Serbia’s U21s ‘Team John” defeat Lebanon’s U23s ‘Team Bev’ 36-24, at the BASK Arena. In the seventh annual clash, ‘Team John” retained the trophy thanks to a superb hat-trick from skipper Vladimir Milutinović’s, and overturned a 14-12, half-time deficit, to…

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