France win U19s European Championship Final : Wales, Serbia and Italy also claim silverware

France held on to defeat England 26-24 at the Makis Stadium in Belgrade, despite being without three players, who had flown to England, to make their debuts for Super League’s Catalans Dragons. In a superb title decider, England staged a dramatic fightback when trailing 26-16, scoring the two late, unconverted tries which nevertheless left them unable to overcome the French.…

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Final Round – U19 European Championship

Prior to the final round of matches, all eight nations involved in the U19 European Championships attended an embassy reception in Belgrade and spent time together, in the lead up to finals day tomorrow (Saturday). After beating Wales 48-4 in the semis, England take on France, who triumphed 38-6 over Scotland in the final. As the Welsh were swept aside,…

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Officials confirmed for U19s European Championships semis

The 19-man squads have been confirmed and all-neutral match officials announced, for the U19s European Championships semi finals and ranking matches. OFFICIALS – ROUND 2 FIXTURES SERBIA v UKRAINE 1400hrs Referee: Robin Hachache (LEB) Touch Judge: James Spencer (IRE) Touch Judge: Cameron Worsley (ENG) SERBIA:  Jai Smith (Brothers, Queensland), Matthew Dragišić (Canberra Raiders), Veljko Stanković (Car Dušan Silni Paraćin), Ivan…

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Matchday squads confirmed for U19 European Championships

In Budapest, the teams have begun arriving for the U19s European Championships due to start tomorrow (Sunday). Semi finals follow along with a rankings tournament, with the finals scheduled for 11th August at the Makis Stadium. All eight nations have now announced their initial match day squads. Late draftees Ukraine take on one of the favourites Wales. “The squad have…

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RLEF and FFRX111 forge collaboration agreement

Following successful level 2 coaching and match officials courses in Barcares, near Perpignan, involving RLEF cluster group Netherlands, Belgium and Ireland RL, agreement has been reached for the first time to recognise and adopt joint technical qualifications between the RLEF and the French Federation. This significant agreement follows on from the RLEF/Asia-Pacific agreement to develop joint coaching qualifications to be…

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France and Italy name squads for U19 European Championships

France and qualifiers Italy have named their squads for the U19 European Championships, to be held at the Makis Stadium, Belgrade from 5-11 August. The winners will go through to the semi finals while the losers play in ranking matches. France U19 head coach Jean-François Albert admitted he was spoiled for choice. “For a trainer it is always difficult to…

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England and Serbia name sqauads for U19 European Championship

England’s Lions and hosts Serbia have named their squads for the U19 European Championships, to be held at the Makis Stadium, Belgrade from 5-11 August. The winners go through to the semi finals and the losers play in ranking matches. Sixteen community clubs are represented in the England squad, Leigh Miners having the most included with four, head coach Allan…

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Ukraine, Wales, Ireland and Scotland name squads for U19 European Championships

Late entrants Ukraine, who have taken the place of Russia, are determined to make the most of their reprieve after initially losing out to Italy in the qualifying game. “This is an historic event for Ukrainian rugby players. We are grateful to the organizers for the opportunity to take part,” said U19s head coach, Igor Yurkin. UKRAINE SQUAD Anton Bolshakov,…

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