Greece and Norway name 19-man squads for World Cup qualifier

Greece and Norway have named their 19-man match day squads for tomorrow’s European Championship C Final, which also acts as a qualifier for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup. The nations will meet for the first time today (Saturday) at the home of London Skolars, New River Stadium, Haringey (kick off 1pm), before the hosts face Doncaster in their League…

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First Rugby League played in Belarus

Rugby League has been played in Belarus for the first time, following a four team 9s tournament held in Rechista.  The home side faced Kyiv and Rivne, from the Ukraine, and a side from Moscow. Tournament organisers Ilia Turik and Nikolai Zarezako, having participated in a coaching course in Kyiv in January this year (with the support of the Ukrainian…

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Saints stars to make World Cup draw

INTERNATIONAL STARS TO DRAW FINAL EUROPEAN GROUP QUALIFYERS FOR 2021 WORLD CUP England’s Golden Boot winner Tommy Makinson, French star Theo Fages and Wales flyer, Regan Grace will draw the final men’s European qualifying group for the 2021 World Cup in England. The draw will take place at the Totally Wicked Stadium, St Helens, on Wednesday 12 December at 3pm,…

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Eight Nations Prepare for 3rd European Youth Championships

Eight nations are preparing for the third European Youth Championships, to be held at the Makis stadium in Belgrade from 5-11 August. Each nation is not planning for victory alone, but for the U19 tournament to leave a legacy at that age group. Wales U19s was formed in 2002 and played for five seasons before restructuring as U18s, at which…

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Preparations for 3rd European Youth Championships begin

Belgrade, Serbia is preparing to host the third European Youth Championships, from 5-11 August, ten years after the last one took place in Prague. Eight nations will take part, with Ukraine – who played in a qualifier with Italy – replacing Russia, after the Bears were forced to pull out due to financial difficulties. Russian president Denis Korolev commented: “This…

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England Lionhearts home successfully from Serbia

The English Lionhearts (Yorkshire), have returned unbeaten from a two-game tour of Serbia, their fourth to the country since 2006, all part of a deal that will see the Serbians tour Yorkshire next year, and the Lionhearts return to Belgrade in 2020. In the main fixture, the Lionhearts successfully defended their unbeaten record in the country, defeating the national side…

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Match officials from nine countries to officiate European U19s Championship

RLEF Education has confirmed the 12-man match official squad for the U19s European Championship 2018, to be held in Belgrade, Serbia, this August. Referees from nine countries will take part, representing the broadest range of nationalities ever to officiate at an official rugby league tournament, beating the previous record of five nations, at the 2015 Pacific Games in PNG. “This…

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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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Argentina, Brazil and Colombia name historic Test teams

Argentina, Brazil and Colombia have announced their squad’s for this weekend’s Primer Rugby League Campeonato Latinoamericano. The tournament opens at 4 pm this Friday, at the Club de Golf 7 Rios on the eastern outskirts of Los Angeles, in the Bio Bio Province of Chile. With the various nations having developed largely in isolation, this historic two-day event will offer…

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