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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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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More re preparations for 3rd European Youth Championships

Eight nations are preparing for the third European championships at youth level, this time reverting back to U19s, to be held at the Makis stadium in Belgrade from 5-11 August. Each is not just planning for victory but that the tournament will leave a legacy for the upcoming generation. For late entrants Ukraine, who take the place of Russia, the…

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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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Leeds hosts high level coach seminar

Seven European coaches have spent six days in Leeds under the tutelage of RLEF coach manager Martin Crick, getting up to date on the latest techniques and practices in the sport as part of the RLEF Training and Educational portal project. Hosted by Leeds Rhinos, Mike Aughey (Ireland), Bob Doughton (Germany), Dave Hunter (Norway), Tiziano Franchini and Kelly Rolleston (Italy),…

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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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England pass Denver Test with flying colours

England were too strong for New Zealand in Denver today, coming back from an early 12-0 deficit to win 36-18, with impressive performances all round, but in particular from backrower Elliott Whitehead, halfback Gareth Widdop and debutants from the bench Jake Connor and Tommy Makinson. The Kiwis took the lead on ten minutes through Esan Marsters after a Koki Nikorima…

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