Dates confirmed for final European Qualifiers

Following the draw for the final European qualifying groups for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup, undertaken Friday night by St Helens’ international stars Tommy Makinson, Regan Grace and Theo Fages, the dates for nest year’s fixtures have been confirmed. In a quirk of fate, the nations in group one (Italy, Ireland and Spain) have all faced each other before…

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Newly formed GRLA runs first coaching course in Athens

The newly-formed Greek Rugby League Association (GRLA) technical department, has successfully run its first Level 1 coaching course in Athens. Fifteen candidates, variously from Larissa, Greta, Athens, Thessalonia, Patna and Rhodes attended, illustrating the growing geographical interest in the sport in the country. GRLA level 1 Coach Educator candidate, Nikos Hatzinikolaou, who led the course, in so doing furthered his…

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Rugby League’s Greece Lightning: Stefanos Bastas

“I like Greece, I love my family and my friends, my plan is to return there, but only when this crazy and great adventure finishes.” Hemel Stags’ international recruit Stefanos Bastas tells Ash Hope about his “crazy and great“ RL adventure AMID the many comings and goings in League 1 during the close-season, an intriguing signing by Hemel Stags seemed…

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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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