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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Greek Court Upholds GRLA Position

A court in Athens has dismissed an application by the Hellenic Federation of Modern Pentathlon to support its position as the governing body of rugby league in Greece, with the exclusive right to field a Greek national team. The decision supports the Greek Rugby League Association’s position as the nation’s legitimate governing body under the Rugby League International Federation. “We…

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Greece look to Defend Title in 2nd Balkan Championship

Four nations will contest the second Balkan Championship in Serbia, between the 6-8 October. Hosts Serbia and holders Greece will be joined by Bulgaria and Bosnia & Herzegovina for this groundbreaking, now two-year-old, eastern Europe event. The inaugural Championship was played three years ago, Greece – who have since undergone administrative change – defeating Serbia 50-22 in the final. “We…

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Rhodes Claims Greek Title as GRLA Continues to Build

The Greek Rugby League Association has hailed the completion of its first championship season as the governing body, which ended with an exciting Grand Final in Rhodes. Played in blazing summer sunshine, the unbeaten Rhodes Knights were held 10-all at the break, before defeating Aris Eagles 30-16. “It was a terrific decider played in very hot conditions,” said Michalis Chatziioannou,…

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