Historic U19s qualification tie today – Italy v Ukraine

Italy and Ukraine U19s meet for the first time today, in the Stadio Fogliano, Fogliano di Repuglia, for the right to be the eighth nation in the 2018 U19 European Championships, in Belgrade this August. The eliminator will be the first of its kind at this level, signalling the growing emphasis on junior development among the RLEF’s member nations. The…

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Italy sanctioned for off-field incident

The Rugby League World Cup 2017 has today sanctioned the Federazione Italiana Rugby League (FIRL) following the completion of an investigation into an off-field incident involving Italian Rugby League players in Cairns during the tournament. A fracas reportedly broke out between two of their players following the defeat to Ireland. RLWC2017 Chief Executive Andrew Hill confirmed the FIRL was in…

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Coaching and Match Officials Courses – Sicily

The Federazione Italiana Rugby League recently hosted a Level 2 coaching and a match officials course in tandem, in Catania, Sicily,  The course was attended by delegates from England, Sweden, Greece and Spain, with RLEF coaching manager Martin Crick and match official tutor Danny McNeice overseeing the activities. “The roll-out of the new level 2 coaching course continued with a…

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RLEF Board Discusses Strategic Calendar

At a recent meeting in its new offices near London Bridge, the RLEF Board discussed the instigation of a wider European calendar, to include evolving the three-tier European Championship and expanding the age group competition. “We made clear progress on the subject of the European Championship,” said RLEF chairman Maurice Watkins. “All parties are keen to work together as we…

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Lebanon and Italy announce Mediterranean Cup Squads

Both squads have been announced for Saturday’s Mediterranean Cup clash between Lebanon and Italy, at the Universite Libanais in Beirut. Both are made up entirely of domestic-based players, with the 17 Azzuris featuring five debutants and the 20 Cedars including nine. This will be the fifth meeting between the two nations, with Lebanon having won three and Italy one. Nine…

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