Lebanon Rugby League Federation appoint new CEO

Nayef Abi Said has been appointed as the the new Lebanese Rugby League Federation CEO.  After a three-month recruitment process, the 39-year-old becomes the organisation’s second chief executive, taking over from the long-serving previous incumbent, Remond Safi, who will now focus on his regional role with the RLEF. Abi Said has an exemplary pedigree, having played for the Lebanese American…

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Lebanon appoint Rick Stone as Head Coach for their 2019 international fixtures

The Lebanese Rugby League Federation has named its staff for their 2019 international fixtures. Former Newcastle Knights and Huddersfield Giants boss, Rick Stone has been appointed Head Coach. He will be assisted by former national team player, George Ndaira, and Lebanon’s U20s and U18s coaches, Michael Habib and Tony Sakr.   Sam Ayache has been appointed Operations Manager. “After a fantastic achievement…

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Serbia `Team John’ beat Lebanon `Team Bev’ in traditional season-starter Risman Cup

The traditional match to herald the start of the new rugby league season in Serbia, named after the Risman family, saw Serbia’s U21s ‘Team John” defeat Lebanon’s U23s ‘Team Bev’ 36-24, at the BASK Arena. In the seventh annual clash, ‘Team John” retained the trophy thanks to a superb hat-trick from skipper Vladimir Milutinović’s, and overturned a 14-12, half-time deficit, to…

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Lebanon RLF elect new board

Following elections hosted and presided over by the Ministry of Youth and Sport in Beirut, the Lebanese Rugby League Federation has announced its new administrative board. The six-strong group, which is mandated until January 2023, includes four independent directors and two nominated by the clubs. The move towards an independent board was part of a key strategic decision made early…

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Lebanese AGM posts record figures and is ready to reveal new Board

Following their recent AGM, the Lebanese Rugby League Federation has announced record, audited turnover of $618K AUD for the last financial year, which does not include their participation in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.  They also posted their first positive balance sheet in 16 years, and reported on improved domestic standards. The current board has stepped down, leaving future…

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Lebanese Official suspended indefintely from all Rugby League

The RLEF has banned Lebanese rugby league official, Ghassan Dandach, from all rugby league activities for conduct prejudicial to the sport. Following a complaint by the Lebanese Rugby League Federation, Ghassan Dandach, the federation’s women’s development officer, was found guilty of holding money due to the Lebanese Rugby League Federation accrued from the women’s international against Italy on 25 February…

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Habbous to stand down as President of debt free Lebanon Federation

“On the back of a successful World Cup campaign – and year generally – we are looking forward to ushering in an exciting new era,” commented LRLF president Mohamad Habbous following a board meeting of the Lebanon Rugby League Federation. “For the first time in our 17-year history our organisation is debt free, meaning that we now have stability to…

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Lebanon Federation buoyed by reaction to World Cup

“Unprecedented media coverage of the Cedars’ World Cup campaign will lead to increased support at all levels,” claims Lebanon Rugby League Federation president Mohamed Habbous after the Cedars made the quarter finals for the first time, thereby ensuring their qualification for the next tournament in England in 2021. Before departure to the tournament, LRLF directors Sami Garabedian and Nayef Abisaid…

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QUARTER FINAL SQUADS NAMED

Captain Frank Pritchard and halfback Ben Roberts, who missed Saturday’s 14-14 draw with Scotland, will return to the Samoa side for Friday’s quarter-final against Australia in Darwin, while lock Leeson Ah Mau has been recalled to the starting line-up. Papua New Guinea coach Michael Marum has also named star five-eighth Ase Boas for Sunday’s quarter-final showdown with England in Melbourne…

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