World Cup Qualifier, Norway 40 – Germany 22

Norway overturned their negative eight points difference with a stunning second half performance to outgun favourites Germany in Porsgrunn.  All the sides in European Championship C – North therefore finish on two points but, due to the magnitude of this win, the Vikings progress to face ECC- South winners, Greece, in a neutral-ground play off next month. Leading narrowly at…

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Norway and Germany Squads for WCQ Showdown

Norway and Germany have named their 19-man squads for the final game in European Championship C – North, in Porsgrunn tomorrow (Saturday), which doubles up as the next stage of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup qualifiers. The ultimate victors will face the winners of European  Championship C – South, on neutral territory, most likely in spring 2019. Germany are…

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International and European Federations send message of condolence to the family of George Kocev

It is with considerable sadness that the Rugby League International and European Federations have been made aware of the tragic passing of Georgi Kocev. The 31-year-old, who played for Bulgaria in the 2017 Balkan Championship, was training with his club side CSKA Moscow when he suffered an apparent heart attack. Medical assistance attended but doctors could not revive the back…

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Norway completes TEP activity with successful Match Official course

Norway is the latest country to complete its activities on the EU part-funded Training and Education Portal project. RLEF tutor Phil Smith oversaw young Serbian Rugby League Federation educator-candidate, Ivica Djordjevic and the host’s head of match officials, Adrian Seglem deliver a level one course to seven candidates in Stavanger. It was the first time that Rugby League Norge has…

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Czech Republic v Norway preview – European Championship C (North)

    The Czech town of Vrchlabi has World Cup fever with the national side taking on Norway there tomorrow (Saturday 16th) in the opening game in European Championship C – North, which also doubles as the first match in the 2021 RLWC qualifiers. The hosts have named two debutants, local Dominik Machek from Mad Squirrels, Vrchlabi, and Mikulov Rooster…

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2021 Rugby League World Cup qualifiers set to get underway

Qualifying for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup in England begins in the Czech Republic in mid-June, with the start of European Championship C. Six nations, split into North and South groups will take part, with a play off between the respective winners taking them into the next phase in 2019. The North group, featuring the Czech Republic, Germany and…

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Czech Republic v Norway, 16 June will kick-off World Cup 2021 Qualifiers

Preparations are in hand as the Czech Republic and Norway look to kick off the 2021WC Qualifiers, in Vrchlabi on the 16th of June. The clash will double as the opening tie in European Championship C–North, a group which also includes Germany.  The winners will then play the top team from the south group (Malta, Ukraine or Greece) for the…

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Norway herald Best Ever Season

In their first campaign, Stavanger Storm have finished top of the expanded Norwegian rugby league championship, ahead of Porsgrunn Pirates. The 2017 season saw a seven-team competition (with sides spread over 1,800km) complete all their scheduled games, and the national side playing four fixtures, all unbeaten, in what is the most successful Norge RL campaign to date. “To have forty…

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