Monday, October 20, 2014
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Rugby League continues to thrive in Czech Republic

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Vrchlabi, home of the Mad Squirrels club, will be a hot-bed of rugby league from tomorrow (Thursday) when a week of development work featuring five countries commences. RLEF Coaching Manager, Martin Crick, will oversee the first phase of a coach tutor course for the Czech Republic hosts, Malta and Sweden, as part of the EU Leadership Devolution Project. Then, on ... Read More »

State of Origin comes to Ireland

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Tomorrow at 2pm in Dromore Rugby Club County Down an historic event in Irish Rugby League will take place when Northern Ireland host the Republic of Ireland for the first time in the newly structured State of Origin Series. Previously the series had been competed for by Leinster, Ulster and Munster but from 2014 Northern Ireland and the Republic of ... Read More »

Sweden continues its Rugby League progress

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As they prepare to make their entry in this season’s Nordic Cup, with a match against Denmark in Copenhagen on 16th August, holders Sweden are hoping continued domestic progress will help them become the first Scandinavian nation to win the trophy twice. The formation of the Pan-Scandinavian Club Championship in 2013, consisting of one side from Denmark, Copenhagen Black Swans and ... Read More »

International: John Kear relishing Welsh challenge

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New Wales coach John Kear is confident he can help the side to an improved showing in the next World Cup, after succeeding Iestyn Harris last week. Wales were one of the major disappointments of last year’s competition, after failing to get out of their group, despite their home advantage. Kear, 59, has previously coached at international level with both ... Read More »

International: Schools RL gaining momentum in Lebanon

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The Lebanese Rugby League Federation has pointed to its expanding school’s rugby league championship, sponsored by construction and telecommunications company GMEA for the third successive year, as an indicator of further growth of the sport in the country. The LRLF is in the process of rolling out a new schools and community club strategy which divides the country into operational ... Read More »

Fiji NSW Cup team can lead to NRL side, says Petero

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Fijian legend Petero Civoniceva has admitted that the admission of a Fiji side into the New South Wales Cup can ultimately lead to the island nation having full representation in the NRL. It was revealed yesterday that Fiji will have a Suva-based side in the second-tier of Australian Rugby League from 2016, and the former Fiji captain admits it is ... Read More »

Brisbane Broncos and England star dropped for discipline

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Not good news for England head coach Steve McNamara, after the Brisbane Broncos revealed they have stood down three players for breaching team protocol – including England’s Jack Reed. Reed – as well as Daniel Vidot and Corey Oates – were dropped by the club after going out during the week of a game, with Broncos coach Anthony Griffin saying ... Read More »

Fiji to get NSW Cup Rugby League side

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The expansion of Fijian Rugby League has received a major boost today, after it was announced there will be a Fijian side playing NSW Cup from 2016 onwards. Led by Greg Browne and legendary NRL forward Petero Civoniceva, the team will actually play out of Fiji, in a move that has been supported by the New South Wales Rugby League ... Read More »

Fiji set to have second-tier NRL team

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Former Australia test prop Petero Civoniceva has spearheaded a movement to give Fiji its own professional Rugby League team, which would play in what is essentially the second tier down under – the New South Wales Cup. Alongside Greg Brown, Fiji-born Civoniceva has secured the rights to enter a team into the prestigious competition from 2016. He said: “Our aim ... Read More »

International: John Kear handed Wales job

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Batley Bulldogs boss John Kear has been appointed as coach for the Welsh national team. The 59-year-old, who has plenty of international experience having coached both England and France, takes over from Iestyn Harris, who left the post for the Salford Red Devils in April. His first tournament will be the European Championships in autumn when Wales face France, Scotland ... Read More »