Friday, August 29, 2014
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International: Spain to establish Rugby League nines

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The AERL – Spanish Association of Rugby League – has launched its inaugural Rugby League 9′s competition to be played in the close-season. The winter competition will also help develop new Spanish referees and maintain active players before the National League Championship re-starts in summer 2015. Competing teams will be Irreductibles Mislata, Edetans Moncada, Alcoià Comtat (two sides), Valencian Warriors ... Read More »

World Cup qualification process revealed

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The Rugby League International Federation has announced the qualification process for the 2017 World Cup, which will be held in Australia and New Zealand in October and November 2017. Seven nations, who were all quarter finalists in the 2013 tournament – Australia, New Zealand, England, Fiji, France, Samoa and Scotland – have all received an automatic place. The remaining seven nations ... Read More »

Rugby League European Championship fixtures announced

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France, Ireland, Scotland and Wales will meet each other in the autumn after the draw was confirmed for the 2014 European Championships. The winners will qualify for the 2016 Four Nations tournament to be held in the northern hemisphere. It will be a re-entry into the Test arena for all four after the 2013 World Cup where the Scots, particularly, ... Read More »

Latest international Rugby League rankings announced

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Following a summer of Test match rugby league across the continents, the new world rankings have been announced by the International Federation, the first since the 2013 World Cup. The total number of ranked-nations, based on sanctioned international competition, has risen to 34, the latest included being Spain in 28th place. Russia are up to 14th, the number of nations ... Read More »

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 »