Czechs successfully host Level 2 Match Official course

 Swedish, French, English and Czech match officials have met in Chrudim for a newly instituted, four-day RLEF Level 2 Match Official course, as part of the EU-funded Training and Education Portal project. The course was overseen by RLEF MO tutor Phil Smith, who said: “From the intensity and detail of the debate it’s clear this new Level 2 course delivers…

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Rugby League World – What’s inside the new issue?

The brand new September 2017 issue of Rugby League World magazine (number 437) is out today. Editor John Drake explains what’s inside and why it’s an unmissable read for all Rugby League fans, no matter which club they support or what level of the sport they are interested in. “We’re reaching the business end of the season when the big…

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RFL director appointed as chief executive of 2021 World Cup

Jon Dutton, the RFL’s director of projects & people, has been appointed as the chief executive of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup. Dutton was at the heart of the successful bid for the event and has previously worked in golf for the PGA European Tour and football’s European administrative body, UEFA. He was heavily involved in the last World Cup to…

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Squads Named for Griffin Cup

Germany host Holland in Osnabrück on Saturday in the fifth, annual Griffin Cup series between the nations. The Dutch have yet to register a victory but last year were defeated only 8-6 and have benefitted from their burgeoning domestic programme in the interim. The Nationaler Rugby League Deutschland has named a 24-man squad following the conclusion of their inaugural Steeden…

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Norway face Denmark away, on Saturday, hoping to clinch Nordic Cup.

Norway visit Kalundborg, 100km west of Copenhagen on Saturday, seeking a first away victory against Denmark which would also clinch them the Nordic Cup. The Vikingene registered an impressive 38-18 victory against Sweden in June but they have traditionally struggled against their southern neighbour. The nations have met on four previous occasions with the Danes winning three times. Norway coach…

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Scotland are contenders at the World Cup this year, says Ryan Brierley

Toronto Wolfpack half-back Ryan Brierley thinks Scotland can make a major impact on the Rugby League World Cup this autumn, and hopes playing in the third-tier of British rugby league will not stop him making the Bravehearts squad. Brierley made the surprise move from Super League side Huddersfield, where he partnered his Scotland team-mate Danny Brough in the halves, to…

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Netherlands name expanded Backroom Staff for Internationals

The NRLB has announced an expanded back room staff for their forthcoming internationals away in Germany (26 August) and at home to Sweden, in Amsterdam (9 Sept). Former president Timo Meinders returns in the position of national team manager, his remit being to plan the logistics of the national team and improve communications. “I am excited to re-join the NRLB,”…

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