What’s Inside League Express: 12th February Edition

The season may only be a fortnight old – but we’ve a blockbuster edition of League Express this week covering all the big issues in the sport. Available to read from around 9:30pm Sunday night (don’t know how? Click here to open your online subscription and get it delivered straight to your smart device or download the app), here’s what…

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Denver game set to be given green light as deal agreed for England-New Zealand Test

International rugby league is heading across the Atlantic. TotalRL.com has learned that both England and New Zealand have reached an agreement to play a mid-season international in Denver this June (EDIT: 3pm – a story which is now also being reported by the Press Association). It had been reported that some NRL clubs were hesitant to release their key players…

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Democratic Republic of Congo joins RLEF

The RLEF board has awarded Congo Rugby League observer status. The organisation, which is recognised by the country’s sports ministry, is based in Kivu in the east, close to the Burundian border and is constituted by seven community organisations. “It’s great to see another African nation join the rugby league family and aiding the sport’s recently successful GAISF member application,”…

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Successful Coaching and Officials courses in Ukraine

A series of match officials and coaching courses have been successfully undertaken by the Ukrainian Rugby League Federation, in readiness for the start of the newly instituted Joma Super League in mid-March. Eight new match officials – Denys Cherniev, Roman Bykhov, Olexiy Shkolny, Olexiy Markov, Dmytro Medvedev (all from Kharkiv), Igor Yurkin (Pokrovsk), Viktor Baranov (Kyiv), Maxym Synytsya (Rivne) –…

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Boznia & Herzegovina RLA Recognised and Board Formed

The Bosnia and Herzegovina Rugby League Association has been formally recognised, and following an assembly in Vitez has established its inaugural board. Its objectives for 2018 include further coach and match official education, the setting up of domestic competition and application for Observer status to the Rugby League European Federation. To assist in its initial aims, the BHRLA has been…

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England set four-year plan for next coach as Denver and Bennett announcements close

Acting RFL CEO Ralph Rimmer has revealed that the sport’s governing body hope to announce the next England coach and a proposed friendly against New Zealand in Denver before the end of this month – before Rimmer also admitted he is interested in succeeding Nigel Wood on a permanent basis. Rimmer, who is in interim charge following Wood’s departure, has…

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Serbs Agree Three Year Partnership with Yorkshire Men’s League

The Serbian Rugby League Federation is to further enhance its links with the English regions by signing a three-year deal with the Yorkshire Men’s League, as part of the Rugby Football League’s Lionhearts programme. The Lionhearts will travel to Belgrade in 2018 and 2020, with a Serbian select touring Yorkshire in 2019 for the first time. “We are very excited…

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