England and Serbia name sqauads for U19 European Championship

England’s Lions and hosts Serbia have named their squads for the U19 European Championships, to be held at the Makis Stadium, Belgrade from 5-11 August. The winners go through to the semi finals and the losers play in ranking matches. Sixteen community clubs are represented in the England squad, Leigh Miners having the most included with four, head coach Allan…

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Ukraine, Wales, Ireland and Scotland name squads for U19 European Championships

Late entrants Ukraine, who have taken the place of Russia, are determined to make the most of their reprieve after initially losing out to Italy in the qualifying game. “This is an historic event for Ukrainian rugby players. We are grateful to the organizers for the opportunity to take part,” said U19s head coach, Igor Yurkin. UKRAINE SQUAD Anton Bolshakov,…

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Sam Tomkins among trio called-up to England’s Elite Performance Squad

Wayne Bennett has called up Sam Tomkins, Adam Milner and Mike Cooper to England’s Elite Performance Squad for the second phase of the season. The trio have been named in a revised 25-man squad that also includes Jake Connor and Luke Thompson after their involvement in the mid-season trip to Denver. Tomkins’ inclusion comes over three years since his last…

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Germans name Keinhorst in national squad as Moorteufel take Bundesleague title

Following the completion of their domestic season – Moorteufel taking the 2018 title – the Germany coaching staff has named their squad for the 2021 World Cup qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Norway, and the annual Griffin Cup clash with the Netherlands. The matches in European Championship C – North, will see them host the Czech’s in Osnabrück on…

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More re preparations for 3rd European Youth Championships

Eight nations are preparing for the third European championships at youth level, this time reverting back to U19s, to be held at the Makis stadium in Belgrade from 5-11 August. Each is not just planning for victory but that the tournament will leave a legacy for the upcoming generation. For late entrants Ukraine, who take the place of Russia, the…

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Eight Nations Prepare for 3rd European Youth Championships

Eight nations are preparing for the third European Youth Championships, to be held at the Makis stadium in Belgrade from 5-11 August. Each nation is not planning for victory alone, but for the U19 tournament to leave a legacy at that age group. Wales U19s was formed in 2002 and played for five seasons before restructuring as U18s, at which…

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Preparations for 3rd European Youth Championships begin

Belgrade, Serbia is preparing to host the third European Youth Championships, from 5-11 August, ten years after the last one took place in Prague. Eight nations will take part, with Ukraine – who played in a qualifier with Italy – replacing Russia, after the Bears were forced to pull out due to financial difficulties. Russian president Denis Korolev commented: “This…

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Australia and Tonga in talks to stage Test match in New York later this year

Could international rugby league be about to return to the United States sooner, rather than later? It’s been reported that Australia and Tonga are earmarking a one-off game in the States, specifically New York, later this year. That news comes via NRL.com and, although it would be a move emulating England and New Zealand’s game in Denver earlier this year,…

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UPFRONT | Who do the Aussies think they are?

There’s a belief that the current problem in the ongoing power struggle at the top of the domestic game is due to too many clubs pulling in different directions. So wasn’t it reassuring when the Australian Rugby League Commission confirmed the same issue applies at international level? The Commission shocked everyone last week when it publicised, through its Chairman Peter…

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