Turkey Rugby League reports major increase in participation

The Turkish Rugby League Association has reported considerable growth as the champions of the men’s and women’s games have been crowned. Kadikoy Bulls defeated Ankara Phrygians 28-18 in the men’s Grand Final, whilst Izmir Batı Gücü also defeated the Phrygians, 8-4, in a double-header staged at the IBB Maltepe Sahil Sport Center, in Istanbul. “It has been an amazing season…

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Russia head coach spends week in France

In preparation for their Autumn 2021 Rugby League World Cup qualifiers with Scotland, and either Greece or Norway, Russia head coach Denis Korolev has been a guest at Toulouse Olympique, observing their season preparations for the UK Championship under former French international Sylvain Houles. “I have long wanted to visit a professional team that performs at a high level,” said…

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Dates confirmed for final European Qualifiers

Following the draw for the final European qualifying groups for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup, undertaken Friday night by St Helens’ international stars Tommy Makinson, Regan Grace and Theo Fages, the dates for nest year’s fixtures have been confirmed. In a quirk of fate, the nations in group one (Italy, Ireland and Spain) have all faced each other before…

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England Academy 18 Australian Schoolboys 6

A determined and persistent England Academy side last night proved themselves too strong, in the second of this year’s two Test series against their Australian Schoolboys opposition, in a match played in crisp, cold conditions, on an immaculate pitch at Headingley, winning 18-6 to take this year’s series 2-nil. Calmly confident seems the best word to describe the England performance,…

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Albania granted Observer status

Albania has become the 39th member nation of the RLEF after they were granted Observer status, further strengthening the sport in the Balkans. “Congratulations to everyone involved in Albania Rugby League, the sport should be excited about the developments taking place in the region,” said Jovan Vujosevic, RLEF Central & Eastern Europe regional director, who has facilitated their inclusion. “Tirana…

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Saints stars to make World Cup draw

INTERNATIONAL STARS TO DRAW FINAL EUROPEAN GROUP QUALIFYERS FOR 2021 WORLD CUP England’s Golden Boot winner Tommy Makinson, French star Theo Fages and Wales flyer, Regan Grace will draw the final men’s European qualifying group for the 2021 World Cup in England. The draw will take place at the Totally Wicked Stadium, St Helens, on Wednesday 12 December at 3pm,…

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Final activity in TEP portal

Five match officials from across Europe joined the Rugby Football League’s full time match officials department, together with Australian Gerard Sutton ( who refereed two of the Tests between England and New Zealand), spending time experiencing a high-class performance environment. Ben Casty (France), Quentin Boissonnade (France), Guido Bonatti (Italy), Andrew Pilkington (Spain) and Jaroslav Bzoch (Czech Republic) were selected by…

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