Russia in RLWC Qualifiers should boost the local game

As Russia prepare to take on Spain and Serbia early next month, in European Championship B (which doubles as the next stage of qualification for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup in England), president of the Russian Federation of Clubs (ARLK), Denis Korolev, is predicting a significant boost for the game in Russia. “Participation of the Russian national team will…

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Russia, Serbia and Spain name extended squads

Russia, Serbia and Spain have named their initial, extended squads for October’s European Championship B, which doubles as a qualifier for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup in England. The top two nations will join Italy (the winners of Euro C) and the bottom two nations from the European Championship, in a final qualifying tournament in a year’s time. Spain…

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Spain, Russia and Serbia gear-up for European Championship B

Spain, Russia and Serbia have begun their preparations for October’s European Championship B, which doubles as a qualifier for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup in England.  The top two nations will join Italy, plus the winners of Euro C and the bottom two nations from the European Championships, in a final qualifying tournament in a year’s time. Spain host…

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CSKA Moscow beat Partizan Belgrade 38 – 32 to win first Army Unity Cup

A Vasili Drozdov goal, converting a last-gasp try from centre Dmitri Leskov, sealed an astonishing comeback from Moscow’s CSKA, as they defeated Partizan from Belgrade 38-36 in the inauguaral Army Unity Cup at the MBA Stadium, Moscow. The hosts were 16 points down with barely five minutes remaing in minus three degrees temperature but thrilled their fans in an astonishing…

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Famous Serbian and Russian clubs join forces

The rugby league clubs of Partizan Belgrade and CSKA Moscow have announced a joint initiative that will see Partizan tour Moscow from the 23-26th March, to initiate a twinning arrangement. Both are part of large multi-sport organisations and have a similar history, formed by the armies of Yugoslavia (Partizan) and the Soviet Union Red Army (CSKA). Respective presidents of their…

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CSKA Moscow win expanded Russian Championship

CSKA Moscow have been crowned Russian rugby league champions following their 28-22 derby victory over Spartak Moscow in the Grand Final, at the Fili Rugby Stadium. The capital city teams qualified for the play-offs having topped the Centre Conference and were joined by Urals Conference winners Vityez from Perm. Both Muscovite sides defeated Vityez in the series, Spartak winning 42-16…

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RLEF Board Discusses Strategic Calendar

At a recent meeting in its new offices near London Bridge, the RLEF Board discussed the instigation of a wider European calendar, to include evolving the three-tier European Championship and expanding the age group competition. “We made clear progress on the subject of the European Championship,” said RLEF chairman Maurice Watkins. “All parties are keen to work together as we…

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Italy confident of securing final World Cup place

Favourites Italy make two changes for the match that will determine the 14th and final qualifier for the 2017 World Cup, against Russia at the Leigh Sports Village tomorrow night (Friday – kick off 8pm) The Azzurri have already arrived in preparation for the game and bring in Ryan Tramonte, who was part of their 2013 World Cup squad, and…

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