Serbia `Team John’ beat Lebanon `Team Bev’ in traditional season-starter Risman Cup

The traditional match to herald the start of the new rugby league season in Serbia, named after the Risman family, saw Serbia’s U21s ‘Team John” defeat Lebanon’s U23s ‘Team Bev’ 36-24, at the BASK Arena. In the seventh annual clash, ‘Team John” retained the trophy thanks to a superb hat-trick from skipper Vladimir Milutinović’s, and overturned a 14-12, half-time deficit, to…

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Balkan Super League will expand to 14 teams from 8 nations

Rugby League’s most geographically spread club competition, the Balkan Super League, will be further expanded when it kicks off in April 2019. Following the inclusion of a first Italian side, Lignano Sharks, the third year of the tournament will see it encompassing fourteen clubs for the first time, spread over two divisions, with eight nations involved. “After months of open…

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Serbia’s Red Star complete unprecedented quadruple

Red Star Belgrade have completed the season unbeaten, taking the Balkan Super League crown from derby rivals Partizan; winning the Grand Final 30-6 at the SC Inge Stadium, Zvezdara. This year’s competition featured 15 teams from seven nations and victory saw the red and white’s pick up an unprecedented fourth trophy of the campaign, which saw them win all their…

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Spain progress, Serbia devastated despite 24-20 European Championship B decider win

Despite narrow defeat at the Makis Stadium in Belgrade, Spain’s patient, determined display ensured their greatest outcome since making their international debut in May 2014.  In order to overtake the Spaniards, retain European Championship B and remain on the qualification trail for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup, Serbia need to win by a margin of 14 points. When full…

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Squads announced for tomorrow’s Serbia v Spain Championship B decider

Serbia and Spain have announced their 19-man squads for the 2021 World Cup Qualifier showdown at the Makis Stadium in Belgrade tomorrow (Saturday). All three nations in European Championship B are tied on two points, with the Serbians needing to beat their opponents tomorrow by a difference of 14 points in order to retain their title, and move on to…

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Serbians arrive in Moscow for European Championship B Test

The Serbian squad has arrived in Russia for the second match in European Championship B, to be played tomorrow (Saturday) at the Fily Stadium in Moscow. The competition also doubles as a qualifier for the 2021 World Cup in England. The nations have met twice before in World Cup qualifiers. Russia won in 2006 and 2011, both games in Belgrade,…

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France joins Serbia Rugby League in celebrating its historic birthday

Serbia is facing France in a Test match for the first time this afternoon, at the NC Makis Stadium in Belgrade (kick off 3pm CET). The match marks both the 65th anniversary of Rugby League’s first being played in the former Yugoslavia when two sides from France launched the sport, and the centenary commemorations of the end of the First…

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