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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Serbs expect increased exposure from World Cup Qualifiers

As Serbia prepare to face long-time rivals Russia and also Spain, in European Championship B (fixtures doubling as 2021 RLWC qualifiers), they expect local interest in the sport to peak. With the recent live-streaming of the U19 European Championships, held in Belgrade, and greater awareness of their top sides appearing in the Balkan Super League as well as the domestic…

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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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France win U19s European Championship Final : Wales, Serbia and Italy also claim silverware

France held on to defeat England 26-24 at the Makis Stadium in Belgrade, despite being without three players, who had flown to England, to make their debuts for Super League’s Catalans Dragons. In a superb title decider, England staged a dramatic fightback when trailing 26-16, scoring the two late, unconverted tries which nevertheless left them unable to overcome the French.…

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