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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Final Round – U19 European Championship

Prior to the final round of matches, all eight nations involved in the U19 European Championships attended an embassy reception in Belgrade and spent time together, in the lead up to finals day tomorrow (Saturday). After beating Wales 48-4 in the semis, England take on France, who triumphed 38-6 over Scotland in the final. As the Welsh were swept aside,…

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Officials confirmed for U19s European Championships semis

The 19-man squads have been confirmed and all-neutral match officials announced, for the U19s European Championships semi finals and ranking matches. OFFICIALS – ROUND 2 FIXTURES SERBIA v UKRAINE 1400hrs Referee: Robin Hachache (LEB) Touch Judge: James Spencer (IRE) Touch Judge: Cameron Worsley (ENG) SERBIA:  Jai Smith (Brothers, Queensland), Matthew Dragišić (Canberra Raiders), Veljko Stanković (Car Dušan Silni Paraćin), Ivan…

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Matchday squads confirmed for U19 European Championships

In Budapest, the teams have begun arriving for the U19s European Championships due to start tomorrow (Sunday). Semi finals follow along with a rankings tournament, with the finals scheduled for 11th August at the Makis Stadium. All eight nations have now announced their initial match day squads. Late draftees Ukraine take on one of the favourites Wales. “The squad have…

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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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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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Victory for Ukraine in Malta

Mikhailo Troyan’s last-action try – taking Oleksandr Skorbach’s fine cross kick – ensured that Ukraine remain undefeated at this level after seven matches, fending off a late Maltese challenge to win 34-22 in front of 500 fans at Marsa Sports Complex. Troyan had been sin-binned just after the hour for a high tackle on Jake Attard and in his absence…

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