PORTUGAL V JAPAN
Thursday 31st Jan 2013
Saturday 2nd February 2013
New Era Stadium,
The Japan rugby league team will tour Australia in 2013.
They have planned a two match schedule. The first match planned is against the Australian based Portugal team on Thursday 31st January.
Two days later they will participate in the International Nines tournament at New Era Stadium, Cabramatta on Saturday 2nd February.
The two nations previously played in 2008. Portugal won 28-16 over Japan in a thirteen-a-side match. In the International Nines tournament four days later, Japan defeated Portugal, 20-6, in the semi-final of the Plate Competition.
The rivalry is set to continue in 2013. Details will be released when finalised.
As well the match against Japan, the Portuguese hope to compete in the International Nines tournament alongside Japan.
Players and coaching staff are required for the 2013 series. Provide details using the link on the contact us page.
Though the Portuguese side is currently made up of heritage players based in Australia, they do have the goal of setting up a league in Portugal
Rugby League in Portugal
The major goal of the Portuguese Rugby League Association (PRLA) is the establishment of a rugby league base in Portugal.
The sport of rugby league is not foreign to Portugal, with many European super league (professional rugby league teams in England) teams including St Helens, traveling there for pre-season camps.
In order for Portugal to be considered a rugby league playing nation and eligible to compete in rugby league world cup qualifiers, a rugby league competition or tournament must be played in Portugal on an annual basis.
The PRLA would be looking at establishing both junior and open age rugby league competitions.
Edited by flyingking, 08 December 2012 - 10:19 PM.