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WATKINS: EXCITING TIMES AHEAD FOR RLEF

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#1 Honor James

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 12:49 AM

WATKINS: EXCITING TIMES AHEAD FOR RLEF

Rugby League European Federation chairman Maurice Watkins has hailed another robust year of strategic growth following a Board Meeting in Leeds. Six months into the role, Watkins lauded the RLEF's role in expanding the sport's frontiers and increasing participation numbers, while at the same time strengthening its affiliated organisations.

"Strategically, the RLEF continues to contribute to the changing face of international rugby league with 2012 witnessing the launch of the West Africa project in Ghana, as well as a number of budding national projects in Europe," he said.

Rugby League International Federation secretary Andrew Hill, who is in the UK on world cup business, also addressed the RLEF Board for the first time. "There is a great deal of interest in the Asia-Pacific region about all the work that the RLEF has undertaken in the northern hemisphere in the last couple of years," said Hill, a senior NRL official. "The RLEF has demonstrated that substantive progress is possible and I think it's fair to say that everybody involved in the Asia-Pacific Confederation is keen to work hard on a new chapter of international development. No one embodies this attitude more than ARLC chairman John Grant, who absolutely feels that international football must be the pinnacle of our sport."

In 2012, Russia and Ukraine tripled the number of matches played compared with the year before. Russia has emerged from a number of years of instability and is poised to re-apply for government recognition again this year. The Czech Republic more than doubled its domestic activity as did Ireland, Jamaica and Serbia. Ukraine and
Jamaica both achieved full government recognition in 2012, while Serbia and Lebanon received considerable funding increases from their respective sports ministries.

"Governance is a critical sector as National Governing Bodies grow and begin to engage more regularly with public and private stakeholders, locally and regionally,"
continued Watkins, who authored the Watkins Report on RFL governance last year. "It is vitally important for all sport governing bodies to demonstrate best practice in
the governance sector and I am pleased to say that the RLEF is taking its leadership role in this area particularly seriously."

Those encouraging advances prompted Jamaica (JRLA) and Russia (ARLKR) to apply for Full Membership, with both applications accepted by the Board. The duo will seek equivalent RLIF status later this year. From the MENA region, United Emirates National Rugby League was accorded Observer status.

The RLEF directors elected new French Federation president Carlos Zalduendo as vice chair. He emphasised the need for active French involvement in the RLEF and the need for a stable, regular European Cup.

"This year we will be able to congratulate a new European Shield winner and also a world champion, with the 2013 Rugby League World Cup now less than a year away," concluded Watkins. "Exciting times ahead and I look forward to another successful year for the RLEF."

PHIL CAPLAN
RLEF MEDIA OFFICER

Edited by Honor James, 01 March 2013 - 12:51 AM.

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#2 keighley

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 03:02 PM

I can only look on in wonder at the strides international RL is making. It took us 40 years to get the four international teams, Aus, NZ, England/GB and France with an occasional cameo appearance from Wales and another 50 or so to get beyond that but in the last 20 years, the game has exploded. I am sure the relaxation of the RU ban was instrumental in this but the work of the RFEF is impressive especially with the resources at their disposal.

When calls are made to fund SL with profits from the WC, this is the area which would suffer as a result. Any profits must go to making this international expansion even bigger and more successful

#3 flyingking

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 07:27 PM

Excellent news, maybe in the not too distant future there could be an international competition for the African nations to contest; hopefully we could see Morocco, South Africa and Ghana enter teams with maybe other countries invited such as Lebanon and Malta.
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#4 roughyedspud

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 08:01 PM

When calls are made to fund SL with profits from the WC, this is the area which would suffer as a result. Any profits must go to making this international expansion even bigger and more successful


all profits from the world cup goes straight to the RLIF.....none of it can be "called to fund SL"

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#5 keighley

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 08:53 PM

all profits from the world cup goes straight to the RLIF.....none of it can be "called to fund SL"


Good, but there was a poster on this board contemplating using International Game profits for expanding the funding to SL clubs.

#6 roughyedspud

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 09:03 PM

ESL limited has enough money in the bank to offer to buy bradford last season....so if super league clubs want funding they should ask themselves for the money cos they have no rights what so ever to any monies from international RL

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#7 Lounge Room Lizard

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 09:28 PM

I am very sceptical of the RLIF and RLEF for a few reasons. Where are the accounts from the last World Cup and how much profit was made exactly and where has it been used? The RLEF should just be Europe but as far as I know Jamaica, Ghana, UAE, Sauda Arabia etc have received money and help. Surely that should come from either the RLIF rather than a Federation that is for Europe. The actual role of the RLIF is very unclear as is the exact role of the RLEF. The RLEF is basically run by the RFL and the RLIF is very much an Australasian based concept. There are a number of issues that should be a major concern for the RLEF/RLIF and it will be interesting to see how these are handled

#8 roughyedspud

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 12:30 AM

the RLIF have pretty much handed all the northern hemisphere to the RLEF to deal with..

and the RLIF released a financial report last year detailing where money is being spent...im on my phone at work at the mo..but when i get to my laptop i'll find the link for you to have a read..

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#9 frombanginfront

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 06:11 AM

The RLIF made about 5 million dollars at the last World Cup, and much of that had been documented in numerous articles relating to new initiatives by the RLEF and a few by the RLIF in the Pacific.

#10 roughyedspud

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 08:07 AM

the last published report was 2011...not last year..my bad

http://www.rlwc2013....Report 2011.pdf

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#11 keighley

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 02:03 PM

ESL limited has enough money in the bank to offer to buy bradford last season....so if super league clubs want funding they should ask themselves for the money cos they have no rights what so ever to any monies from international RL


You are preaching to the choir. I absolutely, categorically agree with you.

#12 deluded pom?

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 10:31 AM

all profits from the world cup goes straight to the RLIF.....none of it can be "called to fund SL"


Don't the competing nations get a cut of the profits? If so then maybe keighley doesn't want any of the RFL's share to be used to prop up the SL.

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#13 roughyedspud

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 10:50 AM

as you know mate the nations get their expenses (hotels,traveling etc) paid for them....and maybe prize money?? but they don't "get a cut"

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