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#21 Italia RFL

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 08:46 AM

rEvolution League: Sicilia Round 1

The FIRFL's Italian Rugby League Championship (the rEvolution League)
has begun to move its "first steps" in the Southern group with the
first round of fixtures played for the national based championship in
Nicolosi, Sicily. In a triple threat Sunday, a double victory from
2012 Coppa Italia champions Rectores Belpasso was the highlight as
they made their debuts in the rEvolution League over fellow newcomers
Thirteen Lovers Palermo and the Sicilian Rugby League founders
Spartans Acireale (which in turn prevailed over Palermo).

The results:
South group, first day:
Rectores Belpasso-Thirteen Lovers Palermo 20-8
Thirteen Lovers Palermo-Spartans Acireale 10-18
Rectores Belpasso-Spartans Acireale 28-18

Massimo Nicotra, Spartans President and a Sicilian Rugby League
founder: "I want to thank individually all athletes who yesterday
played the first official game for Spartans Acireale in the 2013 FIRFL
Italian Championship Rugby League. Starting from Alexandro Chillemi
who was available although he did not play, continuing with those who
have played less league but contributed Luciano Privitera and Simone
Gaggamella Di Carlo. Continuing with the gallant boys of Cus Catania:
Carlo Mammana, Matteo CInquerrui, Giulio Di Mauro, Cristian Foti and
Alberto Toscano. Eternal thanks to everyone who followed me (in
growing the game) for so these years including Attilio Bonnici, Andrea
D'arrigo, Diego Irato and Claudio Nocera, the legendary captain of
many battles Federico Re and Salvo Catania. We added new athletes from
dell'acireale rugby Emanuele D'arrigo, Paolo Panebianco, Filippo
Pappalardo and Fabrizio Pulvirenti together with Luca Taschetta.
Finally, special thanks to Federico Dell'Aria, which we have both have
worked together and grown league passion for some time now.
I also thank my friend Tino Magrì with which we began a long and
tortuous path but shared good progress and new friends from Palermo
Danilo Lo Re, Aurelio Lodetti and Cosimo Di Chiara.
Ill always be proud of you for everything you do in this wonderful
sport called RUGBY LEAGUE."
Video Footage:
Thirteen Lovers Palermo and Spartans Acireale:
Rectores Belpasso and Spartans Acireale:

#22 Italia RFL

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 02:37 PM


A new and exciting event was formed by the FIRFL, last weekend (from Thursday to Sunday) at the "Stadio Cocciano" rugby, where Frascati staged the first "Lazio Rugbeer" partnered by the Federazione Italiana Rugby Football League (Firfl). As part of the event that took place, women's rugby league 9's and rugby league 13's for an Under 16 category took place. In the first case with the girls the victory went to Red e Blu of Colleferro who had the upper hand on opponents of Rugby Citta Frascati and CUS Roma, with athletes showing some solid potential and skill for the future women's movement, most notable speed, passes and line running. The Under 16 category, inturn, was won by Gladiators Roma (Lazio) celebrating over Frascati.

The first "Lazio Rugbeer" event, was confirmed as promotional work started by the FIRFL that proceeded in the right direction and has proven this mode rugby is taking shape more and more.

"We are satisfied with the event for what we have seen is under the sports point of view – media coverage work at the end of the competition - the Secretary of Firfl Pierluigi Gentile stated - the teams that participated on the field fought hard battles and performed a show. I would like to thank the Citta di Frascati Rugby – concluded Gentile - for the hospitality that has they granted us and I congratulate everyone for the success of the event."

#23 Italia RFL

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 02:41 PM


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Posted 22 June 2013 - 09:45 AM


Sorry for posting late but have been busy in Italy this week plus some media have been receiving messages not to promote us so it is in Italian, three select photos attached in article

Results from last weekend. Pesaro debut and topple last years runners up already

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Posted 22 June 2013 - 11:43 AM

there was also an u14s match played before Rex Albinea and Falchi. falchi u14s vs Bats (San Marino, which is technically another country). ill upload photo tonight or tomrrow Italian time

#26 gnidir

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 03:42 AM

Great stuff!

#27 brooza

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 08:53 AM

Is "r-Evolution" a sponsor?

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#28 Italia RFL

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 10:19 AM





The new club Falchi RL (Misano and Pesaro) formed an u14s match between a Falchi u14 and Bats (San Marino) u14s at Misano on June 15. It also sees rugby league played by the first San Marino (republic) side

#29 Italia RFL

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 12:15 PM


More photos now on their fb

#30 deluded pom?

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 05:32 PM

Great stuff. Youth is the future.


#31 Italia RFL

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 09:53 PM

Is "r-Evolution" a sponsor?

No championship name, in the second year (2011) an executive had the idea from both a revolution (rl created as a revolt by northern rfu and FIRFL was also a split) and evolution with league being an advancement of rugby.

Edited by Italia RFL, 25 June 2013 - 09:53 PM.

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 09:43 AM

Italian RFL shows growth through its own Rugby League Godfather

It has been four years since the dramatic formation of the Federazione
Italiana Rugby Football League (originally IRFL until a small change
due to Italian sports policy) in 2010. They say from humble beginnings
a tree grows, well the seed was planted by current FIRFL President
Davide Massitti, with Matteo Visona and "rugby league godfather" (as
he is involved in every facet) Gladiators Roma President Pierluigi
Gentile, who through his rugby contacts organised the original three
foundation clubs in Gladiators Roma, whom he also coaches, Magnifici
Firenze (Luigi Ferraro and Marco Matteini) and Spartans Catania
(Massimo Nicotra).

After four years of work, the rugby tredici roots have formed with a
national championship named the "r-Evolution League" growing from 5
clubs in 2012 to 9 clubs in three separate groups (North, Central and
South) for 2013 with Reggio Emilia, Firenze, Pesaro, Roma, Frosinone,
Ceprano, Belpasso, Catania and Palermo fielding clubs.

The championship throughout its existence has had international,
national or regional television coverage of the Grand Final, 2013
Coppa Italia and season launches, not any small feat for a new amateur
sport and federation! In 2013, it will be at its strongest with more
matches played and the regular rounds increased before finals. Through
a three system development structure consisting of Campionato, Coppa
and Development, the FIRFL has grown to 56 affiliated clubs.

It doesn't stop there the federation the past year has begun junior
(youth) and femminile (women's) movements with three women's rugby
league 9's teams (CUS, Red e Blu and a uni side) in a mini tournament
last year in Rome. Plus a three team women's rugby league 9's
tournament (Frascati, CUS and Red e Blu) at the first International
Lazio Rugbeer event, formed through Pierluigi Gentile jointly with
Frascati Rugby and FIRFL, who he has worked for from mid 2013, while
further the new Celtic Irish Ceprano club has fielded a team in a 7's
tournament and have a hand full of women's players currently regularly
training with the men's rugby league sessions so have potential for
9's activity in future.
The first junior club teams were launched last year with three u16
teams from Gladiators, Lazio Rugby and Magnifici. In 2013, two u16
teams from Rome again played, but this time in the Lazio Rugbeer
tournament, while on June 15 the Falchi Rugby League Franchise formed
an u14 side played at Misano against the first ever rugby league side
from the republic of San Marino with the Bats u14s.

In a recent interview Gentile stated "From 2009 to today we had
exponential growth of participants from 200 in the first year, we went
to over 2000 this year, for all participants in our activities. This
remarkable and sudden growth, and (has been) somewhat unexpected of
our movement, which has meant that even CONI has been noticing us.
This allowed us to make the official request of an observatory to
become a Disciplina Sportiva Associata with CONI.
Our simple goal is to promote more and more this beautiful sport, and
begin to spread further, as it is already happening, even through the
junior categories. In addition, no less important, is our commitment
to promote this sport in the social aspects. In fact, we have already
been able to arrange positive sports projects in prisons like the one
carried out in the prison in Frosinone, or with children with hearing
disabilities (Isis Magarotto). Of course, we are ready and determined
to cast of others because we strongly believe that sport is a great
way to make us feel all equal, and better."

The first international under the FIRFL was played in Reggio Calabria
on May 25 between our Italia XIII and a Barbarian Warriors RL side,
won by the Azzurri 26 to 4 in front 1000 spectators. Without
mentioning figures the sponsorship Gentile and Massitti were able to
obtain for the National XIII and Gladiators Roma is quite impressive
with three major sponsors (Sagad, Codelife and AKAI) attracted for the
first international played.
The federation were able to organise a strong support team led by
English based Ty Sterry as head coach (able to speak Italian), Tino
Magri (assistant from Sicilia), Riccardo Marini (respected manager),
Guido Porcellini (sports medical officer with professional and
national experience) and Luciano Gorla (Athlete Preparation).

A lot of my contact prior to arriving in Italy had been with Gentile,
since being here I have learnt he has not only played for the two
separate Azzurri XIII national line ups, but the Italian Rugby 7's and
Italia A Rugby XV national teams combine this with contacts, his
passion and progress achieved it might be fair to say he is another
"Dane Campbell" type character involved in Rugby League.

This should prove this federation's people are committed to providing
a strong movement to progress our great game like any others. I know
that is more evident first hand in the past 5 weeks.

#33 Johnoco

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Posted 28 June 2013 - 10:12 AM

This sounds pretty good...is it?

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#34 Jim from Oz

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 04:49 AM

It'd be better if they'd merge with the FIRL ...

#35 deluded pom?

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 06:56 AM

It'd be better if they'd merge with the FIRL ...

We are hearing some good things from the "rebel" organisation but I fear it may all be wasted unless there's unification sooner rather than later.


#36 Italia RFL

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 08:44 AM

It'd be better if they'd merge with the FIRL ...

There has been attempts at unification but under a right democratic process and coni policy.

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 09:24 PM


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Posted 04 July 2013 - 04:59 AM

there are two different governing bodies in Italy. Is this the one sanctioned by the RLEF?

#39 Italia RFL

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 09:39 AM

there are two different governing bodies in Italy. Is this the one sanctioned by the RLEF?

No breakaway but the clubs were managed separately from the start

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 11:43 PM

No breakaway but the clubs were managed separately from the start

I didn't ask about breakaway. Not that it makes much difference but I will assume this is the non RLEF sanctioned governing body

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