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#41 League Express

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Posted 28 June 2013 - 09:32 AM

European Shield Preview: Game 9 - Italy v Russia

Top of the table, unbeaten Russia travel to Este, 70km south-west of Venice,  this weekend for what could be the decisive match of the 2012-13 European Shield. Should the Bears win a fifth consecutive game it will secure the trophy against the only other team still in with a chance of ultimate victory.
Italy assistant coach Paul Broadbent, who is in charge of the Azzurri’s Shield campaign, has named a strong 20-man squad including five players from the French championship alongside Chris Vitalini of Gloucestershire All Golds and debutant James Saltenstall from Warrington Wolves. French Elite trio Jonathon Marcinczak, cup winner Ray Nasso and Remi Fontana are also in contention while up front Italy will be led by Cedric Prizzon, who topped both their tackles and carries in all three matches last year.
From the domestic clubs, Brescia’s Pierangelo Ceretti and North West Roosters duo Gioele Celerino and Mattia Saracco  are called up for the first time after strong performances in Serie A, but two of last year’s strongest contributors, Nourou Bance and Giacomo Alfonsi, are out injured.
“Everyone at FIRL are very excited about what's going on in the domestic game,” Broadbent said. “Interest in rugby league has developed massively with the World Cup coming up and everyone wanting to be involved in it .
“We are really looking forward to the game against Russia to continue the development of our professionalism, commitment and understanding needed to be a force in rugby league. The new players coming in from new clubs in new areas bring great enthusiasm and we now look forward to playing an in-form, confident Russian side to see how far we have come.”
Russia has been beset by withdrawals, most notably the loss of powerful prop Sergey Konstantinov, the man-of-the-match in two of their four Shield matches so far, but out with the broken arm sustained against Serbia in May. Strong forwards Victor Tolstov and Sergey Zuev are away with the Russian student team at their World Cup, while loose forward Sergey Gaponov and strike centre Petr Botnarash are unavailable, meaning coach Eduard Ososkov has drafted in young Storm second row Konstantin Roschin and his experienced club-mate, utility Denis Chuprin.
“We know that Italy is a very strong team with a skilful, quick and experienced core of players from England and France,” said Ososkov. “But we will try to do our best under the circumstances.”
The match kicks off at 19.30 hrs in Este’s Stadio Augusteo and is preceded by an U18s clash.

Ray Nasso, (Avignon XIII), Pierangelo Ceretti (Il XIII de Bresa), Remi Fontana (Carpentras), Fabrizio Ciaurro (Coventry Bears), Christophe Calegari (Lezignan Corbieres), Gioele Celerino, Chris De Meyer, Gert Peens, Mattia Saracco  (NW Roosters), Jonathon Marcinczak (Racing Club Albi), Chris Vitalini (University of Gloucestershire All Golds), Cedric Prizzon (Villefranche en Rouergue), James Saltenstall (Warrington Wolves), Ivan Barani, Giovanni Franchi, Octavian Ilinca, Drake Muyodi, Davide Rancati (XIII del Ducato), Rodrigo Marchesi (XIII del Duomo), Andrea Sola (XIII della Ghirandina).

Sergey Beliavskiy, Alexey Mikhaylov (MGPU), Dmitriy Bratko, Denis Chuprin, Igor Chuprin, Vadim Fedchuk, Konstantin Roschin (Storm), Grigory Esin (St Petersburg), Rustam Bulanov, Anatoly Grigorev, Aleksandr Lysokon ©, Kirill Nechaev, Alexey Nikolaev, Eduard Ososkov, Andrey Sevostianov, Maksim Suchkov, Vladimir Vlasyuk (Vereya Bears)

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#42 Honor James

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 09:11 AM

 ITALY 38   -  RUSSIA 18

Este, Saturday


Russia will have to wait until they face holders Germany in August if they are to lift the European Shield after defeat in Italy.


The table toppers were overwhelmed in the first half by the confident hosts, the Azzurri romping to a 32-0 lead by the break courtesy of six tries, all from different scorers.

Hookers Ray Nasso and substitute Chris De Meyer were near unstoppable running out of dummy half to establish field position while teenage second rower Gioele Celerino was a constant handful and Chris Vitalini a rock on defence.


Italy coach Paul Broadbent was highly satisfied with the comprehensive victory. “We played some really good rugby,” he said.


“We have made the World Cup part of our preparation, everyone knows that if they perform they have a chance of gaining a spot in the squad. The guys showed real commitment and whether or not they make it, they want to finish the Shield well.”


His side moved above Serbia into second place on point’s difference, four behind the Russians but Broadbent was more impressed with the overall progress that has been made.

“I’m very proud considering where we were two years ago,” he added. “We went through some tough times but the players dug deep, upped the intensity and came through the other side. It’s now a quality rugby league outfit.”


Broadbent could not have asked for a better start, scrum half Remi Fontana sniping over in the fourth minute and converting his own try.


Winger Octavian Ilinca found space out wide soon after to cross, Fontana missing with the conversion.


Russia then enjoyed a dominant spell, camping on the home line for eight minutes but could not breach the blue wall, Warrington Wolves youngster James Saltonstall breaking the siege with a third Italian try out wide.


Fontana missed the conversion but was on target in the 25th minute after Celerino’s deserved score; Vitalini over on the half hour, Gert Peens converting.


Seven minutes before the break, De Meyer went in from dummy half, Peens goaling to maintain the point-a-minute spree.


Russia came out more like the side that had seen them unbeaten in their opening four matches of the tournament at the start of the second half.


Skipper Aleksandr Lysokon’s long pass put half back partner Eduard Ososkov in for a try, Lysokon adding the extras and, in the 56th minute, prop Anatoly Grigorev powered his way over, Lysokon with the goal to make it 32-12.


Nasso’s scoot and Peens’ third conversion just after the hour secured victory for the Italians, Lysokon with a try and goal for a ten point haul completing the scoring as the home side’s discipline let them down after the break, conceding ten penalties.


Injuries meant that from early in the second half, Russia effectively had one substitute which made their revival the more impressive.


Bears second rower Grigory Esin acknowledged that his side was second best. “It was a tough game,” he said. “We were a bit nervous at the start and blew a lot of chances.”


“In the second half we regrouped and told each other that we had to win that which we did but we had given ourselves too much to do.”



1 Fabrizio Ciaurro

2 Octavian Ilinca

3 Christophe Calegari

4 James Saltenstall

5 Rodrigo Marchesi

6 Pierangelo Ceretti

7 Remi Fontana

8 Chris Vitalini

9 Ray Nasso

10 Cedric Prizzon

11 Gioele Celerino

12 Davide Rancati

13 Jonathon Marcinczak

Subs (all used)

14 Drake Muyodi

15 Chris De Meyer

16 Ivan Barani

17 Gert Peens


Tries: Fontana (4), Ilinca (9), Saltonstall (20), Celerino (25), Vitalini (29), De Meyer (33), Nasso (63)

Goals: Fontana 2, Peens 3



1 Maksim Suchkov

2 Rustam Bulanov

3 Igor Chuprin

4 Alexey Mikhaylov

5 Dmitriy Bratko

6 Aleksandr Lysokon (c)

7 Eduard Ososkov

8 Konstantin Roschin

9 Vladimir Vlasyuk

10 Anatoly Grigorev

11 Vadim Fedchuk

12 Grigory Esin

13 Kirill Nechaev

Subs (all used)

14 Denis Chuprin

15 Sergey Beliavskiy

16 Alexey Nikolaev

17 Andrey Sevostianov


Tries: Ososkov (46), Grigorev (56), Lysokon (69)

Goals: Lysokon 3


Half time: 32-0

Penalty count: 9-13

Referee: Andy Sweet (England)





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#43 deluded pom?

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 09:17 AM

That was a turn up for the books.


#44 Jim from Oz

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 12:32 PM

Imagine how good the Italians could be if they had a united administration!

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 01:48 PM

That was a turn up for the books.

Was it? The Italians judging by heir team had at least half a dozen semi pro players. Easy favourites for me, and they proved me right.

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 08:18 AM

Semi pro from where?

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 09:25 AM

Semi pro from where?

Calegari, Fontana, Nasso & Prizzon all play in the French elite league.

Saltenstall is a junior with Warrington in Super League.

Vitalini is with Gloucestershire in the semi pro British leagues.

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Posted 25 July 2013 - 08:52 AM

Rugby League European Shield - Game 10 Preview - Germany v Italy

Italy’s outside hopes of picking up the European Shield crown go on the line against holders Germany on Saturday, in Heidelberg.
The Azzurri are aiming to move to within two points of Russia at the top of the standings as the competition enters its final stages.
They start as favourites, having beaten the Germans 72-10 at home in the reverse fixture last year.
The German squad contains some veteran campaigners including the likes of Christoph Huber, Benedikt Rehm, Liam Doughton and Fabrice Fehlemann who all featured in Germanys first meeting with Italy in 2008. Kristian Keinhorst, their most capped international picks up his 16th cap, however it will be the first appearance without any of his world record breaking brothers alongside him. Nick is injured, Leeds Rhinos star Jimmy is unavailable on duty in Super League and twin brother Markus now resides in Canada, although will be travelling out for the clash against Russia in two weeks time.
After impressing in last year’s matches, Vinnie Spies returns to the squad and is joined by Mawuli Amefia and Daniel Lortz, who featured in the 2012 heavy defeat against Italy. Andrew Hoggins, who has been enjoying a maiden season in RFL Championship 1 with Oxford and former Wakefield Trinity Wildacts academy product Del Bartlett will add some experience to a side that is eager to register their first win over Italy in four attempts.
“Last year’s preparations for the Italy game were far from ideal and that was reflected in the heavy defeat we suffered,” said Germany coach Dan Stocks. “Ten of the players in the current squad played in that match and I know are keen to make amends for that performance.”  
New faces to the Italian squad include 20 year old Simone Boscolo from Ariete Este. The young hooker has put in some eye-catching performances in the domestic competition and has forced his way into the Italian side with a good performance in the State of Origin.
Michele Verardi has also been selected after overshadowing some of the more experienced players and is the first player form the newly formed Tirreno Sharks to represent Italy. Runners up in the domestic competition, North West Roosters have the largest group of players chosen with Mattia Saracco and Andrea Monaco set to make their debuts.

GERMANY: Christoph Huber (Bad Reichenhall), Mawuli Améfia, Yassin Ayachi, Abraham Gresham, Daniel Lortz, Wolfgang Polte, Benedikt Rehm,  Vincent Spies, Shaun Walker, Max Werner  (Heidelberg Rugby League), Jonas Burkhardt (Hochspeyer) Philipp Deiters, Sebastian Roczyn, Alex Tschernyshow, Jonathan Zerweck (Karlsruhe Rugby League) Kristian Keinhorst (Leeds Akkies) Ben Behr, Liam Doughton, Fabrice Fehlemann (NRW Broncos), Andy Hoggins (Oxford Rugby League) Del Diesel(Ramstein) Del Bartlett (unattached)

ITALY: I Barani, G Franchi, D Muyodi, (XIII del Ducato) S Boscolo (Ariete Este), M Bradley, C Vitaliani. (University of Gloucestershire All Golds), G Celerino, C De Meyer, A Monaco, G Peens, M Saracco (North West Roosters) F Ciaurro (Coventry Bears), R Lepori (Oldham Bears), J Miranda (Hemal Stags) R Pavoni (Avignon XIII), C Prizzon (Villefrache en Rouergue), J Saltonstall (Warrington Wolves), A Sola (XIII della Ghirandina), M Verardi (Tirreno Sharks)

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Posted 28 July 2013 - 10:30 AM

Italian win, not heard the score yet.

#50 deluded pom?

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Posted 28 July 2013 - 11:00 AM

The Russians still can't get their hands on the trophy just yet.


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Posted 29 July 2013 - 09:34 AM

Rugby League European Shield Game 10 - Report


A man of the match performance from Warrington’s young full back James Saltonstall saw Italy retain faint hopes of winning the 2012-3 European Shield, with a 66-30 win over holders Germany in 36 degree heat in Karlsruhe.

The Azzurri moved to within two points of Russia in the table with the 12-try performance but if the Russians beat Germany at home on 10th August, they will be crowned champions and Germany relegated to the European Bowl.

Should the Germans pull off a shock win, then the Italians could still claim the crown if they defeat Serbia at home in October, which would possibly see the Serbs demoted.

The sharp and well organised Italians dominated the play the ball area with Gloucestershire All Golds stand off Matthew Bradley – who finished with 16 points - profiting from some quality ball from Hemel’s Joel Miranda which saw him spread it wide to great effect; Oldham winger Richard Lepori finishing with three tries.

“Our aim was to come up with three wins in the competition in the reverse fixtures this year and we are on target,” said Italy assistant and North West Roosters coach Kelly Rollaston.

“I’m pleased with how the newcomers fitted in; James Saltonstall was calm and class at the back and Matt Bradley ran the game. It was a great effort which showed how the domestic game in Italy is progressing.”

The Germans, on the back of four early penalties, took a shock lead who Oxford hooker Andy Hoggins burrowed over but from there the Italians dominated the first half, establishing a 38-8 advantage; their best try claimed by Ivan Barani following mesmerising handling from a scrum play.

As the heat took its toll, the Germans made a commendable fight of the second period which pleased their coach Dan Stocks.

“I was proud of the guys and I couldn’t fault their determination,” he said.

“They showed a lot of heart and were Italy’s equal after the break. It comes down to a lack of experience at this level and some naivety in conceding the early tries.”

Exciting winger Mawuli Améfia claimed two of the German touchdowns late on.

1 Christoph Huber  
2 Del Bartlett
3 Yassin Ayachi
4 Daniel Lortz
5 Mawuli Améfia
6 Kristian Keinhorst
7 Liam Doughton
8 Ben Behr-Heyder
9 Andy Hoggins
10 Sebastian Roczyn
11 Jonas Burkhardt
12 Vincent Spiess
13 Benedikt Rehm
Subs (all used)
14 Fabrice Fehlemann
15 Jonathan Zerweck
16 Abraham Gresham
17 Max Werner  

Tries: Hoggins (4), Fehlemann (23), Keinhorst (42), Lortz (62), Améfia (72,79)
Goals: Keinhorst 3/6

1 James Saltenstall
2 Fabrizio Ciaurro
3 Romain Pavoni
4 El Mehdi Idammou
5 Richard Lepori
6 Matthew Bradley
7 Chris De Meyer
8 Cedric Prizzon
9 Joel Miranda
10 Drake Muyodi
11 Giovanni Franchi
12 Gioele Celerino
13 M Verardi
Subs (all used)
14 Simone Boscolo
15 Gert Peens
16 Andrea Sola
17 Ivan Barani

Tries: Franchi (8, 36), Miranda (12), Celerino (18), Lepori (20, 39, 66), Barani (28), Pavoni (45), Bradley (51), Saltonstall (69), Ciaurro (75)
Goals: Peens 3/3, Bradley 6/9

Half time: 8-38
Penalties: 8-5
Referee: Craig Kay (England)

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 09:52 AM

A try fest!

#53 League Express

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Posted 08 August 2013 - 08:48 AM

Russia take European Shield after German default

Russia have been awarded the 2012-3 Rugby League European Shield after their final game at home to Germany this weekend was called off, after a number of the opposition players failed to apply for their visas in time.
The Bears, who were overwhelming favourites to beat the bottom of the table Germans – who are now relegated to the European Bowl – needed a point to claim the crown.
They had won four of their five matches and have been awarded this tie 30-0 by the Rugby League European Federation Board.
The RLEF has also pledged to review the operations of RL Deutschland in view of the circumstances.
Newly appointed RLD President Benedikt Rehm commented, “Due to the fact that a number of German players were not able to get their visa issues sorted in time, and as four players’ passports were delayed by a courier on the way to the consulate in Berlin, Rugby League Deutschland has been forced to cancel the game against the Russians.”
“On behalf of RL Deutschland I'm extremely sorry that we were not able to arrange everything in time and make the game happen. Having learned from our mistakes we will restructure RLD for 2014, to ensure that situations like this do not happen again.
“I want to express our disappointment especially to the Russian Rugby League, which I know has put in a lot of effort towards hosting us,” he added.
RLEF General Manager Danny Kazandjian commented, “This is an extremely unfortunate – and avoidable - situation and I particularly regret that the ARLK has been denied the opportunity to play a valuable home game with the potential to receive the Shield in front of their loyal home supporters.
“It is certainly not the way anyone wanted what has been on the whole a thoroughly successful two-year tournament to end.
“For the first time in the competition’s history the RLEF provided specific pre-match funding and unfortunately RL Deutschland was unable to meet its obligations to the competition and its fellow participants.
Kazandjian continued, “The RLEF has been reviewing RL Deutschland for several months and we will work closely with Bene Rehm and the association’s leaders to ensure that the organisation begins to meet its potential.
“I congratulate Edgard Taturyan, the president of the ARLK, national team coach Eduard Ososkov, his captain Alex Lysokon and their squad for what has been a very successful two years for Russia, culminating in a worthy triumph in the European Shield.”

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Posted 08 August 2013 - 08:58 AM


Between the optimist & the pessimist
The difference is quite droll:
The optimist sees the doughnut,
The pessimist sees the hole.

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Posted 08 August 2013 - 11:06 AM

Kazandjian continued, “The RLEF has been reviewing RL Deutschland for several months and we will work closely with Bene Rehm and the association’s leaders to ensure that the organisation begins to meet its potential.

Key point right there.


Such a shame that this happened, but wonder why this went down as 30-0 rather than the traditional 24-0

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Posted 10 August 2013 - 04:02 PM

Looks like the posts about RLD on here weren't far wide of the mark. Hopefully this is a wake-up call for them.

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 12:40 PM

Very sad to see/hear. I dont find any satisfaction in seeing what I thought would happen come true. Whilst RLD shoulder much of the blame, the RLEF are far from innocent and a number of people are fuming with the RLEF and how it didnt help enough in their opinion.. Off the field organization is very tough, especially when asking a bunch of volunteers to go to another nation requiring vises and things are not straight forward. Germany has no Domestic comp and never really has. Its time that area was worked on and proper development sorted. The RLEF D.O just uses Union players from Heidelberg area to get games on and NO schools work or development outside of Union players is done. He also has pushed many away from the game including the last 2 Presidents and 3 clubs walked away because largely of his attitude and actions. Germany and the RLEF need to maybe have a review of eveything and look to have a plan to try and not just look to the future but also reach out to the people who have walked away.

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 04:19 PM

Maybe it's time the RLEF didn't allow a nation to compete in the EC/ES/EB unless they have a minimum of a four team domestic league set up.


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Posted 11 August 2013 - 05:12 PM

Maybe it's time the RLEF didn't allow a nation to compete in the EC/ES/EB unless they have a minimum of a four team domestic league set up.

didnt that used to be the rule? Or is that World Cup? Either way I agree that it should apply for all international comps
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Posted 13 September 2013 - 10:34 AM


Italy’s domestic players get a further chance to stake their claim for a World Cup place when they face Serbia in the final game of the 2012-13 European Shield this Saturday in Este, Veneto.
Despite Russia having taken the trophy, the Azzuri, who will next play against England on 19 October in a World Cup warm up fixture in Salford, are ahead of Serbia in second place and keen to end the campaign on a high, according to assistant coach Kelly Rolleston. “Our goal at the start of this year’s section of the European Shield was to go through unbeaten and we have put in two good performances against Russia and Germany which puts us in a position to achieve our goal,” he said.
“We expect our players to be in top form with the RLWC just over a month away. A number of them will have a chance to push for a place in the Italian squad.”
Paul Broadbent has a settled squad to choose from including play-makers Remi Fontana and Ray Nasso, industrious forwards Cedric Prizzon and Chris Vitalini, while Fabrizio Ciaurro and Chris De Meyer have been every bit as influential throughout the course of the campaign.
Rising stars Gioele Celerino and debutant Riccardo Scandurra have spent time in England training with Sheffield Eagles and Leeds Rhinos after impressing Broadbent.
Serbia head coach Marko Janković believes the match is an important stepping stone for his side. He noted, "Although the Shield winner is already known, this game is still really important. During this two-year cycle we heavily rejuvenated our squad and the test against a World Cup participant is a high point of our campaign. Italy, as a huge sporting nation, is always a big challenge and I believe that all the conditions for an attractive match are in place."
Janković’s squad is bolstered by the recall of Carpentras pair Danilo Delić and Zoran Pešić, and powerful front rowers Dejan Lukenić and Lazar Živković, all of whom missed May’s defeat to Russia. The squad prepared with a 32-4 trial win against Serbia U20 as well as game three of the Serbian Origin Cup, which saw Country take out the series 2-1 against a Belgrade Select.

Ray Nasso, (Avignon XIII), Simone Boscolo (Ariete Este), Remi Fontana (Carpentras), Fabrizio Ciaurro (Coventry Bears), Christophe Calegari (Lezignan Corbieres), Gioele Celerino, Chris De Meyer, Gert Peens, Riccardo Scandurra (North West Roosters), Richard Lepori (Oldham Bears), Jonathon Marcinczak (Racing Club Albi), Michele Verardi (Tirreno Sharks), Chris Vitaliani. (University of Gloucestershire All Golds), Cedric Prizzon (Villefrache en Rouergue), Ivan Barani, Giovanni Franchi, Octavian Ilinca, Drake Muyodi (XIII del Ducato), Idammou El Mehdi, Andrea Sola (XIII della Ghirandina)

Danilo Delić, Zoran Pešić (Carpentras XIII, France), Mihailo Bošković, Mirko Božović, Marko Ćuk, Dejan Lukenić, Stefan Nedeljković, Stevan Stevanović, Dalibor Vukanović (Dorćol), Marko Milenković, Lazar Živković (Niš), Igor Vratnjan (Podbara), Slobodan Manak (Radnički Belgrade), Žarko Kovačević, Pero Madžarević (Radnički Nova Pazova), Miloš Ćalić, Vladislav Dedić, Vojislav Dedić, Vladica Nikolić, Miloš Zogović (Red Star)

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