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#81 deluded pom?

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Posted 06 June 2015 - 02:24 PM

http://www.rlef.eu.c...for-german-test

 

4th June 2015

Germany will play Spain for the first time on Saturday in a match that will welcome the arrival of a new national governing body and mark the end of captain Kristian Keinhorst’s long association with the national team.

Nationaler Rugby League Deutschland was formally recognised earlier in the week as the governing body in Germany, a move which has generated renewed vigour in a country that has been involved in rugby league since 2005 without ever really fulfilling its enormous potential. A national team victory will further increase NRLD’s enthusiasm, but co-head coach Simon Cooper is under no illusion it will be easy against one of international rugby league’s form sides.

“We are in a rebuilding phase in Germany, both on and off the field after a difficult period,” admits Cooper. “We have a young, inexperienced squad that is missing the likes of Bene Rehm, Christoph Huber, Max Schöngen and others due to various reasons, but the coaching team have been very impressed with the commitment of the squad this year.”

Spain, which defeated Latvia last month to break into the first rung of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup qualifiers later this year, remains unbeaten in its three matches, two of which were away from home, and coach Darren Fisher is looking forward to a new opponent to test his relatively new crop of rugby league players.

“The Germany game will be another great test match for us,” said the Yorkshireman, who assembles a squad representing nine clubs. “We know the Germany side will be confident and it's something we will aim to match. We have a couple of sessions before the game and we will be aiming to build on our last performance against Latvia. We must keep raising the level of our performances in the build up to European Championship C and I'm sure the challenge of our visitors this weekend will provide that for us. Our main focus will be to compete and start to really focus on completing our sets. It's very exciting that these types of games are happening and it helps loads in our development.” 

Cooper thinks that his side, which include Leeds Rhinos back Jimmy Keinhorst, will have no excuses for a below par performance: “It is probably the best prepared the side has ever been, due to a couple of training weekends and a number of the players being involved in technical courses that have been run this year by the RLEF. Spain is going to be a tough match for us and will help us see where we are and what we need to do, to help all our players in Germany improve.

“Our focus is very much on the development of our players rather than results this year. It will also be the last game for our captain, Kristian Keinhorst. The Keinhorst Family has been great servants of the game in Germany and has played a big part in our development, not just on the field, but also off it.“

Keinhorst (pictured) played in Germany’s first international match, in 2007 against Serbia, and has missed only two matches since. On Saturday he will win his 17th cap.

Germany next face Netherlands in Gnarrenburg on 20 June, while Spain plays Italy B in Alicante next Saturday.

SPAIN 22-MAN SQUAD
Hector D'Alessandro (Alcoià Comtat), Alejandro Gordon, Diego Lagunas, Hadriel Mego, Gonzalo Morro, Ezequiel Pérez-Fuster (Ciencias XIII Valencia), Hugo García, Iago Vázquez (Custodians Madrid), Ivan Ordaz (Eastmoor Dragons), Matt Dulley, Oli Giroguy, Juan Pablo Rango (Irreductibles Mislata), Alex Doutres (Palau XIII), Aitor Dàvila, Raul Simo (Tigres Torrent), Adrian Alonso, Carlos Aragones, Christian Domínguez, Joaquin Fraile, Andrew Pilkinton, Luis Thorp (Valencian Warriors), Daniel Garcia (Woolston Rovers)

GERMANY 20-MAN SQUAD
Karsten Brüning, Simon Cooper, Mitchell Evers, Jannek Hagenah, Marco Kühne, Sebastian Peter (Karlshöfen), Mawuli Amefia, Matej Beslic, Sebastian Roczyn (Karlsruhe), Ben Behr-Heyder, Felix Buhla, Liam Doughton, Arne Falk, Fabrice Fehlemann, Vivien Seelweger, Marc Zupan (NRW Broncos), Andrew Hoggins (Oxford RLFC), Kristian Keinhorst, Nick Keinhorst (Leeds Akkies), Jimmy Keinhorst (Leeds Rhinos)


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#82 bbfaz

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Posted 07 June 2015 - 08:41 PM

It finished Spain 16-32 Germany.



#83 brooza

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Posted 08 June 2015 - 07:55 AM

It finished Spain 16-32 Germany.

Is that definitely the case? I asked the Spain coach who confirmed it with the ref as 16-22 (although the RLEF site has it as 16-32)


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#84 Lounge Room Lizard

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Posted 08 June 2015 - 08:21 AM

16.32 was the score as Germany scored 6 tries and kicked 4 goals.

#85 brooza

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Posted 08 June 2015 - 10:11 AM

16.32 was the score as Germany scored 6 tries and kicked 4 goals.

Cheers

 

The overwhelming consensus is 32, so I'll mark it down as that


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#86 Lounge Room Lizard

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Posted 08 June 2015 - 10:18 AM

Spanish RL through Ait or have said 32 as well

#87 damp squib

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Posted 08 June 2015 - 11:51 AM

That's a shame. Development in Spain seems to be much better than in Germany at the moment, athough maybe it's just getting more exposure on this forum.



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Posted 08 June 2015 - 11:58 AM

That's a shame. Development in Spain seems to be much better than in Germany at the moment, athough maybe it's just getting more exposure on this forum.

It's certainly going faster at the moment, but Germany have had a bit of a head start (despite their setbacks with governing bodies etc)

 

Hopefully Spain will do well this weekend against Italy. I'm not expecting a win, although if Italy are unable to call up some of their bigger names (which I imagine will be the case), then you never know!


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#89 Lounge Room Lizard

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Posted 08 June 2015 - 04:59 PM

Spanish players said Italy game off this weekend. Nor sure why or even true. 



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Posted 08 June 2015 - 05:01 PM

That's a shame. Development in Spain seems to be much better than in Germany at the moment, athough maybe it's just getting more exposure on this forum.

 

Germany have always done well at international level, it's just the domestic side of things that has been poor (or non-existent at times).



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Posted 08 June 2015 - 05:33 PM

Germany have always done well at international level, it's just the domestic side of things that has been poor (or non-existent at times).

Correct up to end or 2010 there was always a couple of 9s or 13s game going on even if not a proper domestic comp. Since that time nothing domestically. There was a 9s comp ran last year but was not organized by the RLD then. This year will see 3 9s events played over summer which hopefully will help build a domestic base to work from in future.



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Posted 08 June 2015 - 09:14 PM

Spain needs to keep taking steps forward.  Essentially, there are now two strong regions; Andalucia (from nowhere) and Valencia.  Catalunya needs to catch up, as does Madrid.  The Autonomous Community of Madrid has the third highest population in Spain but the highest population density in mainland Spain, triple that of the Basque Country in second place.   It's just people to run clubs and how you carve up not only a complex city but its contiguous and non-contiguous suburbs.



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Posted 08 June 2015 - 09:45 PM

Does anyone know if the Spanish clubs are RL offshoots of RU clubs or completely separate entities? Is RU played widely in Valencia and Andalucia or is this virgin territory?

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Posted 09 June 2015 - 08:39 AM

Spanish players said Italy game off this weekend. Nor sure why or even true.

Spain website now has this listed as "PENDIENTE DE FECHA" (Pending date), so it seems to have been postponed


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#95 bbfaz

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Posted 10 June 2015 - 09:15 AM

Rugby of either code isn't widespread anywhere! There are 220ish clubs across a population of 50m. That said, union is much more of a northern game. Popular in the Basque Country, Asturias, Cantabria. There are teams in Madrid, Barcelona, Valladolid is a bit of a hotbed. In Valencia, Villajoyosa is the place to be.

Don't know about Valencia but the games in Andalusia are being held on football fields.

#96 damp squib

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Posted 10 June 2015 - 12:29 PM

That's great if the Andalucian teams are completely seperate entities. I worry that being too tied to a RU club (using the facilities, off-season players etc) puts these teams in a weak position and makes it difficult to present RL as a different sport (see UAE for example). Although I say that as someone with no involvment in RL expansion.



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Posted 13 June 2015 - 04:47 PM



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Posted 24 July 2015 - 09:33 AM

http://www.spainrugb...-nacional/c1xve

Didn't see this posted but Custodians Madrid got their ###### together for the playoffs and won the Liga Nacional Grand Final.

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Posted 31 July 2015 - 08:39 PM

Does anyone know if the Spanish clubs are RL offshoots of RU clubs or completely separate entities? Is RU played widely in Valencia and Andalucia or is this virgin territory?

Most are off-shoots of rugby union clubs.  It is correct that this is a weakness, but any RL organisation this young will have weaknesses.  I am very impressed by what they have done.


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