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Italia RFL

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#3040870 FIRFL End 2014 with National Training Camp and Educational Courses

Posted by Italia RFL on 04 December 2014 - 11:30 AM

FIRFL End 2014 with National Training Camp and Educational Courses

The Federazione Italiana Rugby Football League (FIRFL) recently held a rain affected national training camp again in Vinci, Tuscany from November 14-16 to progress their national development moving into their new year and continuing their national rugby league program in Italy.


The federation held the national training camp in the location after a splendid experience in Vinci in late June and had clearly implied that the intention was to repeat the training camps for the national squad for the Italian National Squad again. The federation chose the location that showcased high quality facilities available to enable technicians and the players involved to work in the best possible way. However, one day was affected by heavy rain downfall – but informative and video sessions provided further and valuable insight for players.

National Coach Ty Sterry called upon eighteen of the best available senior players, but in addition to them a further ten u21 year old players who were selected to participate for further development thanks to a series of training sessions held over a period of time, obviously also influenced from the mid-year r-Evolution League (FIRFL Championship) . The group trained for three days with an objective to create a strong team spirit and utlise the technical mechanisms and development knowledge of the Azzurro coaching staff.

The FIRFL national programs activities, but not limited to will consist of; define the scheduling of new training sessions for the referees and coaches who already in the recent past have already experienced good results through level 2 coaching and level 1 referee courses undertaken throughout November. Finally, at a national meeting soon, the FIRFL will also set the official dates, the structure and the first meetings for the year ahead, including the fifth Italian Cup that officially opens the FIRFL’s club development level for the 2015 season.

FIRFL’s national coach Ty Sterry stated: “A good national (skill) level has been created – assured Sterry – that will be competitive for the impending internationals that await in 2015, commencing with the end of April. They were three days of very useful work that has helped us understand the princial aspects (required) to work on, namely skills and movements. Athletes were present from all over Italy and this is significant for the rugby league movement coordinated by the FIRFL that is growing and has gained respected and consideration.”

The FIRFL utilises such training camps as an ideal way to approach international meetings scheduled in 2015 that soon will be defined and formalized . The Federzione Italiana Rugby Football League is working intensively on the national teams’ activity (both youth and senior ones) that is considered as the best expression of their ever-growing movement. As confirmed by Azzurri team manager Riccardo Marini. "I see growing enthusiasm around our movement and the testimony is the emotional intensity with which athletes participate in these events. The training camp at Vinci will allow us to look closely at the quality of some guys who are within a few months will showcase their skills under to the national coach and even the ten best youth of our movement. They will study closely the mechanisms rugby league and "steal with the eye" from their more experienced teammates and using the advice of National Staff. The work programme will cover all phases of the game. This will represent both the attack and the timing of strong defencs – Marini confirms - in order to understand the mechanisms of our national players and even to those who attended less.”

The FIRFL have stated Sterry will likely return to Italy for the finals of the Italian Cup at the end of February observing the performances of players involved and also any other video highlights available. While other FIRFL Coaching Staff and Players present were: Gareth Haterley-Hurford (defensive coach), Sebastian Velazquez (national youth coordinator), Luciano Gorla (athletic trainer) and Giuseppe Moncada (another team manager). Plus the 18 senior players: Attilio Bonnici and Concetto D’Aquila (Spartans Catania), Gianni De Pasquale (Rex Albinea), Cristiano Lavini, Alessandro Corbucci, Giovanni Magi, Matteo Lombardi, Giacomo Franzoni, Massimo Boncoddo, Carlo Donadio, Alessandro Ippoliti, Patrizio Bozza (Gladiators), Jobel De Castro, Simone Bianco (Magnifici), Giuseppe Carotti, Ginofernando Giordani, Jacopo Canulli and Francesco Giorgini (Arieti Rieti). Among the best ten u21 players: Federico Gugole, Andrea Rossi and Gabriele Mercuri (Gladiators Roma), Alessandro De Luca and Jacob Laird (Gladiators Santa Maria Capua Vetere), Raffaele D’Istria (Gladiators Torre del Greco), Alessio Di Prima (Spartans), Giorgio Carapia and Pietro Paciosi (Rieti) and Tomas Bilanceri (Magnifici).


#2733136 Italy (FIRFL) News (Merged threads)

Posted by Italia RFL on 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.

#2731799 Italy (FIRFL) News (Merged threads)

Posted by Italia RFL on 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

#2717591 Italy (FIRFL) News (Merged threads)

Posted by Italia RFL on 07 June 2013 - 01:22 PM

three teams yesterday participated in the Womens 9s won by Red e Blu Rugby (Roma), than Frascati and I think Cus Roma. photos will be on our facebook in near future. some good talent (speed/lines) cobsidering only limitrd games/exp