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Commonwealth Games 7s

26 July 2014 - 11:52 PM

I attended the Commonwealth Games sevens at Ibrox today and there were a few things that irked me.
1 Whenever there was an overlapping winger in space, the runner with the ball would invariably cut in towards the centre and where the defence was stationed. Do union players have no trust in their wingers?
2 Wales had used the extra man to score a try in the corner but were still 9 points down. Instead of a quick conversion attempt and the possibility of scoring more points before the cautioned player reentered the field, the kicker was forced to wait for his tardy colleague to amble back into position.

Wheelchair RL Home Nations

14 July 2014 - 10:12 PM

The Home Nations tournament will take place on the weekend of 13-14th September


Same old Argies

16 June 2014 - 08:39 AM

England v Argentina in a major World Cup game bound to pass off without controversy. Of course not, Argentina won a bronze medal at the Hockey World Cup with the help of an extra player. The only sanction that the Argentinians will receive is their captain is suspended for the next match. http://www.englandho...atch&section=22


Picture of the extra man here https://twitter.com/...7269248/photo/1

Sally Bolton OBE

15 June 2014 - 05:26 PM

Congratulations to Sally Bolton who has been awarded an OBE. In recognising her outstanding efforts with the World Cup, it is also thanking the fans who turned out in such numbers for the competition. Without her (and us!) we would not have had such a memorable experience last autumn. http://therfl.co.uk/...ally-bolton-obe

Latin American tag rugby tournament

28 May 2014 - 01:02 PM

Chile to Start Favourite for Rugby League Tournament


CHILE looks set to start a surprising favourite for the first all-Latino rugby league tournament, the Copa de Rugby XIII, to be held in Sydney on May 31.

Run by GYG Latin Heat Rugby League in conjunction with the Rugby League International Federation, the Copa de Rugby XIII will see opposing teams representing the nations of South and Central America.

It is to be held on the same week that the ‘Latin America Down Under’ conference is hosted in Sydney, a drawcard for Latino diplomats and commerce leaders.

The first staging of the Copa de Rugby XIII will be held under non-contact ‘tag’ laws to allow participation from all backgrounds of experience, age and gender.

And while Argentina dominates Latin America in rugby union – currently ranked ninth in the world – the talent spread in Rugby League is far more even.

Indeed Chile, Colombia, Uruguay and El Salvador all look to have potential squads to threaten traditional Latino powerhouses Argentina and Brazil for this inaugural competition.

The Chilean squad contains three of Latin America’s star teenagers in Jaden Laing, Brandon Tobar and Carlos Rojas, along with Queensland Universities representative Jonathan Espinoza.

Tobar was a recent winner of The Footy Show’s League of Their Own section for this try, while Espinoza has been earning growing fame for this trick shot.

GYG Latin Heat coach Ernie Tobar, who will steer a 17-man team in a full-blooded international versus Thailand at Windsor the following day, is also a chance of pulling on the strip of Chile.

Colombia has been a shock forerunner in the growth of Latino Rugby League and will feature a number of rugby union converts such as Medellin natives Juan David Espinal and Sebastian Maya Jimenez, along with Bogota’s Diego Vejerano.

Featured on SBS Radio and TV several times this year, charismatic winger Fernando Villegas will also be representing Colombia and doing his best to promote the game.

Though thinner on numbers, Uruguay has some undoubted talent with Group 6 forward Josh Gadea-Hellyer and Sydney University’s Andres Rossini at hand.

El Salvador could be the real surprise packet, with the tiny Central American country having great depth and experience.

Due to a civil war from 1979-1992, many Salvadorans sought refuge in Australia, giving them a solid upbringing in the sport of Rugby League.

Participation in the Copa de Rugby XIII at Norford Park, Sefton, is free and nominations can be made either in writing to Robert@sambatimes.com or on the Copa de Rugby XIII Facebook page.

A team for ‘Gringos’ – non-Latinos wishing to support the growth of the game in Latin America – will participate on the day but not be eligible for finals.

Travel and accommodation for out-of-town players is via private arrangement.

Teams representing the following heritages will participate (combined in some instances): Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela.

The GYG Latin Heat wishes to thank naming rights sponsor Guzman y Gomez Mexican Taquerias, Crop del Monte Coffee Specialists, Rumba Latina Entertainment, Link Australia International Student Services, Fighting for Fitness Gym and Gringo Media.