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  1. 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).
  2. FIRFL Executive's new appointment to boost Rugby League in Italy A major opportunity for FIRFL Secretary General and former Azzurri XIII Pierluigi Gentile will result in a boost for the rugby league movement in Italy with the Gladiators Roma Rugby XIII Coach being appointed the new General Director of Rugby Città di Frascati – a semi-professional rugby club in the Serie B tier. Gentile stated "I'm really very happy for the opportunity that it presents, my role within the Italian Rugby a Tredici Federation (FIRFL) – concluded Gentile – underlines how the world of rugby can bring together the two souls and how all are working towards a single objective: to enhance the world of the oval ball.” When quizzed about how this affects Rugby League, Mr Gentile stated “It will mean now 450 kids will be under rugby league” receiving and participate in rugby league development – a never before seen major opportunity seen in Italy at the grassroots level! On top of naturally creating a larger participation it will mean the FIRFL will have a home base and field at Stadio del Rugby di Cocciano, in Frascati, Rome. The new CEO, succeeding the resigning Bruno Formicola, will be officially presented Monday, April 1 to 11 with Frascati in the Easter event.
  3. Coppa Italia Arlecchini Gladiators win and progress to Semi Finals Arlecchini win the Lazio semi-finals and now have a ticket to Catania for the National Finals. Ending with a victory for USAG (Unione Sportiva Arlecchini Gladiators) after a morning that saw the challenge at Ceccano with clubs Roma V, Ceccano and USAG participating. The USAG won the first match against Ceccano scoring 6 tries to 2. The two teams started well, but Arlecchini within range from a scrum scored and converted. Then both scored one after each other with three more tries. It was not all easy though because the Ceccano fought back and threw in a twist to the match with Gori scoring two tries. The USAG decided to close the match, and scored two other tries. The final result was 36-12 (6 -2). The second match saw the hosts Ceccano battle against Roma V in their Rugby League debut. Ceccano, were very focused raising their competitiveness and had the better of Roma V for 31-5 (5-1). Rome V debuted in the Cup, with a youthful team with their captain Cartella stating "I come from rugby union, but the speed of rugby league has won me over. Boys were aged between 17 to 23 years. Now for us it was the first game we played, but in the summer we plan to continue the adventure. " The ultimate challenge contrasts USAG and Roma V, with a clear victory for Arlecchini as they pass the round with the final result being 16-0 (3-0). The captain of the USAG Claudio Gori said "We are really very happy with the result. Roma V was debuting, but has been proven correct and provided a positive approach with great desire to play. It's a nice group but has yet to grow.” The match had little story, too the gap between Arlecchini and the youth of Cartella says Gori "we played together for two years and many of our players feature in Gladiators (r-Evolution League). It is however to be appreciated and emphasize the effort of Roma V, that despite the lower technical rate have proven to play this match with the utmost determination. v have respected the freshmen playing to the best of our potential as is customary in any rugby. Now to turn to Belpasso, Catania, Sicily: "We go down to win and conquer the Coppa Italia. There are two and a half months to train hard because we want to bring back the trophy to Rome". PHOTO ALBUM ON FACEBOOK -
  4. Coppa Italia Rugby League: Lazio Semi-Finals The Semi Finals of the Italian Cup begin for the Lazio Group region this Sunday February at 11am at campo Comunale via Passo Cardinale, in Ceccano (Frosinone) to launch the full Coppa Italia di Rugby a Tredici tournament for the Federazione Italiana RFL in 2013. The tournament in its third edition is a second tier event apart of the FIRFL development structure consisting of clubs from regions such as Lazio, Umbria, Reggio Emilia and Sicilia. Great excitement is building among the Lazio clubs, who began their training in recent weeks and whose players will receive training and development from National Coach Ty Sterry in the next month. The head of the Lazio Rugby League committee, Riccardo Marini, is basing the exhibition matches and rugby league development at the one ground: "Ceccano, Roma Quinto (5th), Spartaco and USAG (Gladiators Arlecchini) are the teams who will participate Sunday in the development camps and matches - Marini declares- I'm going around the various clubs to support the training initiatives". “We will hold the playoffs to continue the journey (for the Lazio teams) and in future contest the Coppa Italia final, which this year will take place in Catania (Sicily) through Rectores Belpasso RL". The team Belpasso Catania is in fact defending the title after earning 2012 Coppa Italia champions having played and won the final last year against the USAG staged at Tor Tre Teste. Marini continues: "This is the third year that we have played the Coppa Italia. We are working on the regions to promote this new discipline with the aim of increasing the clubs participating." www.federleague.it