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South Africa Rugby League News (Merged threads)

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Not quite the production standards of the superleague show, or Boots'n'all.. but nice to see the SARL promoting what they're doing through youtube.

Every governing body that doesn't have a TV deal should be looking at YouTube and Vimeo as great tools to promote their product and increase awareness.

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Yeah the YouTube channels are a great way for showcasing the game within your Country.

BC has its own channel some where lol

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Best of luck to them. I now want them in the final!

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if only every super leauge and nrl club would have 1 south african junior then you could a have a proper international team.

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South Africa's Western  Cape  Rugby  League  Association  has been formally recognised, becoming  a  member  of  the Western   Cape  Sports  Council  .

 

"We are excited to have WP Rugby League as part of our membership," Elton Davids of the Western Cape Sports Council commented. "Sports Council's are duty bound to acknowledge various codes, recognize their positive role in society while contributing to making this an active and winning nation."

 

The Western Cape has a rich rugby league history having hosted Russia as well as the Brisbane Broncos in the past and having a vibrant club structure that plays regular games.

 

"This is an important step in the path for SARL to get recognition from SASCOC, and the Western Cape Rugby League Association is proud to be the first province to get accreditation," said Denzil Watson, Chairmen of WPRLA. "The sport has grown in leaps and bounds in the Western Cape and provides players from all walks of life to meet on the field and compete."

 

Several students from the WPRLA have been selected for the national team participating in the 2013 Rugby League Student World Cup in Yorkshire in July.

 

Kobus Botha, President of SARL, claimed this was a "significant milestone" for the sport in the country adding, "SARL is busy working closely with all the provincial sporting associations to get recognition. Although played internationally at the highest level, and being one of the oldest professional sporting codes in the world, rugby league has been facing stiff political opposition to getting recognized by the South African Sports Commonwealth and Olympic Committee."

 

For more information, please contact:

info@sarugbyleague.co.za

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Why do we have to put up with this ? Why don't our RL leader tackle this head on? Why do we just accept this ?

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I think that this is more a case of ignorance than prejudice. AND the fact that the international rugby league authorities haven't done the hard and necessary work in the past to get the game recognised by the international sporting community.

There is a body called SportAccord (was the General Association of International Sports Federations) that acts as a kind of umbrella body for sports, both Olympic and non-Olympic. Membership of this body, which does have certain minimum standards a sport has to meet, gives a sport instant credibility in situations like the one you've linked to. It also gives the sport's international federation, and all it's associated national federations, official recognition as the governing bodies of the sport. I do know that some senior figures from the ARL/NRL had a meeting with GAISF about a membership application. They were told how to go about it, the standards of governance the RLIF would have to meet and were sent away. AFAIK nothing further has happened.

Just imagine you are the sports minister, or more likely a senior civil servant, in a government like South Africa's. You get a request for official government recognition from a group claiming to be the governing body of a sport called rugby league. Your first step will be to look at the membership list of SportAccord; listed will be rugby - is this the sport, because there is no sport listed with the name rugby league? That is where the South African ministry is coming from. You play a form of rugby, affiliate to SARU. Otherwise you must be a breakaway body, which we don't recognise.

Rugby league in Ireland had a similar problem for many years when they tried to affiliate to the Sports Council in Ireland. According to one source I've read they were once told that the IRFU was the governing body for all forms of rugby in Ireland, and to apply to them.

Anyway, the other thread on this forum states that the Western Cape RL has received official recognition, so hopefully things can progress.

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On the back of Western Cape formally recognising rugby league, Gauteng Rugby

League Association has become a member of the Gauteng Sports Council.

It is part of the continuing process SARL is currently following to obtain official

recognition for the sport in South Africa.

Barry Hendricks, President of Gauteng Sports Council, said, "It give us great

pleasure to inform South African Rugby League that their regional organization's

application for membership to the Gauteng Sports Council has been unanimously

accepted by our members at the Annual General Meeting. We look forward to working

with them to grow the sport of rugby league in the province of Gauteng, not only in

the major cities of Johannesburg and Tshwane but also in the other areas of the

province."

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Great stuff.. would love to see more pro RL clubs head over to SA and help out where possible, so much potential there.

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Excellent news!

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Perhaps something England can do during their training camp there this year?

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Perhaps something England can do during their training camp there this year?

x2. Didn't England do some warm weather training in south Africa before the autumn internationals last year?

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x2. Didn't England do some warm weather training in south Africa before the autumn internationals last year?

Aye, some high altitude stuff. I think the plan is to do the same again.

 

Even if it's just getting some of the locals involved in a couple of the sessions, would be good

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Aye, some high altitude stuff. I think the plan is to do the same again.

 

Even if it's just getting some of the locals involved in a couple of the sessions, would be good

Exactly, help in spreading the gospel. Also am I imaging this but I seem to remember phil Clarke doing some work in the townships in south Africa with support and funding from Richard Wilson(victor meldrew)?

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Exactly, help in spreading the gospel. Also am I imaging this but I seem to remember phil Clarke doing some work in the townships in south Africa with support and funding from Richard Wilson(victor meldrew)?

 

I remember Phil Clarke going to SA to help Dave Southern who was running a youth program at the time. Found this report from 1995:-

 

http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/children-who-put-the-game-into-perspective-1583453.html

 

Don't remember the bit about Richard Wilson though!!!

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Exactly, help in spreading the gospel. Also am I imaging this but I seem to remember phil Clarke doing some work in the townships in south Africa with support and funding from Richard Wilson(victor meldrew)?

I don't believe it

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NSW Country RL to tour South Africa     

South Africa Rugby League have announced that the New South Wales Country League will tour there in October 2013.  
The visitors will land on 9th October and play two games, against a Combined Clubs select and the national side.
The match against the Rhinos will form part of a showcase day which will include the SARL Students facing an invitational side and, in a new development, the SARL Masters coming up against an Invitational Sables.  
The Sables is an initiative to promote the game to ex‐league players and the multitude of internationals principally from Australia, England, Scotland and the  Pacific Islands who were denied the chance to play against South Africa in the 1980s and ‘90s because the sport was banned in the country, and lifted after 1994’s historic democratic elections.  
While there, the New South Wales squad will  be travelling to schools to promote the sport in conjunction with the Gauteng Sports Council.
Kobus Botha, President of SARL,  commented, “Rugby league has been through a transformation in the past few years and tours such as this show what we are capable of.”
“Our students are participating in the forthcoming Student Rugby League World Cup and South Africa is in the running for the rights to host the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, which are significant milestones here.”  
He added, “Other tours are being planned for the next 18 months and this will bring significant growth to the sport.”   
Terry Quinn, Chief Executive Officer of the Country Rugby League of NSW commented, “We are looking forward to bringing the best of the Country NSW to South Africa to showcase the game.”
“All the players eligible are very excited about the groundbreaking concept and can only see the benefits it will bring in South Africa.”
For more information, contact Chris Botes on chris@maxxiumsport.co.za
 

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Hopefully SASCOC won't get them banned from entering the country

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Judging by the news entry for 22 May 2013 on the South Africa Rugby League website, I'm not so sure that it is ignorance rather than prejudice.

 

SASCOC have now apparently sent out a communication to all the regional sporting federations in South Africa this week stating that none of them are allowed to give membership to the regional Rugby League Federations.

 

The SARL have stated that they and the RLIF have approached the Commonwealth Games Federation with a request that the Commonwealth Games Federation explore the option of imposing sanctions against South Africa because of the discriminatory actions of SASCOC. The matter is also being brought before the Council for Arbitration in Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland.

 

I decided to email SASCOC @ admin@sascoc.co.za in February to ask them to explain their argument that rugby league isn't a sport. I've since sent 2 reminders & unsurprisingly I haven't received a reply. I know me emailing them is going to make sweet FA. difference, but it made me feel better. 

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Hopefully SASCOC won't get them banned from entering the country

You can never be certain.

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Good for you Pyj and good on the RL authorities for not just rolling over on this one.

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THE ATTITUDE OF SASCOC IS AN ABSOLUTE DISGRACE.THEY SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES.BUT THE FACT IS THAT WHATEVER THEY TRY AND DO THEY HAVE NO CHANCE AT ALL OF STOPPING THE GROWTH OF RUGBY LEAGUE. 

 

I'M CONVINCED THAT THE SOUTH AFRICANS WILL BECOME A REAL POWER IN RUGBY LEAGUE AT LAST.   I'M REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING HOW THEY DO AT THE STUDENT WORLD CUP NEXT MONTH.RUSSIA  AS WELL.

 

IT'S IRONIC THAT THE TWO COUNTRIES THAT DON'T SEEM TO RECOGNIZE RUGBY LEAGUE AT THE MOMENT ARE BOTH SENDING THEIR STUDENT SIDES TO THE WORLD CUP.NAMELY SOUTH AFRICA AND RUSSIA.

 

I'M A COMMITED FAN OF THE INTERNATIONAL GAME AND I LOVE TO SEE NATION PLAY  AGAINST NATION. LONG LIVE TEST MATCH RUGBY LEAGUE.

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