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Is "r-Evolution" a sponsor?

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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

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Is "r-Evolution" a sponsor?

No championship name, in the second year (2011) an executive had the idea from both a revolution (rl created as a revolt by northern rfu and FIRFL was also a split) and evolution with league being an advancement of rugby.

Joel

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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.

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It'd be better if they'd merge with the FIRL ...

We are hearing some good things from the "rebel" organisation but I fear it may all be wasted unless there's unification sooner rather than later.

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It'd be better if they'd merge with the FIRL ...

There has been attempts at unification but under a right democratic process and coni policy.

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there are two different governing bodies in Italy. Is this the one sanctioned by the RLEF?

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there are two different governing bodies in Italy. Is this the one sanctioned by the RLEF?

No breakaway but the clubs were managed separately from the start

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No breakaway but the clubs were managed separately from the start

I didn't ask about breakaway. Not that it makes much difference but I will assume this is the non RLEF sanctioned governing body

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I didn't ask about breakaway. Not that it makes much difference but I will assume this is the non RLEF sanctioned governing body

I think he meant to type a comma or full stop after no breakaway to indicate they ARE the breakaway group.

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r-Evolution League: Semi-Finals and Grand Final after record participation

The reigning three time Italian champions and the new "surprise". The Gladiators Roma and Falchi (Falcons) Pian del Bruscolo are two of the four remaining clubs left for the national semi-finals or "Final Four" of the r-Evolution League (FIRFL) on July 13 and the Grand Final on July 14 in Rome (at the campi dell'Acquacetosa) that will award the 2013 title.

The capitolini are among the founding teams of rugby league 13. "We have three or four guys out through injury – Scrum-half Riccardo Marini says, one of the leading players of the Gladiators-but i am convinced that the guys who will replace them will rise to the occasion. On the other hand we have won the last three titles of Federleague and want to repeat this year, dropping the "poker", knowing full well that it will be tougher than usual because Albinea, Falchi and Catania (Rectores Belpasso) are teams with greater (increased) level. " The 13-a-side code has grown visibly in recent times. An increased interest in this sport and we realize tangibly – Marini-confirmed, I hope that we can continue to create enthusiasm and involvement around this code".

With not much "pressure" on the new team of Pian del Bruscolo Falchi (Northern leaders) , they go to Rome with the aim of having fun – underlines the club's manager Ivan Federici -"we will be a great experience. We had our first experience in Rugby a 13 and we avoided finishing last in our group. Now we can even play the finals, so we will have a positive result. We will try to bring in as many players as possible although they rise in our area we have to contend with the summer work commitments of our players: here no one is professional, you play amateur but a strong passion for rugby. On the other hand for the Falchi we have a project with clear ideas, focus on youth – says Federici – and with two feeder relationships teams from Pesaro and Misano. Technically it came out a good mix, but the intention is to create a top-class youth set up."

After an increase from 5 to 9 clubs from 2012 to 2013, the FIRFL's tier one competition doubled in participated matches to 18, a record for championship level since rugby league re-started in Italy. There also saw some junior rugby league matches played before Campionato matches and even a reserve level match between Real Albinea and Misano, while Ceprano (Frosinone) will play a friendly versus Falchi Pesaro also. FIRFL has over 2000 participants and 56 affiliated clubs with three tiers, along with initial growth in junior league matches and 4affiliated women's teams this year.

2013 r-Evolution League Promo Video: Federazione Italia Rugby Football League: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=miFZDvTh-B0

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this looks like some really good work. Can you tell me why there is the need to set up a different organisation to FIRL? Are any of your players eligible for the world cup? 

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So much good news, PLEASE unite !

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these guys are head and shoulders above the recognised lot in terms of developing the game, really progressive set up, national structure ,brilliant work!

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this looks like some really good work. Can you tell me why there is the need to set up a different organisation to FIRL? Are any of your players eligible for the world cup?

http://www.leagueunlimited.com/news/show/irl-unveil-new-federation-italian-rugby-football-league original statement

I think the lack of domestic activity and focus was a major reason but it has improved from both sides, it looks like firl have a 3 week competition, one conference only played 1-2 weeks.

None are eligible however I think the RLWC playing squad will have all professional/semi pro players from Australia, France and UK. I.e there is probably easily 30-40 from NRL, super league, France, cc and cc1 and qcup/nsw cup

Joel

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Indeed. Time for the two organisations to unite.

So much good news, PLEASE unite !

FIRFL proposed again but it was rejected, would be good though. There is a lot of potential

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