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How are the Dutch getting on nowadays Yanto?

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They have just graduated from the RLEF technical strategy so have a small number of qualified coaches who are able to train up and qualify future coaches.On the domestic front very little is happening and at the moment the four clubs from the local competition of 2010/11/12 have all but gone and apart from training there seems to be no domestic action at all. Playing numbers are at an all time low but despite this the new organisation have ran a German development team close a couple of weeks ago,play their annual fixture v Oxford University ( in Oxford for the first time to celebrate 10 years of this fixture) and will also play Belgium under 21s (at 9's)and a Belgium senior side (full 13)later this month.

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They have just graduated from the RLEF technical strategy so have a small number of qualified coaches who are able to train up and qualify future coaches.On the domestic front very little is happening and at the moment the four clubs from the local competition of 2010/11/12 have all but gone and apart from training there seems to be no domestic action at all. Playing numbers are at an all time low but despite this the new organisation have ran a German development team close a couple of weeks ago,play their annual fixture v Oxford University ( in Oxford for the first time to celebrate 10 years of this fixture) and will also play Belgium under 21s (at 9's)and a Belgium senior side (full 13)later this month.

 

Disappointing for all those involved that the development work has faltered but still hope for the future.

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there was an Aussie from Hemel Stags playing a couple of years ago for Serbia too. The point that Janner is making I think is that it is good to see so little Aussie influence in these fixtures and that they are pretty much true European fixtures.

 

He is wrong about Italy though, they will not be good enough. The title is Russia's. 

 

As for qualification, they will still contest the Shield in 2014/15 with the bottom place nation to swap spots with the winner of the Bowl which will almost certainly be Germany and Ukraine respectively

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As for qualification, they will still contest the Shield in 2014/15 with the bottom place nation to swap spots with the winner of the Bowl which will almost certainly be Germany and Ukraine respectively

I thought the idea was to have P & R (no silly comments please) between the Bowl-Shield-Cup?

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I thought the idea was to have P & R (no silly comments please) between the Bowl-Shield-Cup?

Indeed, but for this first season I believe that there will not be Cup promo/relegation so the comp can fall in line with the two year 4 nations cycle. Will get a confirmed answer today and let you know

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Indeed, but for this first season I believe that there will not be Cup promo/relegation so the comp can fall in line with the two year 4 nations cycle. Will get a confirmed answer today and let you know

Thanks.

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Promo and relegation will take place from the start of next years competitions

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The Federazione Italiana Rugby League has announced an initial 47-man train-on squad

three weeks ahead of Italy’s competition-defining clash against Russia in the

European Shield 2012-13.

The lure of the forthcoming World Cup means that Italy assistant coach Paul

Broadbent, who resumes his control of the Azzurri’s European Shield campaign, has an

abundance of talent available. University of Gloucestershire All Golds scrum half

Matt Bradley, Hemel’s Joel Miranda and young Warrington centre James Saltenstall

headline a clutch of 11 newcomers to the squad.

“Mathew Bradley is a young halfback with the ability to organise a team very well

and with a good kicking game,” said Broadbent, who saw his side crush Germany at

home last year, but lose overseas to Serbia and Russia. “Joel Miranda is a hooker

with a wealth of experience and his game awareness will challenge teams in and

around the ruck area,” he added. While Saltenstall is joined by former Castleford

wingman Richard Lepori.

Broadbent, who will visit Italy several times to oversee elite camps and run his eye

over the domestic season continued: “The squad is looking very exciting; everyone

wants to be part of this new chapter in the rapidly expanding history of Italian

rugby league.”

“Last season was a steep learning curve for our players,” admitted his assistant

coach Kelly Rolleston who is in charge of the current domestic champions XIII del

Ducato. “I expect players like Davide Rancati, Ivan Barani, Chris De Meyer, Nourou

Bance and Giacomo Alfonsi will be much better players from the experience. With

Fabrizio Ciaurro our top performer in the European Shield now having experience in

the UK I expect him to play a big part in this year’s campaign.”

Russia’s victory in Belgrade last month means that victory in the Stadio Augusteo in

the town of Este will ensure the 2012-13 European Shield will be on the plane back

to Moscow.

ITALY 47-MAN TRAIN-ON SQUAD

Simone Boscolo, Gialuca Ferro, Alden Filipovic, Edoardo Paluello, Giacomo Simioni

(Arieti Este), Ray Nasso, Romain Pavoni (Avignon XIII), Luca Cenerini, Francesco

Fragalà, Thomas Piscitelli, Pierangelo Ceretti, Gerard Fraser, Cosimo Corvino,

Sebastian Gurra (Brescia RL), Jason Dubas-Fisher (Bury Titans), Remi Fontana

(Carpentras), Fabrizio Ciaurro (Coventry Bears), Nicola Facco, Nicola Reffo

(Grifons Padova), Joel Miranda (Hemel Stags), Christophe Calegari, (Lezignan

Corbieres), Chris De Meyer, Gert Peens (NW Roosters), Richard Lepori (Oldham

Bears), Mauro Pettenello (Padova 555), Jonathon Marcinczak (Racing Club Albi), Dario

Esposito (Sheffield Eagles), Chris Vitalini (South Wales Scorpions), Matthew Bradley

(University of Gloucestershire All Golds), Cedric Prizzon (Villefranche en

Rouergue), James Saltenstall (Warrington Wolves), Eugenio Alfonsi, Giacomo Alfonsi,

Nourou Bance, Ivan Barani, Fabio Berzieri, Giovanni Franchi, Octavian Ilinca, Drake

Muyodi, Fabio Nannini, Davide Rancati, Daniel Stead (XIII del Ducato), Stefano

Cardella, Riccardo Dodi, Rodrigo Marchesi (XIII del Duomo), Luca Cerza, Andrea Sola

(XIII della Ghirandina)

PHIL CAPLAN

RLEF MEDIA OFFICER

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Are they refusing to name players from the other competition? I know the other lot played an international last month as they are much better with publicity and have a competition which seems to have a much larger geographical spread. It stinks if they are picking those players, who wouldn't exist to the game but for the other comp, purely because of fighting administration.

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Are they refusing to name players from the other competition? I know the other lot played an international last month as they are much better with publicity and have a competition which seems to have a much larger geographical spread. It stinks if they are picking those players, who wouldn't exist to the game but for the other comp, purely because of fighting administration.

 

Yes, it looks like FIRFL players aren't being considered.

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Yes, it looks like FIRFL players aren't being considered.

Now where have I heard that before?

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Now where have I heard that before?

I'm pretty sure this one is due to constitutional issues and a lack of co-operation rather than pure spitefulness.

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European Shield Preview: Game 9 - Italy v Russia

Top of the table, unbeaten Russia travel to Este, 70km south-west of Venice,  this weekend for what could be the decisive match of the 2012-13 European Shield. Should the Bears win a fifth consecutive game it will secure the trophy against the only other team still in with a chance of ultimate victory.
Italy assistant coach Paul Broadbent, who is in charge of the Azzurri’s Shield campaign, has named a strong 20-man squad including five players from the French championship alongside Chris Vitalini of Gloucestershire All Golds and debutant James Saltenstall from Warrington Wolves. French Elite trio Jonathon Marcinczak, cup winner Ray Nasso and Remi Fontana are also in contention while up front Italy will be led by Cedric Prizzon, who topped both their tackles and carries in all three matches last year.
From the domestic clubs, Brescia’s Pierangelo Ceretti and North West Roosters duo Gioele Celerino and Mattia Saracco  are called up for the first time after strong performances in Serie A, but two of last year’s strongest contributors, Nourou Bance and Giacomo Alfonsi, are out injured.
“Everyone at FIRL are very excited about what's going on in the domestic game,” Broadbent said. “Interest in rugby league has developed massively with the World Cup coming up and everyone wanting to be involved in it .
“We are really looking forward to the game against Russia to continue the development of our professionalism, commitment and understanding needed to be a force in rugby league. The new players coming in from new clubs in new areas bring great enthusiasm and we now look forward to playing an in-form, confident Russian side to see how far we have come.”
Russia has been beset by withdrawals, most notably the loss of powerful prop Sergey Konstantinov, the man-of-the-match in two of their four Shield matches so far, but out with the broken arm sustained against Serbia in May. Strong forwards Victor Tolstov and Sergey Zuev are away with the Russian student team at their World Cup, while loose forward Sergey Gaponov and strike centre Petr Botnarash are unavailable, meaning coach Eduard Ososkov has drafted in young Storm second row Konstantin Roschin and his experienced club-mate, utility Denis Chuprin.
“We know that Italy is a very strong team with a skilful, quick and experienced core of players from England and France,” said Ososkov. “But we will try to do our best under the circumstances.”
The match kicks off at 19.30 hrs in Este’s Stadio Augusteo and is preceded by an U18s clash.

ITALY 20-MAN SQUAD
Ray Nasso, (Avignon XIII), Pierangelo Ceretti (Il XIII de Bresa), Remi Fontana (Carpentras), Fabrizio Ciaurro (Coventry Bears), Christophe Calegari (Lezignan Corbieres), Gioele Celerino, Chris De Meyer, Gert Peens, Mattia Saracco  (NW Roosters), Jonathon Marcinczak (Racing Club Albi), Chris Vitalini (University of Gloucestershire All Golds), Cedric Prizzon (Villefranche en Rouergue), James Saltenstall (Warrington Wolves), Ivan Barani, Giovanni Franchi, Octavian Ilinca, Drake Muyodi, Davide Rancati (XIII del Ducato), Rodrigo Marchesi (XIII del Duomo), Andrea Sola (XIII della Ghirandina).

RUSSIA 17-MAN SQUAD
Sergey Beliavskiy, Alexey Mikhaylov (MGPU), Dmitriy Bratko, Denis Chuprin, Igor Chuprin, Vadim Fedchuk, Konstantin Roschin (Storm), Grigory Esin (St Petersburg), Rustam Bulanov, Anatoly Grigorev, Aleksandr Lysokon ©, Kirill Nechaev, Alexey Nikolaev, Eduard Ososkov, Andrey Sevostianov, Maksim Suchkov, Vladimir Vlasyuk (Vereya Bears)

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 ITALY 38   -  RUSSIA 18

Este, Saturday

 

Russia will have to wait until they face holders Germany in August if they are to lift the European Shield after defeat in Italy.

 

The table toppers were overwhelmed in the first half by the confident hosts, the Azzurri romping to a 32-0 lead by the break courtesy of six tries, all from different scorers.

Hookers Ray Nasso and substitute Chris De Meyer were near unstoppable running out of dummy half to establish field position while teenage second rower Gioele Celerino was a constant handful and Chris Vitalini a rock on defence.

 

Italy coach Paul Broadbent was highly satisfied with the comprehensive victory. “We played some really good rugby,” he said.

 

“We have made the World Cup part of our preparation, everyone knows that if they perform they have a chance of gaining a spot in the squad. The guys showed real commitment and whether or not they make it, they want to finish the Shield well.”

 

His side moved above Serbia into second place on point’s difference, four behind the Russians but Broadbent was more impressed with the overall progress that has been made.

“I’m very proud considering where we were two years ago,” he added. “We went through some tough times but the players dug deep, upped the intensity and came through the other side. It’s now a quality rugby league outfit.”

 

Broadbent could not have asked for a better start, scrum half Remi Fontana sniping over in the fourth minute and converting his own try.

 

Winger Octavian Ilinca found space out wide soon after to cross, Fontana missing with the conversion.

 

Russia then enjoyed a dominant spell, camping on the home line for eight minutes but could not breach the blue wall, Warrington Wolves youngster James Saltonstall breaking the siege with a third Italian try out wide.

 

Fontana missed the conversion but was on target in the 25th minute after Celerino’s deserved score; Vitalini over on the half hour, Gert Peens converting.

 

Seven minutes before the break, De Meyer went in from dummy half, Peens goaling to maintain the point-a-minute spree.

 

Russia came out more like the side that had seen them unbeaten in their opening four matches of the tournament at the start of the second half.

 

Skipper Aleksandr Lysokon’s long pass put half back partner Eduard Ososkov in for a try, Lysokon adding the extras and, in the 56th minute, prop Anatoly Grigorev powered his way over, Lysokon with the goal to make it 32-12.

 

Nasso’s scoot and Peens’ third conversion just after the hour secured victory for the Italians, Lysokon with a try and goal for a ten point haul completing the scoring as the home side’s discipline let them down after the break, conceding ten penalties.

 

Injuries meant that from early in the second half, Russia effectively had one substitute which made their revival the more impressive.

 

Bears second rower Grigory Esin acknowledged that his side was second best. “It was a tough game,” he said. “We were a bit nervous at the start and blew a lot of chances.”

 

“In the second half we regrouped and told each other that we had to win that which we did but we had given ourselves too much to do.”

 

ITALY

1 Fabrizio Ciaurro

2 Octavian Ilinca

3 Christophe Calegari

4 James Saltenstall

5 Rodrigo Marchesi

6 Pierangelo Ceretti

7 Remi Fontana

8 Chris Vitalini

9 Ray Nasso

10 Cedric Prizzon

11 Gioele Celerino

12 Davide Rancati

13 Jonathon Marcinczak

Subs (all used)

14 Drake Muyodi

15 Chris De Meyer

16 Ivan Barani

17 Gert Peens

 

Tries: Fontana (4), Ilinca (9), Saltonstall (20), Celerino (25), Vitalini (29), De Meyer (33), Nasso (63)

Goals: Fontana 2, Peens 3

 

RUSSIA

1 Maksim Suchkov

2 Rustam Bulanov

3 Igor Chuprin

4 Alexey Mikhaylov

5 Dmitriy Bratko

6 Aleksandr Lysokon (c)

7 Eduard Ososkov

8 Konstantin Roschin

9 Vladimir Vlasyuk

10 Anatoly Grigorev

11 Vadim Fedchuk

12 Grigory Esin

13 Kirill Nechaev

Subs (all used)

14 Denis Chuprin

15 Sergey Beliavskiy

16 Alexey Nikolaev

17 Andrey Sevostianov

 

Tries: Ososkov (46), Grigorev (56), Lysokon (69)

Goals: Lysokon 3

 

Half time: 32-0

Penalty count: 9-13

Referee: Andy Sweet (England)

 

PHIL CAPLAN

RLEF MEDIA OFFICER

 

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That was a turn up for the books.

Was it? The Italians judging by heir team had at least half a dozen semi pro players. Easy favourites for me, and they proved me right.

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Semi pro from where?

Calegari, Fontana, Nasso & Prizzon all play in the French elite league.

Saltenstall is a junior with Warrington in Super League.

Vitalini is with Gloucestershire in the semi pro British leagues.

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Rugby League European Shield - Game 10 Preview - Germany v Italy

Italy’s outside hopes of picking up the European Shield crown go on the line against holders Germany on Saturday, in Heidelberg.
The Azzurri are aiming to move to within two points of Russia at the top of the standings as the competition enters its final stages.
They start as favourites, having beaten the Germans 72-10 at home in the reverse fixture last year.
The German squad contains some veteran campaigners including the likes of Christoph Huber, Benedikt Rehm, Liam Doughton and Fabrice Fehlemann who all featured in Germanys first meeting with Italy in 2008. Kristian Keinhorst, their most capped international picks up his 16th cap, however it will be the first appearance without any of his world record breaking brothers alongside him. Nick is injured, Leeds Rhinos star Jimmy is unavailable on duty in Super League and twin brother Markus now resides in Canada, although will be travelling out for the clash against Russia in two weeks time.
After impressing in last year’s matches, Vinnie Spies returns to the squad and is joined by Mawuli Amefia and Daniel Lortz, who featured in the 2012 heavy defeat against Italy. Andrew Hoggins, who has been enjoying a maiden season in RFL Championship 1 with Oxford and former Wakefield Trinity Wildacts academy product Del Bartlett will add some experience to a side that is eager to register their first win over Italy in four attempts.
“Last year’s preparations for the Italy game were far from ideal and that was reflected in the heavy defeat we suffered,” said Germany coach Dan Stocks. “Ten of the players in the current squad played in that match and I know are keen to make amends for that performance.”  
New faces to the Italian squad include 20 year old Simone Boscolo from Ariete Este. The young hooker has put in some eye-catching performances in the domestic competition and has forced his way into the Italian side with a good performance in the State of Origin.
Michele Verardi has also been selected after overshadowing some of the more experienced players and is the first player form the newly formed Tirreno Sharks to represent Italy. Runners up in the domestic competition, North West Roosters have the largest group of players chosen with Mattia Saracco and Andrea Monaco set to make their debuts.

GERMANY: Christoph Huber (Bad Reichenhall), Mawuli Améfia, Yassin Ayachi, Abraham Gresham, Daniel Lortz, Wolfgang Polte, Benedikt Rehm,  Vincent Spies, Shaun Walker, Max Werner  (Heidelberg Rugby League), Jonas Burkhardt (Hochspeyer) Philipp Deiters, Sebastian Roczyn, Alex Tschernyshow, Jonathan Zerweck (Karlsruhe Rugby League) Kristian Keinhorst (Leeds Akkies) Ben Behr, Liam Doughton, Fabrice Fehlemann (NRW Broncos), Andy Hoggins (Oxford Rugby League) Del Diesel(Ramstein) Del Bartlett (unattached)

ITALY: I Barani, G Franchi, D Muyodi, (XIII del Ducato) S Boscolo (Ariete Este), M Bradley, C Vitaliani. (University of Gloucestershire All Golds), G Celerino, C De Meyer, A Monaco, G Peens, M Saracco (North West Roosters) F Ciaurro (Coventry Bears), R Lepori (Oldham Bears), J Miranda (Hemal Stags) R Pavoni (Avignon XIII), C Prizzon (Villefrache en Rouergue), J Saltonstall (Warrington Wolves), A Sola (XIII della Ghirandina), M Verardi (Tirreno Sharks)

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Italian win, not heard the score yet.

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