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Honor James

Greek Rugby League Federation Formed & Accepted

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In a major step forward for the on-going development of rugby league in Greece, an Athens Magistrates Court has approved an application for federation status, confirming the creation of the Hellenic Rugby League Federation. As a result, the HRLF has now been accorded official Observer status by the Rugby League European Federation. HRLF will now hold new elections to vote in directors of the new organisation.


“Now that the Hellenic Federation of Rugby League is recognised by the Greek justice system we can put the sport on the map here,” said Tasos Pantazidis who was President of the Committee to Establish a Hellenic Rugby League Federation.


“Both developments will help us to overcome obstacles put in front of us. We now have the possibility to build relations with local and national communities. The planned 13-a-side club championship, the national team and the regional cups will all have support.


Pantazidis added, “I strongly believe that we have entered a new, promising era for rugby league in Greece.”




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The Hellenic Federation of Rugby League has released the fixtures for the inaugural Greek club championship, due to kick off this weekend. Promitheas Rendi, AEK Kokkinias, Pegasus Neos Kosmos, Aris Petroupolis and Rhodes Knights will take part in the competition.


A sixth club, Neapoli, will play fixtures against second XIIIs from Aris and Pegasus in a sign of the growing participant interest in the sport and the HFRL’s effective recruitment strategy. A transport sponsor has been brought on board to support the championship logistics costs, especially the various trips to Rhodes, 650km from Athens.


"Last year we played a three-team 9s championship and a national 9s cup,” said Tasos Pantazidis, president of the HFRL. “There were 15 matches including one 13-a-side game. It was a good test for the clubs involved. With that experience and 100% more players, we can now run a 13-a-side championship. We believe that it is going to be a successful one. Building strong structures with small but stable steps is the only way to succeed," he added.


In other news, head coach Steve Georgallis and new national team recruit, Braith Anasta along with skipper Michael Korkidas have all arrived in Greece. The Greek side is due to play Hungary in a full Test match on 27th October.


And, since obtaining its official status under Greek law, the HFRL general assembly met on 21st September to elect its board.

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Last weekend Greece (minus Braith Anasta) beat Thailand 90 - 0.


A Thai team run by a rival organisation is due to play the Philippines on the 21st.

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