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John Drake

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IRREDUCTIBLES EDETANS TAKE INAUGURAL SPANISH RUGBY LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP

Irreductibles Edetans have won the first-ever Spanish ‘Campeonato Nacional de Liga’, finishing top of the league ladder by two points from Ciencias Rugby Valencia.
Four teams played six matches each from March to June, with only four points separating them after the final round of games.
The champions are an amalgamation of two sides Irreductibles Mislata and Edetans Moncada and were presented with the title by AERL President Salomé Sansano, in the presence of Moncada Mayor Don Juan José Medina, after their final fixture against the runners up.
Marcos Jabaloyas, President of Irreductibles Mislata said: “We've got something that was unthinkable. Irreductibles Edetans is the union between two teams and to end as the champions, I'm very proud of the effort of all the players.”
Salome Sansano added: I want to thank the efforts of all participants; volunteers, players, coaches and referees. Together we have achieved something very beautiful which is a collective victory for all clubs and Spanish RL lovers.”
“The coach and referee courses developed in Spain have not only contributed to a better understanding of the sport but have also improved the level of our players.”
“We are all growing together and this development is also reflected in our national team, proof of which were our victories over Belgium.”
This weekend see the start of the first ‘Copa de España de Rugby League’, with five teams taking part; Irreductibles Edetans, Ciencias Valencia, Alcoià Comtat, Valencian Warriors and newcomers, Almogàvers XIII Valencia.

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Enjoy it while it lasts, Irreductibles, next year is the year of Griffons RL!

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Ciencias Valencia have picked up their first silverware, winning the inaugural Spanish Cup on a sweltering afternoon in the city.

 

The final of the six-team tournament was a triangular competition of three 40 minute games, also involving  Alcoià Comtat de Alicante and newly-crowned league champions Irreductibles Edetans.

 

In the opening game, Irreductibles Edetans  were dominant in the second half to defeat Alcoià Comtat 28-12, Ciencias then overcoming Alcoià Comtat, 34-0.

 

The trophy was not decided until the last minute of the match between the two unbeaten sides, Ciencias kicking a penalty to triumph 12-10.

 

Ezequiel Perez-Fuster, captain of Ciencias Valencia, said: “I'm very proud of the work of my team, we've grown a lot in the last two months. To win the first-ever cup final is a dream for us.”

 

Aitor Dàvila, General Secretary of AERL added: “Today is a celebration for all the entire, young Spanish RL, for everything we have achieved in just one year in the life of the AERL. Ciencias should be congratulated for their victory but also the six clubs who have participated in the competition for their enthusiasm and hard work.”

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AERL ANNOUNCES THE CREATION OF THE EIGHTH SPANISH RUGBY LEAGUE CLUB

 

The eighth club registered to play rugby league in Spain, and sixth in the county of l'Horta, has been established.

 

Torrent Tigres RLC are intending to make their debut at the inaugural Spanish 9s later this year and enter the National League Championship in 2015.

 

They intend to start training in September under Aitor Dàvila, captain of the Spanish national team, who will be their coach.

 

“We've a great challenge ahead but players have already come forward,” he said. “Rugby league is making good progress in our country and a clear proof is the creation of new teams like Tigres.”

 

“Torrent is a city with a population of more than 100,000, just 5km. from Valencia. We hope to attract many boys and girls to have fun playing this great, new sport.”

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AERL ANNOUNCES THE CREATION OF THE EIGHTH SPANISH RUGBY LEAGUE CLUB

 

The eighth club registered to play rugby league in Spain, and sixth in the county of l'Horta, has been established.

 

Torrent Tigres RLC are intending to make their debut at the inaugural Spanish 9s later this year and enter the National League Championship in 2015.

 

They intend to start training in September under Aitor Dàvila, captain of the Spanish national team, who will be their coach.

 

“We've a great challenge ahead but players have already come forward,” he said. “Rugby league is making good progress in our country and a clear proof is the creation of new teams like Tigres.”

 

“Torrent is a city with a population of more than 100,000, just 5km. from Valencia. We hope to attract many boys and girls to have fun playing this great, new sport.”

With developments like this and others in Serbia, Ukraine, Italy and Lebanon, it makes me think the tide really is finally turning and RL is beginning to take off. RU has better watch out even though they have had a 100 years start.

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It's still little acorns, but at least things are happening. Great to read this news and all the other international development threads too.

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With developments like this and others in Serbia, Ukraine, Italy and Lebanon, it makes me think the tide really is finally turning and RL is beginning to take off. RU has better watch out even though they have had a 100 years start.

Considering rugby union is a minority sport in all those countries (Italy included), they havent done much in their 100 year head start.

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The inaugural president of the Asociacion Espanol Rugby League has reflected positively on the organisation’s first year.

 

Salomé Sansano Zapata, who oversaw the creation of the AERL last August and its affiliation as an Observer of the RLEF in December, said: “The origin of rugby league in Spain arose from the love for this sport from a small group of passionate people who have, step by step, earned a lot of respect. 

 

“In this short and intense season we have had some emotional moments, such as recognition as Observer by the RLEF, the impressive debut of our national team and the fight to conquer our first championships. Our dream has become reality thanks to the hard work of all.”

 

On the international stage, Spain beat Belgium twice under the stewardship of coach Darren Fisher while domestically, the AERL conducted a six-team national championship and cup competition, totalling 16 full games.

 

New clubs in Madrid and Catalonia are expected to join the AERL before the start of the 2015 season as they move towards two four-team conferences in the first division.

 

Their longer term objective is to cultivate regional leagues in Valencia - which is the centre of Spanish rugby league at the moment, with six clubs - Madrid, Alicante and Catalonia.

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