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Italy Rugby League leads major development activity

The Italian segment of the joint RLEF-EU Leadership Devolution Project has concluded after a packed four days of activity in Piacenza.
Three other nations – Ireland, Greece and Hungary – joined the hosts to receive tutor training and two level one courses in match officiating and coaching.
Greece’s Aris-Konstantinos Dardamanis said: “The match officials course was very well organized and taught me a lot in a very short time,” while his Hungarian counterpart Balint Mezes enthused: “The course was a good experience; as a young  rugby league nation we now have the tools to develop rugby league back home.  We now go back with the confidence that we can train our own match officials.”
Ireland sent head match official Jason Craughwell to Italy in support of FIRL match officials chief Guido Bonnatti and RLEF match official development squad members Danny McNeice from England and Serbia’s Radoslav Novakovic.
“We had a great bunch of people with different experiences in rugby league,” said Craughwell. “But all of them had one thing in common which was they wanted to develop and improve as match officials.”
On the coaching side, Italy’s Chris De Meyer joined the programme supporting 2013 RLEF course graduate Tiziano Franchini.
“It was great to see the different cultures and input from everyone involved,” Franchini commented. “Technically I have improved my knowledge and understanding of what is needed when coaching coaches.  This opportunity will allow FIRL to continue the progress we have made over the last three years.  These are exciting times!”
Former GB international Des Foy will play a leading role in RL Ireland’s new plan to re-focus on the domestic game.
“It was great to see the newer nations really embrace rugby league and its values,” the ex-Widnes, Oldham and Huddersfield player - who toured down under in 1984 - noted. “This course has given us the chance to speak about our local situations and to help each other develop into strong rugby league nations.”
Hungary’s coach tutor-candidates will next lead a Level 1 coaching course on home soil, while Greece will undertake match official activity there in November.
The delegates for the match officials seminar were: Danny McNeice, Rale Novakovic (RLEF), Jason Craughwell (RLI), Aris-Konstantinos Dardamanis,  George Stilianos, Nikolaos Kostakis (HFRL), Jeno Juhasz, Zsolt Lukacs (HRLF),  Guido Bonnatti and Ciprian Gajulete (FIRL).
The delegates for the coaching seminar were: Martin Crick (RLEF), Michael Aughey, Desmond Foy (RLI), Anastasios Pantazidis, Dimitrios Minadakis, Matthew-Alan Ashill (HFRL), Balint Mezes, Katalin Huszti, Istvan Toth, Gyula Herpai (HRLF), Chris DeMeyer, Kelly Rolleston and Tiziano Franchini (FIRL).

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ITALY COMPLETES FIRST JUNIOR SEASON

 

A landmark has been reached by the Federazione Italiana Rugby League (FIRL) as they prepare for an U18 international against Serbia on Saturday.

 

The match will be played at Gemona as a curtain-raiser to the European Championship B encounter between Italy and Ukraine, and comes on the back of completing the inaugural youth 13-a-side league in the country.

 

In 2013, FIRL began developing rugby league at junior level, holding coaching camps for young players and playing regional representative matches before selecting the first Italy U18 side that played Serbia last July.

 

The league kicked off in May this year with three teams – Torino XIII, Asti-based NW Roosters and Warriors – the latter a selection of players from Milan, Bergamo and Piacenza.

 

Although newly-formed as a club, Torino were undefeated, the tournament played over three weekends with each side facing the other in a festival format of 30-minute games.

 

In June, selected players took part in two elite camps with Italy national team coaches Paul Broadbent and Kelly Rolleston.

 

The build up to Saturday’s game saw an U18 State of Origin match played in Padova, Leoni Veneti defeating the Longobardi 48-28.

 

“FIRL is very happy with the first running of the U18 championship and we are all looking forward to seeing our best players challenge the expert Serbian side,” said Rolleston.

 

Last year Serbia U18 won 26-10 after leading 10-4 at the break.

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All good news but theres no pathway to expand. As long as the NRL determines otherwise its pointless to Imagine that these Countries will ever get an opportunity to play on an International stage.

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All good news but theres no pathway to expand. As long as the NRL determines otherwise its pointless to Imagine that these Countries will ever get an opportunity to play on an International stage.

 

As far as I know, if Italy can reconcile their warring leagues and get membership of the RLIF, they can be considered for a WC spot if they can qualify.

 

The French, Brits, NZ, PNG reps ought to be able to outvote the Aussies and grant membership if these conditions can be met.

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It looks to me as if Italy will be rushed through full membership to enable them to compete in the RLWC WCQs. I think it's a bit unfair though, as their junior development is nowhere near as strong as other countries with full membership, who have the game played in schools. That said, it's good to see the game being played in Milan and Turin, though I'm not quite sure just how much of it is RL and not just Union players playing for a couple of weeks. 

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Its difficult to judge how well the Italian R.L are doing when the usual spin doctors are describing their  version. International Rugby League needs Countries like Italy to grow. That wont happen as the heritage joke selections undermined the last RLWC showed.

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Its difficult to judge how well the Italian R.L are doing when the usual spin doctors are describing their  version. International Rugby League needs Countries like Italy to grow. That wont happen as the heritage joke selections undermined the last RLWC showed.

Luckily we have you along, mate! :D

 

Although I might be giving the post too much credit by replying, the RLEF will always have limited resources.  What they can spread, which developing countries badly lack, is technical expertise.  Better coaches means players at all ages are more likely to enjoy the training and persevere.  The coaching of match officials tutors is just as vital.

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