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#1 Honor James

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 12:06 AM

The first full Ukrainian Rugby League Championship has been completed with Legion XIII of Kharkov being crowned champions.

They finished the season ahead of Donbass Tigers from Donetsk, Dnepropetrovsk's Atlant and the Krivoy Rog Rhinos.

All eighteen games were completed and the UFRL has declared itself very satisfied with, "the development of the sport and the professionalism of the Championship

Legion, the eastern-most club who pioneered the birth of rugby league in the country, won all of its nine games, second-placed Donbas triumphing in six
encounters. The Rhinos won three matches while newcomers Atlant have yet to taste victory.

In another major landmark, the four-team under-14 and five-team under-16 championships were also completed, in the 9-a-side format, with the cities of
Krasnoarmeysk and Odessa expanding the geographical footprint.

Donbass Tigers won both competitions but in the younger age group they edged the Rhinos by just a point.

The Ukrainian season also included the third running of the Artur Martyrosyan A.V. Memorial Cup, with Legion defeating Russian visitors Nara in the final.
Significantly, this was the first time a local side had won the cup, with Russia's Vereya and a British BARLA selection the previous holders.

Currently, the UFRL is organising the first Ukrainian Cup, a competition that is being used to extend the sport's boundaries further and will include Simferopol
based in the Crimean peninsula, over 400km from the nearest rugby league outpost of Krivoy Rog,


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#2 jannerboyuk

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 11:28 AM

Interesting stuff
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Crusaders RL to get a franchise for 2012 onwards -WRONG
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#3 kimmi

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 02:46 PM


#4 flyingking

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 10:47 PM

Excellent news, good to hear that all the games were completed despite the huge distances between clubs and poor transport infrastructure.



#5 John Rhino

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 04:52 PM

Great news. I hope someone is thinking about giving them a taste of international rugby to keep up the interest.

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#6 EdinburghExile

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 06:30 PM

Great news. I hope someone is thinking about giving them a taste of international rugby to keep up the interest.

They've been doing so since 2008.