Historic Weekend for European Rugby League

For the first time, last weekend, two full women’s internationals took place on the same day, when a number of historic fixtures across the board marked a milestone weekend for the RLEF. Canada Ravens beat Serbia Women 34-6 in Belgrade, the hosts making their international debut in the female game. Turkey continued their rapid progression, overcoming debutants Greece Women in…

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Czech Republic set to face Serbia and Poland in historic double-header

An historic double-header is set to place in Vrchlabi on Saturday 24 August, when the Czech Republic play Serbia in a full international, preceded by their U18s facing Poland U20s, in a first-ever encounter between the nations. “Two new junior teams joined the Czech competition in 2019 and they are both full of talented players,” said Czech U18s head coach…

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Italy’s women win 1st Test as Serbia make their bow

A brace of tries from loose forward Erica Neri and ten points via playmaker Rosaluna Gavagna, from a touchdown and three converstions, saw Italy’s women register their first home win, 26-0, against debutants Serbia, at Bella Italia EFA Village, Lignano Sabbiadoro. “I was very happy with our performance,“ said FIRL vice president, Tiziano Franchini. “In our last training sessions we…

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Serbia will become the latest rugby league nation to field a women’s team tomorrow (Saturday), when they face Italy in Lignano as part of the sport’s international weekend. The formal women’s club competition in the country only began this year, with sides playing regularly in Belgrade – at Red Star Belgrade and Partizan – and in Leskovac. But the opportunity…

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Serbia `Team John’ beat Lebanon `Team Bev’ in traditional season-starter Risman Cup

The traditional match to herald the start of the new rugby league season in Serbia, named after the Risman family, saw Serbia’s U21s ‘Team John” defeat Lebanon’s U23s ‘Team Bev’ 36-24, at the BASK Arena. In the seventh annual clash, ‘Team John” retained the trophy thanks to a superb hat-trick from skipper Vladimir Milutinović’s, and overturned a 14-12, half-time deficit, to…

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Balkan Super League will expand to 14 teams from 8 nations

Rugby League’s most geographically spread club competition, the Balkan Super League, will be further expanded when it kicks off in April 2019. Following the inclusion of a first Italian side, Lignano Sharks, the third year of the tournament will see it encompassing fourteen clubs for the first time, spread over two divisions, with eight nations involved. “After months of open…

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Serbia – Red Star retain title

Belgrade’s Red Star successfully defended the Serbian Rugby League championship, defeating arch rivals Partizan 36-16 in the Grand Final held at the SC Inge Stadium, Zvezdara. Red Star end the domestic season unbeaten, registering a treble with the Challenge Cup and Super Cup previously claimed. In a tense first half, the opening score came just before the half hour, Nikola…

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