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Lot happening in Asian Rugby League at the moment with the ASEAN Super League and Philippines Estepa-Elefante Cup both kicking off and the Hong Kong and Japanese seasons to start soon.

ASEAN Super League: Eight team competition broken into two Zones. Central Zone features Bangkok City Bulldogs, Banglamung Broncos, Sattahip Storm and the Nonthaburi Knights whilst Mekong Zone includes Ubon Wild Bees, Mukdahan Blue Nagas, Paske Panthers (Laos) and Savannakhet Warriors (Laos)

Central Zone Round One Results:

Banglamung Broncos 42 - 24 Bangkok City / Sattahip Storm 34 - 12 Nonthaburi

Mekong Zone Round One Fixtures: 

Ubon v Mukdahan (Sunday) / Savannakhet v Paske (TBC)

Estepa-Elefante Cup: Third edition of the Philippines National Club competition has four teams, North Luzon Hunters, Cavite State University Tigers, Manila Storm and Clark Brothers.

Round One Results:

North Luzon 24 - 24 Cavite / Clark 30 - 16 Manila

Women's Rugby League: Currently there is a Development clinic happening in Ubon where so far well over 50 Women have taken part and will finish with Thailand's first ever full 13-a-side Women's competition match tomorrow when the Moon River Wildcats take on the Mukdahan Blue Birds.

More at: https://www.aseanrl.com/2019/03/15/ubon-to-host-first-womens-rugby-league-match/

Youth Touch Football Development Camp: Mae Sot in Western Thailand held a two-day touch football camp focusing on introducing youth on the Thai-Burma border to the code. More at: https://www.aseanrl.com/2019/03/13/successful-clinic-held-in-mae-sot-by-global-alms/ 

India Jungle Cats to play Colombia: Clash set for July in Australia. More at: https://www.aseanrl.com/2019/03/08/indian-jungle-cats-announce-clash-against-colombia/

Pattaya to host NRL Masters first Asian event: First time a Master's Rugby League event has been set for Asia, affiliated with the strong NRL Masters brand. More at: https://www.aseanrl.com/2019/02/25/nrl-asia-masters-launched/

Only 3 spots left at ASEAN International 9s: After the PNG Diamond Chiefs confirmed their attendance, the second iteration of the tournament is almost full. More at: https://www.aseanrl.com/2019/03/10/diamond-chiefs-to-join-2019-asean-international-nines/

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3 hours ago, Yakstorm said:

Lot happening in Asian Rugby League at the moment with the ASEAN Super League and Philippines Estepa-Elefante Cup both kicking off and the Hong Kong and Japanese seasons to start soon.

ASEAN Super League: Eight team competition broken into two Zones. Central Zone features Bangkok City Bulldogs, Banglamung Broncos, Sattahip Storm and the Nonthaburi Knights whilst Mekong Zone includes Ubon Wild Bees, Mukdahan Blue Nagas, Paske Panthers (Laos) and Savannakhet Warriors (Laos)

Central Zone Round One Results:

Banglamung Broncos 42 - 24 Bangkok City / Sattahip Storm 34 - 12 Nonthaburi

Mekong Zone Round One Fixtures: 

Ubon v Mukdahan (Sunday) / Savannakhet v Paske (TBC)

Estepa-Elefante Cup: Third edition of the Philippines National Club competition has four teams, North Luzon Hunters, Cavite State University Tigers, Manila Storm and Clark Brothers.

Round One Results:

North Luzon 24 - 24 Cavite / Clark 30 - 16 Manila

Women's Rugby League: Currently there is a Development clinic happening in Ubon where so far well over 50 Women have taken part and will finish with Thailand's first ever full 13-a-side Women's competition match tomorrow when the Moon River Wildcats take on the Mukdahan Blue Birds.

More at: https://www.aseanrl.com/2019/03/15/ubon-to-host-first-womens-rugby-league-match/

Youth Touch Football Development Camp: Mae Sot in Western Thailand held a two-day touch football camp focusing on introducing youth on the Thai-Burma border to the code. More at: https://www.aseanrl.com/2019/03/13/successful-clinic-held-in-mae-sot-by-global-alms/ 

India Jungle Cats to play Colombia: Clash set for July in Australia. More at: https://www.aseanrl.com/2019/03/08/indian-jungle-cats-announce-clash-against-colombia/

Pattaya to host NRL Masters first Asian event: First time a Master's Rugby League event has been set for Asia, affiliated with the strong NRL Masters brand. More at: https://www.aseanrl.com/2019/02/25/nrl-asia-masters-launched/

Only 3 spots left at ASEAN International 9s: After the PNG Diamond Chiefs confirmed their attendance, the second iteration of the tournament is almost full. More at: https://www.aseanrl.com/2019/03/10/diamond-chiefs-to-join-2019-asean-international-nines/

Thanks for the update.

I am particularly interested to note two more team from Laos. I was aware that the Mekong Fireballs were playing teams from over the border in the north-eastern region of Thailand, but three teams suggest there is some real development going on within Laos itself.

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3 minutes ago, Manxmanc said:

Thanks for the update.

I am particularly interested to note two more team from Laos. I was aware that the Mekong Fireballs were playing teams from over the border in the north-eastern region of Thailand, but three teams suggest there is some real development going on within Laos itself.

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19 hours ago, Manxmanc said:

Thanks for the update.

I am particularly interested to note two more team from Laos. I was aware that the Mekong Fireballs were playing teams from over the border in the north-eastern region of Thailand, but three teams suggest there is some real development going on within Laos itself.

Paske and Savannakhet sit on opposite sides of the Mekong to Ubon and Mukdahan and were chosen strategically to keep traveling to a minimum with the Zone.

Savannakhet took part in last year's ASEAN International Nines in Pattaya, whilst Paske will be playing their first Games in this competition.

The Mekong Fireballs are still around, but being based in Vientiane makes it a long trek to the Isaan teams.

Hope for 2020 is to build a conference around Vientiane, with possibly Udon Thani and Nong Khai.  Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai are the other region hoping to establish a conference next year as well.


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45 minutes ago, Yakstorm said:

Paske and Savannakhet sit on opposite sides of the Mekong to Ubon and Mukdahan and were chosen strategically to keep traveling to a minimum with the Zone.

Savannakhet took part in last year's ASEAN International Nines in Pattaya, whilst Paske will be playing their first Games in this competition.

The Mekong Fireballs are still around, but being based in Vientiane makes it a long trek to the Isaan teams.

Hope for 2020 is to build a conference around Vientiane, with possibly Udon Thani and Nong Khai.  Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai are the other region hoping to establish a conference next year as well.

It all looks very promising.

What I do like is that, in many cases, development seems to be very much linked with empowering some of the less prosperous communities;  notably so with the women's initiatives.

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What I have found surprising about this development is that looking at photos of clubs/games is the notable lack of ex-pat Aussies . I'd naively assumed that the development was fuelled by the Australian backpacker community.

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God forbid, they'd decide to do it on their own! 

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45 minutes ago, Number 16 said:

What I have found surprising about this development is that looking at photos of clubs/games is the notable lack of ex-pat Aussies . I'd naively assumed that the development was fuelled by the Australian backpacker community.

Let's just say the current people behind it have learnt from past mistakes... after all this certainly isn't the first attempt taking the code to Thailand.

All clubs and the regional leagues are pretty much 100% locals.  The 'foreign' element is the ASEAN Rugby League who is working with the respective Isaan, Eastern, Central, Lana and Laos Federation of Clubs, who is helping raise funds, send equipment and help find volunteers like Rodney Joyce, to run Development clinics, coaching, trainer and referee courses and so on.

Whilst that is not to say expats can't and won't get involved on the ground in South-East Asia, the preference is for the sport to be adopted and run by the people of Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, etc.

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Just some new ASEAN RL news:

NRL Indonesia formed & Nines tournament announced for Bali:
https://www.aseanrl.com/2019/03/28/bali-to-host-inaugural-indonesian-nines-this-october/

So amazingly back in 2010 an Under 16s tournament was played in Bali. Now despite the then IRLF falling over, a number of those participants didn't fall out of love in the game, and now almost a decade later those players are behind the new NRL Indonesia Federation.

The NRL Indonesia Federation will look to run a club competition this year as well as the International Nines in November.

Poland set to tour the Philippines
https://www.aseanrl.com/2019/03/28/poland-announces-tour-of-philippines/

Last year's ENWC say the Philippines and Poland clash in the tournament Trophy Final. After the match (which Poland won 14-10) both nations agreed to try and help each other out a bit more.

Well this is Poland fulfilling their part of the agreement with a Rep team set to tour in October.

Japan launches Junior Academy
https://www.aseanrl.com/2019/03/28/japanese-rugby-league-launch-junior-academy-in-tokyo/

JRL's first true venture into trying to sell the code to the youth of Japan.  The South Ikebukuro Rugby League Academy will host training sessions for Primary & Secondary students twice a month.
 

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All good news items. Come on RL next stop Olympic Games.

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My lad lives in Singapore and I repeatedly urge him to try and get something going out there, but my pleadings fall on deaf ears. TBF, he says he'd get involved, but wouldn't do the first steps.

I was out there last year and found plenty of bars showing NRL action so there must be some interest.

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Come on Son (Number 17?) we need you! 

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14 minutes ago, Number 16 said:

My lad lives in Singapore and I repeatedly urge him to try and get something going out there, but my pleadings fall on deaf ears. TBF, he says he'd get involved, but wouldn't do the first steps.

I was out there last year and found plenty of bars showing NRL action so there must be some interest.

Theres a bit of interest from the Aussies but thats about it.

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