The World Game

By Daniel Andruczyk

So as the international season is drawing to a close, lets just have a reminder of just where we saw international matches played this year. All around the world there were some top line matches from the Pacific to the Atlantic. From northern Europe to South Africa.

Europe

With 5 major tournaments and friendlies this year we saw a total of 22 nations take part in internationals: England, France, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Serbia, Lebanon, Italy, Germany, Czech Republic, Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine, Morocco, Belgium, Catalonia, Greece, Malta, Portugal, UAE, Norway, Denmark. Cities where full internationals have been played are:

  • England: London, Doncaster, Wigan, Huddersfield, Leeds
  • France: Toulouse, Paris, Beziers, Lyon
  • Wales: Bridgend, Pontypridd
  • Ireland: Tullamore
  • Scotland: Glasgow
  • Lebanon: Beirut
  • Serbia: Belgrade, Smederevo
  • Italy: Padua, Jesolo
  • Germany: Huerth
  • Czech Republic: Olomouc, Pardubice
  • Ukraine: Kharkiv
  • Latvia: Riga
  • Estonia: Tallin
  • Belgium: Wavre
  • Catalonia: Barcelona, Toroella de Montrigi
  • Norway: Oslo
  • Denmark: Copenhagen
  • Malta: Hamrun
  • UAE: Dubai

Pacific

Two major tournaments and several one off test matches as seen all seven of the major rugby league nations involved, Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Samoa, Cook Islands and Fiji. Several of the European Nations have also staged a tournament in Australia. Cities where they have played:

  • Australia: Brisbane, Cairns
  • New Zealand: Auckland, Rotorua
  • Papua New Guinea: Mt Hagen, Port Moresby
  • Cook Islands: Murri
  • Samoa: Apia
  • Tonga: Nu’ Kafoka
  • Fiji: Suva
  • Malta/Greece/Portugal/Italy: Sydney

Atlantic

In the Atlantic region three out of the four countries have been involved in matches. United States of America, Jamaica and South Africa. Japan this year concentrated on domestic matches but will play Portugal in Sydney next year in February, while Jamaica played its first full international against the USA in the Atlantic Nations Cup.

  • United States of America: Jacksonville
  • South Africa: Pretoria, Pochefstroom

In total 32 nations were involved in full internationals while another 3 were playing at least on the domestic level. Who said that Rugby League is not an international sport?!

Daniel Andruczyk can be emailed on info@rugbyleagueinternationalscores.com
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16 Responses to “The World Game”

  1. oikee says:

    Yes, we have done quite well, just imagine when we have some real money to throw at the game. While i am here, i just thought up a idea today for international rugby league. As follows, if we use PNG as the benchmark, so we send this team to all the up and coming nations around the world for 1 off tests, ( test the nation playing to see how they are coming along with their development,) places like Ireland Scotland Serbia, Lebanon, Check republic, America, Etc. Not only would it hold a interest for league followers, would also help PNG. Its a idea i come up with. What you think. ? If they can beat PNG, they are ready to hit the big stage. ? And PNG would get stronger, but do it right, have the mudmen there as mascots.

    • druzik says:

      Yes money is the key as always… and we need to try and make that money through as many means as possible and not just one tournaments like the World Cup.

      Your idea has merritt, but it comes down to time… I think you will find that Wales at least is on par with the Papua New Guineans and so maybe these are two teams that can do that.

      But when would you do this. If you have tournamenst etc… when do you get the time to sent them, would it be over a 2-3 year cycle?

      Would PNG get stronger by this also, wouldnt they get stronger by playing Australia et.al. more often?

  2. oikee says:

    They can do this once every 4 years. So come 2012, when their is nothing planned, and every year before the world cup i heard the same, so its a perfect idea to find out how these teams are going, like you said we need to keep testing them, but we are, next year they are playing 4 nations. So we can still use them as a yard-stick, even for Wales, they need more tests and its just to expensive to have any of the big nations do this just yet.? So with-in a decade, we should have good results. Cheers.

  3. Robbo says:

    What I get excited about is how far we have come in the last five years, so imagine in ten years time with some development, how healthy our game will be internationally. But yes, money is an importnat commodity in the development of Rugby League. Rugby Union officials will be shaking in their Italian leather boots.

    • druzik says:

      What has really spured the development of the game is last years World Cup, there was someting for temas to play for and look forward too… thats what we need more of, 2-3 big tournaments that team play for and try to get into.

  4. oikee says:

    Yes, OZ is our Money spinner for international rugby league. By having more international played here will increase the coffers. NZ and Melbourne are wanting more and more games. The NRL is our best option to get people excited about the game around the world, so we need to keep selling the game into new markets, Origin also helps our game sell to other countries. Anyhow, the game itself is looking good, no rule changes this year means everyone likes what they see, and the audience is the best judge. Cheers. I am already wetting me lips about next years 4 nations.

    • druzik says:

      Of course Australia is the big money spinner, but the Brits despite being behind Union and soccer over there still have a decent amount of money and now get good government funding as well… Richard Lewis is doing a great job there. The exciting thing is that the US is looking like picking up some NRL now so it will be interesting to see what happens there.

  5. oikee says:

    Excellent. Be even better if the NRL can get some government funding for its grass-roots. Can you believe that they get nothing.? It’s being looked at now because of a report on how the government spends its sporting money in this country. Mate, reading some reports of league in Sth England is very encourageing, and the spending is only going to increase if they can show good development.

    Just read that the Solomons are getting rugby league up and running? hard to beleive they have not had rugby league played their since 1999, PNG was suppose to be helping but that went nowhere. Anyhow, next few years will help them, and if they get a team in the pacific cup tourny, will be a huge help. At least things are moving along. Cheers.

    • druzik says:

      Really! There is something new to learn every day… I would have thought they got something.

      Yeah, the Sollies I am not 100% sure about. My cousin is living there at the moment… the last year actually and he said he’s seen absolutely nothing of it. Soccer is the main sport over there.

      • oikee says:

        Apparently the sports minister now is a big rugby league fan so the NRL officer has given them support and are suppose to introduce it into the schools aticilium come next year. Along with setting up 4-5 teams. Hopefully it pand out, if the nrl satys attive, which it sounds like, should be a success.
        Yes the government in OZ does fund stadiums , but for their own purpose i think, no money for grass roots is available, that all comes from the NRL and ARL. Strange.

      • druzik says:

        The NRL is always active, but most people take it for granted, so anyone new that comes in to try and muscle in it looks like its something new and big. As we have learnt today that the NRL and ARL et.al. have been nutting out the new organisation which is neede finally… so as always the media and most people like jumping the gun. I bet the AFL have been worried about this from day one and its why they are being so pro active… but it will be to no avail for them.

        Well I am not sure the government should be funding the grass roots, that should be something from the actual organisation. But what it should do is give grants for running and fixing the organisation and then that should have the waterfall effect that the money saved normally in that would go dwn the levels to the grass roots.

  6. druzik says:

    Richard has done a lot for the international game and the RFL. Under is gize:

    He has managed to unite the Amateur game in england after a 30 year split.
    Super league has stabilised and expansion begun.
    The liscencing has come in which has finally stoped clubs from sending themselves broke yoyoing.
    He set up the Rugby League European Federation.
    Rugby League has exploded in Europe and the Middle East during his tenure.
    He’s the chair of the RLEF.
    Most of the good decisions in the World Cup and the international fixtures have come from him. He fought for 16 teams in 2013 but had to settle for 14.
    Vice chair of the RLIF

  7. C.T.SANDERS says:

    SO WHAT DID RICHARD LEWIS DO WHEN THE … WHY HAVEN’T THE POMS WON ANYTHING SINCE HE HAS BEEN IN THE CORRIDORS OF POWER.AT LEAST NEW ZEALAND ARE THE WORLD CHAMPS AND THE POMS THE WORLD CHUMPS.BRING ON ALEX MURPHY TO SORT OUT THE ENGLISH RL TEAM FOR THE 4NATIONS AND THE 2013 WORLD CUP.THEY MIGHT JUST WIN SOMETHING.

  8. C.T.SANDERS says:

    IT SHOULD BE A 20 TEAM WORLD CUP FOR 2013 IN THE UK AND A QUARTER FINAL GAME SHOULD BE PLAYED IN TOULOUSE AND NOT IN CASTLRFORD LIKE IT WAS IN 2000 WHICH WAS NOT ONLY A FLOP BUT AN EMBARRASSMENT TO THE CODE.NO WONDER THE RUGBY UNION PEOPLE LAUGHED THEIR HEADS OFF BECAUSE IT WAS A JOKE WHEN ONLY A LOUSY 5500 CROWD TURNED UP FOR THE 1/4 FINAL GAME BETWEEN NZ AND FRANCE WHEN IT SHOULD OF BEEN PLAYED IN FRANCE.

  9. C.T.SANDERS says:

    OF COURSE RUGBY LEAGUE IS NOT AN INTERNATIONAL SPORT BECAUSE BOTH THE NRL AND THE EUROPEAN SL ALONG THE M62 DON’T WANT IT TO BE A GLOBAL GAME BECAUSE IT’S ALL ABOUT THEM AND TO HELL WITH EVERYTHING ELSE.THAT’S THEIR MOTTO.

  10. C.T.SANDERS says:

    What happened to rugby league in new caladonia daniel?Weren’t they supposed to be the next emerging super power of the game.In 2003 nz sent a residence side there won by over 100 points and yet there has been no follow up which is just typical.

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