Mid-Year Test Windows Announced

By Daniel Andruczyk

This week we got news on the two major mid-year test being played. The Melbourne Storm kicked off their World Club Challenge in London while the Jamaicans, Lebanese, French also got on with their Championships. I also caught up with Warren Heilig for a beer and chat in Brisbane and found out a few things.

International News

Australia and New Zealand, tickets went on sale and will be in Melbourne at the new Rectangular Stadium. Having a look at prices I am quite pleasantly surprised that the tickets are very reasonably prices. The cheapest being $30. In the U.K. the RFL announced that the Anglo-French mid-year test will be held on 11th June at the Leigh Sports Village, Leigh. The LSV is a brand new stadium that was built for Leigh’s Super League campaign and its great to see the test match brought to one of the heartlands. This should be a great match and a wonderful atmosphere. The only thing I am worried about is that there is a full round of Super League and how that will effect the crowds and players available. Maybe the RFL should look at a Stand alone weekend?

Super League

This weekend 6 matches were played in the Super league with the surprise packet Crusaders Rugby League getting their second win on the trot. Nobles men showing that they can get down and grit it out. They beat heavyweights Hull FC 18-16 in front of a fantastic 7000 crowd. Bradford beat Castleford 41-22, Leeds beat Salford 22-10. St’s smashed the Dragons 42-12 and Wigan won a thriller against Warrington 22-10. Huddersfield annihilated Hull KR 30-00 while as mentioned the Crusaders beat Hull FC. The table standings are:

Team P W D L PD Pt
01. Wigan 3 3 0 0 60 6
02. Wakefield 3 3 0 0 26 6
03. Warrington 3 2 0 1 68 4
04. St. Helens 3 2 0 1 42 4
05. Huddersfield 3 2 0 1 34 4
06. Hull FC 3 2 0 1 26 4
07. Leeds 4 2 0 2 16 4
08. Crusaders 4 2 0 2 -38 4
09. Castleford 3 1 0 2 -17 2
10. Bradford 3 1 0 2 -25 2
11. Hull KR 3 1 0 2 -38 2
12. Harlequins 3 1 0 2 -54 2
13. Salford 3 0 0 3 -50 0
14. Catalans 3 0 0 3 -50 0

Northern Rail Cup

Two matches from group 1 were played over the weekend in the Northern Rail Cup. Swinton was soundly beaten by Championship heavyweights Widnes 36-12 and seem on track for a Super League spot in 2012 and Workington won the local Derby against Whitehaven 22-14. The table standings for group 1 are:

Team Group 1 P W D L PD Pt
01. Widnes 4 3 1 0 80 11
02. Keighley 3 3 0 0 31 9
03. Batley 3 2 1 0 44 8
04. Barrow 3 2 0 1 84 7
05. Workington 4 2 0 2 -7 6
06. Swinton 4 2 0 2 -49 6
07. Whitehaven 4 1 0 3 27 5
08. Blackpool 3 1 0 2 40 4
09. Doncaster 3 0 0 3 -144 1
10. Gateshead 3 0 0 3 -126 0

World Club Challenge

The Melbourne Storm have begun their World Club Challenge campaign in emphatic style by beating London Harlequins Rugby League 34-10 on the weekend. Next week is the big one with the actual match against the Super league champions Leeds Rhinos.

Lebanon – Bank of Beirut Championships

In Lebanon round 10 was played of the championships. New boys the Wolves had a thrilling win over USJ 28-26 and LAU also had a tough encounter with Jounieh. The AUST and Balamand match has been postponed till 17 April due to the field being unavailable. Table is:

Team P W D L PD Pt
01. LAU 7 7 0 0 360 14
02. Jounieh 6 4 0 2 2 8
03. Wolves 8 4 0 4 -53 8
04. Balamand 6 3 0 3 30 6
05. AUB 6 3 0 3 -17 6
06. USJ 6 2 0 4 -68 4
07. AUST 7 0 0 7 -216 0

France – LER Elite 1

Three matches were played over the weekend in the LER 1. Lezignan carry on their winning ways and look to secure their third title in a row. They defeated Limoux 28-22, Carcassonne also is showing that they are contenders with an emphatic win over Villeneuve 34-14. While Carpentras provided the only real shock result by beating UTC 22-10. The Avignion/Pia match has been delayed. This still leaves three matches to be made up now. The table standings are:

Team P W D L PD Pt
01. Lezignan 14 12 0 1 192 37
02. Pia 13 8 0 3 135 27
03. Carcassonne 12 8 0 3 106 27
04. Limoux 14 7 0 5 125 26
05. Villeneuve 14 5 1 7 -50 24
06. UTC 14 4 0 8 -50 20
07. Carpentras 13 4 0 7 -24 19
08. Avignion 12 3 1 7 -132 18
09. St. Gaudens 14 1 0 11 -270 14

Jamaican Rugby League

The University Championships had their next game with GF Foster College scraping through 36-34 against University of technology.

Team P W D L PD Pt
01. GC Foster College 3 2 0 0 20 4
02. University of Technology 3 1 0 1 38 2
03. University of West Indies 3 0 0 2 -48 0

Norway Rugby League

This week Warren Heilig of Norway Rugby League was in Brisbane to learn some new training techniques from the Brisbane Broncos. I managed to catch up with “Wazza” at Wynnum Junior Leagues Friday night where he outlined some grand plans for Norde Rugby League. You can read what he had to say in the March issue of Rugby League Review magazine.

S5001365Warren Heilig (Norway Rugby League President) and RLIS’ Daniel Andruczyk

I’d like to thank Warren for his time and also the nice surprise being presented with a Norway Rugby League jersey. If ever you are in Oslo do be sure to give Wazza a bell and see what Rugby League is on, or to just go and have a beer.

Daniel Andruczyk’s email: daniel@rugbyleagueinternationalscores.com
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13 Responses to “Mid-Year Test Windows Announced”

  1. sportsmad says:

    where can us peasant fans get one of those jerseys?

    • druzik says:

      You need to talk with Warren.

      We’ll be at the Grandview in Cleveland (Brisie) on Wednesday night (24th Feb) so if you want to come and meet him and ask him he is happy to. I know this year they will have new Jerseys made up, so you might want one of those. That one was used in the actual internationals last year.

  2. Anthony says:

    I’ve always wondered this Dan how many jersey’s is that now?

    • druzik says:

      Hmmmm OK, lets see:
      4x Cronulla Jerseys,
      Barrow Raiders 25th anniversary Lancashire Cup Jersey
      Souths Jersey signed by Roy Asotasi (Met him in Paris 2007 after the France/NZ test)
      German National Jersey signed by the World Record Team (AFAIK it the only one in the world)
      Estonia National Jersey also signed by the 2008 Euro Bowl team
      PNG National Jersey
      2008 Liban Espoir Shirt signed by the Coach Danny Kazadjian
      2000 Lebanon WC Jersey
      Norway National Jersey signed by Warren Heilig
      Lezignan shirt signed by the 2008 LER 1 winning team
      Sharks members shirt signed by David Peachy
      2008 South African Rhinos National Jersey

      So not that extensive but a few rare ones in there. So 15, I met guys in England that had like hundreds of various Jerseys.

  3. Robbo says:

    How is the Norwegian domestic scene shaping up. Last update I heard was that a RL only club (Can’t remember the name) was going to be involved with 3 RU clubs in a domestic RL comp, did that or is that going ahead?

    • druzik says:

      Well I have an article on this coming up in Rugby League Review Magazine next Tuesday… once that is out I will discuss the situation based on the article probably Thursday or Friday… also there will be a World Club Post and Euro Cup Post.

      But In short… you are close to the mark with what you heard, but much bigger plans are a foot for the Norwegians. 😉

      • Robbo says:

        Thanks druzik, I await with much anticipation! I have tried several newsagencies and I haven’t been able to find anywhere that sells the RL Review, is it a monthly publication?

      • druzik says:

        Yes its a monthly publication… I subscribe to it… and Rugby League World Mag. Which city are you in I’ll talk to Terry and find out which news agencies have it.

  4. Robbo says:

    Thanks Druzik, I live in Banyo, which is in the north of Brisbane.

  5. Ben says:

    We are travelling over to Norway in the next few months and would love to get some info on the rugby over there – is there any way we can contact Warren over there to get some info?

    Thanks Ben

    • druzik says:

      Sure, email me on daniel@rugbyleagueinternationalscores.com and I’ll get an email to you. Warren goes back to Norway today avctually and in April is the Scandinavian 9’s in Sweden, so that may a weekend trip of interest for you. Warren will have further details then when the domestic comp starts as well. I know he is finalizing teams ATM and there will be a junior scandinavian 9s later in the year too from what I have been told.

      May – August are the Euro shield, Bowl and Med of which Norway will be participating in at least one of them and so should have at least 1-2 home games. There may be a Estonia v Norway “friendly” match at some point too but that is just in discussion still.

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