Logo unveiled and Lebanon Rugby League updated live!

By Daniel Andruczyk

Exciting development, the new Rugby League International Scores Logo news that on Saturday we will have the Lebanon Rugby League Championship final updated live on Rugby League International Scores. News on the Dutch and Norwegian domestic competitions and also from Canada. The struggle between Club and Country also continues.

Rugby League International Scores Logo

The new logos for Rugby league International Scores have been awarded and unveiled. You will see them on the website and also any forums, blogs and twitter that RLIS is involved. If you haven’t seen it, here it is:

Lebanon

On Saturday/Sunday the Lebanon’s Bank of Beirut Championship Final will have live updates on Rugby League international Scores. The link for the updates will be http://www.rugbyleagueinternationalscores.com/Results/Domestic/Lebanon/Final and will be up soon today. The update will include the team lists for LAU and AUB and will also have time and commentary on tries and significant events happening during the game. There will also be twitter coverage at http://www.twitter.com/leaguescores . Coverage start locally at 17:30, GMT 15:30, USA 11:30 and Australia AEST 00:30 Sunday morning.

Norway

The Norwegian domestic competition will start next weekend, 14 May. Speaking to Warren Heilig the other day, he is very excited about the first ever Norwegian competition and that there will be Norway’s first dedicated rugby league club, the Oslo Seagulls participating as well. Its no surprise that the team are the Seagulls and have the Red Green and white of Wynnum-Manly in Brisbane since warren used to play for them!

Canada

The Ontario rugby league will be having a training day on the 16th of May. Anyone wanting to participate can contact them on ontario@canadarugbyleague.com and britishcolumbia@canadarugbyleague.com . Canadian Rugby League are also looking for sponsors to help get the team to the “War on the Shore”.

Netherlands

The first round of the Dutch Rugby League competition has been played. Teams play three games in each round in a 9’s format. Gouda 8 lost to Den Haag 12, Nootdorp 4 lost to Capelle 32. Den Haagen 12 lost to Capelle 16, Nootdorp drew 20-20 with Gouda, Gouda 4 lost to Capelle 24 and Den Haagen 26 beat Nootdorp 8.

Team P W D L PD Pt
Capelle 3 3 0 0 50 6
Den Haagen 3 2 0 1 20 4
Gouda 3 0 1 2 -24 1
Nootdorp 3 0 1 2 -48 1

Tonga

Sione Vuki from the Vava’u Rugby League in Tonga are looking for help. This can be in different forms, but mainly asks for equipment and gear for players. But also if anyone can help sponsor the competition would be welcomed as well. He can be contacted on sionevuki@hotmail.com .

ANZAC Test

So the Rep season begins tonight with the ANZAC test kicking off. Now many get a bit confused here, fans say “Why don’t they play this match on ANZAC day?” Well Its simple, its the ANZAC test and not the ANZC Day Test. ANZAC day already has many traditional rivalry games like St George and Sydney City so no point in having the Test then. So The name is taken after the two nations and not the day as such. Anyway I bet you all want to know my prediction for tonight? well I am going out on a limb and will predict the upset. New Zealand by 8 points.

Also the City-Country Origin match is on in Port Macquarie. This is the trial match for the NSW Origin team and from reports there are 16/17 spots up for grabs in the team, so tonight’s match in Coffs Harbour has added significance. Well being a city boy I have to go with the allegiance and predict a City win. These always end up being tight affairs and so I will call City by 3 points.

We Wonder Why International Rugby league is in Such a Bad Shape?

Despite all the great work that has been done in the last 3-5 years with international Rugby League, there is always someone that unwittingly has to ruin it for the rest of us. Now this is a real pickle of an issue when it comes to it.

So I refer to Mr. Richardson not releasing Sam Burgess for the June test for England. England will take on France in Leigh June 12th and hoping to have a full strength team will have to do without Sam Burgess it seems. Sam is rightly disappointed but the whole debate of Club verses country comes up. I actually do understand Souths position and that they have to protect their investment but I am sure that if it was Australia they would quite happily release a player for that test match?

I don’t buys into this “Oh its France and its not an important Test” … Bull! Every single international is important. No other sport in the world treats its international with such disdain as Rugby League does and quite frankly I am sick of it! Burgess should be released, if England decides to Choose him or not is another thing.

This leads to the next issue and that is the lack of real leadership from the International Federation. This is precisely a point where they have to step in and do two things. 1. Make a clause that that players should be released for international. 2. Have a 3 week a mid year window for internationals where clubs do not suffer by not having their best players, either that of have all tests and internationals played at the end of the year in a 8 week block. But we know that this does not suit some of the smaller nations. So what is the solution? well who knows.

Player payments

I am not going to go either way in this part as of yet, I will leave that for another time. But I want to put a couple thing out to think about. Basically in the NRL each club has $4.1 million to spend. On average that means a player gets $164,000. This translates to roughly $3,154 per week, or $5,467 per match if they go all the ay to the Grand Final. Not too bad a money? Wish I was getting that! Of course some players get less and others more. The minimum wage is $50,000, so roughly $1000 a week. The highest paid players if we believe the report are around $5-600,000. Lets take the $600k one, this is roughly the equivalent to $11,500 a week! So is this enough for players to do what they do? Or do they deserve more?

Rep payments I do agree should be increased. Currently players get $3000 per rep match, or around there. This is effectively two NRL matches worth of pay, which for State of Origin I think is acceptable. I would have a ranking scale for Representative matches. City-Country players get the equivalent of 1 average NRL match payment, so $3,000. State of Origin game equivalent of 2 NRL matches i.e. $6,000, Thus if a player gets selected for City or country and then all three Blues matches they stand to make $21,000 extra. A test Match would be the equivalent of three NRL matches, so $9,000 per test. So the most successful of our players could make in the year, if they get selected for all rep matches stand to make an extra $66,000.

Another comments has come to light that just annoys the crap out of me. It show the disrespect for the game internationally and what’s more is apparently comes from a top official. I refer to the Tommy Raudonikis article where he talks about being sick of the whinging players. But there is a comment in there from Dean Ritchie “Players claim that rival codes pay more for rep games but league officials say those sports are more international” BS, BS, BS, BS! (OK Dean is quoting what has been said so its not him I am having a go at) As long as that attitude continues we will always have a problem. This is where having a good set of regular tournaments being played all around the world is needed. There are over 40 countries that play rugby league internationally and so wee need to start pushing that aspect! We need to have countries like Australia, New Zealand, England and France start playing other nations like Wales, PNG, Fiji, USA, Tonga, Samoa more often in TOURNAMENTS. Have a regular 4 year cycle where the tournaments have some added value because they do only come around once every four year. The build up would be massive, Soccer does this and its why its such a successful sport. We need to start having regional tournaments and qualifiers have a 6 nations tournaments then a world cup. Other sports do this and so must we if we are to compete.

Its an attitude change of the sport that needs to begin at its very core – The Fans – they need to be fans of Rugby League and not just the NRL or the ESL. Get out and support every international and rep game from amateur to the World Cup. Show the sponsors and players and admin that you care and love the sport, only then will they change their ways. Hammer the media and the journalists who i feel “DON’T” care about Rugby league (only NRL) to start treating the sport with more respect.

Rugby League is the Greatest Game of all, what it has gone through in it 118 year history a Hollywood script writer could not make up. Lets live, eat, breath and love that history and show the world what the sport is all about.

Daniel Andruczy’s email: daniel@rugbyleagueinternationalscores.com
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9 Responses to “Logo unveiled and Lebanon Rugby League updated live!”

  1. superpaulia says:

    I am pleased to see some RL activity in Holland again.

    I remember watching many years ago in the Student World Cup in England and had high hopes. Some of this came to fruition and they seemed to be making good progress until recently when the usual political in-fighting got in the way. I suspect some RU involvement.

    Lets hope that this time progress can be sustained and I look foward to them competing in some RLEF events.

    • druzik says:

      No the problem there was there were issues between members in the RLEF and the NRL. Actually the RL and RU guys were the one and the same thing so there was no interference as such from Union.

      Now that certain parties are not there in either the RLEF or the NRL things seem to have healed. The dutch have a couple internationals this year and next year will look to come back into the tournament fold.

      The Dutch were doing really well actually, in 2006 they were in the World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Serbia, and pulled crowds of 15k… I have seen vids and photos of these games, the crowds were amazing.

  2. Jon says:

    Like the new logo and you’re absolutely spot on with regard to both the Burgess affair and player payments.

    • druzik says:

      Yeah you dont need to be a rocket surgeon to know that if you treat the game with respect then it will treat you well in return… I can see where souths come from, sure, But Wests have released Ellis for the match… sooo yeah… am if the NRL was suspended say during the rep season, then NZ and Tonga and samoa can get some games in as well and help boost them up… get a few TV stations on board there generate revenue for those nation… etc. Lots that can be done, someone just needs to sit down and sensibly work it out.

      I have done previous blogs on this… actually I might resurrect them again.

  3. superpaulia says:

    A strong, independent International Federation with full time officials, funding and power would be able to organise consistant international tournaments around the world.

    This would massively raise the profile if RL especially in Europe where it has suffered for too long by being club based while neglecting internationals.

    The international federation would need to be in complete control like FIFA and ensure every nation plays under the same set of rules. It wouldn’t work if the Australians had a right of veto

    It could also organise sufficient neutral referees.

  4. superpaulia says:

    I would like to see an international match window set aside in July/August. Regular competitions could be then organised and publicised well in advance. Internationals held in Oct/Nov often have an end of season feel and many players are absent due to injury or are obviously exhausted.

    We must plan in advance, think long term and be consistant. We cannot organise an event e.g. a World Cup then scrap it becasue it doesn’t make a profit first time. The RFL should be commended for perservering with the European Cup despite poor crowds and poor media exposure. Success can be measured in other ways.

    Maybe a squad system with central contracts is the way foward similar to that used in RU and cricket. Players could be paid to play for international teams with limits put on the number of games they play per season. Club competions could continue just like in RU and cricket.

    We are probably a long way away from achieving this because International RL is unprofitable at the moment unlike RU and cricket. The money has to be found from somewhere.

    I look foward to the day when the true RL British Lions (not the RU imposters who copied the name) tour the southern hemishere during the British summer, prepare properly by playing warm up games, play full blooded test matches and also visit country areas for mid-week games as they used to. This used to be a massive money spinner and it could still be.

    • druzik says:

      I think a June window for representative matches would be better, a 4 week window in there… the end of year one can still be there but be not as strenuous say on players as they don’t have to have all the warm up matches etc befor hand they can play it in this window… something to think about I guess. But the issue always will be

      Planning in advance is always important, I have been calling for this for a long time… but no RLWC have made losses… despite what people like to believe, the 2000 WC actually did make money, its just that the RFL used it to write off their debts and so killed the international game in doing it… but that is another story… in some ways we have oversaturated some tournaments, like the 3/4 nations, having that every year has taken the gloss off it. the European cup is a very long running tournie actually, its been going for about 70 years… its just that recently its gone to the 4-6 nation format, it used to be just 3 nations.

      The central contract system has been touted by some, and this could be a way round, but it can send the sport down two possible paths: 1. The domestic games become insignificant like in the cricket. No one these days really cares about the sheffield shield only tests or 2. A big conflict arises between clubs and federation on which players can be used, since a team will be forced to retire a star player because of internationals and their domestic comapings can suffer. This happened in the UK where clubs were threatening strike action on this… its not all rosy with central contracts as you may think.

      I disagree, IRL can be very profitable, we just never have been willing to back ourselves and allowed clubs to hold the international game to ransom. If done smart then IRL can make money. Besides IRU only “makes” money because of the old boys connections, get rid of them and they actually are not that profitable… its how RU has predominantly survived.

      Here I disagree big time. I think the tour concept is dead and should be discarded to the annals of history… tours actually restrict the spread of the game internationally, they only allow one or two teams to play on a regular basis and only line the cophers of those nations and not the international sport in general. If you want to truly spread the word you need to have a series of tournaments in a 4 year window that allow teams to play each other on a regular basis, this way the alure for smaller teams to play the bigger teams is there. Cahnces are you’ll get the top 3-4 teams in the semis and finals anyway, but the off chance of the upset is there, and that is why the soccer tournamensts always do so well. Look at them and there is basically 4-6 teams you know will be there at the semis, but occasionally there always is one outsider that makes a run and spices things up. League has this potential more so than Union.

      So yeah, tours… nope piss them off I say… no room for them in the modern day… there is a reason why soccer si so big… and they have NO tours. Union and Cricket have been stable at a set number of “top” teams because of tours IMHO… and as long as they do that, let them be stale. I would rather see a vibrant international competition(s) where all teams can play each other.

  5. C.T.SANDERS says:

    RIGHT ON THE MONEY SUPERPAULIA.TOURS,TOURS AND MORE TOURS.I LOVE IT.

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