Italian Rugby Football League: A New Federation

From Joel Morgan and IRFL

Things that happen …

Due to large differences in methods for development, protection and propaganda of some of the components of the Board of the Federazione Italiana Rugby League, three of the six existing teams: Gladiators Roma, Magnifici Firenze and Spes Spartans Catania, have resigned from any part played in FIRL and decided to form a new federation called Italia Rugby League Football.

The new association has its ultimate goal for the growth of the movement of rugby a 13 in Italy, the protection of the teams that are part of rugby league and share the values that represent the sport.

The causes that brought us to the painful abandonment of our positions are multiple and difficult to summarize. We are also convinced that the roads taken up to now, though undoubtedly motivated by passion, were not useful for the development of Rugby League and that an Italian course in those conditions was not possible for us. They range in decreasing focus by management, loss of sponsors, lack of organisation and preparation, lack of any funds and other issues, all associated with the previous board.

Italia Rugby Football League is committed now to maintain a constant commitment to promote the best possible Rugby League across the country, dealing with international sports bodies that manage and regulate development. You agree to deal honestly and seriously with all the realities involved in the development of our sport.

Time will tell if the road taken will give fruit or not.

For the time being, Italia Rugby League Football, doing their little “Go South”, with the same spirit that led to the first 22 teams, calls the movement, players, managers, authorities of the European Federation and the International possibility to be taken into consideration and together advance the opportunity for the development of Rugby League in Italy in a more professional manner.

Italia Rugby League Football continue to pursue the Italian league, accompanying their teams affiliates and organizing the final in Rome on July 18 in the best way, ensuring at all curious about the news results, objectives and falls. In which Gladiators Roma have strongly qualified with a 58-22 home win against Magnifici Firenze and a 38-0 victory over Spes Spartans Catania at Catania, overnight (July 3). Roma Gladiators now will feature in the Grand Final at their home ground against the winner of the other weekend’s game (Either ‘XIII Del Ducato’ (Piacenza) or ‘Venetian Lions’ from the North). All 6 team will feature on finals day – with 2 ranking finals as curtain raisers in 2 weeks time – in a North V South – Battle of Rome!

Matteo Visonà Dalla Pozza – temporary President, David Massitti, Massimo Nicotra
Luigi Ferraro, Pierluigi Gentile and Joel Morgan. (All involved with the current clubs, former board (Matteo & Pierluigi) or development/promotion of Italia Rugby League). Including Firenze’s coach/ manager – Professional Rugby star, Luigi Ferraro.

Official ‘IRFL’ Facebook Page – ‘Italia Rugby League’ – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Italia-Rugby-League/93324638836?ref=ts

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Daniel Andruczyk’s email: daniel@rugbyleagueinternationalscores.com
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4 Responses to “Italian Rugby Football League: A New Federation”

  1. C.T.SANDERS says:

    I HOPE IT GOES WELL BECAUSE IT WAS A COUNTRY THAT WAS ONCE LOST.

  2. C.T.SANDERS says:

    PEOPLE TELL ME THAT THE EUROPEAN RUGBY LEAGUE FEDERATION IS A WASTE OF TIME AND THAT BASING THE WHOLE GAME AROUND SYDNEY IS THE WAY FORWARD.TELL ME HOW MUCH MONEY THE AUCKLAND RUGBY LEAGUE HAVE GOT FROM THE THE NSWPREMIER LEAGUE RUN BY THE AUSTRALIAN RUGBY LEAGUE OVER THE LAST 4 YEARS.IT HAS COST US MILLIONS FOR NO RETURN AND YET THE ITALIAN RUGBY LEAGUE ON IT’S SECOND ATTEMPT HAS BEING GOING 5 MINUTES AND THE EUROPEAN CUP GETS A WORTHWHILE SPONSORSHIP FROM AIR ITALIA.THAT’S WHAT I CALL A RETURN.

    • druzik says:

      What is their reason for saying that?

      Sorry but you cant have the sport based in one spot. Then you will never get away from the bias the media and fans have that the international game is a bunch of Aussies.

      With the RLEF at least there is a bit of money and structure there to let the games try and grow domestically. The RLEF is not perfect, but its better than what it used to be.

      There is nothing wrong with using say game or two in Aus to help promote but you dont want to wholey base a national team on that either. Italy, Malta and Lebanon certainly did this and this has led to the sport growing over there with local players now.

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