Lezignan Lose Their First

By Daniel Andruczyk

This week we await with anticipation the new commission in Australia that will run Rugby League. Unfortunately there is not much information about how the states outside of New South Wales and Queensland will fare and how the International Game will suffer because of it. Though Colin Love is leaving his post in the ARL and NSWRL will he also be leaving the RLIF or will there be someone new to hijack the international game. But in the meantime there have been some international and domestic results from various countries.

French LER

In the Elite 1 Champion ships round 9 was played over the weekend. Last years dual champions, Lezignan suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of the Grizzlies. Limoux winning 43-18. The Carcassonne Canaries beat Carpentras 52-4. Pia won the Catalan derby 48-26 while Montpellier’s season is still struggling with them losing 16-44 to Avignion. Villeneuve had a close shave against St Gaudens/ Toulouse winning by a try 20-16.

Team P W D L B PD Pt
1 Limoux 9 7 0 2 0 98 23
2 Lezignan 8 7 0 1 0 187 22
3 Pia 9 6 0 3 0 114 21
4 Avignion 9 5 0 4 0 1 19
5 Carpentras 9 4 1 4 0 -4 18
6 Villeneuve 8 5 0 3 0 -11 18
7 Carcassonne 9 4 0 5 0 52 17
8 UTC 9 3 1 5 0 -32 16
9 Montpellier 9 1 0 8 0 -180 11
10 St Gaudens/Toulouse 9 1 0 8 0 -225 11

Lebanon BoB Championships

Round 2 of the Bank of Beirut Championships sees LAU and USJ maintain their early dominance of the competition. USJ defeated Balamand 34-22 while LAU had a resounding win over the Wolves 46-12 and AUB beat Jounieh 28-14. AUST had the bye. The table stands as:

Team P W D L B PD Pt
1 LAU 2 2 0 0 0 66 4
2 USJ 2 2 0 0 0 42 4
3 Balamand 2 1 0 1 0 12 4
4 AUB 2 1 0 0 1 14 2
5 AUST 2 0 0 1 1 -24 0
6 Jounieh 2 0 0 2 0 -46 0
7 Wolves 2 0 0 2 0 -64 0

Internationals

The Australian Institute of Sport and School Boys teams are touring Europe at the moment. Several games were played over the weekend, but the wild weather had an impact on one of the games. The AIS game against Widnes academy had to be called off due to the severe winter weather with snow and the pitch frozen to the point it was unsafe to play on. The Australian University team had a close call against the French University team in Paris just winning 30-26.

The Australian Schoolboys, on the back of their wins over Wales and England played two games in the last week. the first was against a Great Britain Community Lions which they won 30-20. However when they came out against the England Academy it was a completely different story. The English came out firing and it was a tough tit for tat game with the lead switching between the two constantly. In the last few minutes the English were able to pull away and get a resounding victory over their long time foes 38-30.

Daniel Andruczyk’s email: daniel@rugbyleagueinternationalscores.com
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42 Responses to “Lezignan Lose Their First”

  1. Corey T says:

    Hopefully we get to see some French and Lebanese BoB games.

    I’m not so sure that Chalk is the right man either to take the game forward to be honest.

    • druzik says:

      The french have their game of the week on Orange TV i believe. The Lebanese are still too small to be televised but you never know when that can shange. There certainly are enough Youtube videos of matches out there of BoB games to see.

  2. C.T.SANDERS says:

    So there are plenty of australian sides touring the world daniel.Where are the auckland and nz sides daniel?It’s all about the warriors and the sooner it goes broke the better.

  3. C.T.SANDERS says:

    The australian institute of sport,australian universities,ais and the nsw academy tour regularly.Clubs hardly tour at all and here in nz no one goes anywhere apart from the vulcans and the vulcans under-14’s.That’s all about self-interest because it’s only a gravvy train for officials and their hangers on mates.Tas told me today that it cost $5,000 each for the students to go on the australian university rl trip to europe which ends with the final game tomorrow.
    My local rugby union club toured canada recently and also went to the cook islands for a 7’s tournament last month.They paid their own way as well.

    • druzik says:

      Yes, they do either tour or get toured every year. most years they are involved in a tournament actually usually with England, Wales and France.

      Agree that NZ need to tour more, especially their local residence side need to play more tournies at the end of season.

  4. roml357 says:

    Hey Druzik whats the quality of the french domestic comp like? Would it be qld cup level?

    • druzik says:

      The top 3-4 clubs probably could match it with some of the NSW Cup and QLD cup team, but Majority I think they are more at the level of the Bundy Red Cup.

      Teams like Lezignan, Limoux, Pia, Carcassonne that have money to pay players full time certainly dominate and are great to watch, seen heaps ove LER over the years.

      Remember ther are quite a few ex- NRL and ESL players in the French comp, so it cant be all that bad if they are playing there.

  5. C.T.SANDERS says:

    The trouble daniel where are these league tournies?There are none.

    • druzik says:

      European Cup, European Shield, European Bowl, Pacific Cup, 4 Nations, Atlantic Cup

      There is a list right there of tournamensts…. the issue is they are still too disjointed they all need to come under a better umbrella of international tournamenst. One major regional one than several smaller ones. Concentrate the fire power.

  6. C.T.SANDERS says:

    But rl only goes for 6 months of the year since the poms have gone to summer in 1996.Apart from barla and the french who is playing now daniel?Afghanistan or the eskimos?

    • druzik says:

      Serbian, Lebanon, South Africa, France, BARLA are playing now.

      Other nations are in an off season, so what? I think you are trying to make an argument for the sake of arguing now.

      And Rugby League is played for 10 months these days.

  7. C.T.SANDERS says:

    But where’s the tv coverage in south africa,serbia,lebanon,france and are the barla games ever televised as well??
    Rugby league is only small fry in those places.

    • druzik says:

      Serbia and France certainly get coverage, South Africa is still up against it with Union Unfortunately, Lebanon also get good written press coverage.

      League is small fry in most places Chris… whats your point.

  8. C.T.SANDERS says:

    The point is somehow people like you with all the answers and technical know how should try and get games on internet tv.That i believe is your expertise.
    However,good to see serbian rl on their tv and it would only be a matter of time before south african rl is on tv as well.I have seen a lot of lebanesse rl on you tube.I know there’s tv coverage in france.
    When we had a winter game in britain we got rl on the tele for 12 momths of the year which isn’t the case now.That’s the whole point of the exercise daniel.

  9. C.T.SANDERS says:

    So colin love is still there daniel.Rl will never,ever make it if that’s the case.

  10. Q8T Kev says:

    If Rugby League was still a winter sport in the UK there would still be no games on now due to the snow. And this is not an exception as the last couple of years the pre-season friendlies and Northern Rail Cup have also been disrupted by frozen fields.

    Getting tv/internet coverage of games costs money. Do Serbia, South Africa etc have the cash to film their games? I somehow doubt there would be any profit to be made from doing it. I’d love to watch Dorcol or Limoux or AUB playing right now in the off season but i’m afraid my lone sky subscription isn’t going to cober their costs.

    • druzik says:

      Its a good point, yes it costs money to strem the games even on the net. The recent Atlantic Cup the production that went into just streaming that was mind boggling, 5 cameras and 10 staff just to mix everything together… that does not count the two commentators… and it all has to be paid for.

  11. C.T.SANDERS says:

    Wow weee wippeee kev.What about 1962 when the season finished in the first week of july due to the heavy snow that forced plenty of postponed games in that year.Do you remember that kev and about time you and i meet here in nz because you have got plenty to say about things.
    In 1962 gb toured australia and nz and the lions also stop over in south africa to play a series of promotional games there.
    In kazan they got a huge indoor stadium with artificial grass to combat snow and ice and the elements.It’s the most modern in europe.
    The poms are still in the stoneage and what do you want kev?Rugby league played in the middle of summer in 45 degree heat.That’s a great way to promote the game but that’s what the administrators prefer.
    A summer game.And by the way kev my name is chris sanders the most hated man in the game here in auckland and i take it with a badge of honour.I’m too straight for them.

  12. Q8T Kev says:

    45 degree heat in England??? Are you kidding lol. They have no problem with the heat in the middle of summer in England, it wouldn’t work in Oz were is does become an issue, but for the English climate no problem.

    So all the Super League clubs should build indoor stadiums is that what your saying? They are having enough troubles getting permission for run of the mill ones at the moment, did someone mention a recession?

    1962…. a great year, 11 years later I hit this planet though so my memory is a bit shady. No doubt it has great relevance to the way things are run today though.

    To tell the truth i’m impressed the pommie Rugby League is still surviving when you consider what they are up against. Union seems to be coming along in huge strides over there, picking up some of the best talent around the world and then there is that other little game they play with the round ball to compete against.

  13. C.T.SANDERS says:

    Have you been to russia because this year the rl season was postponed 6 weeks because of extremely hot weather and no rain and what about america and even canada???

    • druzik says:

      The Yank and Canadian season wern’t disrupted at all. Not sure what you point is.

      I have emailed the Russians about their delay as I hearn nothing about it. The only delays I hard about was one or two of the teams unable to get enough players up.

  14. Q8T Kev says:

    I’m not realy sure what Russia, USA and Canada have to do with the timing of the UK Superleague season?

    I have certainly not heard any of the UK based players complaining about heat exhaustion or rock hard grounds, and there has certainly been no games called off because of heat. Unlike if they were still playing a winter season right now they’d be lucky to get a match for a couple of weeks.

  15. C.T.SANDERS says:

    It is very hot for people to play rugby league in summer kevin, especially in the usa,canada germany,serbia,malta,russia,tatarstan,the ukraine and the planet is getting warmer and warmer by the minute because of the greenhouse effect.That’s why we should be driving our game into asia and africa as well as south america to get true representation in 5 continents.
    I hate to be playing rl in 100 years time and Barla are still play their game in the winter months throughout the uk.
    This is the worst winter in years and years in reguards to europe.
    If anything, rugby league should be played in the summer months here in nz so that it doesn’t clash with rugby and soccer.

    • druzik says:

      Hahaha… oh Chris don’t even start on the Global Warmiong stuff… you are out of your league there.

      Nope, they love playing in summer… they much prfer to play in Summer in Europe and it also does not fall in with the Union or soccer seasons which is handy. means they have grounds to use.

      Chris, the game will only spread if people 1. want to start and run the sport there and 2. have fans willing to come out. You can’t just force a sport on a country. I too would love to see Rugby league played in all countries, but I also know the realities of setting it up and how it goes, its not that easy… in fact its almost impossible. The fact that the sport is set up and running in 48 nations is a miracle.Its hard dedicated work from volunteers and players and family and friends that keep the sport going.

  16. C.T.SANDERS says:

    And headingly has underground heating to combat ice,snow and frost.Leeds have had it since the 60’s and winter doesn’t seem to effect barla at all and the standard of sl in july and august every year is terrible because of heat.
    No concen for the safety or welfare of the players but you would expect that because many of the administrators have never,ever played the game.

  17. Q8T Kev says:

    The grouds are way too hard here in winter to be playing league in NZ. The first couple of months of our season is bad enough and that’s just for sissy soccer players like me :).

    Still don’t know why you are bringing up other countries climates as they were never part of my exclamation that summer rugby in the UK was a good thing.

    Headingly is one ground and while there may be a couple more with underground heating i’m sure there are still some without. Cancelled games = lost revenue, underground Heating = raised expenditure, below zero air temperature = smaller crowds = less revenue. Summer rugby in the UK = smart business decision.

    The quality of the rugby in July & August is proberly more affected by players enthusiasm waning before the mad dash for the finals and also players being rested to protect them for Challenge Cup semi’s, final etc. I have never heard any player complain about the heat in England (prepared to be proven wrong of course :)).

  18. C.T.SANDERS says:

    So why did sl make huge losses in 96,97,98,99 and 2000 kevin?The 2 million pound profit from the 2000 rl world cup went to prop up super league which was agreed to by the irlf.I hope the profits from the next rl world cup aren’t going to prop up sl again?
    With all the rain we had the last week here in auckland it’s ideal to play rl in
    The seasons in europe and north america run parallel to the sl.Not much difference in my book though and look how hot it is to play rl in july in america and even canada.A real downside.
    In september 2008 i saw locomotive play strela in kazan in 40 dgree heat.
    The challenge should have their cup final in the first week of may like they use to.
    Rugby League has no idea how to run a professional sport.The administrators are all headless chooks and that’ why the game has been a disaster since 1895.That’s what the rugby union crowd tell me in the cirles where i move in.

    • druzik says:

      Not that hot Chris, it does not get anywhere near anything like Australia in summer, And certainly i’d rather have warm days than cold days. Its always easier to have a game played in the evening in Summer when its cooler that frozen out the whole time with ice and snow.

      Seriously, Super League at the start was finding its feet, fans, clubs and players needed to adjust, profits don’t just come over night, and I am sure there was some bad management in there. Super league has been running in profits the last 8 years, so summer league is working.

      Life is very different now Chris, the sport is fully professional instead of semi-professional, its why it all changed and why old conventional ideas wont work anymore as much as some people want to hold onto the good old days.

      Society moves forward by innovation and new ideas not by holding onto old ones…. sport is exactly the same.

  19. C.T.SANDERS says:

    So why did they[RFL] only make a 13k pound profit against the english rugby union’s 9.5 million pound profit last year daniel?
    The game is in big trouble.

    • druzik says:

      But they made a profit, the teams and games got the money they needed and the RFL covered their operating costs. After all that sure $13k, so what, its not a loss.

      Also talking with a few Union folk a while back, they said that $9,5 million was the money before it was divided around the various clubs etc… its all about how and when you decide to call you profit line. In reality Union was not that.

      But everyone knows that Union has bigger cash cows and run the sport better… no secret there. We need the business people like them tocome in and get the sport on its feet much more.

  20. C.T.SANDERS says:

    And the russian season was postponed for 6 weeks his year especially with all the forest fires around moscow in july and august.
    Moscow was reduced to smog,the tem perature averaged 45 degrees for about 8 weeks,it was the hotest summer ever and there was no rain for 8 weeks and obviously it was too hot to play football.It was on the vereya website daniel.

    • druzik says:

      OK… it was postponed due to fires… so what. A one off incident.

      It’s still better than playing in 3 months of -15 snow and frozen grounds. which Russian and Europe have… and there is no way that a league team will get to use a indoor stadium or anything so don’t even use that as an argument.

      Plus they are competeing with union and Soccer for facilities so any grounds that are usable will get first choice bu them… so summer when its the off season of the other sports and you can play outside in warmth is the only way to go.

      The odd freaky heat wave… deal with it. Play at night or if you have to postpone the games then do that.

      You making a mountain out of a molehill.

  21. C.T.SANDERS says:

    And to get rugby league going globally it doesn’t help matters if an organisation like the auckland rugby league with 30 million in the bank just tours one place all the time and that’s just sydney[including the junior vulcans]and talk about small-mindedness.
    You said tours never,ever spreaded the game in the past.
    So is the auckland rugby league spreading the game and what return have we got out of the vulcans our so called flagship side?
    Only watson and hotchin have got any return out of the vulcans because the clubs of auckland haven’t.We have been ripped off and enoughs,enough.
    It’s a gravvy train for the officials at the arl plus their mateson the free ride.
    If the auckland rugby league spent 3,5 million in the direction of europe,asia and north america the returns would of been huge with the right people in the corridors of power like vinny weir and andrew chalmers instead of the wankers we got there now at bullshit castle.
    And what return have we got from the warriors?
    The sooner it goes broke the better.

  22. C.T.SANDERS says:

    Ok daniel you win the argument but would you seriously play rl in 40 dgree heat because when a scottish friend of mine played rugby league in canada in the 50’s he said that it was too hot to play rl in the summer there.
    There was alot of rl played in canada in the 40’s,50’s,60’s but it died out in the 70’s.He also played rl in australia.
    Also rl was played in the black township of johannesburg from 1913 until the1990’s before paul matete took over the runing of rl in the republic.
    Also there are now 8 clubs in baku azerbijian near the capsian sea which is being organised by alex kolikov formerly from russian rl and who got dumped by the kamaldinov regime in favour of people from abroad, all of whom,turned out to be utter flops and miserable failures.

  23. C.T.SANDERS says:

    Most of the soccer and rugby in russia is played in the summer daniel along with the league.There are plenty of stadiums and there’s no shortage of grounds.
    For instance rubin kazan play most of their soccer games in the summer in kazan at the central stadium[they are soon moving to a 50,00 plus seat indoor stadium the most modern in the whole of europe] daniel when the weather is warmer and the same with rugby.
    Outside krasnoyarsk in siberia rugby in russia is not big at all but soccer is huge.

  24. C.T.SANDERS says:

    Good answer daniel in reguards to that 9.5 million pound profit that the eru made before it went back to their clubs and sl is no differnt in that reguard as well.
    The rugby union crowd always exaggerate the truth especially their biased one eyed fans because they never tell the truth especially in these parts.
    They say there are 140,000 rugby union players here in nz.I don’t believe it for one moment and if that’s indeed the case they[nzru]must of counted the maoris twice and the islanders must of given 2 names.
    How many rl players in gb,australia ,png and france??

  25. C.T.SANDERS says:

    And doyle and johnny quayle are the two people to drive the sport forward in reguards to globalisation.
    Can you suggest people who are better than those two daniel?
    I can’t.

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