This week quite a bit of news from several countries. The Canada v Jamaica clash is drawing closer and RLIS will be in Toronto to cover and report on the clash. Hungary are getting ready for their second match against a Serbian select from Belgrade and Italia RFL’s grand final goes international.
The Canada Wolverines have named a strong line up to take on Jamaica at Fletchers Field, Markham, Ontario on Sunday, 31st July (kick off 3.30)
Rugby’s Reggae Boys won the previous clash between the nations in last Autumn’s Atlantic Cup in the USA, 32-12 and they will be favourites again despite selecting a wholly domestic-based squad.
The Wolverines have named ten players that featured in the Atlantic Cup while Danny Tupou and Chris Diamond return from the Colonial Cup side that took on the USA Tomahawks in Canada’s inaugural match last September.
Five debutants make up the rest of the squad including 19-year old Harlequins RLFC academy player Louis Robinson. “The standard of the boys looked good,” he said on joining up with his new team mates. “I’m impressed with what I’ve seen and excited to play my first game for Canada.”
Canada coach Jamie Lester commented, “I know we have come a long way since last year. If we play to our potential on Sunday I am confident good things will happen.”
The Jamaicans arrived in Toronto on Wednesday giving them time to settle into their surroundings and their coach Romeo Monteith confidently expressed, “We have not come all this way to Canada to lose. We are going to be ferocious for the full 80 minutes.”
Steve Lamb, Chris Diamond, Tim Mason, Stu McReynolds (Niagara Bobcats); Louis Robinson (Harlequins RL); Tyler Allen, Matt Gleed, Christian Miller, Mathew Wyles (Scarborough Centurions); Steve Conlon (c), Trent Hansen, Robin Legault, Jamie Lester (Toronto City Saints); Tony Felix, Dale Fitzgerald, Henry Miers, Danny Tupou (York Region Reds)
Fresh from last weekend’s European Bowl encounter with the Czech Republic, which saw their debut in the rugby league arena, Hungary face a Belgrade XIII this Sunday in Kecskemet and they are hugely looking forward to it.
“Last Saturday was one of the best rugby days out of my more than twenty years playing,” said Magyar Bulls skipper Habóczki Zsolt. “Great team, commitment and [big] hearts on the field.”
After a strong showing against the Czech’s, Hungary coach Adam Nunn has made minor changes to his squad. Coming in to make their debuts will be Arno Franken, Mehdi Benaniba and Juhas Geza – replacing Luca Tramontin, Phil Angel and Fustos Peter.
Scott Torrance will shift from his try scoring position on the wing to stand off whilst Nunn moves to the bench and Joel Kimenez will start at scrum half.
Szalontani Imre, Federico Sciotti, Arno Franken, Harangozo Laszlo, Zubornyak Gergo, Scott Torrance, Joel Kimenez, Cedric Gaidet, Mehdi Benaniba, Habóczki Zsolt (C), Goletz Geza, Andre Brand, Bihari Matyas. Subs: Bihari Lajos, Juhas Geza, Adam Nunn, Szabo Nandor
Đorđe Vučković (RLC Nis); Nemanja Božić, Slaviša Zekić (RLC Radnicki); Željko Delić (RLC Red Star); Strahinja Jevtić, Nemanja Zlatanović (RLC Soko); Mihajlo Bošković, Đorđe Divić, Danijel Gaić, Slobodan Manak, Radoslav Novaković, Dušan Petraković, Zdravko Ristić, Dušan Virc, Borko Žunić (RLC Stari Grad)
The Italia Rugby Football League’s main event, the r-Evolution League was finished off in style with historic coverage that saw the Gran Finale televised by SKY Italia into Europe and North Africa on their universal channel 518 and also it was televised in Italy and on WEB TV (available world wide) through Roma UNO, a local TV station in Rome. The coverage and player quality impressing even the odd English and French rugby league fan, with the championship only in it’s second year. The final was televised a total of 3 times in full and the footage has now recently been made available online in full on the Roma UNO website and highlights on You Tube. With this TV Coverage enabling the Italia RFL to push the awareness and promotion of the code in Italy and Europe – the level could soon make another few positive leaps into the unknown.
If you haven’t seen in previous reports, the Italia RFL Grand Final was played between 2010 Champions, Gladiators Roma XIII and newcomers Rex Albinea XIII (representing Reggio Emilia) at Stadio dei Marmi in Rome, next to the world famous Stadio Olimpico. The surrounds of Stadio dei Marmi graced the two teams and players with the opportunity to play within a prestigious monument surrounded by classical statues of athletes. In 34*C temperatures, home side Gladiators Roma reconfirmed their status as Campioni d’Italia with a 52 to 18 victory over Rex Albinea.
The Italia RFL final, despite the end score line was more balanced than what is suggested, as Gladiators were kept to a 22-12 lead at half time by the young Rex, until inspirational captain Filippo Marchesi went off with a meniscus tear in the left knee after an awkward tackle. In all, 12 trys were scored by both teams with an intense match played, but in the end an awareness of the “Rugby League” code in Italy through increased coverage is the winner!
The second half was the domain more predominantly by the Gladiators led by captain-coach Pierluigi Gentile marked a partial 5 trys: started off with Rosa, which was repeated later by Diodoro, Sirbu , and still Preziosi, while De Pascali scored with 3 minutes remaining for his third try. The semi-perfect game from the players (with only one coversion missed by the Romans) had allowed the teams to make the most of opportunities that came to fruition.
In front of an audience of about 200 people, the home team showed they had more experience than the rookies from Reggio Emilia, who were able to move up the rankings during the season to make the Gtran Finale after a great upset and have been shown to have assimilated well with the code of XIII.
GLADIATORS ROMA: I Angelini, II De Lorenzis, III Rosa, IV Kasparek, V Martellucci, VI Gentile, VII Amodeo, VIII Diodoro, IX Franzoni G., X Preziosi, XI Sirbu, XII Franzoni F., XIII Brasca. A disposizione: XIV Corbucci, XV Di Luia, XVI Cilo, XVII Lavini
REX ALBINEA: 01 Guidetti, 02 De Pascali, 17 Parrello, 03 Barigazzi, 05 Poli M., 06 Laegea, 07 Marchesi, 08 Baligani, Stipcevic, 10 Giovannelli, 15 Poli A., 14 Pernarella, 13 De luca. A disposizione: 04 Donghia, 16 Farinelli, 11 Vaki, 12 Cristoni.
Scores: pt 3′ tr Leaega cv De Pascali, 8′ tr Brasca cv Amodeo, 14′ tr Gentile, 20 tr Kasparek cv Amodeo, 22′ tr Vaki cv De Pascali, 40′ tr Preziosi cv Amodeo; st tr 44′ Rosa cv Amodeo, 8′ tr Sirbu cv Amodeo, 12 tr Rosa cv Amodeo, 20′ tr Diodoro cv Amodeo, 30′ tr Preziosi cv Amodeo, 37′ tr De PAscali cv De Pascali.
To watch the r-Evolution League Final and see some surprising action visit these links:
GRAN FINALE FULL VERSION (Finale di campionato Italiano di Rugby a 13) – Click the Romauno link than “archivio” – Finale 1Parte (first half) & Finale2pt (second half) –http://www.romauno.tv/program.aspx?ln=it&id=37&pr=65
Youtube: (some patches) – First Half http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2COo3Gusf-k&feature=youtube_gdata_player and Second Half – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQnkPWArZxA
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