This past week and weekend has thrown up some interesting results and goings on in the world of Rugby League. From a surprise results in the Euro Shield to a potential new owner of the game in the USA there is a lot that has been going on.
Germany 25 – 24 Serbia
In the opening Match of the European Shield for the 2012-13 season the Germans, in Heidelberg, took a shock win over the Serbians in their first eve win over the Slavic Powerhouse. In what was a physical battle both teams had some key personnel out and it certainly set up the perfect start for the European shield. With their tails in the air, the Germans are now preparing for the Russian Bears who arrive also in Heidelberg this week for their opening match of the tournament.
The European Shield has now gone to a 2-year format where all teams will play each other in a home and away format over the 2012 – 2013 Rugby League season.
USA 20 – 28 Tonga
In a Very tough game at Kaiser Stadium in Hawaii, the USA Tomahawks were beaten by a the Tongans 28 – 20. The game opened up with Andrew Knesley going in for a try. But soon after the Tongans hit back with two tries of their own through QLD Cup player James Tutuila and Saifau Talanoa. At the break the Tongans had a 10-6 lead and very quickly in the second half got a much needed try through Talanoa again to go to a 16-6 lead. From this point on they were never going to give the lead up, despite the Americans coming close, being 20 – 22 at one stage, but in the final minutes the Tongans sealed the deal and won 28-20
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Big news last Friday from the AMNRL with Grand Prix Entertainment seemingly acquiring the AMNRL. Grand Prix is known for their Rugby Union 7s work in the USA hosting these events and selling them to the big networks and it seems that this is what the AMNRL will look to do as well. The amount of money that has been paid is undisclosed but it seems to be a very exciting time for the AMNRL. It however has had a mixed reaction from fans in the USA and around the world with the worry that a governing body of the sport is now privately owned and run. Confusion about weather the organisation or the competition has been sold abounds.
Either way it is an interesting time for the code in the USA with the Tomahawks making the World Cup, expansion teams in the Midwest and West of the country and now selling to a professional entity. Read full articles here and also here.
Exciting news from Canada where they have partnered with Hull FC in the UK to help better develop some of the younger talent in their ranks. The Canadian Rugby league will have some of their most promising 18 – 22 year olds be mentored by the Super league club where they will learn from some of the best players in the game. Its an exciting time for the game in North America with the expansion of the Canadians, the Americans consolidating and Jamaica also growing the sport with their big win over the DC Slayers last week.
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