RLEF REVEALS NEW COMPETITION STRUCTURE

From Phil Capalan, RLEF Media The RLEF has introduced European Championship branding to its three-tiers of official competition, aligning the organisation with the majority of European sports. The European Cup will now be known as the European Championship, while the Shield and Bowl are replaced by European Championship B and European Championship C. The latter two competitions are already linked and the RLEF is...

CZECH RUGBY LEAGUE CHAMPIONS TRANSFORMED INTO RABBITOHS

From Phil Caplan, RLEF Media The current CZRLA Second Division Grand Final winners Chrudim Angels have been rebranded the Rabbitohs after entering into a strategic partnership with Australian powerhouse club South Sydney, owned by Russell Crowe. Chrudim, who were established in 2011, came to the attention of the famous NRL outfit when Rabbitohs CEO Shane Richardson was a guest of the CZRLA at their annual awards...

RLEF AGM & CONFERENCE REGISTERS RECORD ATTENDANCE

From Phil Caplan, RLEF Media A record number of 24 nations, an increase of four from last year, attended the 11th Rugby League European Federation Annual Council Meeting and fourth RLEF Conference at Brunel University, to coincide with last weekend’s Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium. It signalled a first full year as chair for Maurice Watkins CBE. “Some notable progress has been made by many of our members...

HUNGARY STAGES FIRST LOCAL RUGBY LEAGUE COMPETITION

From Phil Caplan The Hungarian Rugby League Federation organised its first Rugby League Cup over the weekend. Having had spent two years establishing exchanges with teams from regional neighbours Serbia and the Czech Republic, four male and three female teams played in a nines competition in Székesfehérvár, 65km south-west of Budapest. Elephants Rugby XIII won the men’s competition, winning two and drawing one...

News from Europe Part 1

From Various There is also lots of international news from over the last couple weeks that has been coming from Europe with the Czech’s Maltese forging ahead with their domestic seasons. College U19’s return to defend Dove Men+Care Trophy From Anthony Micallef, MRL Calderdale College U19’s arrived in Malta yesterday for a training camp that sees the Lee Greenwood coached outfit take on Gozo RL tomorrow evening...

DETAILS OF 2013 RUGBY LEAGUE EUROPEAN BOWL ANNOUNCED

From Phil Caplan, RLEF The 2013 Rugby League European Bowl will feature the Czech Republic, Norway and Ukraine with the biggest ever prize attached for the victors. The winning nation will be promoted to the 2014-15 European Shield. Played annually since 2008, the Bowl reverts back to the triangular format used in 2009, when Ukraine won on their only appearance. They open proceedings on 6th July at home to...

Lokomotiva Beroun & Mikulov Roosters win CZRLA Grand Finals

From Phil Caplan, RLEF Lokomotiva Beroun completed a memorable season, leaving their best performance until last as they ended the 2012 campaign undefeated, comprehensively taking the CZRLA Grand Final 60-0 against Prague Vikings. Jan Buben led the way, scoring the opening 18 points from a genuine hat trick of converted tries and finishing with a tally of 30 as Beroun regained the title they held in 2010 and added...

Thinking outside the Box: Smith

By Daniel Andruczyk Last week was a week of turmoil at the Sydney Roosters. Their coach, Brian Smith was given the boot after another dismal season by the Chooks. The players at the Roosters found out about the sacking through a text message and looks like former player Trent Robinson will come in as the new coach. Robinson is at Catalans and has done a great job there to get the team into the top 4 of the Super...
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