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...

Fight Give the Best Present

By Daniel Andruczyk This months theme has been very much American centric at RLIS. Both the AMNRL and USARL are getting down to the nitty, gritty of their season with play offs and Championship finals approaching. Both the Axemen and Fight have shown that they are the dominant teams in the USARL while the AMNRL the Knight and Wildcats are also showing they are the top dogs. With the cold relations starting to thaw a...

RUSSIA TAKE RUGBY LEAGUE EUROPEAN SHIELD AFTER GERMANS FAIL TO GET VISAS IN TIME

From Phil Caplan, RLEF Media Russia have been awarded the 2012-3 Rugby League European Shield after their final game at home to Germany this weekend was called off, after a number of the opposition players failed to apply for their visas in time. The Bears, who were overwhelming favourites to beat the bottom of the table Germans – who are now relegated to the European Bowl – needed a point to claim the...

Rugby League European Shield Game 10 – Report

From Phil Caplan ITALIANS CLAIM VICTORY IN HIGH SCORING ENCOUNTER – GERMANY 30 ITALY 66 – Karlsruhe A man of the match performance from Warrington’s young full back James Saltonstall saw Italy retain faint hopes of winning the 2012-3 European Shield, with a 66-30 win over holders Germany in 36 degree heat in Karlsruhe. The Azzurri moved to within two points of Russia in the table with the 12-try...

News from Europe Part 2

By Various More news from Europe with the Ukrainians completing the RLEF technical strategy and the Germans and Warrington link starting to provide dividends for Rugby League Deutschland. UKRAINE RL COMPLETES RUGBY LEAGUE EUROPEAN FEDERATION TECHNICAL STRATEGY From Phil Caplan, RLEF Ukraine became the latest country to complete its tutor training programme under the RLEF’s three-year Technical Strategy, which is...

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...

Weekend Throws up Interest

By Daniel Andruczyk 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. Euro Shield Game 1 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...

Controversy in Oz Shows Big Problems with TGG

By Daniel Andruczyk Once again, it’s been a while since I posted last. The new job has been taking up most of my time with lots of exciting new projects as well I have been interviewing for Professorships. But the Rugby League world continues on and a lot has happened in the last few weeks, but one of the most important and controversial issues once again involves the selection process of players for the...
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