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...

Filipinos making more Asian Rugby League History

From Erick Elefante Ever since their first appearance in the Cabramatta International 9s tournament on the 4th February 2012, the Philippines National Rugby League (PNRL) keeps on making Rugby League history. In their 3rd appearance at Saturday’s 1st of February Cabramatta International 9s, the PNRL entered four teams in the tournament: Pool G: Philippine Airlines (PAL) Philippine Tamaraws National Side Pool F:...

Malta Origin to field British enforcer in Gozo clash

From Anthony Micallef, MRL He’s the dual-code British rugby prop that has created a stir on the Maltese Islands since his arrival. Signing last month with local club Malta Origin RL, the 120 kilogram man mountain Gareth Barron will debut in his side’s crunch match against Gozo RL this Saturday at Melita FC. Gozo RL and Malta Origin RL have met twice this season, with Gozo fairing better thanks to the...

Gozo score Independence Day win to open wide Maltese Championship

From Anthony Micallef Gozo RL this afternoon registered the upset of the season as they crossed for an 11-try rout of their fancied opponents Malta Origin RL at Pembroke. With Melita FC bathed in sunshine and a warm 27 degrees, the Gozo team arrived late to the venue but with a collection of players including German imports Nick Frick and Mark Zupan together with the Australians and former Birkirkara RL contingent...

Malta Origin RL signs former Gateshead Thunder prop

From Anthony Micallef, Malta RL The Malta Origin RL club have announced the signing of prop forward Gareth Barron for the remainder of the 2013 MRL Dove Men+Care Championship. The 31-year-old started his professional career as a trainee with Gateshead Thunder in 1999 when the Thunder were in that year’s Super League competition. A level two coach, Barron played out this season with Hemel Stags while occupying a...

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...

Maltese continue to produce the goods against foreign opposition

From Anthony Micallef (MRL) Images: Matthew Scerri. Few expected the type of match we experienced recently at Pembroke’s Melita Football Ground. An end to end game that had everything from scintillating attack to bruising defence. Malta didn’t start the way they wanted to with a dropped ball on halfway late in their first set. However the British Mercians dropped the ball in their ensuing set and then gave Malta...

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...
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