THIERRY ALIBERT PART OF FIRST RUGBY LEAGUE EUROPEAN FEDERATION ELITE MATCH OFFICIALS SQUAD

From Phil Caplan, RLEF Media The RLEF has formed an elite match officials squad for the first time, with the group meeting in Leeds over the weekend to plan its activities for the next two years. The ensemble, which is drawn from four nations, will lead on all match official education and tutoring throughout the RLEF as well as appointing referees for official RLEF matches. All European Championship B and C games...

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...

RUGBY LEAGUE EUROPEAN SHIELD – GAME 12 – MATCH REPORT

From Phil Caplan, RLEF Media ITALY 32 SERBIA 20 – Este, Veneto A man of the match performance from Richard Lepori, who’s try on the hour secured victory, saw the Azzurri claim second spot in the final European Shield table, in a captivating clash. The Oldham winger paid his own way over to don the Italian shirt in an effort to make it into their World Cup squad and was happy to get the job done. “I really...

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...

England-Midlands U18s Undertake Second Pioneering Tour to Serbia

From Phil Caplan, RLEF Media The England-Midlands U18s depart for Belgrade, Serbia on Thursday 15th August where they face Germany and the hosts at the Rugby League European Federation Youth Festival. The Midlands select played at the same event in 2012 where they faced Lebanon and Serbia. “The experience last year left a lasting impression on many young players,” commented David Butler who will manage the tour....

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...

Festival of World Cups

By Daniel Andruczyk 2013 is shaping up to be a huge year for Rugby League internationally. Not only do we have the first grade world cup for the men, but there are five other world cups being played as well: Women’s, Wheelchair, Students, Armed Forces and Police Forces. Though there is a website (see here) it seems that they get a small showing on the various media outlets and as always we down play them. So here...

EXPANSION IN SERBIAN RUGBY LEAGUE AS RADNIKI TAKE UNDER 18S TITLE

From Phil Caplan, RLEF Serbian rugby league is celebrating the crowning of their youth champions and the expansion of interest in the country into a new area, with the addition of a police rugby league programme. That follows from the ‘2009-2013 Strategy for Sports Development’ issued by the  Serbian Ministry of Youth and Sport and is the result of an initiative begun in February when Tibor Visi, a player and a...
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