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 ACCEPTED INTO GOVERNMENT SPORTS SCHOOLS IN UKRAINE

From Phil Caplan, RLEF media The Ukrainian Rugby League Federation (UFRL) has struck an agreement with the authorities to include specific rugby league content in the state’s 45 sports schools. In what the UFRL describes as, “a major victory” for the sport, the move follows rugby league’s official recognition by the government in 2012. “For rugby league in the Ukraine this is a massive achievement,”...

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...

EUROPEAN BOWL PREVIEW: GAME 1 – UKRAINE v NORWAY

From Phil Caplan, RLEF Media The 2013 European Bowl kicks off tomorrow when Norway face Ukraine in Kharkov’s Dynamo Stadium. It will be the first meeting between the two nations, while Czech Republic joins the competition next week, in Oslo. UFRL president Artur Martyrosyan is looking forward to the opener. “We are treating this game as a first step to try and qualify for the European Shield,” he said. “Our...

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...

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...

More News from Europe

By Various More news from Europe this week with the Ukrainians completing their first full season of Rugby League withe the Ukrainian stalwarts, Legion XIII coming out on top. Also Ben Galea does an interview for Malta Rugby League about this coming season being his last with Hull FC. UKRAINE COMPLETES FIRST FULL RUGBY LEAGUE SEASON From Phil Caplan, RLEF The first full Ukrainian Rugby League Championship has been...
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