The World Game

By Daniel Andruczyk

So as the international season is drawing to a close, lets just have a reminder of just where we saw international matches played this year. All around the world there were some top line matches from the Pacific to the Atlantic. From northern Europe to South Africa.


With 5 major tournaments and friendlies this year we saw a total of 22 nations take part in internationals: England, France, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Serbia, Lebanon, Italy, Germany, Czech Republic, Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine, Morocco, Belgium, Catalonia, Greece, Malta, Portugal, UAE, Norway, Denmark. Cities where full internationals have been played are:

  • England: London, Doncaster, Wigan, Huddersfield, Leeds
  • France: Toulouse, Paris, Beziers, Lyon
  • Wales: Bridgend, Pontypridd
  • Ireland: Tullamore
  • Scotland: Glasgow
  • Lebanon: Beirut
  • Serbia: Belgrade, Smederevo
  • Italy: Padua, Jesolo
  • Germany: Huerth
  • Czech Republic: Olomouc, Pardubice
  • Ukraine: Kharkiv
  • Latvia: Riga
  • Estonia: Tallin
  • Belgium: Wavre
  • Catalonia: Barcelona, Toroella de Montrigi
  • Norway: Oslo
  • Denmark: Copenhagen
  • Malta: Hamrun
  • UAE: Dubai


Two major tournaments and several one off test matches as seen all seven of the major rugby league nations involved, Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Samoa, Cook Islands and Fiji. Several of the European Nations have also staged a tournament in Australia. Cities where they have played:

  • Australia: Brisbane, Cairns
  • New Zealand: Auckland, Rotorua
  • Papua New Guinea: Mt Hagen, Port Moresby
  • Cook Islands: Murri
  • Samoa: Apia
  • Tonga: Nu’ Kafoka
  • Fiji: Suva
  • Malta/Greece/Portugal/Italy: Sydney


In the Atlantic region three out of the four countries have been involved in matches. United States of America, Jamaica and South Africa. Japan this year concentrated on domestic matches but will play Portugal in Sydney next year in February, while Jamaica played its first full international against the USA in the Atlantic Nations Cup.

  • United States of America: Jacksonville
  • South Africa: Pretoria, Pochefstroom

In total 32 nations were involved in full internationals while another 3 were playing at least on the domestic level. Who said that Rugby League is not an international sport?!

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