Italy looking to build on this years successes.

By Daniel Andruczyk

The past week has seen some very interesting announcements from competitions around the world. Italy have started to leak what they want to do, as well results from the Greek Domestic comp and LER 1 in France. The RLEF has an independent commission looking at the Serbian allegations against Italy in the European Cup. No decision has been announced yet. In Australia rugby league will finally come under the control of one organisation.


Talking with several people in the FIRL the word is that 2010 will be a busy year. These are the goals for next year:

  1. Domestic Comp
  2. State of Origin – North, Central and South – trials for Euro Cup – open to Italian players based in Italy, England, Aus or playing in France.
  3. Euro Cup?
  4. Columbus Cup (between Italy and USA, Italy beat them in 2006)
  5. A match in France, against France B
  6. Possibly a game against Greeks in Italy, with all domestic players, early in the year


In the LER 1, Round 7 was played. With Limoux hammering Carpentras 54-14. Villeneuve had the bye. Pia in the Derby beat UTC 54-04, Carcassonne defeated St. Gaudens 30-14 and Avignion went down to last seasons champions Lezignan 12-40. Lezgnan are streaking away from the pack and seem to be uncatchable. Unlike last years slow start it looks like it will be 3 in a row for the Sangliers.

LER 1 Points Table

Team P W D L B PD PT
Lezignan 7 7 0 0 0 102 21
Pia 7 5 0 1 1 117 16
Carcassonne 5 3 0 2 0 57 11
Villeneuve 7 2 1 3 1 -17 11
UTC 5 3 0 1 1 -10 10
Limoux 6 2 0 3 1 33 9
Avignion 7 1 1 4 1 -78 9
St. Gaudens 7 1 0 5 1 -102 8
Carpentras 6 0 0 5 1 -102 5

Discovery Challenge

The next match in the Discovery Challenge 4 Nations was played at Widnes. The Australian Institute of Sport took on the England Community Lions U18’s. The Aussies running out eventual winners 48-20. Wales will be playing their first game on the 3rd of December.

In other internationals France A went up against the GB community lions U25’s team and also won 36-20.

Discovery Challenge Points Table

Team P W D L B PD PT
Australian IoS 2 2 0 0 0 31 4
France Juniors 2 1 0 1 0 5 2
Wales U18’s 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
England Community Lions 2 0 0 2 0 -36 0


November saw the first two rounds of the Greek domestic competition played.

  • Round 1: Askiplian Magpies 26 defeated Lindos Trimeres 14 and Kremasti Crows had the Bye.
  • Round 2: Askiplian Magpies 22 defeated Kremasti Crows 12 and Lindos Trimeres had the bye

Round 3 sees the Magpies with the bye and Lindos and Kremasti fighting it out for second spot.

Greek Championships Points Table

Askiplian Magpies 2 2 0 0 0 48 26 22 4
Kremasti Crows 2 0 0 1 1 12 22 -10 0
Lindos Trimeres 2 0 0 1 1 14 26 -12 0

Australia and Other News

By now everyone knows about the new commission to run rugby league in Australia. All the previous bodies will come under one rule now with Colin Love at its head. The new governing body will be knows as the Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC).

You can read the RLIS blog on this here.

The Czech Republic are currently playing a series of domestic games through the off season to keep their players fit and ready before the Winter Break. In the first match Olomouc 28 defeated Pardubice 14.

Remember that RLIS is on twitter now. You can follow RLIS on .

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9 Responses to “Italy looking to build on this years successes.”

  1. Joel says:

    Very good developments for Italy if all can be achieved, hopefully it will increase awareness in Italy for RL and increase funds

    P.S Central Italy for SoO win 😛

  2. sportsmad says:

    love reading ur blogs dan. keep them coming. seem to have the inside scoop

  3. oikee says:

    If Greece only have 3 teams, will they eventually link up with Italy and make it a larger comp. ? Also seen that the AIS team only just scrapped past the french team, the coach praised the french team saying they are not far off becoming a true rugby league force. High praise, high praise indeed. Yes, keep up the good work Druzik, always enjoy the read.

    • druzik says:

      From what I understand chatting with Terry Liberopolous next year there will be a 4th team from Rhodes which will then fulfill the Greeks criteria for competing in the World Cup qulaifiers from 2011/12.

      I doubt that they will link up with Itlay, the distances and costs of travel would not be feasable and also their seasons don’t run in sync. Its similar why you wont get a pan German/Czech/Dutch comp as some have suggested, you are talking nearly 1700 km travel for some teams. In know that by Australian standards its nothing but for Europe where its all amateure and you need time off workd, just doesnt happen.

      Yes its great seeing the fernch doing well. I was speaking to a Kiwi international the other day (he asked me not to mention his name in print) that played in Toulouse and he had this to say about the French.
      RLIS: “Now that you have played the French, how do you rate them, is there any room for improvement there and can you see them beating one of the top 3 in the next 5 years say?”
      KI: “France are a good team but they have a lot in terms of attack to work on – i think their defence is getting there but their attack needs to be a lot stronger – Hmm maybe give them at least 6 years and i think they will be up there with England!”

      That is from a current WC winning Kiwi and 4 Nations team member.

  4. Jim says:

    I like the looks of Italy V France B and USA if both teams can get full strength sides on the field. Is the France B best of Elite 1 or Elite 2?

    Italy V USA could be a great game providing both teams get their best on the park, even without them. I’m guessing this would be played in the US, should draw a decent crowd aswell.

    • druzik says:

      Yes France B is basically U25’s I think or the best of Federale and Elite 2 and Elite 1 U25’s. France A is pretty much Elite 1 and Elite 2 of course the full french squad is Super league and Elite 1. France Juniors are the U 18’s.

      Yes the Italy v USA rematch sounds quite juicy. Would be interesting. Am not sure where it would be held.

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