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.

Italy

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

France

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

Greece

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

Team P W D L B PF PA PD PT
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 http://www.twitter.com/leaguescores .

Daniel Andruczyk’s email: info@rugbyleagueinternationalscores.com
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