How to Deal with Israel? BARLA Press Release

By Daniel Andruczyk

So this week Israel Folau signed for AFL. Just like when Karmichael Hunt swapped there has been an outcry over why he did it etc… So how do we deal with players switching codes as a sport? The European Bowl is on Friday night and it features Malta and Norway. Details of how you can keep track of the scores will be given. Also a press release from BARLA in regard to Rugby League’s recent tragic loss.

Israel Folau

So Izzy took the money and ran. Well what can one say but “smart move” on his part. $1.5 million a year is serious money that can’t be knocked back. They always say everyone has a price. I am not so worried about the move as some are. He is only 21, he will play his 4 years and at 25 years old come back to League and have close to another 10 years in Rugby League. However reading all the various news wires there certainly is an outcry over his defection.

Fine! So I sat back and put myself in these peoples shoes and said “I am mad about this, what can be done to change things?” Well lets look at what the target for AFL is? It seems that the AFL want to target the Pacific islander community, that by grabbing a player that really has no ties to the community there and who plays for Australia and not one of the Pacific Nations. Everyone is saying why isn’t the NRL doing anything, why isn’t there more money to keep the players.

But looking at this I think there is one path that RUGBY LEAGUE can take, a path that AFL knows it doesn’t have and its why it is striking out. That is the international game. If you go to the Pacific Islands and indeed other nations around the world, aside from Soccer, Rugby is played on a fairly extensive scale. AFL barely exists. What little AFL there is, its played predominantly by ex-pat Victorians who play it just to remind themselves of home… I know I came across a few of them when I lived overseas. The Rugby codes at least have locally developed players that play for them and have international tournaments to play.

Internationals are the way to “save the game”. We seriously need to start moving towards having regular major competitions. Its only then do we retain the players who want to not only earn money playing a sport but represent their country, tour the world and experience cultures. AFL does not have this at all and having meaningful international tournaments like the Pacific Nations or the European Nations Cup’s where players have something to aim for and look forward to is the best incentive to have. To lift a World Cup trophy has got to be the best feeling and be worth more than just the money.

The AFL are targeting the Pacific Islander community, but without any International Pacific Island teams for their kids to play against they will not switch over. Yes Folau has bought them a bit of publicity now, but long terms it will do more harm than good, just look at the ARU post 2003.

European Bowl

On a much, much brighter note. Friday 4th of June sees the European Bowl tournament played. Malta and Norway make their full International Debuts. Both teams have played against touring sides in the past but this is the first full internationals using a majority of local players. Both teams have named their sides for Friday’s clash

MALTA: Shaun Bartlett, Mark Cortis, Paul Bartlett, Mark Seychell, Jurgen Pavanello, Chris Morton, Malcolm Attard, Chris Parker (VC), Charlie Bonanno, Paul Borg, Joss Howland, Clayton Cassar, Daniel Grima (C), Peter Bradley, Clifford Debattista, Graham Attard, Matthew Von Brockdorff, COACH Anthony Micallef

NORWAY: Glenn Patterson, T. Alexander Vindahl, Bjørn Mikkelsen, Fredrik Skovly (c), K.Ytterdahl Elgheim, Kristoffer Borsheim, Peter Engeland, Isaac Schmidt, Anders Linnestå, Magne Kleven, Cameron Leslie, Erik Sonny Mellor, E.Granly Meldalen, Erlend Loftesnes Røysum, J.W.S Hornby, Tommy Kjøniksen, Jørgen Lund Schmidt, COACH Warren Heilig

Rugby League International Scores is also excited to announce that it will be doing live score updates of the European Bowl. The game kicks off: 7 pm CET, 3 am AEST Saturday, 6 pm GMT


Malta v Norway
Friday 4 June 2010
Victor Tedesco Stadium, Hamrun
Gates open 6pm, Kick-off 7pm
For more information, visit

Live Scores

You can view the live scores on


BARLA sends its deepest sympathy and condolences to the family of former professional Rugby League player Garry Purdham who was killed yesterday in Whitehaven.

Garry Purdham, 31, was most recently a player with BARLA side Egremont Rangers former BARLA Great Britain Under 18’s and 21’s international who turned professional playing at Whitehaven and Workington Town.

BARLA Vice Chair John Pattinson of Maryport said,

“BARLA are extremely shocked and saddened to hear of the tragic events which occurred yesterday in Whitehaven and surrounding areas. Clearly a great number of Rugby League  people will be personally affected by these truly awful circumstances.

“We have players from the club who are currently involved with the BARLA Great Britain Lions Under 19s in South Africa and the BARLA Great Britain Under 23’s who have just flown out for their tour of Ukraine who have played with Gary this season.

“We will be informing the management of both those squads to inform those players and we will be asking for a minutes silence in respect of Garry’s passing prior to their next games this weekend.

“The thoughts of everyone at BARLA and within the Rugby League family are with Garry’s  and with the local West Cumbrian community at this difficult time were I live.”

Steve Manning

BARLA Media Manager

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Thanks for all the feedback from people. So there were a few thee thing problems but overall the reaction has been positive and any criticism has been very constructive so thank you to all. Next week there will be a discussion on the Folau and AFL issue so please do join us and join in the discussion.

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19 Responses to “How to Deal with Israel? BARLA Press Release”

  1. Robbo says:

    Great blog about Israel Folau, more emphasis needs to be made on the International scene and use this as a carrot for our players. The reason a lot of players switch to RU is the chance to play for the Wallabies as the Union World Cup is seen as a much bigger prize. So let’s start to change that and get RL’s internationals as equally as important to our players and make our World Cup the number one priority for a player to strive for.

  2. Robbo says:

    To add to the international debate, I think the State of Origin eligibilty requirements needs to be addressed. We see too many players who should be eligible for other countries pledge their allegience to Australia just so they can play Origin football because it is seen as the pinnacle of RL. I think the rules should be brought in where if a player has played for his country of origin or heritage or has played at junior level for another country then they are not permitted to be eligible for Origin selection. Just have the selction eligibility for Origin based on being born in Aust or have come here before the age of ten years old.

    • druzik says:


      There are 2 schools of thought on this:
      1. Make SoO a free for all, so anyone can play.
      2. … and this is what I prefer, SoO is for Aussies, make it the selection trial like years gone by for Australia. But we do need to have a more coherent structure when it comes to the rep season.

      I agree with what you say, but in order fort that to happen, we need to have the games at that time as well. Read the last couple of blogs on what I propose. But you are correct in your thinking.

  3. waterboy says:

    How can the international game be developed or even taken seriously when the RLIF website has been nothing but a blank referral page to other websites for over a year, and now it looks like one big ad saying that the website has been ‘parked’ or something.

    When are we going to get rid of this hopeless Colin Love and get someone independant and with a passion for the international game in there.

    At the moment the tail is wagging the dog!!!

    • druzik says:

      OK as for the Website, 100% am with you on that.

      But I am in the loop a bit here. Basically what is happening is the RFL have taken over it since they are doing the 2013 WC. I am told that they will be developing a full RLIF website and a WC website that will be integrated like how FIFA has it. These are big undertakings, I know how hard it is just trying to get this sit up and running.

      I was talking with Tas Baitieri last week and he said that it will be a couple weeks that website should be up again. Fingers Crossed.

      As for the people that run the RLIF… they need to be independent and professional, CL has too many conflicts of interest at the moment, as do David Gallop and Richard Lewis and Hefenden… I am not saying they aren’t good nice people… but to have those positions looks plain dodgy.

  4. Jon says:

    Looking forward to a well run and working RLIF website.

    The line up for the final and 3rd place match will be finalised this Wednesday as BUC take on Valls-Reus in Barcelona.
    FC Barcelona are already into the 3rd place game and Lleida have already made the Grand Final.

    • druzik says:

      OK great… I probably will get results from Sergei tomorrow…

      Yes, I am hoping that it will be a good website, there should be separate pages not only for the WC, but also for the European and Pacific Cups / Federations.

      Well, thats what I would be doing.

  5. stevec says:

    Totally agree we need a more meaningful international game but, from where I am sitting, someone needs to point out to Super League owners that they have to do more with domestic talent AND coaches and not take the short term expedient of using overseas talent for SL.

    I’m not knocking the overseas talent, it is good to watch, but for a strong international scene we need a situation where the best two teams are not (year in year out) Australia and Australia reserves.

    • druzik says:

      Mmmm maybe… I used to think that way too, but you know what is that the issue?

      Look nat the NRL and how many OS players there are from NZ and Pi’s and yet that has not had a detrimental effect on the NRL.

      I purely think the issue is that there aren’t enough meaningful internationals for England and nations in general … its an attitude thing i feel, if you only play one country year in and out and continually get spanked your attitude become negative no matter how good your team is. In the last 10 years GB/England have had teams capable of thrashing Australia on paper (IMHO) yet continually lose simply because of the attitude.

      You have an international schedule where you can play a range of teams, get win (and loses) and have silverware you start to get belief in platers that they can stand up and win etc… hence the schedule that I have come up with does this.

      I have no problems with OS players in competitions… I would love to see more Englishman and Frenchman in the NRL… as I would love to see more Continental European in the ESL and Championships…. I would love to see Soni Radovanovich in the NRL… I think with a bit of coaching he could easily be the next big thing! How good would that be for Serbia!

  6. Jon says:

    Aren’t the SL qoutas being tightened next season?

  7. stevec says:

    I believe there is a (small ?) tightening of the numbers yes and in fairness not all of the clubs use the full quota but its still, I think, 5 allowed next year which is potentially 30% of your match day 17.

    No such restrictions that I am aware of on coaching staff.

    • druzik says:

      OK its 5 is it? either way thats no too bad. remember that aside from SL, you have the two Championship division and the LER which are professional and pay players and bring in imports.

  8. C.T.SANDERS says:

    About time that the championship and divison one in england returned to the amateur game because it’s not economically viable to support a second or 3 tier professional league in the uk.all those resources should all go to supporting the rlef at the expense of the champioship and division one clubs many of whom have always been hopeless and look how the poms have failed to develop the game outside the traditional heartlands in 115 years.It has been a total and utter failure and roll on professional rugby league in america.

    • druzik says:

      The game is being played in every part of the country now?! What are you talking about.

      There is an amateur game and there is a pro game. The RFL runs it self the way it wants.

      If the RFL start to pump more of their own money into the RLEF then they have all the control and be in no different situation to what Australia and NZ are going to the RLIF.

      The RLEF needs to develop its own revenue streams. That’s then only way it can remain independent and promote and develop the sport itself.

  9. C.T.SANDERS says:

    There’s no need to have professional game in the lower divisions and that’s the championsip or division one which is like pub’s bleeding the game dry and extra money could go to prop up the erlf.

  10. C.T.SANDERS says:

    Outside the Harlequins and they still get lousy crowds how many professional clubs have been successful.Where are the likes of carlisle,gateshead,nottingham,liverpool stanely,brigend,cardiff,leicester and sheffield now.Rugby League has been a total and utter disaster since 1895 and roll on european expansion.

  11. C.T.SANDERS says:

    I don’t know where you get this idea in your head that nzrl has a lot of say at irlf level.The nrl have all the say because no one ever stands up to them.It’s the tail [the nrl] wagging the dog[irlf] and they nrl are only interested in protecting the interests of all the owners of all the individual nrl franchises.Everthing else is only secondary.

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