No Rest for the Best

By Daniel Andruczyk

This weekend the best sport in the world continues to show off its talents. Not only are there the international tournaments continuing but the only Christmas Professional domestic comp is well into its season.


In France the fourth round of the Elite 1 was played. Carcassonne lost to Pia 26-33. Lezignan trounced the St Gaudens/Toulouse merger 76-6. Limoux and Villeneuve played out a thriller 35-28 and Montpellier went from 9th to 6th with their first win over UTC 26-20.Carpentras beat Avignion 34-26. The table stands now as:

Team P W D L B PD Pt
1 Lezignan 4 4 0 0 0 136 12
2 Pia 4 4 0 0 0 101 12
3 Carpentras 4 3 1 0 0 50 11
4 Villeneuve 4 2 0 2 0 -11 8
5 Carcassonne 4 1 0 3 0 -17 6
6 Montpellier 4 1 0 3 0 -44 6
7 Avignion 4 1 0 3 0 -78 6
8 St Gaudens/Toulouse 4 1 0 3 0 -100 6
9 Limoux 3 1 0 2 0 -11 5
10 UTC 3 0 1 2 0 -26 4


The Semi Final of the Serbian Championships was played this weekend between second placed Red Star Belgrade against thirs Radnicki. In what was an absolute thriller of a match. Red Star seemed to have the match sealed up at half time with a powerful 24-6 lead but in what can only be similar to the ghosts of England on the weekend Radnicki came back to seal it all up 30-30 in full time. It too till the second half of extra time for Red Star to finally get the golden points with a try to seal it 34-30 and take a spot to meet the Cup champions Dorcol in the Grand Final.


The second round of the Canadian domestic season was played this weekend also. In the first round Toronto City Saints beat St Catherine Bobcats convincing and in the second round were able to repeat the feat once again beating the Bobcats 40 – 24.

The Canadian Atlantic Cup squad has been named. Players from three teams have been selected, the two canadian domestic teams and the Jacksonville Axemen. The team is: Tyler Allen (Toronto City Saints), Troy Bower (Toronto City Saints), David Burton (Toronto City Saints), Geoff Bylund (Toronto City Saints), Steve Conlon (Toronto City Saints), Christopher Diamond (St Catharines Bobcats), Shane Farrell (Toronto City Saints), Sam Fuimaono (St Catharines Bobcats), Eric Gibbons (Toronto City Saints), Cameron Grace (Toronto City Saints), Dan Gordon (Toronto City Saints), Dale Fitzgerald (Toronto City Saints), Christopher Fleming (St Catharines Bobcats), Marc Hanke (Jacksonville Axemen), Trent Hanson (Toronto City Saints), Josh In (St Catharines Bobcats), Rafal Kackzmarek (Toronto City Saints), Tom Kimball (Toronto City Saints), Steve Lamb (St Catharines Bobcats), Robin Legault (Toronto City Saints), Jamie Lester (Toronto City Saints), Tim Mason (St Catherines Bobcats), Henry Miers (Toronto City Saints), Adam Moody (Toronto City Saints), Najeeb Obaidi (St Catharines Bobcats), David Pearson (St Catharines Bobcats), Will Sorenson (St Catharines Bobcats), Jesse Walker (St Catharines Bobcats), Enoch Wamalwa, (Toronto City Saints), Matt Wyles (Toronto City Saints); Coach: Kieron Purtill, Assistant Coach: Jamie Lester

United States of America

With The Atlantic Cup approaching quickly, news this week has come through that there may be a Western Conference in the USA one day. Teams west of the Rocky’s are looking to set up with Denver and Seattle potential areas of expansion. If you are in the Seattle area then you can contact the Seattle Rugby League via this website link.

European Cup

The second match of the second round was played on Sunday between Wales and Ireland at the Gnoll in Neath. In front of a record 2,165 fans the Dragonhearts and Wolfhounds went to an absolute thriller. In what was a tit for tat try fest it took a field goal from Lee Briers 10 minutes from the end to seal the win. being 31-24 up, though Ireland did send a scare when they went over to go within 1 point and were pushing the line till the end. Wales finally prevailed 31-20 to set a juicy effective “final” against the French next Saturday in Albi.

Other Internationals

Four other internationals were played over the weekend. Malta took on Lancashire in Hamroun, Malta and the Ipswich Jets gave the Papua New Guinea Kumuls a hit out before the 4 Nations. Cook Islands played a NSW Country select and Fiji played a Bundaberg Cup select team.

The Cook islanders took on NSW country in Tamworth with Shane Hayne as the referee. As expected the Full International side beat the Country side 26-22 but it was a close one, 2000 turned up to watch this which is quite a healthy crowd. The Fijians took on the Bundy Cup team at Primrose Park at Wentworthville, Sydney. In an upset the Fijians lost to the Bundy team 22-16 in front of 500 fans.

The Kumuls took on Ipswich on the weekend in their 4 nations warm up. In front of a decent crowd of 1000 the Jets were leading 18-6 at half time, but as one expects the Kumuls were able to run away with it in the second half. From reports Gene had a good chat with them top motivate them. The Kumuls won 50-26 eventually. In Hamrun, Malta, the Knights took on a formidable Lancashire outfit. This essentially is the best of the Amateur Rugby League players in Lancashire and the locals got a display of clinical Rugby league from them. The English boys winning 60-0 in the end. the crowd there was similar to the Bowl match and was 233.

Atlantic Cup

Just a reminder that Rugby League International Scores will officially be at the Atlantic Cup, yes the flight and hotel are booked! I will be trying to get a live commentary over the radio done, but the game will be streamed over the web on the WeAreRugby website. I will also have almost on a daily basis match reports and interviews on this website from the matches and on location at Jacksonville, Florida USA!


The Maltese Rugby League have officially launched their membership drive. So if you or your business want to part of this exciting team in the world of rugby league then jump on the Malta Membership website and join up!

You have to Laugh

So the Wigan Athletic soccer fans are upset that Wigan Warriors won the Super League and the Council have acknowledged as much. You have to Laugh. Article here.

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