The 2010 International Season is Finally in Full Swing

By Daniel Andruczyk

A slightly delayed blog with results from last weekend and a few results already from this weekend, particularly in the internationals. This weeks domestic results I will publish in a few days. So the International season is in full swing with the European Cup and some friendly internationals being played.


In France the third round of the ELITE1 was played with Lezignan running out 54-10 winners over Avignion. St Gaudens/Toulouse suffered a heavy defeat 06-44 to Catalan team Pia, Villeneuve beat Carcassonne 34-10, Carpentras had a convincing win 40-18 over Montpellier and the UTC v Limoux game was postponed. The table stands as:

Team P W D L B PD Pt
1 Pia 3 3 0 0 0 94 9
2 Lezignan 3 2 0 0 0 66 9
3 Carpentras 3 2 1 0 0 32 7
4 Villeneuve 3 2 0 1 0 -4 6
5 St Gaudens/Toulouse 3 2 0 1 0 -24 6
6 Carcassonne 3 1 0 2 0 -10 3
7 UTC 2 0 1 1 0 -20 1
8 Limoux 2 0 0 2 0 -18 0
9 Montpellier 3 0 0 3 0 -34 0
10 Avignion 3 0 0 3 0 -66 0

New Zealand

In New Zealand the last round of the provincial competition was played with Auckland and Counties Manuka eventually winning through to the Grand Final. Northern 6-86 Auckland, Wellington 20-30 South Island, Counties Manuka 34-26 Heartland and Waicoa Bay Bye

Team P W D L B PD PT
1 Auckland 7 5 0 1 1 146 12
2 Counties Manuka 7 4 0 2 1 90 10
3 Wellington 7 4 0 2 1 88 10
4 South Island 7 4 0 2 1 70 10
5 Waicoa Bay 7 3 0 3 1 14 8
6 6Heartland 7 1 0 5 1 -14 4
7 Northern 7 0 0 6 1 -394 2

Papua New Guinea

In Papua New Guinea the semi final of the Bemobile cup was played with Goroka beating the Gurias to meet Mendi in the Grand final. The semi was played in Lae in front of over 8,000 people.


In Serbia the final of the Cup of Serbia was played between Car Lazar and Dorcol. The spiders (Dorcol) won in a very lop sided contest 98-2. This weekend the action goes back to the Championships with the semi final between Red Star and Radnicki with the winner going through to face Dorcol who are looking for the triple this year.

South Africa

I finally have got some results for the South African competition. There are three regions playing at the moment, well that are providing results.


The first round has the Vaal A beating Heidelberg 54-20 and Vikings beating Vaal B.

Team P W D L B PD Pt
1 Vaal A 1 1 0 0 0 34 2
2 Vikings 1 1 0 0 0 6 2
3 Vaal B 1 0 0 1 0 -6 0
4 Heidelberg 1 0 0 1 0 -34 0

Northern Bulls

Two rounds have been played in the Northern region. In round 1 Tuks B beat the mustangs 24-0, Kungweni demolished the defence 54-0 Tuks A slaughtered Northern 118-4. In the second round Tuks A beat Kungweni 42-8 and the Silverbacks won 56-34 over the Mustangs.

Team P W D L B PD Pt
1 Tuks A 2 2 0 0 0 152 4
2 Tuks B 1 1 0 0 0 24 2
3 Silver Backs 2 1 0 0 1 22 2
4 Kungweni 2 1 0 1 0 -54 0
5 Mustangs 2 0 0 2 0 -48 0
6 Defence 1 0 0 1 0 -54 0
7 Northern 1 0 0 1 0 -118 0

Eastern Eagles

5 Rounds have been played. You can see all the rounds on the website but the latest round, round 5 was Bears A 56-20 Bears B, Kempton 34-42 St Helens and ERP 56- 6 Germiston.

Team P W D L B PD Pt
1 ERP 4 3 0 0 0 112 8
2 Bears A 3 3 0 0 0 101 6
3 St Helens 3 2 0 1 0 29 4
4 Bears B 3 1 0 2 0 -44 2
5 Kempton 4 1 0 3 0 -60 2
6 Germiston 3 0 0 3 0 -96 2
7 Elsburg 3 0 0 2 1 -42 0

European Cup

Two rounds of the Alitalia European Cup have been played last weekend and this weekend with France and Wales showing to be the two stand out teams. In the First round in front of a massive crowd of over 14,000 the French demolished Ireland 58-24 while Wales demolished Scotland 60-22. In the second round so far France had a grinding win against the Scotts 26-12 in wet and cold conditions in Albi. Despite the weather a healthy crowd of 6,721 still turned up to watch France take a closer step to a 4 Nations berth next year.

Team P W D L B PD Pt
1 France 2 2 0 0 0 48 4
2 Wales 1 1 0 0 0 38 2
3 Ireland 1 0 0 1 0 -34 0
4 Scotland 2 0 0 2 0 -52 0

Friendly Internationals

Two other internationals were also played over the weekend. England, aside from their hit out against Cumbria which ended in an 18-18 draw, took on the New Zealand Maoris this weekend in a Mount Smart double header. The English raced out in a stunning first half to an 18-0 lead and seemed to be on the way to a big win, but capitulated in the second half with the Maoris clawing back to an 18-18 draw. The New Zealand Kiwis in the main event demolished the Samoans in an ominous sign to the 4 Nations teams, winning 50-6.

World League: The International Rugby League Show

Just a not that the radio program is going to be only an hour long over the last part of the season with the number of matches reducing significantly. Also last week and this week there wont be shows in their regular time slots as other commitments are forcing Chris and myself to have to postpone it. We are hoping to do one big show next week. Sorry for any inconvenience.

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19 Responses to “The 2010 International Season is Finally in Full Swing”

  1. C.T.SANDERS says:

    France are on the way back because they are coached by the alex murphy of the 21st century bobby goulding yet all the critics said that he didn’t have a track record as a coach.How much experience do you need because goulding wears his heart on his sleeve.

    • druzik says:

      Bobby Goulding has been a popular appointment. Many did think that he would be a failure, but over the months he has actually turned most people around. His appointments of all French teams and not having wring0ins like Greenshields has proven popular and can only help French rugby league.

  2. dragons4eva says:

    Good post Druzik,

    Good to see action from ALL around the globe…=]

  3. C.T.SANDERS says:

    They wanted him to fail because the rugby league people are very small minded and limited.They are not like you daniel with degrees as long as your arm.International football is what the game is all about and i don’t care how small the crowd was at glasglow but the league crowd make a song and dance about it but always turn a blind eye that the vulcans only averaged 25 people for all their home games at mt smart no2 in the nsw cup this season.That’s what i call a waste of time because i am the big expert on new zealand rugby league in reguards to this site.Ok

    • druzik says:

      Not sure that people wanted him to fail, but everyone thought he would be like all previous foreign coaches and look to use foreigners. I was slightly skeptical myself, but from the start saw he was looking to bring back the French pride and so I warmed to him very quickly and I have not been disappointed. If they stick with him for a few years I think France can at least become a genuine 4th team that will compete with the Poms, Roos and Kiwis and on occasion even beat one of them.

      Despite the loss, the mid year test showed that Bobby was looking to build a true French team, and wasn’t looking for miracles. He used that match in many ways for what it was intended, to blood players and combinations for the bigger tournaments. I think we are now seeing the benefits of that. France have had a great campaign in the European Cup so far. I would be bitterly disappointed if they lost next week as I think they are the stand out team so far.

  4. C.T.SANDERS says:

    A new zealand residence side should tour france next year and play 4 club games plus 2 internationals to keep the momentum going. Strike while the iron is hot something that wasn’t done when russian rl was in full swing from 1999 to 2005.No follow up what so ever.Here in NZ the vulcans should be scrapped for the good of the game and the money saved from that financial flop should go to prop up a residence side as well as a nz development side that could be sent to new horizons to help spread the game.Putting all our eggs in the french basket is the way forward instead of putting all our eggs in the nsw cup which has become the norm here much to the detriment of the game.Only watson and holchin are the benneficaries out of all of this the private owners of the warriors.The clubs here are being ripped off which is money going out of the game.

    • druzik says:

      I really can’t see what a residence side would achieve. the French would only put an B or A side against them. The full test side will play other full sides or most probably be in the 4 Nations.

      Club sides wont play as they will be in their own domestic season… and none of the Super League or Championship teams will risk their any other players injury.

      A Junior Kiwi tour on the other hand would work. In france and in England the Junior games (U18-21) get surprisingly good crowds and support. Get a dual Junior Kangaroo and Kiwi tour or tournaments playing and it could be very beneficial for all parties.

  5. C.T.SANDERS says:

    Whatever,then what’s the point of people playing the game here in nz if there are no tours.For argument sake the auckland rugby league aren’t interested in people playing in the local fox,stormont and phelan shield competitions because there are simply no rep teams for these people to be selected in and where’s the incentive to play the game.There’s none because the game in auckland is all about officials using it as a gravvy train and employees getting fat pay packets and spending all their time in the pub getting pissed and sel pearson is one person that springs to mind.Is he ever sober.

    • druzik says:

      Well either tours or tourneys, I agree they need to have something. An annual or bi annual clash with the AAS or other teams definitely should be on the cards.

      As it is the NZ residents team was meant to play an international team this year but they pulled out. So now will do a resistance(?) session against the Kiwis. A real waste I feel.

      See maybe they could have gone over to America for the Atlantic Cup… Ok strictly not in the Atlantic but they would have given an extra game for all teams concerned and give the tournaments a fantastic flavour, Americans, Jamaicans and Polynesians.

  6. C.T.SANDERS says:

    You’re right daniel because the kiwi residence side going all the way to rotorua to play a game of tig and tag against the world champions kiwis is indeed a waste of time.I also heard on the grapevine that the auckland rugby league board of control are sending a auckland broadbase side overseas next month where they will play a game of footie on watchman’s island against a team of neville nobodies out in the harbour by the harbour bridge.well done cammie cams,sideshow sel,the rooster,the shirt lifter and the boxer.That’s what i call real progress in over 100 years and can the arl really afford it after all we got the vulcans to prop up next year our flagship side in the nsw cup.

  7. C.T.SANDERS says:

    Auckland rugby league with millions of millions of dollars in the bank have no development tours for its’ players but 2 or 3 years ago when the kiwis played aussie in the anzac test at brisbane all the auckland rugby league officials plus the hangers on were all there and did they pay their own way?I wouldn’t of thought because rl has always been a game for officials milking the system for all it’s worth.The arl fall into this category because they couldn’t care less about the game.And sending any team anywhere is good especially towards america because in the long term the returns will be huge.But i love to see the kiwis play the tomahawks in jacksonville as a warm up game in october of next year on their way to the 4 nations in europe.

    • druzik says:

      I am sure that has been the case in many instances all over the world.

      by the way mentioned the idea of the NZ residents team playing in the Atlantic cup or having a separate tournies against Nth american teams to David niu and he seemed excited by the concept. He has fond memories of a NZ A team from a few years ago and would love to have that again. I will discuss further with him in Florida in a few weeks.

      Kiwi v Tomahawks game could be good one too. I would definitely fly to see that!

  8. C.T.SANDERS says:

    That’s the game we badly want prior to the 4 nations in europe broken down into 4 quarters played in the second week of october after the sl and nrl grandfinal,a real ambush in the making??Sensationally.Get ya mate gus gould to coach the yanks.It represents food for thought.Who knows if he pulls off an unexpected win against the odd the yanks might turn gus into an astronaunt and then he’ll be a true star amongst the stars.Maybe gus could spy on the administrators from outer space.What u think about that daniel?And of course france should come into an expanded 4 nations as well making it 5 nations from 2011.Is it an artifical turf stadium in jacksonville daniel??

    • druzik says:

      Gus has absolutely no interest in the International game what so ever. What you see on TV is only him having to earn his pay check.

      For Gus and international game is travelling up to Townsville.

      Its been other NRL coaches that have done the Yanks a world of good over the years and David Niu learning from them, Cartwright and Elliot are the two that come to mind straight away.

  9. C.T.SANDERS says:

    But gus could be on the tele tonight because when gb played aussie in the 3 nations in sydney in 2006 gus absolutely rubbished the poms before the game,during the game and was strangely quiet at the end when the poms won.It was funny yet last weekend he was quite generous in his praise for png,the poms and some individuals in the samoa and tonga game which never reach any great heights.Ok you win the arguument hands down if it’s the only the pay check that does the talking but he seemed quite excited about last week’s international matches and unlike myself he found merit in the samoa/tonga game by dissecting the positives.
    But i give him credit where it’s due,he’s not too scared to have a go at the administration even if it means putting his job on the line where others are too frightened in case they lose their jobs.However,he certainly summed up the state of the new zealand game in that he didn’t know the politics of it all but he did say that there was no teamwork to get things done.How true.
    Finally daniel,what i said in the last posting was mainly tongue and check in reguards to gus but it seems strange that as a player he modelled his whole style of game around the poms because he played like a pom.

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