BARLA Up, Up and Away

By Steve Manning , BARLA Media Manager

For those who question the validity of the BARLA Counties Open Age and Under 19 Tri-Series which is the pathway of gaining international selection BARLA are pleased to announce that the Open Age, Under 23’s and Under 19 sides will be going on tour in June.

The Unison BARLA Great Britain Lions have been invited to tour Perth, Australia from the 6th June until the 27th June. The side will play four games and the highlight of the tour will be a game against a Western Australia Select side being played as a curtain raiser to the NRL clash between Russell Crowe’s South Sydney and Brisbane Broncos in front of over 20,000 spectators.

The Unison BARLA Great Britain Under 23s will embark on a two game ten day tour of the Ukraine which will set out on the 10th June and return on the 20th June.

The Unison BARLA Great Britain Under 19s who last year had a highly successful tour of South Africa this year will take part in a two game tour of Serbia. The side will fly out on the 5th June and return home on the 15th June.

The process of contacting the selected players which comes as a result of the Tri Series is ongoing and squad announcements and full itineraries will follow in due course.

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11 Responses to “BARLA Up, Up and Away”

  1. dragons4eva says:

    Good on the BARLA for touring. If only there were more teams like that touring around the world.

    • druzik says:

      I think, if any tours happen it can only be at the lower level like BARLA or Pioneers etc…

      Tours at the top level are archaic and do more damage than good, particularly in modern times.

  2. Cheyne Maher says:

    I agree it is good to see some lower level tours occurring. Depending on the international tournaments on at the end of the year i reckon there is some scope for the likes of an Australian PM’s XIII and NZ PM’s XIII to tour countries/regions not involved in any major tournament or qualifiers. Ideally all nations would have something to play for on a regular basis, but in the meantime such tours would prove competitive and would help promote the game.

    For example when the Four Nations was on last year it would have been good if the Aussies and Kiwis used their left over players to tour Samoa, Tonga, Fiji and the Cook Islands. PNG have shown themselves to be competitive against the Aussies PM team and we see the reaction of their fans every year when they get to view NRL players in their own backyard. I reckon similar tours could be very valuable in increasing the games popularity in the other Pacific nations particularly.

    This is one thing “tours” are still good for – spreading the love and allowing all teams to “host” top level RL players. The likes of Tonga, Fiji and Samoa rarely host any of Rugby Unions traditional powerhouse teams, so i reckon if RL started sending PM teams from NZ and Aus with NRL players involved once every couple of years this could really help the code take over RU in the Island nations.

    Even if these nations are competing in a tournament that year, they could benefit from hosting such matches as a warm up for the particular tournament they are in and it would also help keep some match fitness for the Aussies and Kiwis who are in their teams squad, but not being picked for four nations tests, in case they are needed at some stage.

    Surely Fiji hosting NZ PM XIII would do more for both the team and promotion of the game, then playing a Bundaberg Cup rep team like they did late last year?! The Fijian fans would have loved to have seen the likes of Todd Carney, Robbie Farah, Josh Dugan, Nathan Hindmarsh etc play their team in their country and these players could run training clinics and promote the sport whilst in that country. They could spend a week in Fiji and a week in Samoa, while NZ PM’s team spends a week in Tonga and a week in the Cook Islands!

    I’m certainly not suggesting we revert to the old tour system as i agree there is a desperate need to provide the incentive of promotion to higher tournaments/games for all nations – just that tours such as BARLA’s (and ones that may involve NRL/ESL players more so) could be very useful tools in helping to promote the game at grass roots levels across the world.

    • druzik says:

      Hmmm some interesting points… I would like to see the NZ residents as well as Australian Affiliated States team tour more.

    • dragons4eva says:

      I agree, tours are great tools to showcase Rugby League into new markets. I reckon that should be the core of it…nothing else.

      • druzik says:

        Thats just it, the tours never went or go into new markets. They always went to the same places. While tours were around it was always only the 4 countries that played. Its not till they started to expand the world cup and throw in other tournaments that the game started to grow outside of the usual markets.

  3. Cheyne Maher says:

    I agree these would provide a terrific incentive for the players in the (lets face it) lower tier state leagues and regional leagues in NZ. Such tours would be likely to attract the interest of scouts, hence providing their players with a genuine pathway through to a professional club. If a kid can play for South Aust, then Affiliated states and then get noticed by say Cronulla and makes it through to first grade that captures the interest of people in the local area he grew up in – which is great publicity for RL!

    • druzik says:

      An issue I see at the moment is that with this new “independent” commission, the other states are going to get screwed. they are being left out of the Rugby League Family.

      …. Did you deliberately mention Cronulla 😉

  4. Cheyne Maher says:

    yeah thought you’d like that hahaha!

  5. Chris Sanders says:

    At Least Barla tours Australia at the right time when everyone aren’t rugby leagued out and pity GB can’t follow suit.

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