Italy and Jamaican Press Releases

From Tiziano Franchini and Romeo Monteith

Jamaica Rugby League Association has a new Chairman.

Romeo Monteith, JRLA Development Officer

The JRLA is pleased to announce that Mr. Ventley Brown has been elected to chair the growing association for the next two years. At a special meeting held on January 17, the board of directors unanimously elected Mr. Brown to the chair. Mr. Travis Graham was elected to the position of vice president. Ms. Camille Robinson and Mr. Roy Calvert will sit as secretary and treasurer respectively.

Mr. Brown will have the support of 11 directors who were nominated to the board. The JRLA will benefit from the extensive sports management background of Mr. Brown who is the Athletic Director at GC Foster College.

Commenting on his new position, Mr. Brown believes the potential for Rugby League in Jamaica is unlimited:

“We have an opportunity to build further support for the game, ensuring that it is played and expanded further into our Primary schools, High schools and at the Tertiary level. We will also continue to focus on the community clubs and teams. The main objective is to ensure that we have a facility we can call home, and set up a structured programme for coaches and match officials with the G.C.Foster College and the Rugby League European Federation. We are aiming to qualify for the World Cup in 2013 in October of this year, as this will bring tremendous joy to the Jamaican people.

The JRLA was established in 2004 and Mr. Brown is the 4th Chairman. His predecessor is Mr. Keith Jackson. Jamaica will compete against the United States and South Africa for a direct spot to the 2013 Rugby league World Cup in the United Kingdom, when the three countries meet in qualifiers scheduled for October 2011.



Capo Ufficio Stampa, Davide Bolzoni


The Italian Rugby League Federation, was born in 2008, as a natural evolution from’ ITALIA RUGBY LEAGUE founded in Australia, in 1995, and subsequently registered in Italia in 2002. After the first 3 years of activity carried out with commitment, dedication and success, The Italian Rugby League Federation has been promoted by the European Rugby League Federation as affiliated member, “”.

The aim of the FIRL is to develop Rugby League also known as Rugby 13 in Italy, focusing its attention at both national and international levels.

As far as local development, starting from zero, the FIRL has created over the years various clubs, obtaining in 2010 the registration of 6 clubs in the Italian championship.

At an international level, in these 3 years, the Italian national side has competed in 12 matches, winning 7 of these friendly and official European Federation matches.

Of particular importance were the consecutive victories in the European shield (2008 and 2009), the participation in the 2009 European Cup and the historic victory of the Italian national side against over Gareth Thomas’s Wales, on the 6th October 2010.

All of these successes have prompted the European Rugby League Federation to promote FIRL as an affiliated member.

This status change is very important for the Italian Rugby League Federation, in that it firstly rewards the efforts carried out by the FIRL over these years and subsequently officially introduces the FIRL into the Rugby League that really counts.

The FIRL is extremely proud of the recognition it has received from the RLEF, and thanks everybody who has made this essential result possible.

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14 Responses to “Italy and Jamaican Press Releases”

  1. dragons4eva says:

    Good news to hear from Jamaica and Italy 🙂

  2. Interested Observer says:

    The comment “introduces the FIRL into the Rugby League that really counts” is a bit disappointing.

    All levels and competitions around the world are working hard and should not be belittled as a type of rugby league that doesn’t count. Poor choice of words in my opinion.

    • druzik says:

      I think its a “lost in translation” effect. I dont think its meant to be-little.

      But I think one can see that a staright translation can never be done and a proper PR manager should have picked up on that I guess.

  3. deluded pom? says:

    The news about Italy is a bit of a double edged sword. Whilst it’s good to see Italy get some recognition I still believe the iRLF will be the better vehicle to develop the game there.

  4. international league says:

    always intriguing to hear about Jamaica’s additions and event to their Association, with this latest addition being one of experience.

    It mentions “commitment, dedication and success” by the FIRL, which is despite a split being formed. If those three elements are apparent how come they have no credible competition and most of their promises have fallen on the wayside?
    As per the membership guidelines. Does the FIRL now have any juniors, financial report, communications plan and officials and coaching elements?
    Success can certainly be an overused word. As possessing no decent competition and domestic substance for rugby league, really is just a smokescreen.

    • deluded pom? says:

      You beat me to it IL. All the things that have come out of Italian RL these last few years (after years and years of promises that never happened) appear to be the work of the guys who left to form the iRLF. I regularly see news and updates from Joel Morgan ) press officer for the iRFL) but never see anything from the FIRL. When Joel was involved with the FIRL he took me to task when I criticised the FIRL for their lack of substance and promises built on sand but he then experienced first hand what I had been alluding to and conceded that I was right in my views. I believe the FIRL will once again limp along on broken promises. Time will tell.

  5. deluded pom? says:

    Any chance we can have an edit option here dru?

  6. Jamaican Rugby League says:

    Jamaica Rugby League Grand Final…. THE DEADLY VULTURES will face THE PRIMAL SHARK…. Who will win? Will the Sharks devour the 6year champions or will The Vultures make fish bait out of the Red Sharks for a 7th…. Ferocious Action @ the Red Stripe oval, spanish town road (across frm toyota jamaica) TODAY @ 4… Come out and enjoy the hits, thrills and discounted beer:) #JAMAICA RUGBY LEAGUE!

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