Surprise Leaders in Super League

By Daniel Andruczyk

So with the NRL starting this weekend, its time to recap the weeks results from around the world and latest news. The Donnybrook Cup is a week away and the Ireland and USA squads have been announced, the reaction from the RLIF or lack there of on the USA split and also some reaction from fans on the farce of player eligibility.

Super League

Round 4 of the Super League has been played out. Though its early in the season there are some surprise leaders with Castleford Huddersfield, Wire and Quins in the top 4. So the weekends results were Hull FC 42-18 Crusaders, Salford 16-32 Wigan, Harlequins 10-18 Huddersfield, Catalans 16-22 St Helens, Warrington 40-24 Leeds, Castleford 27-14 Hull KR and Bradford 40-18 Wakefield.

Team P W D L B PD Pt
1 Castleford 3 3 0 0 0 39 6
2 Huddersfield 4 3 0 1 0 22 6
3 Warrington 4 3 0 1 0 15 6
4 Harlequins 4 3 0 1 0 11 6
5 Wigan 3 2 1 0 0 50 5
6 St Helens 4 2 1 1 0 33 5
7 Leeds 4 2 0 2 0 -8 4
8 Bradford 4 2 0 2 0 -12 4
9 Hull FC 4 1 0 3 0 -12 2
10 Hull KR 4 1 0 3 0 -16 2
11 Catalans 4 1 0 3 0 -24 2
12 Salford 4 1 0 3 0 -54 2
13 Crusaders 4 1 0 3 0 0 -2
14 Wakefield 4 1 0 3 0 -44 -2

Challenge Cup

Round 3 of the Challenge Cup was also played out with York setting a new record against Northumbria University 132 – 0. The results are as follows: Fryston 16-12 Bradford Dudley Hill, Milford 24-16 Skirlaugh, Siddal 6-54 Widnes Vikings, Oldham 28-16 Hunslet Warriors, Batley 64-10 Fryston, Sheffield 82-0 Leeds Metropolitan University, Rochdale 22-10 Workington, Northumbria 0-132 York City, Halifax 76-6 Castleford Lock Lane, South Wales 6-62 Dewsbury, Leigh 68-24 Hull Dockers, Milford 16-38 Gateshead, london 60-24 Ergmont, Whitehaven 14-27 Lezignan, Doncaster 34-22 Thatto, Leigh Miners 26-56 Barrow, Keighley 16-10 Toulouse, Swinton 44-4 East Hull.

Elite 1

In the French Elite 1 Lezignan had Challenge Cup campaign on so the didn’t play but all the other teams did play. Carcassonne 46-22 Avignion, Villeneuve 68-16 Carpentras, St Gaudens/Toulouse 24-40 UTC and Limoux 80-10 Montpellier. The table stands as:

Team P W D L B PD Pt
1 Lezignan 16 15 0 1 0 367 46
2 Limoux 17 14 0 3 0 268 45
3 Pia 16 10 0 5 0 254 38
4 Avignion 17 9 1 7 0 28 36
5 Villeneuve 17 9 0 8 0 -17 35
6 Carcassonne 17 8 1 8 0 90 34
7 UTC 17 6 1 10 0 36 30
8 Carpentras 17 5 2 10 0 -193 28
9 St Gaudens / Toulouse 17 3 0 14 0 -371 23
10 Montpellier 17 1 1 15 0 -446 20

Bank of Beirut Championships

With USJ now having left the Bank of Beirut competition, the BoB is mixed up quite a bit now. So the table still has USJ in it I guess eventually they will be dropped. Balamand 24-24 AUB, Jounieh v AUST was postponed and Wolves had the Bye.

Team P W D L B PD Pt
1 LAU 9 6 0 1 2 208 12
2 Balamand 9 5 1 2 2 58 11
3 AUB 7 3 2 2 1 -60 8
4 USJ 5 3 0 1 1 -46 6
5 Wolves 9 2 1 4 2 -20 5
6 Jounieh 7 0 1 4 2 -62 1
7 AUST 8 0 1 6 1 -178 1

Donnybrook Cup Squads

From Brian Lowe at WE ARE RUGBY


Ireland Wolfhounds head coach Alan Robinson has named his 17-man match day squad for the upcoming Donnybrook Cup rugby league international which sees his side take on the USA Tomahawks in Philadelphia on the St Patrick’s Day weekend.

The Irish squad includes two full internationals in the form of Paddy Barcoe and Brendan Guilfoyle who were both selected in the recent Alitalia European Cup competition.

Eight players in total took part in last season’s All Ireland Final. Five squad members are from the Treaty City Titans while three come from the Dublin City Exiles.

This game will be the first meeting between the two sides since 2004 when the Tomahawks won 41-10. In total the sides have met on six occasions with the Wolfhounds picking up two wins and the USA with four victories.

The first two meetings went the way of the Wolfhounds but the Tomahawks have won four on the bounce and haven’t been defeated by Ireland since 1996.

Speaking about the fixture Robinson emphasized the importance of the fixture for both nations; “The game is very important for the development of the Sport in both Ireland and the USA, for us we want to develop new domestic players and give them an international tour experience that will stand them in good stead as players going back into their club environments in the Irish domestic competition and playing in the Four Nations this coming summer.”

Robinson also spoke of the emotion he expects his players to experience running up to the game; “For many this will be their first big international game so I know it will be full of pace and emotion.”

The match will take place on Saturday the 19th of March at the Charles Martin Stadium in Philadelphia. Further details on the event are available on

Ireland Wolfhounds squad: Simon Deevy (Athboy), Ross Bergin (Bristol Sonics), Paddy Barcoe (Carlow Crusaders), Adam Hughes, Alan Trenier, Brian Flanagan (All Dublin City Exiles), Joe Smith (Northampton Demons), Ashley Huck, Peter Howard (Both Siddal ARLFC), Alan McNamara, Brendan Guilfoyle, Mark O’Neill, Mark Tuohy, Sean Carmody (All Treaty City Titans), John Bagnall (Tullamore Knights), Ben Moriarty, Jimmy Giblin (Both West London Sharks)


The USA Tomahawks squad has been named for the Donnybrook Cup Rugby League international against Ireland.

The 17-man squad features ten returning players from the Atlantic Cup last November, as well as seven new faces of players who’ll be making their international debuts.

There are also four players who hail from the Hawaiian islands in the Tomahawks squad.

Again, Apple Pope will captain his country. It will be Pope’s fourth straight Test match as US skipper.

“We are really excited about the USA Tomahawks squad selected for the Donnybrook Cup to represent the American National Rugby League,” said AMNRL president David Niu.

“It is a mixture of experienced international players along with some developing young talent that will get the first opportunity to push their claim for selection for the RLWC Qualifiers in October.

“Historically, the matches with Ireland are tough encounters and it will be a stiff challenge for our players. It is going to be a fantastic week of preparations for both teams as part of the St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Philadelphia, and this event is the ideal way to kick off our 14th season of rugby league in the USA.”

USA Tomahawks Squad v Ireland Wolfhounds: Apple Pope (Capt), Calder Orr, Xavier Lozinguez, Kelly McGill, Conway Maraki, Andrew Kneisly, Mike Cartwright, Mike Tuala, Salesi Tongamoa, Sione Taufa, Mike Brazill, Curtis Cunz, Andrew Malafu, Nate Smith, Charles Cortalano, Sean Taylor, Gareth Baxendale


Colin Love this week showed just how bad an international Rugby league administrator he is. When Steve Mascord asked about the report the AMNRL sent to the RLIF about the split Colin’s reaction was that he didn’t even know that there had been a split. I think that just says it all about the current RLIF administration.

Rugby League Planet

The good folk at Rugby League Planet have put up a petition to send to the RLIF to get them to fix up the international player eligibility rules. They are aiming for 1000 people to sign up so if you are passionate about getting the rules changed then jump on and sign the petition.


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17 Responses to “Surprise Leaders in Super League”

  1. Steve says:

    How can i email the RLIF? they need to take the sport seriously, if RUGBY LEAGUE wants to progress instead of just focusing on the NRL. Daniel you should take Colin Love’s job! 🙂

    • druzik says:

      Oohh well that is actually a tough one. OK so I will try and answer everyones queries about applying in one hit.

      The “official lines” are through the website I guess, so they dont give any email address but there is a postal one

      Rugby League International Federation Ltd
      Australian Business Number 28 091 594 777
      Registered Office Level 5, 165 Phillip Street, Sydney, NSW 2000

      I do know Tas Baitier and a few of his helpers, though he is part of the NSWRL, he’s one of the few RLIF people that seems to try and get things sorted out. I have on many, many occasion offered my services to help out the RLIF and tas has taken me up twice on that, once during the Pac Cup and the other the International 9s last year. Though small roles it showed I was willing to get down and dirty and do things so to speak.

      However once you start talking about getting a bigger role you start to get the run around. I think in Tas’ case its more a case of his hands being tied by the people above him. He has no direct influence on the decision made and of course the RLIF only exists on paper as such, there are no headquarters to speak of.

      The only other RLIF person I have had some very limited contact with is Richard lewis. I met him in 2008 and had a chat and interview at the Italy v Germany game in Padua… yes he flew out for that match on the eve of the Challenge Cup Semis, which impressed me. Everyone else from other nations I have ever spoken to have all said the same thing, Richard Lewis is the only one that gave a damn about the international game in the RLIF…. however with recent events I fear he has fallen to the dark side :s

      So to answer people question, Yes I have offered my help and services to the RLIF… would I take the job if given a chance, sure…. but be ready for some major overhauls from the ground up.

  2. Nice work with the article!

    Love’s reaction is a joke. Someone who is suppose to be in charge of the international game has zero passion for it! They sooner they change the RLIF board the better.

    When you putting in your application Druzik?

  3. Interested Observer says:

    Amazing to think that talented current RL players on the mainland missed out on 4 places that went to guys who play rugby union in Hawaii, just because they have joined the USARL. I wish the T’hawks the best for the game but do hope this gets sorted out soon.

  4. Stu says:

    Doesn’t Apple Pope play for Jacksonville? I thought USARL players were ineligible for the Tomahawks?

  5. Kingsland7 says:

    Hi Druzic,

    Define what you mean by Richard Lewis going to the dark side?

    I really hope Apple does well, but think it is really sad that he was forced to leave jax axe in order to represent.

    • druzik says:

      So I spoke with someone at Jax Axe, the situation as I understand it is this:

      Their training and selection don’t start till May 7th, thus Apple is a free agent and most probably is selected on that basis. The Jax are supporting apple in his quest for international representation. They have not heard of any amnrl team he has signed for. There will be an official media release from Jax on this soon.

      Thats all I got.

      What I mean is that in the past Richard Lewis resisted as much as he could the temptaion of selecting and swapping players. He was the voice of reason in the RLIF… but the dark side being he now accepts these nation swaps.

  6. Interested Observer says:

    Based on the Tomahawks eligibility, Apple should have signed a contract declaring he will affiliate with the AMNRL for 2011. If he hasn’t and he re-signs with Jax, you won’t see him picked for the Tomahawks again anytime soon. Very clever of Jax and Apple though to not have him resign yet for Jax in 2011 so he can play for the USA.

  7. major says:

    I heard that Apple may be signing overseas after the USA game. This would make sense . What other guys would the Tomahawks be missing since most of the teams that left AMNRL were made up of foreign players and foreign owners/Presidents?

  8. Interested Observer says:

    I think there are 7 players from the USA team that played in the Atlantic Cup that are missing.

  9. Chris Sanders says:

    I am available to go on the IRLF Rugby League Nut and have you got Rugby League in your school now as well?

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