Thailand announce the Pattaya 9s, Singapore, South Africa Expand

By Daniel Andruczyk

Lots of news from around the world. In Thailand the Pattaya 9s will be played in June with The Singaporeans sending a team. The Saudi Arabians started their defence of the MENA championships with a successful win and Rugby League expanding in South Africa.

Rugby League expands in South Africa

From Phil Caplan, RLEF

South African Rugby League have expanded their theatre of operation with the formal establishment of the Eastern Cape Region of Port Elizbeth/Uitenhage and Despatch.

Taken on to oversee the development is Andre Gouws  who stems from the Uitenhage area and is the father of ex Eastern Eagles Provincial player (2005/7) Andre Gouws Junior .

The formation of clubs and a recruitment process at all levels as part of a strategic plan for the area  is already underway.

Dave van Reenen, President of South African Rugby League said, “We welcome Andre Gouws on board  and wish him a long and a happy  association  with SARL. We wish him the best of luck in his undertaking.”


Phil Caplan RLEF Media office


Saudi Schools Select kicked off their defence of the MENA U16 Championship with a 20-0 win against Palestine RL U16, the identical score by which they defeated the Palestinians to commence their 2010 campaign. Spurred on by Lebanon Cedars’ impressive win against the Palestinians a week ago the Saudi team was determined to lay down a similar marker.

Head coach David Kinkead was happy with a hard fought win against a rugged Palestine outfit. “Our defence was superb, particularly man of the match Farid Abdul Wahab and if we tighten up our attack against Lebanon we will be difficult to beat.”

Lining up against an imposing and physical Palestinian team was always going to be tough but the Camels, made up of schoolboys from Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, South Africa, Egypt and, the majority, Saudi Arabia were more than a match for their opposition, displaying tenacity and technique in the tackle. In the opening exchanges both sets of forwards tested each other but led by Palestine man of the match Abdul Wahab the team in white and green started to exert their dominance.

After a bruising first ten minutes it was the Saudis that opened the scoring as co-captain Rackan Al Moukhtar, the hero of last year’s tense 14-14 draw with Lebanon that saw the Camels clinch the trophy on points difference, crashed over after bursting two tackles. Zander Potgieter converted to give Saudi a 6-0 lead. This was swiftly followed by some hard running from the Camels pack to allow co-captain Hasan Zakzouk to dive over from short range. As the half drew to a close there was still time for debutant Tommy Abdullah to pounce on a loose ball and kick through to ground the ball over the line. With Potgieter again adding the extras the half-time score was 16-0.

The Saudi team were camped close to the Palestinian line for the whole of the second half but poor handling meant that the closest they came to scoring was Yousef Safadi’s effort being chalked off for a forward pass. However, it was left to Abdul Wahab, fittingly, to complete the scoring with a powerful run. Farid’s performance demonstrates the talent available in the region and why English professional clubs Warrington and Harlequins are looking to offer stints to some of the players on show in the MENA championship. All players from the Saudi and Lebanese sides will be looking to impress in the championship decider on Saturday.


Waleed Mufti, Daley Herselman, Liam McRaith, Yousef Safadi, Hassan Sharbatly, Zander Potgieter, Ahmed El Obeid, Hisham Nassar, Hasan Zakzouk (c), Omar Rathore, Farid Abdulwahab, Samer Balaa, Rackan Al Moukhtar. Subs: Micheal van Greunen, Tommy Abdullah


S. Souri, S. Abou Shallah, H. Mordeaa, M. Abou Shilah, M. Ghabon, A. Mordeaa, H. Abou Shindi, I. Saidi, A. Menawi, S. Rosa, M. el Khalil, M. Esdahmad, I. Najami, A. Laham, A. Halimi, G. Sarrice, M. Abed El Rasoul.

Thailand Rugby League 9’s


Singapore Rugby League Keeps Expanding.

Singapore RL is currently organising plans to attend the Pattaya 9’s tournament, in Thailand. The event will be held on June 11 at the Horseshoe Point Resort & Country Club.

We currently have a group of 16 who have expressed their desire to represent Singapore at the event. This group consists of players, coaches, managers and trainers, with many having top level rugby union experience. Although the event is still two months away, we have discussed with Indonesia RL the possibility of entering a combined team if player numbers is an issue.

This leads to the first meeting between SRL Development Officer Stephen Bartlett, and Indonesia RL’s Rodney Holt. The meeting, held in Singapore, was a great chance to share ideas and views on rugby league development. Both SRL and the IRLF have plans to introduce the sport to both schools and adults over the next 12 months, with the possibility of a match played between the nations at the closure of 2012.

Stephen Bartlett and Rodney Holt

In Singapore, interest has continued to flow. We are now very close to confirming the coaches for the Tampines Tigers, City Roosters and the Jurong Dugongs. We are still taking expressions of interest for the coaching role at the Choa Chu Kang Rats.

Team kit supplier quotes are also being created, and we hope to establish a partnership with a kit supplier in the near future. This however, is a minor detail in the planning process.

We also have a mailing list for players, coaches, trainers and managers. If you would like to be included in this mailing list, please email


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