AMNRL Website Finally up as Rugby League Season is in Full Swing

By Daniel Andruczyk

After once again being on the road with work, this time to Princeton, I now have no major engagements till May, when I take holidays, but this just means I will be traveling round to watch Rugby league. So the last two weeks has seen lots of news and results from the world of international Rugby League. From Ireland, to the USA, France to Australia, England to the Czech Republic. Much has been going on. So when I say the season is in full swing I mean that all around the world Rugby League is in full swing.

Lebanese champions in the Czech 9’s

In the Czech Republic the Inaugural Rugby League 9s were played with 6 teams from 3 countries. 3 Domestic teams from the Czechs, Beroun, Pardubice and Vrchlabi were joined by Belgrade from Serbia and LAU and AUB from Lebanon. This would be an interesting look at where some of the domestic teams sit with respect to each other. Probably not many surprises that the Lebanese and Serbian teams were the top two.

The full article can be read here. The results and table standings were:

Round 1

LAU 12-4 Pardubice, Belgrade 10-0 Vrchlabi, AUB 24-4 Beroun

Round 2

Beroun 0-24 LAU, Pardubice 14-4 Vrchlabi, AUB 6-10 Belgrade

Round 3

LAU 12-0 Vrchlabi, Beroun 0-20 Pardubice, Vrchlabi 0-4 AUB

Round 4

Beroun 0-28 Belgrade, Pardubice 4-18 AUB, Belgrade 0-30 LAU

Round 5

Vrchlabi 10-10 Beroun, LAU 16-12 AUB, Belgrade 8-6 Pardubice

Team P W D L B PF PA PD Pt
1 LAU 5 5 0 0 0 94 16 78 10
2 Belgrade 5 4 0 1 0 56 42 14 8
3 AUB 5 3 0 2 0 64 34 30 6
4 Pardubice 5 2 0 3 0 48 40 8 4
5 Vrchlabi 5 0 1 4 0 14 50 -36 1
6 Beroun 5 0 1 4 0 14 106 -92 1

Semi Finals

Belgrade 24-14 AUB, LAU 32-0 Pardubice


LAU 38-0 Belgrade

Australian Rep Season Upon Us

Two rounds in the NRL have passed since I wrote last. Rounds 7 and 8 were played with few really surprising results. In round 7 which was the Easter and ANZAC day weekend: Canterbury 36-24 South Sydney, Parramatta 22-18 Gold Coast, Canberra 12-22 Newcastle, Sydney City 10-24 St George/Illawarra, Manly 22-16 Penrith, Cronulla 12-30 Nth Queensland, Melbourne 14-18 New Zealand and Wests 18-31 Brisbane.

Round 8 results were: Brisbane 20-12 Canterbury, Nth Queensland 22-12 Manly, St George/Illawarra 30-00 Parramatta, South Sydney 31-12 Cronulla, Canberra 12-49 Wests, Melbourne 42-12 Newcastle, Gold Coast 24-13 Sydney City, New Zealand 26-18 Penrith. The table stands after 7 rounds is:

Team P W D L B PD Pt
1 St George / Illawarra 8 7 0 1 0 97 14
2 Brisbane 8 7 0 1 0 78 14
3 Melbourne 8 6 0 2 0 105 12
4 Nth Queensland 8 6 0 2 0 54 12
5 Manly 8 5 0 3 0 31 10
6 Canterbury 8 5 0 3 0 14 10
7 Wests 8 4 0 4 0 32 8
8 Newcastle 8 4 0 4 0 3 8
9 New Zealand 8 4 0 4 0 -5 8
10 South Sydney 8 3 0 5 0 -37 6
11 Gold Coast 8 3 0 5 0 -39 6
12 Parramatta 8 3 0 5 0 -104 6
13 Sydney City 8 2 0 6 0 -41 4
14 Cronulla 8 2 0 6 0 -45 4
15 Penrith 8 2 0 6 0 -63 4
16 Canberra 8 1 0 7 0 -80 2

The representative season will begin next week in Australia as well with the ANZAC test between the Kangarros and Kiwis as well as the City/Country clash. Teams have been announced for the test, they are:

Australia Kangaroos

1 Billy Slater (QLD / Melbourne Storm), 2 Brett Morris (NSW / St George Illawarra Dragons), 3 Greg Inglis (QLD / South Sydney Rabbitohs), 4 Justin Hodges (QLD / Brisbane Broncos), 5 Jharal Yow Yeh (QLD / Brisbane Broncos), 6 Darren Lockyer [c] (QLD / Brisbane Broncos), 7 Johnathan Thurston (QLD / North Queensland Cowboys), 8 Petero Civoniceva (QLD / Penrith Panthers), 9 Cameron Smith (QLD / Melbourne Storm), 10 Matthew Scott (QLD / North Queensland Cowboys), 11 Ben Creagh (NSW / St George Illawarra Dragons), 12 Sam Thaiday (QLD / Brisbane Broncos), 13 Paul Gallen (NSW / Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks) Subs: 14 Cooper Cronk (QLD / Melbourne Storm), 15 Ben Hannant (QLD / Brisbane Broncos), 16 Jamal Idris (NSW / Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs), 17 David Shillington (QLD / Canberra Raiders) 18th man – Beau Scott (NSW / St George Illawarra Dragons)

New Zealand Kiwis

Gerard Beale (Brisbane Broncos), Adam Blair (Melbourne Storm), Lewis Brown (New Zealand Warriors), Matthew Duffie (Melbourne Storm), Greg Eastwood (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs), Nathan Fien (St George Illawarra Dragons), Kieran Foran (Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles), Bronson Harrison (Canberra Raiders), Lance Hohaia (New Zealand Warriors), Shaun Kenny-Dowall (Sydney Roosters), Issac Luke (South Sydney Rabbitohs), Sam McKendry (Penrith Panthers), Simon Mannering (New Zealand Warriors), Benji Marshall [c] (Wests Tigers), Ben Matulino (New Zealand Warriors)
Fuifui Moimoi (Parramatta Eels), Jason Nightingale (St George Illawarra Dragons), Sam Rapira (New Zealand Warriors), Jeremy Smith (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks)

New South Wales City

1 Jarryd Hayne (Parramatta Eels), 2 William Hopoate (Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles), 3 Michael Jennings (Penrith Panthers), 4 Beau Champion (Melbourne Storm), 5 Nathan Merritt (South Sydney Rabbitohs), 6 Kris Keating (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs), 7 Mitchell Pearce (Sydney Roosters), 8 Keith Galloway (Wests Tigers), 9 Robbie Farah [c] (Wests Tigers), 10 Tim Mannah (Parramatta Eels), 11 Mark Minichiello (Gold Coast Titans), 12 Simon Dwyer (Wests Tigers), 13 Liam Fulton (Wests Tigers) Subs: 14 Tim Grant (Penrith Panthers), 15 Adam Cuthbertson (St George Illawarra Dragons), 16 Tom Symonds (Sydney Roosters), 17 Shane Shackleton (Parramatta Eels)

New South Wales Country

1 Josh Dugan (Canberra Raiders), 2 Michael Gordon (Penrith Panthers), 3 Josh Morris (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs), 4 Joel Thompson (Canberra Raiders), 5 Akuila Uate (Newcastle Knights), 6 Jamie Soward (St George Illawarra Dragons), 7 Jarrod Mullen (Newcastle Knights), 8 Kade Snowden (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks), 9 Michael Ennis (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs), 10 Aiden Tolman (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs), 11 Chris Houston (Newcastle Knights), 12 Glenn Stewart [c] (Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles), 13 Chris Heighington (Wests Tigers) Subs: 14 Tom Learoyd-Lahrs (Canberra Raiders), 15 Trent Merrin (St George Illawarra Dragons), 16 Matt Prior (St George Illawarra Dragons), 17 Tim Moltzen (Wests Tigers)

Catalans Continue their Amazing Run

Three rounds have been played since last I wrote. The Easter weekend traditionally sees two rounds played, so teams have to back up a day apart. This provides something interesting and unique to the game in England to test the stamina of the players and also gives an opportunity for a weaker team to ambush one of the better ones. Does this actually happen who knows but it certainly provided some interesting results. Round 11 saw Catalans continue their amazing run where they already had the top two scalps. This time it was Harlequins turn to be on the recieving end of this remarkable run, one which went on into the next two runs where the French had a draw with Bradford and also beat Huddersfield. Round 11 results are: Bradford 22-30 Leeds, Castleford 24-28 Wakefield, Crusaders 32-6 Huddersfield, Harlequins 30-37 Catalans, Hull FC 36-18 Hull KR, Salford 0-60 Warrington and Wigan 28-24 St Helens.

Round 12 results were: Catalans 8-8 Bradford, Hull KR 37-24 Harlequins, Wakefield 0-26 Wigan, Warrington 10-24 Hull FC, Leeds 34-16 Crusaders, St Helens 22-20 Castleford and Huddersfield 52-22 Salford. While so far round 13 results are: Castleford 6-48 Leeds, Catalans 13-12 Huddersfield and Harlequins 16-34 Salford

Team P W D L B PD Pt
1 Huddersfield 13 9 0 4 0 142 18
2 St Helens 12 8 1 3 0 126 17
3 Warrington 12 8 0 4 0 208 16
4 Wigan 11 7 2 2 0 71 16
5 Castleford 12 7 1 4 0 71 15
6 Leeds 13 7 1 5 0 60 15
7 Catalan 13 7 1 5 0 11 15
8 Hull FC 12 5 0 7 0 4 10
9 Salford 13 5 0 8 0 -130 10
10 Bradford 12 4 1 7 0 -110 9
11 Harlequins 13 4 1 8 0 -124 9
12 Hull KR 12 4 0 8 0 -61 8
13 Wakefield 12 4 0 8 0 -140 4
14 Crusaders 12 3 0 9 0 -128 2

Pia and Limoux Through to the Preliminary Final in the Elite 1

The French Elite is into its play offs and are now two weeks away from finding out the winners of the 2010/11 season. In the first round of the play offs Limoux lost to Pia 8-22 and Villeneuve defeated  Carcassonne 37-30. In the Semi finlas Lezignan won out a close won against Pia 25-24 and that takes them through to the Grand Final. Pia still get another chance in the Preliminary final next week. Their opponents will be Limoux who defeated Villeneuve 40-24.

Irish Press Release – Super League Clubs Target Irish Recruits – Irish Rugby League Franchise on the RFL Agenda

From Phil Caplan, RLEF Media Officer

RUGBY League Ireland have sowed the seeds for possible Super League involvement within the next five years with this week-end’s Scouting Academy, held at Tom Clifford Park in Limerick.

Young players from all four Irish provinces have been registered among over 30 participants for the academy which will involve fitness testing, interviews and a game watched by head coaches from top Super League clubs including St Helens and Wigan.

“Rugby League has been growing significantly in this country in recent years and the idea of this academy weekend in Limerick is to give players of high ability an opportunity to sign with some of the top clubs,” said Gordon Matthews, general manager of Rugby League Ireland.

He added that his organisation wanted to recruit young Irish players who will hopefully help to strengthen the Emerald Isle’s participation in the World Cup in 2013:  “We have been encouraged by the response in Limerick this week. Within five years we hope to have a Super League team in Ireland with high profile games being played at venues such as Thomond Park.”

Young Munster back-row and Ireland rugby league international Brendan Guilfoyle was of the view that many senior rugby union clubs throughout the country did not have a problem with players playing rugby league during the summer break: “There are a lot of benefits and this academy provides an exciting opportunity for young players who wish to further their careers,” he noted.

Rugby League Ireland currently has registered 20 clubs throughout the 32 counties and their three provincial league season runs over 14 weeks. Neil Wood of the Rugby Football League was also present to discuss the prospect of Irish rugby league franchises taking part in Super League competition in the coming years.

For further Information contact:

Kieran O’Brien, O’Brien Communications

Conor Kelly, Rugby League Ireland

AMNRL website Finally Up and Running

So after much waiting the AMNRL website is up and running,, and I have to say it does look good. Lets hope that it will be maintained and updated unlike the last one. If twitter is anything to be belived, David Niu, the AMNRL (i.e. Howard Wilensky) and Tomahawks accounts have been going about expansion in the Carolinas. Will be interesting to see what happens there as there is no other details I have read anywhere else.

What is interesting is that Detroit have a team in the AMNRL competition, not Chicago! Detroot have now taken on the name Vipers. Chicago will have two demo games one which was today and much to my displeasure there was absolutely nothing promoting it at all. Nothing on twitter or facebook or the website (amnrl or Stockyarders). Having made other plans I could not go. I hope that details of the Chicago v Detroit game will be announced soon.

Not much more has been announced about the Philadelphia 9’s which worries me. With only a few weeks away details should be out now about the teams groups and schedule for promotion. Anyway for those of you that have been wanting the AMNRL schedule, here it is:

Midwest Challenge, 1 May:

Chicago vs. Midwest Select XIII

Round 1, 04 June:

New York v Detroit, Connecticut v Aston, Northern v Buck County

Round 2, 11 June:

New York v Connecticut, Aston v Northern, Detroit v Bucks County

Round 3, 18 June:

Aston v New York, Detroit v Northern, Connecticut v Bucks County

Round 4, 24 June:

Bucks County v Northern, Detroit v Aston, New York v Canada A (In Canada), Chicago v Detroit (Midwest Challenge)

Round 5, 01 July:

Connecticut v New York, Bucks County Bye, Northern Bye, Aston Bye, Detroit Bye

Round 6, 09 July:

Bucks County v New York, Aston v Connecticut, Detroit v Northern

Round 7, 16 July:

Connecticut v Detroit, Bucks County v Aston, Northern v New York

Round 8, 23 July:

New York v Aston, Bucks County v Detroit, Northern v Connecticut

Play off, 06 August:

Rank 3 v Rank 6, Rank 4 v Rank 5

Semi Finals, 13 August:

Rank 1 v Winner PO 2,  Rank 2 v Winner PO 1

Grand Final, 20 August:

Winner SF 1 v Winner SF 2


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15 Responses to “AMNRL Website Finally up as Rugby League Season is in Full Swing”

  1. dragons4eva says:

    Hey Druzik good to hear from you again. Good to hear wrap ups from around the world.

    I think the most interesting news would have to be the Irish news. Came right out of left field in my books but who knows might come out to something good.

    Hopefully the USARL 9’s will have up and running details very soon on their website.

    Anywayz all the best

    • druzik says:

      Good to be back on a more regular basis.

      The last month has been hectic with work, but extremely exciting… I should start a Nuclear Fusion website! lol

      Actually the Irish news, though low key have been talking about this for a couple of years. I certainly had heard about an Irish (and Scottish) franchises in the Championships/Super League as far back as 2008. This time it looks it may actually come to fruition.

      I hope the 9s details are posted soon as I need to book hotels, put in for holidays, get car services plan other parts of my holidays etc… I don’t think these groups realise sometimes that all this promotion and information is important to fans that need to travel!

  2. Interested Observer says:

    I posted this under another thread but this is more appropriate. It is a shame to see Daryl Howland missing from the names of those you can vote for in the AMNRL team of all time. Anyone who knows his contribution and committment to the AMNRL over the years (in it’s different forms and names) knows he is very worthy of being on that list. The fact he isn’t can only be attributed to his decision that the AMNRL was no longer the best opton for him. Irrespective of how 2011 has panned out, you can’t have him missing from the list of nominees, that just smells of revenge and nothing else.

    Very poor form from those that picked the list, especially when you consider Daniel Wagon gets nominated after 1 very short season.

    • druzik says:

      Yes have seen that conversation.

      Am not sure I can really contribute anything to it… its tough to say weather there is any payback or anything. Its obvious that the AMNRL stance is to just completely ignore the USARL… that probably extends to who and what they put up on their site, what that will mean in terms of “History” where Jacksonville won last year I am not sure (it may end up being a blank year).

      Personally I think the USARL should not be ignored, at least some explanation should be there… but its their decision and we just have to live by that.

  3. Stu says:

    The AMNRL website seems to indicate the Vipers will be located in Delaware (rather than Detroit)?

  4. Shaun says:

    I was about to say the same thing Stu.
    The vipers are delaware based – wilmington.
    With Jeff Preston and DAVID NIU as coaches.
    Hmm, so Niu is going to look after both delaware and aston.
    Oh well, good luck to them i guess.
    I just wish some smart businessmen would come along, take over rugby league in USA and just fix everything. It is so frustrating to follow and so frustrating to talk to any of the AMNRL about it. They have this mentality of them verse the rest of the world – even if we aren’t favouring either league.
    Bunch of spastics!

  5. KeighleyWeb says:

    I have called for a pro team in Ireland for the last few years, and hearing this news is great, just let them go into CC first for a year or two just to prevent getting hammered each match in thier first season of SL.

    • druzik says:

      I will pose the same question here as I have with the PNG and PI NRL bids… would an Irish Professional team be detrimental to the domestic comp as it stands at the moment?

  6. Cheyne Maher says:

    All round good news mate. Just on your above post, my own personal opinion is this (professional clubs from smaller RL nations playing in the bigger competitions such as ESL and NRL) is the way to go long term. I reckon it will strengthen domestic competitions for the following reasons;

    1. It creates a legitmate pathway for up and coming Irish (or PNG etc) players to reach the top level of club RL.
    Such an opportunity may sway some youngsters who currently play RU etc into playing RL. I definitely think this could be the case with say the Hurricanes once they are in whichever USA competition they end up in and could also occur with an Irish side etc.

    2. There will be plenty who try to get into the professional clubs and don’t make it who then go back to their own domestic comp, similarly to how 100’s of kids from Newcastle and the surrounding areas might play SG Ball and even Toyota Cup for the Knights, but never go any further. They often eventually go back to their junior club a better player for the experience, which enhances the skills of those around them. Particularly in the “emerging” (for want of a better word) RL nations a player who has spent some time in such a standard of competition will make a great coach back in their local comp.

    3. It also attracts national interest to the sport of RL. This alone is not enough to guarantee any success but if they are marketed well and integrate into the community via school clinics etc, a professional club in any code can really make an impact.

    Such success has already been enjoyed in Wales. I know the Irish RL domestic comp isnt as established as the Welsh system, which is why it is critical that this isn’t rushed. Kind of like how personally i feel WA is ready for an NRL team, but Adelaide isnt yet.

    I know you’re thoughts on this could be a fair bit different Dan, as may many others, but personally i think in a global economy and society it is the best way to go for RL (just as long as it is done at the right time).

    Hey, off the topic, i have been meaning to ask you, do you have any contacts with the Cook Islands domestic RL. I am heading there for a holiday in a few weeks and am keen to watch a game or two if their domestic season is still going. Any info would be awesome mate!

    Cheers Cheyne

  7. Chris Sanders says:

    With a split in the game in America there’s still a game and I can’t see what the fuss is all about apart from no big tv deal as yet?
    Again Rugby League is the winner, a sport that will never,ever die because the Rugby Union crowd always talk our game up morning,noon and night and go to the Roar and read the blogs.
    Then it must be the ‘Greatest Game of All’because it’s the most talked about game of all.
    It’s a pity our administrators have got such a huge inferiority complex about their own game all coming out of the NRL and SL I must add and about time we flicked them all out for once and for all.
    The game needs new blood everywhere because that lot have nothing to offer.

  8. Chris Sanders says:

    Well it’s not for a lack of trying I suppose because that crowd in America can’t rely on any help from abroad either.
    The rest of the League World don’t seem to care a toss and I also believe that one of the officials on the IRLF wasn’t aware of any split in the game in America.
    Shows how interested he is in the game.

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