Russian Rugby League Central Conference Underway

DATE: 26th May
CONTACT: Victor Kraev

RLEF Eastern Europe Regional Director Julia Bennison has hailed the successful return of domestic rugby league in Moscow following the launch of the second of three regional conferences in Russia.



The competition start and its formal recognition by the ‘Union of National and non-Olympic Sports of Russia’ are the first steps to re-enter rugby league onto the state’s official register of sports, which will enable the governing body – the Russian Association of Rugby League Clubs – to apply for funding.



“It is great to see Russia back in the fold after a couple of years of uncertainty while undergoing major organisational changes,” she said. “But the love for the game was never lost in Russia and we all look forward to see more improvement this season.” Bennison worked closely with the RARLC to obtain Affiliate Membership of the Rugby League European Federation following the collapse of the old Russian Rugby League.



The Central Conference, comprising of six clubs, sits alongside the Rostov-on-Don-based Southern Conference and precedes the launch of the St. Petersburg-based North West Conference and sees the further consolidation of the sport in Russia following some tumultuous years.



Each club will play ten rounds of games with the first week’s matches seeing victories for Vereya over Dinamo Moscow and a closely fought success for Threshers of Moscow over eastern suburb Ismailovo. The remaining two clubs, RBK and Plekhanov Eagles, await stadium corrections to be finalised before they get their seasons underway.



Victor Kraev, The Russian Association’s Moscow development officer was highly encouraged after seeing the fruits of months of planning come to fruition on the field. “we are celebrating the beginning of the championship  and a new dawn,” he said. “We now have six clubs – they might be at different levels but I’m certain we will see improvement by the end of the season.”



The Russian season will culminate with the Continental League, which will see the regional front-runners playing off and joined by the champions of Ukraine.




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