Weekend Throws up Interest

By Daniel Andruczyk

This past week and weekend has thrown up some interesting results and goings on in the world of Rugby League. From a surprise results in the Euro Shield to a potential new owner of the game in the USA there is a lot that has been going on.

Euro Shield Game 1

Germany 25 – 24 Serbia

In the opening Match of the European Shield for the 2012-13 season the Germans, in Heidelberg, took a shock win over the Serbians in their first eve win over the Slavic Powerhouse. In what was a physical battle both teams had some key personnel out and it certainly set up the perfect start for the European shield. With their tails in the air, the Germans are now preparing for the Russian Bears who arrive also in Heidelberg this week for their opening match of the tournament.


The European Shield has now gone to a 2-year format where all teams will play each other in a home and away format over the 2012 – 2013 Rugby League season.

  Country P W D L B PF PA PD Pt
1 Germany 1 1 0 0 0 25 24 1 2
2 Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Russia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Serbia 1 0 0 1 0 24 25 -1 0

Ohana Cup

USA 20 – 28 Tonga

In a Very tough game at Kaiser Stadium in Hawaii, the USA Tomahawks were beaten by a the Tongans 28 – 20. The game opened up with Andrew Knesley going in for a try. But soon after the Tongans hit back with two tries of their own through QLD Cup player James Tutuila and Saifau Talanoa. At the break the Tongans had a 10-6 lead and very quickly in the second half got a much needed try through Talanoa again to go to a 16-6 lead. From this point on they were never going to give the lead up, despite the Americans coming close, being 20 – 22 at one stage, but in the final minutes the Tongans sealed the deal and won 28-20

Read a full summary here.

Grand Prix Sports Acquire AMNRL

Big news last Friday from the AMNRL with Grand Prix Entertainment seemingly acquiring the AMNRL. Grand Prix is known for their Rugby Union 7s work in the USA hosting these events and selling them to the big networks and it seems that this is what the AMNRL will look to do as well. The amount of money that has been paid is undisclosed but it seems to be a very exciting time for the AMNRL. It however has had a mixed reaction from fans in the USA and around the world with the worry that a governing body of the sport is now privately owned and run. Confusion about weather the organisation or the competition has been sold abounds.

Either way it is an interesting time for the code in the USA with the Tomahawks making the World Cup, expansion teams in the Midwest and West of the country and now selling to a professional entity. Read full articles here and also here.

Canadian Rugby League

Exciting news from Canada where they have partnered with Hull FC in the UK to help better develop some of the younger talent in their ranks. The Canadian Rugby league will have some of their most promising 18 – 22 year olds be mentored by the Super league club where they will learn from some of the best players in the game. Its an exciting time for the game in North America with the expansion of the Canadians, the Americans consolidating and Jamaica also growing the sport with their big win over the DC Slayers last week.

Read the full article here.

Daniel Andruczyk’s email: daniel@rugbyleagueinternationalscores.com
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13 Responses to “Weekend Throws up Interest”

  1. dragons4eva says:

    Awesome news from Canada partnering with Hull FC! Can only be good for the game there!

    As for the AMNRL and that Grand Prix company…i’m not going to make a comment until i see firm evidence as what they have done comes to proper fruition!

  2. Peter T says:

    I think the mentoring concept has merit.

    • druzik says:

      It certainly does, and I think its great to see the English clubs getting on board with many international nations to help them out. There is a lot of this happening in Britain.

  3. Cheyne Maher says:

    Great news regarding the partnership between Hull and Canada and nice to hear that other UK clubs are doing the same 🙂

    • druzik says:

      Yes, it is great news. I would love to have something like this happen with my efforts in Poland down the track!

      • Cheyne Maher says:

        That would be great mate, i supose if you started by fishin around a few of the pro clubs to gauge interest, something might come of it? Good luck with it all any way mate

  4. International Observer says:

    The AMNRL are treading water and doing whatever it takes to stay afloat. They are supposed to be the main comp yet they’ll have only 6 teams maybe 5 on the mainland this season and a group of RU clubs in Hawaii to boost their numbers. USAR are not impressed.

    • Stockyarder says:

      Don’t forget about us in the midwest. We’ll have three teams this year. Big year for us locally.

      • druzik says:

        Yes indeed, we haven;t forgotten about you. The more info you can get to us to put the better. be great to get a summary from you get an article up.

    • druzik says:

      6 teams in the Atlantic comp, and I hear the Midwest comp is looking OK. I am hoping to get to a game there when I visit Champaign, in July but from Princeton its difficult, need to stay local I guess.

  5. International Observer says:

    Of the 6 teams don’t be surprised if one side struggles to field a team (of its own players). In relation to expansion teams I don’t yet count them as they haven’t been playing games and aren’t in a competition yet. They may be classed as development teams at best. The USARL has 8 proper domestic club teams and they don’t count their development teams in those numbers unlike the AMNRL. I see the Crash have not been too happy about some of the AMNRL stuff so they should look at being a development team for the USARL if they are not pleased with the other camp. I know that has happened already with other development groups not being too impressed with Niuy and the Star Group.

    • druzik says:

      This is true, some teams are a bit perplexed by it.

      But we will see where things end up with it. Its too early to tell, it could be till enxt year that we see the true fall out of this deal.

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