Interview with FIRFL National Youth Coordinator Massimo Nicotra: Increasing National Youth Setup Further

From Joel Morgan, FIRFL The Federazione Italiana Rugby Football League put points on the board with focus on growing the youth program. After the recent youth national stage in Avezzano the satisfaction among those involved is still alive. The city is where the official National Under 17 selection stage and development initiative grew further through coaches Sebastian Velazquez and Gigi Ferraro. “After a...

Pacific showdown in Vanuatu vs Solomon Islands

From Ben Howard, Vanuatu RL Pacific rivalry will be at its very best with the historic showdown between Vanuatu and Solomon Islands in a rugby league test match in Mackay this October. The game commemorates the Australian South Sea Islander 150 Year anniversary of people or ‘blackbirds’ from Vanuatu and Solomon Islands being removed from the Islands and resettled throughout Queensland. Vanuatu Rugby...

HUNGARY STAGES FIRST LOCAL RUGBY LEAGUE COMPETITION

From Phil Caplan The Hungarian Rugby League Federation organised its first Rugby League Cup over the weekend. Having had spent two years establishing exchanges with teams from regional neighbours Serbia and the Czech Republic, four male and three female teams played in a nines competition in Székesfehérvár, 65km south-west of Budapest. Elephants Rugby XIII won the men’s competition, winning two and drawing one of...

Rugby League European Shield Game 10 – Report

From Phil Caplan ITALIANS CLAIM VICTORY IN HIGH SCORING ENCOUNTER – GERMANY 30 ITALY 66 – Karlsruhe A man of the match performance from Warrington’s young full back James Saltonstall saw Italy retain faint hopes of winning the 2012-3 European Shield, with a 66-30 win over holders Germany in 36 degree heat in Karlsruhe. The Azzurri moved to within two points of Russia in the table with the 12-try performance...

Maltese continue to produce the goods against foreign opposition

From Anthony Micallef (MRL) Images: Matthew Scerri. Few expected the type of match we experienced recently at Pembroke’s Melita Football Ground. An end to end game that had everything from scintillating attack to bruising defence. Malta didn’t start the way they wanted to with a dropped ball on halfway late in their first set. However the British Mercians dropped the ball in their ensuing set and then gave Malta a...

Fight Secure Lead as RIR have a First for Rugby League

By Daniel Andruczyk Living in the USA, I guess many of my articles have had more of a North American flavour to them, after all its the games I get to see often and interact with the players and some managers. With the split here there is a very real relevant need to cover the game in any detail here. Fortunately I have several teams from both the AMNRL and USARL I can go and see. I went recently to a round 6 game...

Sharks make a Run for the Finals

By Daniel Andruczyk Saturday saw the Northern Virginia Eagles travel away to the Shark Park in Levittown, Pennsylvania. This was actually the 2nd round match that was postponed due to NOVA having not enough players. This time, however, the Eagles were with a full compliment and looking to secure their position in the top 4. The sharks in second last spot with a big win could be on equal points with 4 other teams....

National U17 Team Selection for Rugby League in Italy

From Joel Morgan, Italia RFL After the very successful championship finals that were played at CONI Acqua Acetosa (Rome) on July 13 and 14 achieving national television and .major newspaper coverage for the activity registered by the FIRFL. Last Saturday, another event of great importance aiding in the growth of the Rugby 13 movement was reached in Avezzano, in fact, the federation staged the first all national...
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