It’s that Time of Year Again.

By Daniel Andruczyk Its coming close to Christmas and this usually means that the Rugby League calendar reaches its point of least activity. Everyone, even the French Elite 1 is on a short holiday. But from new year we start to see things pick up again as teams start to prepare for the NRL and ESL seasons. There is a bit of news from the USA and also from Poland coming out. Plus I will be traveling to Australia for...

Stash Sports Wear become official Italia RFL Apparel Partner

From Joel Morgan, FIRFL The Apparel company ‘Stash Sports Wear’ are now an official partner of the Federazione Italiana Rugby Football League (FIRFL) in a sign of commitment for the progression of domestic rugby league. The deal will enable each team or affiliated player to the FIRFL to receive a strong discount on all orders (aside from usual club sponsorship) through the Stash website...

GHANA COMPLETES FIRST TECHNICAL EDUCATION COURSE

From Phil Caplan, RLEF Ghana Rugby League Development Manager Sylvester Wellington has overseen the completion of a training course for potential rugby league leaders, held at the University of Ghana in Legon, Accra. It was delivered by a three-man RLEF technical delegation, coaching manager Martin Crick, Andy Gilvary and Danny McNeice over six days. “I was very happy to see lots of men and women turn up for the...

The Prophet of the Pacific

By Daniel Andruczyk There are halls of fame, lists of immortals and legends of the game. 100% of the time it seems that its the players who have gone out on the field and slugged it out for 10 or 12 years that get the honours. And rightly they should, but, unlike the being on the front lines sometimes the hardest work is done behind them and its many of these people that should, but never get the recognition that...

EXPANSION IN SERBIAN RUGBY LEAGUE AS RADNIKI TAKE UNDER 18S TITLE

From Phil Caplan, RLEF Serbian rugby league is celebrating the crowning of their youth champions and the expansion of interest in the country into a new area, with the addition of a police rugby league programme. That follows from the ‘2009-2013 Strategy for Sports Development’ issued by the  Serbian Ministry of Youth and Sport and is the result of an initiative begun in February when Tibor Visi, a player and a...

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA CLOSER TO FORMING RUGBY LEAGUE FEDERATION

From Phil Caplan, RLEF The last few weeks have seen a marked increase in rugby league activity in Bosnia and Herzegovina. On 3rd November Banja Luka hosted the ‘Open Championship of the Republic of Srpska’, which saw four Serbian and two Bosnian clubs face each other at 9s. Last weekend, also in Banja Luka, there was a full 13-a-side game between Bosnian club White Rabbits and Serbian second division runners up...

DETAILS OF 2013 RUGBY LEAGUE EUROPEAN BOWL ANNOUNCED

From Phil Caplan, RLEF The 2013 Rugby League European Bowl will feature the Czech Republic, Norway and Ukraine with the biggest ever prize attached for the victors. The winning nation will be promoted to the 2014-15 European Shield. Played annually since 2008, the Bowl reverts back to the triangular format used in 2009, when Ukraine won on their only appearance. They open proceedings on 6th July at home to Norway....

The Homer Simpson Effect

By Daniel Andruczyk One of the things about my job is that once a month I make the 12 hour trek from New Jersey to Illinois. This drive means that I have a lot to think about, after all driving on flat stretches of land dispersed with corn fields does not give you much of anything else to do. Now in the past I have come up with a strategy and a “White Paper” of sorts where by I outline what I hope is a coherent...
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