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Sunday, 27 July 2014

A Step in the Right Direction

Regardless of your your views on the situation, some good news emerged recently from the middle east

A team of Rugby League players and administrators are working together and hope to join the RLEF with regard to playing international matches in 2015. They will join the Middle East and Africa (MEA) section of the RLEF whose membership is growing as RL becomes increasingly popular in these areas.

It might not happen because, as far as I'm aware, Palestine isn't officially a country and some dirty deals get done but we can only hope.

The situation in the middle east is usually portrayed as big bully Israel acting as the aggressor against its poor defenceless neighbours. In reality, Israel is massively overwhelmed in terms of population, resources and land by surrounding countries and does well to survive. As in Northern Ireland, the turmoil is continually prolonged so that others can take advantage at their will. Some strong leadership would help

I personally doubt a settlement will ever be reached because leaders on either side would find it difficult to sell any final border solution to their electorate. Maybe a Mandela type character will emerge to forgive first so others can follow but unfortunately these "take the sins of the world" characters are very few and far between. The two sides might not like each but surely the majority are sick of the violence. They can take a few small steps together, call it progress and each day/month/year that passes will reduce suspicion. Setbacks will occur, as in Northern Ireland, but trust will grow and prosperity will surely follow

We take sport for granted and this is normality but if this happens in the middle east it is positive news and a step in the right direction. They all deserve our support

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Canada defeat Jamaica in Toronto

Canada defeated Jamaica 24-20 in rainy condition in Toronto in front of a 3000 crowd. 
It was a winning start in his first game in charge for Canada head coach, the former Leigh, Halifax, Huddersfield and Castleford stand-off Stuart Donlan 
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USA defeat Samoa in Hawaii

The US Tomahawks played their first match since the 2013 World Cup and gained an 18-12 win over a Samoa Residents team in Hawaii.
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Friday, 18 July 2014

Pacific Boost as a Fiji XIII joins the NSW Cup

A Fiji based XIII, led by Petro Civoniceva will join the NSW Cup in 2016 and he believes the project could eventually lead to a Fiji based NRL This is a big boost to RL in the Pacific region and they support the PNG Hunters who recently joined the Queensland Cup

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Thursday, 17 July 2014

Wales appoint John Kear as National Coach

Wales RL have announced that current Batley and former England and France coach will take charge of their national team. Wales are scheduled to meet France, Scotland and Ireland in a European Championship competition this autumen.
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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

RL takes off in Mexico

RL seems to be expanding in South America with welcome news about Mexican RL. Formed 6 months ago, it is has about 80 registered players and is planning 9s competition in Mexico City on 9/8/14. They hope to play international matches soon and likely opponents include Jamaica, USA and Canada
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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Czech Republic 8 Malta 34

12/7/14     Czech Republic 8  Malta 34       Havlickuv Brod    

A crowd of more than three hundred witnessed Malta beating the Czech Republic and a hat trick from full back Andrew Muscat was the highlight. Malta produced their second win from two games in European Championship Group C at Tis RL Field, Havlickuv Brod.

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Friday, 11 July 2014

International RL - Round Up of Recent Matches

8/6/14 Spain 54-10 Belgium 

Spain powered to a second win in their second ever international, scoring nine tries in front of a raucous crowd in Valencia as they beat Belgium 50-10.

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21/6/14 Russia 20  Serbia  6

Russia maintained their unbeaten start to the competition with a testing win in rain-sodden Naro-Fominsk. Conditions were tough throughout with the game played in a relentless downpour, the Bears making the perfect start when Mikhail Nisiforov and Kiril Kosharin exchanged passes down the left on a 50 metre break, Kosharin sliding over in the first minute, Aleksandr Lysokon converting.

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28/6/14     Norway 10  Denmark  16

Norway were edged out by visiting Denmark in the first game of the 2014 Nordic Cup, in Bislett Stadium, Oslo. Despite taking 7th and 47th minute leads the Vikingen were twice pegged back and then overhauled by a resilient Danish side.

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28/6//14 Malta 18  Greece  32

President HE Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca of Malta watched as the national side lost to Greece in Melita. She was joined by Greek Ambassador Alexandros Rallis and they witnessed hooker Liam Sue-Tin's man of the match performance.

28/6/14  Belgium 32  Holland  16

Belgium defeated Holland 32-16 at the VUB-Sports department in Brussels. 
The Belgian team scored six tries with man of the match Simon Marotte leading the way.

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Wednesday, 9 July 2014

GB Students Cause a Huge Stir in Ghana

The Great Britain Student Pioneers have created a huge stir on tour in Ghana

After delays caused by a tropical storm, the squad ran coaching sessions to introduce RL to around 180 children and they loved it

 In their opening game, GB Student Pioneers beat a Ghana All-Stars 48-10 selection in Legon at the Presbyterian Boys’ School.

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Tuesday, 1 July 2014

PNG win the Commonwealth RL Championship in Glasgow

PNG beat Australia 22-8 to win the gold medal in the first ever Commonwealth RL Championships. The two-day international U-19 Nines tournament took place at the Broadwood Stadium in North Lanarkshire and was an official Commonwealth event endorsed by the Commonwealth Games Federation.

 A Glasgow summer of sport began in good style in front of an enthusiastic crowd who were treated to some excellent RL with some shock results including Canada's 24-4 victory over England, Scotland's 18-18 draw with the favourites Australia and the result in the final 

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