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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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Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Another Breakaway?

It's not been confirmed, but it seems certain that the GB Lions Tour to Australia in 2015 will not take place. They haven't been invited!!! It appears that the Australian players don't want to play because they are guaranteed a winter off every four years.

I find this very hard to believe!!!

Which Australian players don't want to represent the Kangaroos in an Ashes series against the Lions?

The RL Ashes is a competition with a long history which has not been contested since 2003. That series was very close, despite the 3-0 scoreline and the overall scoreline is very close too despite recent Australian dominance. On either side of the world, crowds would flock to see the Burgess brothers, Widdop, Graham, Tomkins etc represent thec Lions

There are many thousands of very good RL players in Australia. Why don't they ask for volunteers?
The queue would start in Preston

Let's hope International Federation Chairman, Nigel Wood has some power and influence and is able to pull some strings. The International Federation out ranks the ARL doesn't it? Maybe some form of disciplinary action is appropriate if the ARL won't cooperate with an agreed stategy

RL was formed in 1895 when our ancestors broke away from an arrogant and intransient organisation who only looked after it's own interests and wouldn't compromise on important issues. Maybe it's time to consider another breakaway, this time from the ARL

I've written before on these pages about the possibility of International RL being played without NRL players. Very competitive Australian and NZ teams could be formed from players not contracted to NRL clubs and a uniform set of rules could be used world wide. The Pacific and European Nations are desperate for more games and would love to participate. Crowds would initially be low because the big draw cards would be missing but what other choice have we got? With decent promotion, hopefully interest would grow

After the SL war, I recognise that a breakaway would cause a massive amount of bad feeling and acrimony but the ARL might begin to recognise a pattern caused by their behaviour

On the other hand, they might argue that the NRL and SoO are very successful and that they don't need International RL. The 2013 World Cup was very successful but the Kangaroos won easily and were hardly given a game. Maybe so but it followed from a period where NZ were dominant including the 2008 World Cup win.

I've heard it said that "if only the Lions could beat the Kangaroos a few times, the Australians might show more interest?" Again, maybe so but it's not really a long term strategy and the Lions can't win if they don't play