Turkey Set to Become the Latest International RL Playing Nation
Turkey are set to become the latest international RL playing nation when club side Kadikoy Bulls visits Belgrade in Serbia this weekend.
A 27 man party, including players, management and officials will undertake coaching and match official training courses in Serbia and they will play a game against Serbian second division team New Belgrade on Sunday. They will also attend the Serbian Cup final.
"So far we have four clubs and Bulls of Kadikoy is the nucleus of rugby league in Turkey,” said Kadikoy Bulls coach Julien Treu.
“We are following all the guidelines of the Ministry of Sports to form a Federation, we have a player’s association and the next step is to have five registered clubs to complete our application.”
“This is great step forward for the rugby league in the Balkans with the start of the process that should see Turkey become a member of the European rugby league family,” added Jovan Vujosevic, RLEF Regional director for East and Central Europe.
“Turkey is very important strategically, not only for Europe but also for our colleagues in the Middle East.”