Issue #73
 
 
Issue #74
 
 
Issue #75
 
 
Issue #76
 
RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD NEWS
 

AUSTRALIA - The Brisbane Broncos remain the only side to have featured in the final series every year since the National Rugby League (NRL) was formed in 1998. The Broncos joined the competition in 1988 and reached the semi-finals for the first time two years later. They missed out on a place in the play-offs in 1991 and have been ever present since then. The Broncos have featured in the play-offs for 17 consecutive seasons and are on course to break the record held by the St George club.
COOK ISLANDS - The island of Aitutaki are currently running their own four-team competition in 2009 to help them prepare their players for the start of the Cook Islands Rugby League competition in mid-February. Tautu, Vaipae, USA (a combination of two villages) and Nikaupara-Reureu held matches before a squad for the Aitutaki Sharks was selected. Fringe players will continue to play for their own local sides to help them maintain their fitness. Follow the Cook Islands Rugby League every month in Rugby League Review.
CZECH REPUBLIC - The Czech Rugby League Association has announced the formation of a new club in Pardubice, which is set to make its debut in their domestic championship when it commences next spring. The Eastern Bohemian town with a population of around 90,000 is best known for the production of the plastic explosive Semtex, delicious frosted gingerbread and a series of formidable ice-hockey teams who have been consistently outstanding over a long period in their national competition. Follow the Czech Republic Rugby League every month in Rugby League Review.
ENGLAND - A group of Rochdale Hornets fans, in conjunction with London-based author, economist and lifelong supporter Paul Ormerod, have launched a bid to save the financially crippled Championship One club. One of the founder members of the breakaway Northern Union in 1895, Rochdale were voted into administration by their shareholders earlier this month in order to stave off a winding-up order by the Inland Revenue over an unpaid £55,000 ($A130,000) tax bill. Follow the English Rugby League every month in Rugby League Review.
FIJI - The FNRL wrote to the Rugby League International Federation, asking to be included in the 2009 Quad Series alongside Australia, New Zealand and England. The Fijians believe they should have been the fourth side in the tournament after reaching the semi-finals of the World Cup. Fiji will have to qualify alongside Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Samoa and Cook Islands for the right to play in the 2010 Quad Series in Australia. FNRL chairman Peni Musunamasi has resigned from his post due to work commitments. Follow the Fijian Rugby League every month in Rugby League Review.
FRANCE - France A, fielding a number of Super League players, thrashed Great Britain Community Lions 58-4 before a crowd of 517 at Stade Daniel Ambert in Pia. Two tries from Mathieu Mayans and one each to Nicolas Piquemal and Nicolas Munoz gave France a 22-4 lead at the interval. Follow all the action of the French Rugby League every month in Rugby League Review.
GERMANY - Continued expansion and interest in Rugby League, on the back of the success of the recent World Cup, has seen the European Federation advertise development officer posts for Germany and Jamaica. The successful candidates - whose duties will include furthering domestic competition, coordinating activities with other international Rugby League bodies and acting as an Ambassador for the sport - will bolster the extended RLEF infrastructure to help cope with the increasing demand for support. Follow all the action of the German Rugby League every month in Rugby League Review.
GREECE - Italy, Greece, Malta and Portugal have been confirmed as starters in the Australian-based Mediterranean Shield later this year. All matches will be staged at Marconi Stadium in Sydney’s west on October 10 and 17. It was originally planned for Lebanon to participate but their spot will now be taken by Portugal. Follow all the action of the Greek Rugby League every month in Rugby League Review.
IRELAND - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of RLI Executive Director Niall Cantrell. RLI would like to extend our deepest sympathies to all Niall’s family and friends during these difficult times and to thank Niall for all the hard work he has put in for RLI particularly during the last year while at the helm. Follow all the action of the Irish Rugby League every month in Rugby League Review.
ITALY - The Italians will take on Morocco in an international match in the French city of Lyon on June 6. The domestic Italian Rugby League competition will commence on June 13 and will run until July 5 when the grand final will be staged in Padova. A Rugby League festival will be staged in Padova on June 18, a day before Italy meets the Czech Republic. Keep up to date with the latest Italian Rugby League every month in Rugby League Review.
JAMAICA - Continued expansion and interest in Rugby League, on the back of the success of the recent World Cup, has seen the European Federation advertise development officer posts for Germany and Jamaica. The successful candidates whose duties will include furthering domestic competition, coordinating activities with other international Rugby League bodies and acting as an Ambassador for the sport will bolster the extended RLEF infrastructure to help cope with the increasing demand for support. Keep up to date with the latest West Indian Rugby League news every month in Rugby League Review.
JAPAN - Rugby League European Federation Executive & Development Executive Kevin Rudd met officials from Japan RL during a recent private visit to Tokyo. Following on from a trip there mid-way through 2008, he presented a signed England shirt, donated by Head coach Tony Smith to JRL officials Amane Konishi, Noriyuki Tainaka and Kaoru Nakashima. Smith had previously assisted his friend and JRL senior executive Max Mannix when the Japanese entered the Emerging Nations World Cup in 2000, and was due to return to the country when he applied for the coaching job at Huddersfield Giants the following year. Keep up to date with the latest Japanese Rugby League news every month in Rugby League Review.
LEBANON - The Lebanese American University (LAU) Immortals are undefeated after six rounds of the Lebanon Rugby League Championship. Led by skipper Robin Hachache, the Immortals thrashed Balamand 52-6 and USJ Saints 30-8 in recent matches. Jounieh Al-Galctico, the reigning champions, have suffered the loss of several forwards including international second rower Ahmad El Masri. They defeated the American University Beirut (AUB) 44-24 in a recent clash. Keep up to date with the latest Lebanese Rugby League news every month in Rugby League Review.
MALTA - The Maltese Rugby League Association will have two incoming tours from the United Kingdom in 2009. A domestic competition will also be staged as will a number of coaching and match official clinics this year. Keep up to date with the latest Maltese Rugby League news every month in Rugby League Review.
NETHERLANDS - After an absence of three years, international tournament football is set to return to the Netherlands. Zuid Holland Rugby League (ZHRL) in partnership with SV Nootdorp and Pijnacker Nootdorp will host a full 13 a side competition on Saturday June 26th 2009. ZHRL were formed in 2008 as a branch of Rugby League Holland with an aim to develop the game in the province. Keep up to date with the latest Dutch Rugby League news every month in Rugby League Review.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA - Former NRL player Julian O'Neill will coach the Tari Hul Wigmen team in the 2009 SP Cup competition if they get the green light from the Papua New Guinea Rugby Football League. O'Neill is currently working in Papua New Guinea and will bring a wealth of experience to the club. He played 228 NRL matches for Brisbane Broncos, Western Reds, South Sydney and the North Qld Cowboys. Former Goroka Lahanis coach Peter Danga will assist O'Neill as they prepare for the opening match in March. The Wigmen are based in the Highlands near the town of Mt Hagen. Keep up to date with the latest PNG Rugby League news every month in Rugby League Review.
PORTUGAL - Portugal will host a friendly match in the Portuguese town of Algarve on June 25 before playing a promotional match in Lisbon four days later. The opposition is still to be confirmed. Keep up to date with the latest Portuguese Rugby League news every month in Rugby League Review.
RUSSIA - Russia proved far too strong for a young, inexperienced Cedars outfit, running in 15 tries to take the Euro-Med title. Leading the spree, winger Nikolay Zagoskin crossed for a hat trick, as the Bears moved the ball wide to devastating effect. They got off to a rip-roaring start, with four touchdowns in the opening ten minutes, Baskakov profiting from a fine flick pass, Sergey Dobrynin finishing a long range break with a fine step and Zagoskin on the end of some from mesmerising work out of dummy half by Roman Ovchinnikov. Keep up to date with the latest Russian Rugby League news every month in Rugby League Review.
SAMOA - The Marist Saints are the 2008 Samoan champions after they defeated Saleimona Steelers 18-8 in the grand final held at Apia Park. Taualagi Lepuapa opened the scoring as the Saints piled on three tries to lead 16-2. Pati Tauvae got the Steelers back in the game with a try in the second half before Karl Sala kicked a penalty goal for Marist to extend their lead by 10 points. Marist took home a cheque for $3000 courtesy of sponsors SamoaTel and SAS while Saleimona Steelers collected $2500. Keep up to date with the latest Samoan Rugby League news every month in Rugby League Review.
SCOTLAND - Scottish champions Edinburgh Eagles have been paired with the student team representing the competition sponsors in the second round of the Carnegie Challenge Cup. Scotland Rugby League celebrate Hogmanay by announcing their annual Player of the Year for each national team, with Iain Morrison lifting the Dave Valentine Award as top performer in the senior team. Keep up to date with the latest Scottish Rugby League news every month in Rugby League Review.
SERBIA - The Belgrade-based Dorcol Spiders won the 2008 Serbian National Championships after thrashing Podbara from Novi Sad 60-18 in the final held in Belgrade. Podbara shocked the favourites when they opened the scoring with a try from Grbic in the 19th minute. Radovanovic levelled up for the Spiders in the 21st minute before Jevtovic was sent off for the Novi Sad side four minutes later. Using the one man advantage, Dorcol ran riot, scoring five tries in 13 minutes to lead 32-6 at the interval. Keep up to date with the latest Serbian Rugby League news every month in Rugby League Review.
SOUTH AFRICA - The South African Rugby League (SARL) have made a plea for any team international or club side to consider touring the African nation. SARL President Dave Van Reenan is keen to get as much exposure for the game in South Africa and help the game grow. South Africa is very cheap and any team coming over will have a great time, said Van Reenan. Keep up to date with the latest South African Rugby League news every month in Rugby League Review.
SPAIN - In readiness for Catalans Dragons Super League clash with Warrington in Barcelona in mid-June, the famous Spanish city hosted its first Rugby League coaching course on  January 31-February 1, 2009. Run by the Rugby League Catalan Association, and taken by RFL Coach Educator Carl Harrison, the three day course took place at the Catalan Sports University, INEFC, near the Olympic Stadium that will host the round 17 encounter. Keep up to date with the latest Spanish Rugby League news every month in Rugby League Review.
TONGA - The Kolomua Warriors, Fatumu Hurricanes and Vaini Doves are the front-runners in the Tongan Rugby League competition. The competition will go into recess in early June for the Tongan Rugby League to stage a selection trial to choose a squad that will take on the Australian Affiliated States on June 20 at the National Stadium. Keep up to date with the latest Tongan Rugby League news every month in Rugby League Review.
USA - On a bitterly cold December day, the Aston Bulls beat the Fairfax Eagles 70-6 in an American National Rugby League exhibition game in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. The game was an off-season match set to keep players and teams sharp, as well as to introduce new players to the game of Rugby League. There were many regular starters on both sides, however, there were also a few Rugby Union converts and a handful of former American Football players getting their first hit-out in League. Keep up to date with the latest American National Rugby League news every month in Rugby League Review.
WALES - In front of a 500 strong crowd, Valley Cougars were crowned Welsh Champions for the very first time as they beat Blackwood Bulldogs 26-12. The previously unbeaten Bulldogs, despite scoring first in each half, failed to rise to the big occasion, as the hard working and well drilled Cougars, who this season have played out of Nelson RFC, deserved their Grand Final success. Keep up to date with the latest Welsh Rugby League news every month in Rugby League Review.
 
 
 




Rugby League Review Summer Special 2014 issue is out now at all good newsagents, and is full of articles and photos focusing on every level of the greatest game of all. It brings you all the latest news and reports from around the globe including the Telstra Premiership, NSW Cup, Toyota Cup, Queensland Cup as well as the Bundy Red Cup.

Summer Special
Out Now!

Next Issue
3 Feb 2015



Rugby League Review

Postal Address:
PO Box 98
Peakhurst
NSW 2210
AUSTRALIA

Phone:
02 9534 8015

Fax:
02 9534 8016

Email:
Click Here

      HOME · WORLD NEWS · BACK ISSUES · SUBSCRIPTIONS · WHERE TO BUY · LEAGUE NEWS MAG · LINKS · CONTACT · SAMPLE  
    © Copyright 2001-2014 Rugby League Review. All Rights Reserved.