Internationals Emerging Nations World Championship

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Sydney to host Emerging Nations World Championship
30 Mar 2017


Ambitious enthusiasts from all corners of the globe will converge on Sydney in November 2018 for the Rugby League Emerging Nations World Championship (ENWC) following a decision at today’s RLIF Board to award a grant of $100,000 to the event.

A celebration of the sport’s global expansion and diverse communities, the ENWC will feature Tier Two and Tier Three nations from around the world where the sport is developing.

The Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) event will be a two-week gathering of communities from a geographical spread never seen before in rugby league.

“The 2018 Emerging Nations World Championship will feature more global teams than any previous rugby league competition,” RLIF Chairman Nigel Wood said.

“It will put the spotlight on the fact that rugbyleague is played in more than 60 countries and give recognition to the many volunteer players and officials around the globe who do great things for this sport. One of the Board’ objectives in awarding the grant was to measure the event’s success by creating a legacy of participants returning to their nation to spread the interest and growth in Rugby League.

“People may not realise Canada has been competing internationally for 30 years, or that domestic leagues are now established in a wide range of countries for example in Hungary, Chile and Hong Kong.”

Western Sydney is set to be the hub of activity, with confirmed competition venues including Windsor, St Mary’s and Cabramatta. Alongside the ENWC the RLIF Board also endorsed the concept of a number of regional teams playing in a separate competition.

“The reason many of us love rugby league is because it’s open to everybody,” Mr Wood said.

“It is a sport that rewards flair and developing nations enjoy the fact it is uncomplicated by technicalities or expensive equipment.

“The game’s popularity is reflective of its ability to serve as a vehicle for positive life changes, and that will be demonstrated by the stories of players from many backgrounds participating in the Emerging Nations World Championship.

“I’m sure there will be rags to riches tales and, undoubtedly many players who dream of a professional contract but, regardless, this event will be something special within itself.”

Confirmed nations competing in the event are: Canada, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Latvia, Malta, Niue, Philippines, Thailand and Vanuatu.

The RLIF is expecting to confirm several additions to this already diverse list in coming months, with the tournament draw to be released in 2018.

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Solomon Islands commit to Emerging Nations World Championship
05 Dec 2017


The Solomon Islands are the latest nation to commit to the upcoming Emerging Nations World Championship tournament which is scheduled for Sydney next October / November.

In what will be the third iteration of the International Development tournament, the Emerging Nations World Championship is designed to provide an opportunity for Tier Two and Three nations to take part in a major Rugby League tournament.

The 2018 iteration of the event will be the largest on record, with as many as sixteen nations set to take part. The Solomon Islands will join Canada, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Latvia, Malta, Philippines, Thailand and fellow Pacific Island nations of Niue and Vanuatu as confirmed participants.

First held in 1995, the Emerging Nations World Championship has previously featured representatives from ten nations, with six since qualifying for a Rugby League World Cup.

Further details around the tournament, including the remaining participants, venues and more will be announced in early 2018.

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Canada & Malta current top seeds for Emerging Nations World Championship
10 Dec 2017

The Canadian Wolverines and Malta Knights are set to be the top two seeded teams at next year’s Emerging Nations World Championship following the recent World Rankings announcement by the RLIF.

The current World Number 17 (Canada) and 18 (Malta) ranked teams, both the Wolverines and Knights will head into just the third iteration of the International Rugby League tournament as the benchmark the other participating sides will be looking to meet.

Determined to live up to their current rankings, both nations will partake in a series of warm-up matches in the lead up to the tournament, with the Knights heading to Sydney in early February / March to play a series of internationals, whilst the Wolverines will play the USA and Jamaica in the annual Americas Cup.

The third Rugby League Emerging Nations World Championship is set to take place in Western Sydney in October 2018, featuring up to 16 national representative teams.

Currently 11 nations have been announced for the tournament, including 23rd ranked Greece, 24th ranked Philippines and 29th ranked Hungary.

The remaining teams for the Emerging Nations World Championship will be announced in early 2018, with a series of ranked and unranked national representative teams vying for a spot.


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Japanese Samurais set to take part in second Emerging Nations tournament
14 Dec 2017

The 2018 Emerging Nations World Championship is set to feature at least two previous tournament participants following the news that the Japanese Samurais will take part in next year’s event.

Japan and Canada were both participants in the 2000 Emerging Nations World Championship in the United Kingdom, which also featured the United States, Italy, Morocco and a British Amateur Rugby League Association (BARLA) Great Britain team.

In that particular tournament, neither Japan nor Canada registered any respective wins, with the Samurais losing to Morocco 12 – 8 and then BARLA 60 – 2; whilst the then Canadian Cougars went down to the USA 52 – 10 and Italy 66 – 6.

Eighteen years on and both nations are well placed to significantly improve on those previous results.

The confirmation of Japan as the 12th participant at the Emerging Nations World Championship sees the total number of Asian teams at the tournament grow to four, with the Philippines Tamaraws, Hong Kong Thunder and Thailand all previously announced.

The Japanese Samurais have a decorated Rugby League history, with the team first taking part in the old World Sevens in the mid-90s.

Japan’s first full Rugby League International was against the Lebanon Cedars in 1998 in Tokyo, with the team going down 52 – 28, whilst their first win was in Florida against the Canadian Cougars in 1999, winning 14 – 0.

The Japanese Rugby League currently has two small regional competitions based around Tokyo and Kansai.

The Samurais most recent International result was a 24 – 22 win over the Hong Kong Thunder in Hong Kong earlier this year and are currently ranked 41st in the RLIF World Rankings.

The Emerging Nations World Championship is set to run in October and November 2018 in Western Sydney and feature up to 16 national representative teams.

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India set to make their international debut at Emerging Nations World Championship
26 Dec 2017

The southern Asian nation of India is the latest team to commit to the upcoming Emerging Nations World Championship scheduled for Western Sydney in October / November 2018.

The Rugby League Federation of India representative side is set to join fellow Asian sides, Thailand, Hong Kong, Philippines and Japan at the third iteration of the Emerging Nations tournament following an announcement earlier this week by the organisation.

The team, will be predominantly made up of players from the Rugby League Federation of India (RLFI) competitions which are based out of West coast state of Kerala.

Formed in late 2015, the RLFI has predominantly been focused on developing the code at the U15s – U17s with the organisation successfully hosting a series of National Championships a various age groups this year and a series of other irregular matches and beach tournaments.

Teams for these tournaments have come from the regional centres of Kozhikode, Ernakulam, Koyilandy, Ponnani, Guruvayur, Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram.

Despite the focus of the RLFI being predominantly on age based teams, the organisation aims to establish an open age competition and views the opportunity to take part in the Emerging Nations World Championship as a key step in helping the code both retain and attract new players.

Despite multiple attempts to establish the code in India over the past decade, the nation has never played an international Rugby League match.

The Emerging Nations World Championship is set to feature at least sixteen Tier Two / Three Rugby League nations with additional participants set to be announced in 2018.

Currently thirteen national representative teams have committed to the tournament, including the likes of Canada, Malta, Hungary and Latvia.


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