debut of rl in Spain of all places...
debut of rl in Spain of all places...
If I read it correctly, Greece and Hungary were playing against each other today. Not sure if it was the final score, but I read 90 - nil to Greece. Braith Anasta played for Greece.true enough[DOUBLEPOST=1382909716][/DOUBLEPOST]https://rugbyleaguespotlight.com/greek-rugby-league-championship-begins/
Some tough rankings there too. PNG hadn't played any other nations top team since their one game against Fiji in 2011. They have played a trial against the Rabbitohs, and the annual games against the Australina Prime Ministers 13, but none of that will go against international rankings. Seems harsh to drop down the rankings while not playing a game.
Not sure about Nuie and Vanuatu? Only games CI get ranked on are the Pacific Cup and if you dont do well there then you get ranked down.Niue and Vanuatu not on the list?
Surprised Cooks a re ranked so low?
When you look at the fast mobile monsters they have over S.A with there rugby sides.I'd love to see the game grow in South Africa, maybe take an NRL trial game over there? Or even an end of year test match between AUS and NZ.
LinkI'd love to see the game grow in South Africa, maybe take an NRL trial game over there? Or even an end of year test match between AUS and NZ.
Link1. Breakthrough for League
Rugby league is set to belatedly achieve government recognition in South Africa as soon as this week – as a direct result of the country's ambitious bid to host the 2017 World Cup. SARL official Chris Botes tells Set of Six: “Up until two days ago, rugby league was almost in the doldrums. SARU was doing a good job of keeping it squashed down. (But) the World Cup doesn't just involve the Department of Sport. It involves the Department of Tourism, the Department of Public Enterprise … it's a 500 million rand ($52.8 million) event. People are saying 'here's a chance for South Africa to have this major event and the only reason we can't have it is one piece of paper'. SASCOG can't tell us why they can't recognise (us) … having the World Cup on the table, we have forced the decision to go to parliament, to cabinet. I'm sitting down next week again with the Department of Sport. The minister for sport, I met with his deputy on Thursday. They are saying 'yes, we want to support you'”.
LinkNSW Country 58 South Africa 18
South African officials fly to Britain this week to push their bid to host the 2017 World Cup, undeterred by their national side's heavy loss to NSW Country in front of a tiny crowd.
Fewer than 500 people saw a Country side featuring former NRL stars Jamie Feeney, Riley Brown and Terrence Seu Seu inflict a 11-try hammering on the Rhinos at Brakpan's Bosman Stadium in South Africa on Friday night.
Centre Ben McAlpine and winger Jason Raper each finished with hat-tricks after the Country side – which won an earlier tour match 50-0 – led 32-12 at halftime.
“We have to submit our formal bid, five copies in writing, on the 18th of November,” said SARL official Chris Botes, who will address the Annual General Meeting of the Rugby League International Federation in Cardiff on Friday night.
“Then, on the 27th of November, we present to a committee. Australia is also presenting – and we'll know shortly afterwards.
“I think they'll announce it at the (World Cup) final.”
Botes argues 500,000 new players would take up the sport if the World Cup was granted to South Africa. His bid committee – which includes members of the FIFA World Cup organising group - plans to give every competing country $200,000 to prepare.
South Africa were down 22-0 on Friday night before their first try, to halfback Hans Du Plessis in the 32nd minute. They managed two more at the end of each half.
The triple by Orange's McAlpine was a true hat-trick, with tries in the 55th, 60th and 62nd minutes. Each side had a man sent to the sin bin by French referee Stephane Vincent – Rhino Johan Fritz and Country's Raper.
“Credit to them, they're a rugby nation and it's second nature for us to play league,” said Country captain Feeney.
“To captain this side at the ripe old age of 35 after five years in (NRL) retirement, I'm loving it.”
NSW COUNTRY 58 (J Raper 3, B McAlpine 3, T Smith 2, B Scott, J Feeney, S Williams tries B Scott 6 goals) bt SOUTH AFRICA 18 (H Du Plessis, J Oosthuysen, S Bouwer tries H Olivier 3 goals) at Bosman Stadium, Brakpan. Referee: S Vincent. Crowd: about 450
RLIF is a toothless, near nonexistent, org designed to rubber-stamp the status quo and this is unlikely to happen, but dreams are free. I'm sure the developing countries could do with the cash from the SA bid.HERE'S a bit more on the South African bid to host the 2017 World Cup.
SARL official Chris Botes says his is convinced every full member of the Rugby League International Federation will vote for him – aside from Australia, New Zealand and England.
The SARL delegation believes the decision should be put to an overall vote. They rejected a decision that the RLIF executive decide – because it is made up of Australia, New Zealand and England and the first two of those make up the only rival bid.
The South Africans are happy with the decision to appoint a bid committee to decide. A decision is expected in January.
“The RLIF has never had anyone say 'we want the World Cup',” said Botes. “It's always been England, Australia, England-Wales, Australia-New Zealand.
“When South Africa says 'we'd like to host it', the Federation says 'we don't know how to deal with that, we don't have a formal bid process, the main members of the board must vote'.
“We went to all the main members, they said 'we are in support'. Australia and New Zealand didn't exactly put their hands up in support and England played a neutral role but other countries were in support – Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, PNG, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, USA, Morocco … all these guys were for it because they can see the potential for the sport in South Africa.
“So then they said 'it's not going to the main countries anymore, it's going to (the executive). It comprises two Australians and two New Zealanders so we politely asked that (they) not be involved.
“So we now have a bid committee …. Nigel Wood … Sally Bolton, who is charge of the 2013 World Cup, we have Graeme Thompson who is the European director on the RLIF board and we have a fourth person which is an auditing company which will have a look at the financial feasibility of the bid.”
Bang on there. RLIF is just an ARL lap dog. Even NSWRL have a bigger bark then them.RLIF is a toothless, near nonexistent, org designed to rubber-stamp the status quo and this is unlikley to happen, but dreams are free. I'm sure the developing countires could do with the cash from the SA bid.
I disagree to a certain extent.It would be far easier and make more sense to grow the game in a country that plays Union than taking it to North America or Asia.
Although I do agree that the pacific nations are a league market waiting to be tapped.It would be far easier and make more sense to grow the game in a country that plays Union than taking it to North America or Asia.