SARL have again been invited to participate in the 2018 Commonwealth Games – Festival for Rugby League that will be hosted in Australia.
The previous Commonwealth Games was held in 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland and an Under-19-side was send to present South Africa. The 2018 Commonwealth Games Federation have decided that the age-limit for this forthcoming Festival for Rugby League will be upgraded to Under-23 age-limit.
The Festival for Rugby League will be played on the Nines-concept whereby 9 players will take the field (similar to the 7s of Union Rugby) with 4 rolling interchanges.
The core SARL Tour Management Team have now been selected to start initial preparation for the Festival to take place on the 22 – 24 February 2018. Hosting venues on the Australian Gold Coast will be identified in due course by Rugby League International Federation (RLiF) and the Commonwealth Games Federation’s (CGF) Festival Committee.
The key objective for the tour management team in the preparation stage will be to-
SARL U/23 Touring Management Team:
SARL Representative Team
For enquiries, please contact-
2018 SARL Tour Coordinator
M: +27 (0)83 677 2111
On Friday the 3rd of February 2017 Dr. Frans Erasmus,SARL Board Member and Frans Parsons, SARLA CEO had the privilege to meet with Mr. Farnaud the French ambassador in South Africa. The function was to promote France for the 2024 bid for the Olympics. The evening was based around a worldwide photography competition where all the winners were exhibited.
During this sport evening we had the opportunity to discuss rugby union as well as Rugby League with the ambassador. He is very keen on both codes and the forthcoming Springbok tour against France later this year sparked a conversation where the possibility for a league test series against France was discussed.
We planned this for 2018 and the ambassador will set up a meeting with us to introduce us to all the relevant role players. This was a great opportunity for SARLA. " It is imperative that we build relationships with foreign Embassy's in South Africa to enable SARL to develop the game in South Africa and assists with awareness of the code of Rugby League in South Africa Frans Parsons the CEO of SARL said."
Papua New Guinea triumphs over Australia 22-8 in the final of the Rugby League Commonwealth Championships in Glasgow, Scotland.
Papua New Guinea has defeated Australia 22-8 in the final of the Rugby League Commonwealth Championships in Glasgow, Scotland.
The two-day event, an under 19s Nines tournament, is officially endorsed by the Commonwealth Games Federation.
PNG’s Stanton Albert was named Player of the Tournament.
Eight nations took part in the matches at the Broadwood Stadium, North Lanarkshire, with Wales finishing third after defeating Canada 20-8.
South Africa (Finishing Last with no wins) , Jamaica, England and Scotland also competed.
Rugby is an official exhibition sport in the lead-up to the Commonwealth Games, which begin in Glasgow on 23 July.
Organisers of the 2018 Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast also plan to include the sport as an exhibition.
SARL has finalised the 0/19 Rhino Squad that will compete in this years Glasgow Commonwealth Championship.
The Team Are:
Damien Bezuidenhoud - MP Panthers
Edwin Dinnimaten - MP Panthers
Christo Lategan - MP Panthers
Keagen Fortune - WPRFL
Shaheem Karrim - WPRFL
Glen Rademan - WPRFL
Enzo Bernado - Bulls
Bertus Coetzer - Bulls
Ian Engelbrecht - Bulls
Christopher Labuschagne - Bulls
Dwayne Botma - Northern Cape
For more info and news on the squad visit their Official Page
Wales have 11 players in the 2014 Great Britain and Ireland Academic Lions squad, which has been announced following last week’s Student Four Nations.
The week long competition hosted this year at the University of Nottingham culminated on Good Friday with England defeating Wales in a thrilling final.
The Great Britain and Ireland Academic Lions will compete in the RFL Associations cup which runs from May to June where they will compete against the GB Teachers, GB Police and the Armed Forces. They will then tour South Africa in late August / early September.
Wales scored more points than any other side in the Four Nations with 162 in their three games, over a quarter of them coming from Lloyd Thomas who notched 11 tries.
Thomas, the player of the tournament, said on his selection for the squad: “I am overwhelmed with the award that I have received and extremely excited about the opportunity to play for Great Britain. I’m also pleased so many of my Welsh team mates have also been selected”.
Brian Juliff, chairman of Wales Rugby League, said: “I’m delighted that Wales did so well in the tournament, scoring more points than anyone else.
“I’m equally delighted that we have 11 players in the Great Britain and Ireland squad. All of this just shows how hard we are working in Wales to develop young players and bring them through the system. Good luck to them all in their matches this summer.”
Paul Fletcher, Great Britain and Ireland head coach, said: “It’s been a fantastic competition with some excellent talent on display, we have watched the players closely throughout the week in training as well as during the games.
“We have decided on a 27 man train on Squad which will be reduced to 22 players after the Associations Cup for the tour which takes place later this year, I am really excited about the squad we have selected and looking forward to working with the players.”
ANTHONY SQUIRE (Loughborough University / England)
BEN STELMASZEK (Bangor University / Wales)
BILLY GRIFFITHS (University of Huddersfield / England)
BLAKE MAHOVIC (Manchester Metropolitan University / England)
CHRIS ATKIN (Liverpool John Moores University / England)
CHRIS BARRATT (Loughborough University / England)
DAN CAPAROSS-MIDWOOD (Newcastle University / England)
DAN PARKER (Leeds Metropolitan University / Scotland)
GAVIN GRANT (University of Bath / Scotland)
GAZ HYNES (Leeds Metropolitan University / England)
HARRISON ELLIOTT (University South Wales / Wales)
IAIN MURRAY (Northumbria University / England)
JACK HOWDLE (Loughborough University / England)
JOE WALSH (Manchester Metropolitan University / England)
JORDAN SHERIDAN (Cardiff Metropolitan University / Wales)
JOSH DIXON (Leeds Metropolitan University / England)
LEWIS WEAVER (Blackpool and The Fylde College / Wales)
LLOYD THOMAS (Loughborough University / Wales)
MARCUS WEBB (Bridgend College / Wales)
MIKE CONNOR (University of South Wales / Wales)
MORGAN EVANS (University of Bath / Wales)
OSIAN PHILLIPS (University of South Wales / Wales)
RICHARD HUGHES (Liverpool John Moores University / England)
SEAN RICHARDS (Leeds Metropolitan University / England)
TOM HALL (Leeds Metropolitan University / England)
TOM HUGHES (Loughborough University / Wales)
TRISTAN TREHAN (Loughborough University / Wales)