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The RLEF has issued the following short statement having been in direct contact with key personnel from the proposed ‘Euro XIIIs’ organising group earlier this week.

It states: “We held a positive meeting, enabling greater understanding of the respective plans and objectives for European club rugby league competition. Further dialogue will continue over the coming weeks. The RLEF will be making no further comment at this stage.”
 

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The Board of Nationaler Rugby League Deutschland e.v. has inaugurated a Hall of Fame on the occasion of the fifteenth anniversary of Germany’s first international rugby league encounter, a seven-a-side match with Holland in 2005.

“We have been thinking of starting a Hall of Fame for some time and decided that marking this occasion would be the right one”, said NRLD President Bob Doughton.

“There was no doubt who the first inductee should be; Simon Cooper, the man who started rugby league in Germany.”

Simon was inducted for his services to the sport, contributing massively both on and off the field for nearly 17 years. He started gathering players to participate back in 2003, played in 13 internationals and was joint coach for a further eight games before contracting cancer which has prevented him from further active participation.

Serving on the board, he was instrumental in the development of the BundesLeague, the German domestic league, and last year the NRLD Board started a new cup competition which was named the Cooper Cup in his honour.
 

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Serbia's rugby league clubs resumed training n May after a two month lay off due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Their competitions were suspended in the middle of March, after completion of the opening rounds, but now local governments have loosened lockdown measures in the country and outdoor sports are among the first organized activities to get permission to go back to work.

The SRL will recommence in June with Serbian Cup ties; Car Dušan Silni Paraćin facing Red Star Belgrade, Beogradski ORK hosting Partizan, and Dorćol Tigers Belgrade versus Radnički New Belgrade.
 

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The RLEF board has announced the postponement of the 2020 Americas Championship, that was due to be played in November in Kingston Jamaica for the first time, also featuring USA, Canada and Chile.

The principal reason behind the decision is that the South American country has still not yet reached its Covid-19 infection peak and rates are still high in the USA and Canada, potentially putting players and staff at risk.

In addition, there is now insufficient time to prepare the nations properly with domestic competitions having been suspended because of coronavirus, and there has been a consequent impact on potential funding and sponsorship.
 

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The Association of Russian Rugby League Clubs board of directors has announced Alexander Kolikov as its new president.

Kolikov has been involved with the sport in the country since 1983, and as a highly regarded player and coach of Spartak Moscow brings a wealth of experience to his new role. He also has a track record in boxing and wrestling.