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With significant increased rugby league activity - and more nations than ever before established and playing - the first steps have been taken to set up a federation for the sport in the Middle East and Africa region.

A five person steering group has been elected, which has been tasked with implementing a road map for the MEA to establish its own governance structures, administration currently being part of the Rugby League European Federation’s mandate.

As full members of International Rugby League (IRL), Lebanon’s Nayef Abi Said and South Africa’s Dr Frans Erasmus received automatic nominations, and they have been joined by Cameroon’s Carol Manga and Yamina Abdesselem from Morocco, alongside Remond Safi, the MEA regional director at the RLEF, who will act as chair for the next 12 months.

Delegates from Burundi, DR Congo, Ghana, Libya, Nigeria and Palestine were involved in the election process.
 

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Following a virtual meeting of the Lebanon Rugby Federation clubs to plan out a return to play in the country, a re-commitment has also been made to include six domestic players in their 2021 Rugby League World Cup squad, which will be coached by Michael Cheika.

The Cedars are in a pool with New Zealand, Jamaica and Ireland and LRFL CEO, Nayef Abi Said, noted: “The core purpose was to provide a collaborative forum to discuss the upcoming season’s activities and challenges including club’s preparations as well as rules and regulations.
 

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North American Rugby League to kick off in June: organizers​


April 1, 2021, 4:45 am
A new professional rugby league competition in North America will kick off in June, organisers said Wednesday

A new professional rugby league competition in North America will kick off in June, organisers said Wednesday
A new 14-team professional rugby league competition involving teams across North America will kick off later this year, organizers said Wednesday.
The North American Rugby League will comprise 12 teams from the United States and two from Canada, and is due to kick off on June 19-20.
The US teams will be divided into two conferences based on geography, with six teams in an East Coast Conference and six competing in a West Coast conference. Two Canadian teams -- Toronto Wolfpack and Ottawa Aces -- will join the East Coast Conference in 2022.

A statement from NARL said all games in each conference will be played at a single venue on the same day with no fans in attendance in order to mitigate the risks from Covid-19.
"I'm delighted to introduce the North American Rugby League to rugby league fans around the world in what we firmly believe is the next big evolutionary step for rugby league," NARL chief executive Robert Curtis said in a statement.
"The NARL is the culmination of years of research and market testing and has been designed to bring you the hardest hitting, fastest and most exciting sport on the planet."
The United States already has a domestic rugby league competition, the USA Rugby League (USARL), made up of 12 teams based in the eastern half of the country. The new season is due to kick off on June 5.
In the NARL statement, chief execuitve Curtis denied the new league was a rival to the USARL.
"We see NARL as an addition to the existing rugby league structures in the United States and certainly do not see ourselves as a 'rival' or 'rebel' league," Curtis said.
"Our sole aim is to grow the fantastic sport of rugby league in North America and create a legacy for generations to come."
Rugby league has been played in the United States since the 1950s, though club competitions have a fractured history, with the USARL's founder members splitting from the American National Rugby League in 2011.
International Test matches have also been staged on US soil, notably a 2018 game between New Zealand and England in Denver which attracted 19,320 spectators.
 
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Following consultation with member federations, European Rugby League (ERL) has reviewed the European international competitions scheduled for 2021.

Taking into account the effects of the global pandemic on nation’s abilities to host and travel under on-going restrictions, Euro B and D competitions will go ahead with modifications, whilst Euro C and the U20s European Championship will be moved back to 2022.

Euro D will feature Netherlands, Malta, Czechia and Turkey in a new format identical to Euro B. Hosting options are being explored with arrangements to be confirmed in the near future.

The U20s championship, which was due to be staged in Italy, has been delayed for a second time due to uncertainty over travel and funding for the competing nations. The event will return in 2022 and will be run as an U19s tournament, with hosting arrangements to be announced.
 
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Ghana Rugby League Federation and Ghana TV, games from the Rugby League World Cup 2017 archive will be shown on Ghana TV Sports+ channel every Tuesday.

This will give the game in Ghana a profile that has never been enjoyed previously and will provide a further boost for Ghana Rugby League Federation's already large efforts to include more people in their rugby league programs.
 
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Ghana Rugby League Federation and Ghana TV, games from the Rugby League World Cup 2017 archive will be shown on Ghana TV Sports+ channel every Tuesday.

This will give the game in Ghana a profile that has never been enjoyed previously and will provide a further boost for Ghana Rugby League Federation's already large efforts to include more people in their rugby league programs.
Ghana Rugby League.....I didn't know it existed. 🤔
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