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The Netherlands warmed up for their upcoming Euro D campaign by taking home the Griffin Cup after a glorious win over Germany.

Joran Schoemaker scored a hat-trick as the Dutch ran in 12 tries on a warm afternoon in Dusseldorf in front of a small, but vocal crowd.

It was the third time in a row the Dutch had won the cup, having won by two points icn September last year, and was the biggest win against Germany in any competition.
 

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France: Toulouse's win in the Million Pound Game puts them in the ESL Super League for 2022.

Two French sides now in the top level.
 

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A sensational end to the running game season saw Jamaica and Scotland share the spoils, 30-all, at the Millennium Stadium, Featherstone in a Test match for world ranking points.

The Reggae Warriors scored six tries to five and came back from 30-10 down two minutes into the second half, superbly led by Ashton Golding - starting at loose forward for the first time - and Izzac Farrell on debut.

Scotland were excellently served by St Helens-bound James Bell, Barrow’s Charlie Emslie posting a try double for them on his international bow.

Jamaica raced into a 10-0 lead with tries from Jymel Coleman and an 85 metre pick up by Ben Jones-Bishop after Sam Luckley had lost the ball, the Bravehearts then holding out Golding and Izzac Farrell and preventing Mo Agoro crossing in the corner with some outstanding goal line defence.
 

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In a first for the sport, European Rugby League has delivered a senior coaching course in Arabic, to observer member Libya. Lebanese Rugby League Federation coach educator Gaby Hadad, who graduated through the ERL CATO (consolidate, application, team, observation) program, ran the six-week level 1 coaching course on-line to 13 participants.

It is the first time a course has been delivered entirely in Arabic outside of a Lebanese RLF school educator program, which ran via the education ministry there between 2009–12. The next phase will be to oversee the participants deliver the core skills learned.

Libya Rugby League managing director, Abdul Karim Forjani, commented: “On behalf of the Libyan Rugby League, I would like to express our thanks to ERL and its Middle East Africa region for giving us this great opportunity. It was a well organized and successful course crowned by positive feedback from all participants. We believe that such an intensive course will help us to strengthen the experience of those involved and broaden the popular base of the sport here.”

ERL coaching manager, Martin Crick, added: “The course was delivered on-line due to the pandemic but it is an historic development in the MEA region. The training of coaches and coach educators in the regions, so that courses can be delivered in their native language, is one of the main aims of the program and this is another significant landmark.”
 

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Norway: The winner of the West Coast conference, Stavanger Storm, will face North/East conference top side, Lillestrom Lions, in the Norge Rugby League Grand Final at the Randeberg Arena in Stavanger tomorrow (Saturday) to decide the champions (kick off 15.00 local time).

It will be the first time the sides have met and RL Norge president, Anne Haigh, commented: “It is fantastic that we have been able to resume and complete our domestic season after the disruption cause by Covid. I am looking forward to what will be a tough challenge and wish both teams the very best of luck ahead of the game.”

The match will be livestreamed at - http://solidsport.com/stavanger-rugby-klubb/watch/rugby-league-norge-final-2021

STAVANGER STORM
Engerbakk, Kesarovski, Borsheim, Salmon, Nygaard, Cummins, Rodriguez, Meling, Nordtun, Danielsen, Hermansen, Saeby, Van de Pas. Subs: Andersen, Ajlt, Southee, Scheel

LILLESTROM LIONS
Zuniga (c), M Ponton, Lenz, Galic, Vondracek, A Ponton, Brekk, Ulveseter, Vagen, Holst, Norom, Falk, Peci. Subs: Holte, Salvemini, Eilersten, Gundersen
 

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France completed a 2-0 series win, and regained the Fassolette-Kielty Trophy, in a thrilling Wheelchair Rugby League International at Medway Park in Kent.

Inspired by Nicolas Claussells, who scored 25 of their points with three tries, six goals and a drop goal, the winners of the last World Cup in 2017 confirmed their status as favourites for the next competition when it is held in England next autumn, following this year’s postponement.

But England will draw encouragement from an improved performance on their 49-24 defeat in the first international, as they surged back from a 27-6 deficit to within a single point thanks to a 20-point haul from Nathan Collins of Leeds Rhinos.

A capacity crowd including the England Men’s Head Coach Shaun Wane were on a knife edge until the brilliant Clausells touched down a kick from France’s captain Gilles Clausells, then converted from wide out.
 

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Norway: The winner of the West Coast conference, Stavanger Storm, will face North/East conference top side, Lillestrom Lions, in the Norge Rugby League Grand Final at the Randeberg Arena in Stavanger tomorrow (Saturday) to decide the champions (kick off 15.00 local time).

It will be the first time the sides have met and RL Norge president, Anne Haigh, commented: “It is fantastic that we have been able to resume and complete our domestic season after the disruption cause by Covid. I am looking forward to what will be a tough challenge and wish both teams the very best of luck ahead of the game.”

The match will be livestreamed at - http://solidsport.com/stavanger-rugby-klubb/watch/rugby-league-norge-final-2021

STAVANGER STORM
Engerbakk, Kesarovski, Borsheim, Salmon, Nygaard, Cummins, Rodriguez, Meling, Nordtun, Danielsen, Hermansen, Saeby, Van de Pas. Subs: Andersen, Ajlt, Southee, Scheel

LILLESTROM LIONS
Zuniga (c), M Ponton, Lenz, Galic, Vondracek, A Ponton, Brekk, Ulveseter, Vagen, Holst, Norom, Falk, Peci. Subs: Holte, Salvemini, Eilersten, Gundersen
 

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The South African rugby league season is back up and running, with matches taking place in the Rhino and Protea Cup competitions.

Like all other sports in the wake of the Covid-19 restrictions, the South Africa Rugby League Sport Association had to ensure full compliance with the existing return-to-play protocols, however, the 20 months of inactivity did not dampen their enthusiasm for rugby league.

At the start of the new season, 14 northern-based clubs have initially returned to action, based in towns and cities as diverse as Pretoria, Brits, Boksburg, Springs, Marble Hall, Cape Town, Witbank and Ermelo.

Division 1, with the Rhino Cup at stake, includes Pretoria, University of Pretoria (Tuks RL Red and Tuks RL Blue), Grizzlies, Knights, Bulldogs, Spartan and the reformed St. Helens Vultures. Division 2, for the Protea Cup, features Loskop Leopards, Tomahawks, Silverbacks, Millstream Wolverines, St. Helens Vultures 2 and Spartan 2.
 

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European Rugby League (ERL) has become the first sporting organisation to be officially certified by the Sport Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA). The ERL has received a silver certification after being independently assessed in accordance with global good governance standards.

SIGA, the world’s leading organisation for sport integrity, has development their new Independent rating and verification system (SIRVS) to measure organisations’ compliance with standards of governance, integrity, transparency and accountability, audited by the British Standards Institute (BSI), and providing a safety net for fans, sponsors and investors.

ERL interim chair, Graeme Thompson, commented: “Our recent governance review was significantly enhanced by using the service provided by SIGA. It was vital for us to have external benchmarking added to the final changes that our members recently voted in. Those member proposals will likely move us into the gold zone with SIGA for any future review. We are always aiming to be the best we can and leading the way, as evidenced by being the inaugural users of SIGA's process.”