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Cross Keys RFC will stage international rugby league for the first time in 24 years next month, and only the second time ever, as the Wales Women’s side visit the famous Pandy Park to host England on Sunday, June 12 (kick-off 1pm).

Wales Rugby League’s General Manager Mark Jones said: “I’d like to thank Cross Keys for agreeing to stage the game next month. After playing matches in Warrington and Colwyn Bay in 2021, we’re really looking forward to bringing the Wales Women’s side back to South Wales for the first time in three years.
 

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Joanna Lawer, from Koliber Sosnowiec, has become the first woman to coach rugby league in Poland. She was one of eleven candidates from six cities who completed a level 1 course in Skierniewice, Central Poland last weekend. It was the first educational activity organized by Polska Rugby XIII since the Covid-19 pandemic broke out.
 

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A further fixture has been added to the mid-season international fixtures, with Lebanon scheduled to face Malta at Belmore Sports Ground in Sydney on Wednesday 22 June (kick off 7pm local time). It will be the Cedars’ first game since 2019 and vital preparation for their World Cup campaign this autumn, whilst Malta recently beat debutants Montenegro at home.

Lebanon head coach, Michael Chieka, commented: “All of us are very excited about finally getting on the field to play in the colours of our country. Malta are great friends of ours in the rugby league landscape and to play them here in Australia will be a real honour for us. This Test match is going to be a great opportunity for the players - many of whom will be making their debuts - to put their hand up for World Cup selection. We will probably have only one or two games together prior to the squad being announced, so it’s a great chance for them to set down a marker.”

Malta coach, Aaron McDonald, noted: “This is an important game for us, taking on another top 16 ranked nation. Lebanon have been a strong rugby league side for many years and will be looking to ramp up their own preparations for the World Cup. We want to ensure that we are continuing to improve and to challenge those ahead of us. We know we are in for a battle and are looking forward to it, and building on our recent victories against Macedonia and Montenegro.”

The match will be live-streamed, with details to follow.
 

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The participating nations have been confirmed for the U19s European Championships, which will be held in Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy between 1-11 September. France will be aiming to defend their 2018 title, with England, Ireland, Italy, Serbia, Scotland and Wales also set to compete and, following negotiations with their Ministry of Sport, Ukraine will also take their place in the tournament.
 
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The participating nations have been confirmed for the U19s European Championships, which will be held in Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy between 1-11 September. France will be aiming to defend their 2018 title, with England, Ireland, Italy, Serbia, Scotland and Wales also set to compete and, following negotiations with their Ministry of Sport, Ukraine will also take their place in the tournament.
Pretty sure there's a go fund me for the Ukrainian boys expenses.
 
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The opening Test match in the southern hemisphere mid-season international window saw Lebanon run in six tries to see off Malta 30-14, at Belmore Sports Ground, Sydney.

Winger Christian Yassmin claimed a try double, the second a length of the field interception just before the break which saw the Cedars 20-8 ahead, a blow from which the Maltese could not recover. A strong defensive performance after the interval ensured that Lebanon, building for the World Cup in the autumn, held on.
 

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Domestic rugby league in Nigeria is set to kick off this weekend with the opening southern conference fixtures. Four clubs will play in each of the northern and southern divisions, with Lagos Haven and Kano Lions set to defend their respective titles.

The opening weekend will see Haven face local rivals Lagos Rhinos, whilst R2 Finesse RL entertain Eko Trinity. In the women’s ranks, the Lagos Haven female team will begin their season against Eko Trinity.

The initial north fixtures will see Kano Lions face Jos Miners, whilst Zazzau Bulls take on Kano Gazelles.

Chair of the Nigeria Rugby League Association, Abiodun Olawale Cole, noted: “I would like to thank all the executives, members and fans of NRLA for getting us this far and looking forward to a new season.”