Rugby League World Cup qualification could give the sport in Italy a 'quantum leap'

Date: 29/9/16

“Our goal is the World Cup,” claims vice president of the Federation of Italian Rugby League Tiziano Franchini, as his side prepare for 2017 Rugby League World Cup European Qualifiers Pool A games with Wales and Serbia.

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Italy and Lebanon revive Mediterranean Cup in clash at Sicily in June

Date: 23/5/16

After a ten-year hiatus, the Mediterranean Cup has been resurrected by the Italian and Lebanese rugby leagues.

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Italy name u19 squad for two match rugby league series against Lionhearts

Date: 19/6/15

Following successful trial camps, Italy have named their squad for a two match U19s series against the touring England Lionhearts Youth.

Both matches will be played in Este.

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Italian Rugby League expands into the South


Date: 13/6/15

Rugby league has formally expanded into the south of Italy with the launch of the Southern Zone Committee, in accordance with Federazione Italiana Rugby League regulations.

Three Sicilian clubs, Belpasso Rectores, Palermo XIII and Nissaa RL, have applied for membership to FIRL and will be formally inducted into the federation at the organization’s forthcoming AGM.

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The Italian Job - What is going on with rugby league in Italy?

By Rob Wilkinson, Date: 18/5/15

So. what exactly is going on with rugby league in Italy? Why the division and what lessons can be learnt for the future of the game, both in Italy and in other nations that are in a development phase?

For some of the answers, you'd be well advised to talk to Pierluigi Gentile, head of the breakaway Lega Italiana Rugby Football League and, by his own admission 'a rugby league revolutionary' who wants to spread the game as widely as possible across Italy.

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RLIF hit back with statement regarding Rebel Rugby League group in Italy

Date 7/5/15

The Rugby League International Federation has today (May 6th 2015) issued the following statement concerning Italian rugby league:

“On 14 April 2015 the Italian rugby union (FIR) issued its communique ‘no. 7’ which indicated that an association named Lega Italia Rugby Football League (LIRFL) has been appointed to administer rugby league and rugby league 9s under the aegis of FIR.

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Lega IRFL Italian Rugby League no Longer Rebels?

Date: 29/4/15

After many years of words, the doubts are finally gone. The world of international rugby league calling for clarity on FIRL (federation that was in the RLWC 2013) and FIRFL (federation with the largest number of participants and most present on the Italian territory), has been satisfied.

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Over 250 youngsters have taste of rugby league in Italy

Date: 28/4/15

A school’s rugby league festival at the Stadium Augusteo in Este for 14-16 year olds saw over 250 youngsters take part, 60 of them girls.

Schools from Ponso, Ospedaletto, Carceri, Cinto, Vo Lozzo Atestina, Villa Estense, Sant Urbano and Sant Elana took part with their pupils learning the fundamentals of the sport.

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Historic day for Rugby League in Italy

Date: 21/4/15

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 was an historic day, unforgettable, for Italian Rugby League. The reason it can be read directly in the statement of the Italian Rugby Federation (FIR) that day in Chapter 3.8, under the title “Irfl: examine statute and request for taking act”.

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