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Australia top latest World Rugby League rankings

Rugby League International FederationDate: 1/8/14

Well the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) have released the latest world rankings. Australia once again are at the top of the pile with New Zealand and England rounding out the top three.

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Italy 22 sneak home against Russia 18 in European Championship B Game 5

Date: 27/7/14

Italy went to the top of the table after winning the battle of the previously unbeaten nations but were pushed all the way by the Russians, both sides scoring three tries.

What undid the Bears in the closing stages was their indiscipline, conceding three kickable penalties and nine in the second half in total culminating in the late sin binning of Anatoly Grigorev for dissent, and the dismissal of Ruslan Izmailov after the whistle for his protestations to referee Tom Mather.

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European Championship B, Game 5 Italy v Russia – Preview

Italy Rugby LeagueRussian Rugby League

Date: 25/7/14

The top two teams in European Championship B face off in the beautiful Alpine town of Gemona on Saturday (26th July), with Italy official Kelly Rolleston labelling it as a: “Must win game”.

Victory will see Italy, who have a superior points difference already, leap-frog Russia into top spot as the 2014/15 competition heads towards the half way stage.

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Czech Republic 8 Malta 34 - Rugby League European Championship C, Game 2

Czech Republic Rugby LeagueMalta Rugby League

Date: 15/7/14

A hat trick from full back Andrew Muscat was the highlight as Malta made it one win from two in European Championship C, beating the Czech Republic 34-8 at the Tis Rugby League Field, Havlickuv Brod.

A crowd of over 300 saw the hosts take the lead in the seventh minute, Czech captain Petr Šedina kicking a penalty.

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Chairman hails Rugby League growth throughout Europe

Rugby League European FederationDate: 12/7/14

Rugby League European Federation chairman Maurice Watkins CBE, has hailed the continued progress of the organisation, with the publication of its annual report.

Watkins, Joint Senior Partner in a prominent law firm and former Director of Manchester United among a host of other top level sporting roles, became RLEF chairman in August 2012.

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Rugby League European Championship C, Game 2 - Czech Republic prepare for Maltese threat

Date: 11/7/14

Czech Republic make their debut in European Championship C when they face Malta on Saturday evening (12th July) at the Tis Rugby League Field, Havlickuv Brod.

It is the first time the two nations have played each other in an official Test match and the Maltese will be hoping for a turnaround in fortunes after their home 32-18 loss to Greece in game one of the tournament.

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2014 Rugby League International Wrap: Part 2

By Matthew Brown, Date: 8/7/14

After focusing on the America’s and Africa last blog, it’s now time to turn our attention to the rest of the Rugby League world, Europe, Asia and Oceania. But first a roundup of the most recent Commonwealth Games tournament from Glasgow.

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Italy 54 Ukraine 12 - Rugby League European Championship B, Match 4

Italy Rugby LeagueUkraine Rugby League

Date: 6/7/14

A hat-trick from barnstorming debutant centre, XIII Del Ducato’s Raffaele Dalla Ragione was the highlight as new-look Italy won their opening game in European Championship B.

Paul Broadbent’s side, which included six debutants and was almost exclusively made up of players from the domestic competition proved too strong at the Stadio comunale di Teglio Veneto in Gemona, scoring ten tries in all and leading 26-0 at half time.

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Rugby League European Championship B, Match 4 - Italy V Ukraine - Preview

Italy Rugby League Ukraine Rugby League

Date: 4/7/14

A new-look Italy make their bow in this year’s competition on the back of their 2013 World Cup exploits, facing Ukraine in Gemona tomorrow (Saturday) who are looking for their first success in their third match.

For the first time, seven Italian clubs are represented in the 20-man squad, with an initial contingent from Lions Brescia.

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