Coach Darren Fisher and skipper Aitor Davila have been reflecting on Spain’s entry in to the rugby league Test arena, which saw them beat Belgium 12-10 on Saturday in Brussels, in their first international hit out.
With six clubs having been formed this year in their domestic competition, the result has proved to be a big boost to the development of the sport in the country.
“I feel very proud and it was a very emotional day for myself and the players,” said Fisher. “It is a great achievement for all involved in Spanish rugby league. The history book was written on Saturday but that’s only the beginning, I believe there is much more to come.”
Fisher added, “I expected a very determined and physical game from the Belgians and that’s what we got. We prepared well and I always believed we would compete hard, to get the result as well was a fantastic effort. It was great to see so much passion from the players in their shirts, they are a family.”
Spanish captain and scrum half Davila commented on the return game which will be held at the Campo de Rugby la Pelosa, Valencia, on 8 June. “Everyone in Spain is excited for our first international at home and I’m sure the Belgians will enjoy our hospitality,” he said.
“For the players it will be a great opportunity in front of friends and family to show how much pride they have for Spain RL – I can’t wait for the day.”