A COLOMBIAN who arrived in Australia with no rugby league experience and bulked up 20kg in two years at the gym will captain a Latin American Development team against Africa United on NRL Grand Final weekend.
A â€˜GHETTO kidâ€™ from Guyana, a Colombian security guard discovered on the street and a Uruguayan boy prepared to drive 1000km to recreate his fatherâ€™s dream are all set to benefit from a ground-breaking deal.
SHIELD Security Services has shown it stands behind Latin American Rugby League, coming on board as a leading sponsor ahead of a busy international schedule for the Heat.
The announcement is heralded as one of the biggest steps forward for rugby league in the Latino community, allowing the not-for-profit organisation to continue its policy of free coaching and development for newcomers.
By Robert Burgin, Date: 9/8/13
Weâ€™re doing something ambitious for Australiaâ€™s Latin American COMMUNITY, starting the first rugby league team to represent the region â€“ the LATIN HEAT.
Currently SOUTH AMERICA is the only continent WITHOUT a single regular representative rugby league side, ahead of Octoberâ€™s 2013 World Cup in the UK.
By Robert Burgin, Date: 20/9/13
Instructions barked between players in Spanish, Colombian coffee and chilli con carne bubbling away on the sidelines, and samba music for every try scored.
That will be the scene tomorrow, September 21st, when the rugby league world gets flipped on its head with the Guzman y Gomez Latin Heat making a fitting debut in Brisbaneâ€™s scorching spring.
By Matthew Brown, Date: 22/10/14
For those who are un-aware of the Latin Heat, they are an International Rugby League side representing the 24 Latin Nations of Central and South America. They have played in numerous internationals against the Philippines, Thailand and experienced their first international victory against Portugal on the 19th of October 2014.
TWO new events have been added to the international rugby league calendar, to be played on back-to-back days in the greater Sydney area.
For the first time, players of Central American and South American heritage will contest the Copa de Rugby XIII on Saturday, May 31 at Norford Park, Sefton in Sydney’s inner-west.
By Robert Burgin, Date: 21/12/13
TWO blossoming rugby league teams servicing a combined population of 700 million people will bring international football to the Gold Coast’s Runaway Bay on January 18.
And what’s more, they will do it all for a gold coin donation for charity.
Hot on the back of the success of the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, reigning Asian Cup champions the Philippine Airlines Tamaraws will go head-to-head with the Guzman y Gomez Latin Heat.
The GYG Latin Heat are the newest outfit in global rugby league, representing the combined nations of South and Central America.
By Robert Burgin, Date: 6/12/13
Hot off the back of a record crowd for the Rugby League World Cup final, Latin Heat Rugby League will be hosting a social day at New Farm Park, Brisbane, this Sunday, December 9.