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.
FORMER Australian World Cup player Aaron Raper has named his Latin American side to take on North America in an NRL Grand Final weekend clash which captures rugby league’s growing global appeal.
Opportunity to Settle the Score
LATIN America and Thailand will kick-off the 2016 representative Rugby League season in Canberra on Saturday, January 16, with both teams determined to settle the score.
AN HISTORIC meeting of Rugby League officials in South America has discussed key steps for the game in engaging Latin America, including seeking cooperation from NRL partners Fox Sports.
Hugo Froes of Rugby League Brasil welcomed both Carlos Varela (Confederacion Argentina de Rugby League) and Robert Burgin (GYG Latin Heat Rugby League – Australia) to his hometown of Sao Lourenco, Minas Gerais.
THIS Saturday when Michael Bolz steps onto the field at Sydney University to represent Latin America Under 18s in Rugby League, he writes the newest chapter of a remarkable family tale.
It was only days ago, as he began final preparations for the NRL One Community Redfern Nines, that young Michael told teammates of his pride in perpetuating the feats of late grandfather, Carlos Bolz.
LATIN American Rugby League has unveiled its strategic plan for the next 12 months, with off-field advancements deemed just as vital as on-field performance.
Following a 300 per cent growth in GYG Latin Heat player numbers from January 2014 to January 2015, the onus is to plan a sustainable path to the ultimate goal – participation by a South or Central American nation in a future Rugby League World Cup.
IT was a 38-point improvement on the corresponding game from a year ago, but still Latin America was disappointed to go down 80-4 to the Philippines in Saturday’s Magellan Trophy rugby league match in Brisbane.
While the Tamaraws march on in their quest to become the first South East Asian side to qualify for a Rugby League World Cup, the GYG Latin Heat will take stock and rally together for even greater improvement in the coming 12 months.
LATIN America and the Philippines will usher in the 2015 rugby league season with the return bout of The Magellan Trophy at Brisbane’s Bishop Park on January 17.
After narrowly scraping together enough players in their international debut against the Tamaraws last January, the GYG Latin Heat are hell-bent on showing how quickly the 13-man game has engaged the Latino community.