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.
LATIN America has won its first 13-a-side game in international rugby league, punishing Portugal 40-6 in the Copa Cabral at Rose Bay, Sydney.
In by far the Guzman y Gomez Latin Heat’s best display to date, the representative newcomers showed their rapid improvement since a 0-114 demolition at the hands of the Philippines in January.
IT took a funeral for 125kg Chilean Eddie Wegener to find out there was such a thing as Latin American Rugby League.
Now he is set to face Portugal in Sunday’s Copa Cabral at Woollahra Oval in Rose Bay, Sydney.
“Why is he not playing NRL?”
That was the question from one prominent rugby league pundit after fullback Kevin McKenzie made a stunning debut for Latin America at the weekend’s Mitchelton Nines tournament in Brisbane.
Proving that rugby league has tapped only a fraction of its potential market for players and fans alike, McKenzie well and truly put his home nation of Guyana on the map.
THE GYG Latin Heat will debut eight new players for the October 11 Mitchelton Rugby League Nines in Brisbane, after drawing both the USA and host club Mitchelton in its pool.
The new caps include Guyanese Commonwealth Games representative Kevin Mackenzie, former North Sydney Bears trialist Sean Day (Peru) and West Belconnen Warriors enforcer Eddie Wegener (Chile).
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.
Following strong growth in our first 12 months, the GYG Latin Heat Rugby League seeks expressions of interest from players for consideration in these upcoming events. All players must be of Latino heritage (player, parent or grandparent born in South or Central America).
A PENALTY kick which hit the posts, an unsuccessful field goal and two disallowed tries in the final 15 minutes were the talking points, as Latin America and Thailand drew 16-all in their rugby league Test at Windsor, Australia.
Despite pouring rain throughout much of the game, the international newcomers staged an entertaining battle that ended in a thrilling conclusion.
WHO would ever have thought they’d live to see the day when an Argentinian sauce company sponsored an international rugby league competition?
And what’s more – sponsoring a tournament contested by Latin American teams from previously unchartered rugby league territory?
AS the sporting world casts an eye towards Brazil for the staging of the FIFA World Cup, a group of rugby league diehards will look to do the seemingly impossible – introduce their own brand of football to Latin America.
And there’s a way you can help the ambitious crusaders ‘grow’ the balls to do it!