The Belgian and Czech Rugby League Associations have announced a two-match Test series. Belgium will host the Czech Republic in Brussels on 18 April and then visit Tis, 100km south east of Prague, on 3 October.
Czech head coach David Lahr, who will field players exclusively from the domestic competition, said, “It will be a great opportunity to test the progress of our league, the standard of its games and the players.”
BELGIUM RUGBY LEAGUE NATION OVERVIEW
Information on this page was updated - 11/3/2014
Foundation Year - 2009
International Team - Belgium Rugby League
Top level domestic competition - There is currently no domestic rugby league competition. Currently has one team playing games against teams from London, France, Catalonia, Germany and Morocco.
Former Junior Kiwi and Leigh Head coach Tony Benson has been appointed as the new Belgium Rugby League Sport Director. Benson's duties will commence in 2015.
Benson's main goals are to build the Belgium Rugby League culture at youth level and set up an elite program in order to build a team to compete in the European Championship C in 2016.
The Belgian Rugby League Association has announced the launch of its first-ever rugby league club competition, with four clubs participating in the Belgian Super League, which will end with a Grand Final on 25 June, 2016.
Eagles RL and Cens Academy of Molenbeek, North Brussels Gorillas and East Brussels Broncos make up the competition, with each club playing the other twice.
The Belgian Rugby League Association has staged a successful level 1 coaching course in Brussels. Nine candidates attended as part of the RLEF’s Training and Education Portal project, co-funded by the European Commission.
Hat tricks from Josh William and Tom Blakey were the highlights as England Colleges won 72-6 in Brussels against a young Belgium XIII.
In all, the visitors ran in 13 tries - Lewis Mckissick with a double, James Forey, Adam Barrass, Cameron Bouller, Jake Ward and Sam Mason their other try scorers - and led 32-0 at the break.
Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands have announced the dates of their triangular series. Germany will host the Belgians in Dusseldorf on 6 August before travelling to Rotterdam a week later for the Griffin Cup, contested annually between the two neighbours. The Dutch complete the series on 3 September when they play in Brussels.
Following a meeting in Brussels between leaders of the Belgian Rugby League Association and the Nederlandse Rugby League Bond, a four-club competition has been confirmed for next spring.
Amsterdam Cobras RLFC, Rotterdam Pitbulls RLFC, Den Haag Knights and North Brussels Gorillas will play a round of games in each of the cities before a finals day in Brussels.