Two tries in three minutes at the start of the second half saw the Czech Republic emerge triumphant, 26-6, against Hungary at the KFKI Sporttelep in Budapest.
The Czech Rugby League Association (CZRLA) successfully launched the RLEF’s new EU-backed Training and Education Portal, playing host to delegates from England and Sweden as well as rugby league teams from Poland and Hungary.
Despite a one-sided Grand Final, which saw table-toppers Orli Havlickuv Brod impressively defeat nearest rivals Czech Rabbitohs 62-0 in Tis to win their first crown, the CZRLA is celebrating a record year of domestic matches.
Seven sides in the First Division played each other home and away, Havlickuv Brod only losing twice in a memorable year.
The Czech Republic registered only its second-ever win at full international level, six years after their first, defeating Belgium 14-4 in Tis, and levelling the two-match series following their 50-12 defeat in Brussels in April.
A 19-man tour group representing English Colleges has arrived in the Czech Republic to play two games against the Czech U20s in Vrchlabí.
The first match is tonight (Friday, 18:00 kick-off) with the second on Sunday (14.00 kick off) after which there will be an official, commemorative dinner.
The Czech Rugby League Association has put junior development as a priority and is gearing up for a forthcoming U20 international against an England Colleges team, ahead of full internationals at home to Sweden on 25th July and Belgium in early October.
The RLEF’s Czech Republic Development Manager, Andy Mulhall, is returning to his native Queensland, leaving behind him a vibrant and expanding rugby league scene.
A teacher in the Czech Republic, in 2006 Mulhall read in a rugby league magazine that local enthusiasts were starting the sport. An offer to help out with coaching led to his unbroken and extensive involvement in developing the sport, both on and off the field.
Teplice Dragons Rugby League Club is engaged in a fundraiser for a great friend of the sport who has recently experienced a family tragedy.
The national team player was in a car accident with his family at the end of last year that ended in their hospitalisation and has resulted in his only daughter being in a coma ever since.