The seventh, annual Griffin Cup will be staged in Gnarrenburg, Germany this Saturday (kick off 4pm) with the hosts looking to regain the trophy. They won the first four encounters starting in 2013, when they were triumphant 28-22 in Heidleberg, but have been defeated in the last two clashes, including last year’s clash in Rotterdam, when the Dutch prevailed 38-22.
Following the completion of their domestic season - Moorteufel taking the 2018 title - the Germany coaching staff has named their squad for the 2021 World Cup qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Norway, and the annual Griffin Cup clash with the Netherlands.
Nationaler Rugby League Deutschland has run a successful Level 1 coaching course as part of the EU-backed Training and Education Portal project.
After a three-year period, Germany is once more an affiliate member of the European Federation following the RLEF Board meeting this week.
Germany host Holland in Osnabrück on Saturday in the fifth, annual Griffin Cup series between the nations. The Dutch have yet to register a victory but last year were defeated only 8-6 and have benefitted from their burgeoning domestic programme in the interim.
A training course in Hattingen, Germany, has resulted in two host and two Irish Level 1 match official educators and six new referee’s qualified, as part of the EU-backed Training and Education Portal project.