Following a successful first domestic season, which culminated in a visit to Accra and two-game series for the national side against the touring GB Student Pioneers, Ghana Rugby League is ready for its new campaign.
The centrepiece will be the championship which will see the same six teams - Legon Skolars, Widnes Vikings Bulls, Madina Bulls, Nima Rhinos, Eck Force RL and Kaneshie Rugby League Club – face each other on a home and away basis, meaning each club will play 10 matches.
The next exciting phase of African rugby league development is poised to begin with the impending departure of Sam Leach to Accra next week. The newly-graduated Birmingham university student will take up his role as Rugby League Federation Ghana general manager on a nine-month contract, giving the pioneering West African country directional leadership for the first time.
The Great Britain Student Pioneers have already made a significant impression on their tour to Ghana, and not just in beating the All-Stars 48-10 in their opening game at the Presbyterian Boys’ School in Legon.
In the aftermath, the squad ran two 90 minute coaching sessions, introducing the sport to around 180 children aged from 12 to 17.
By Richard Cowley, Date: 1/7/2013
After receiving and reviewing applications from, Russia, Denmark, Ukraine, Ghana and Italy. RLDF members submitted their final vote to decide the winner of the 2013 Rugby League Development Fund Grant.
Two-and-a-half years after the first steps were taken to establish rugby league’s first presence in West Africa, the Ghanaian National Sports Authority has officially recognised the sport.
In a letter dated 13 October, Joe Kpenge, director general of the NSA, confirmed his organisation’s decision to allow Ghana Rugby League to access more facilities, acquire sponsorships and, crucially, open the door for local schools to play against each other, rather than only internally.
The RLEF has awarded Observer status to Ghana Rugby League, giving the sport its first official presence in West Africa.
The formation of GRL was initiated by the RLEF and UK Sport in June 2012 and an Association founded almost two years later by a Board of six Directors.
The 2019 Ghana Rugby League Championship has kicked off with a double header at the Legon Rugby Field. Featuring four clubs in its inaugural campaign, who are all based around the capital Accra, Panthers defeated Pirates 34-22 and Bulls overcame Skolars 38-18.