The Greece Women’s side will play their second international, and first at home, against Serbia in Larisa on 11th April. Their inaugural Test match was in Edirne, Turkey last September.
Following their historic qualification for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup, when they were forced to play matches away from home after a dispute over recognition of the official governing body, the signs are that rugby league is beginning to take root in Greece.
2021 RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP QUALIFIER POOL B – SERBIA 6 GREECE 82 - Report
A ruthless, 16-try display saw Greece claim the 15th and penultimate place in the 2021 World Cup - ensuring their debut in the global competition - at the Makis Stadium in Belgrade.
Greece have named a cosmopolitan 22-man squad for their final European qualifiers for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup. They face Scotland in London and travel to Serbia in Pool B, with the top two going through to the main competition in England, the Greeks aiming to make it for the first time.
Steve Georgallis, the coach of Greece, who will play in the final qualification stages for the RLIF Rugby League World Cup 2021 against Russia and Scotland, is frustrated by the bizarre circumstances that are hindering the planning of the home game against Scotland and consequently the preparation of the squad.
The Greek Rugby League Association (GRLA) is on the brink of an historic and difficult decision to move their final RLIF Rugby League World Cup qualification game away from Athens and probably into England. This comes about because of the long-running and baffling arrangement where the Greek government has recognised a rival and unrecognised group governed by the Hellenic Federation of Modern Pentathlon (HFMP).
The Greek Rugby League Association has reported an encouraging end to the year, with reigning champions Rhodes Knights standing top of the league after winning all four of their matches to date. They have been pushed all the way by the sides in second and third, only just defeating Athens pair Attica Rhinos 22-20 away and Aris Eagles 26-22 at home.
The newly-formed Greek Rugby League Association technical department has run the first part of a successful level 1 coaching course in Athens. It was attended by 15 candidates from Larissa, Crete, Athens, Thessaloniki, Patra and Rhodes, illustrating the growing geographical interest in the sport in the country.
The RLEF board has confirmed that the Greek Rugby League Association has been awarded affiliate status.