Further to the national side’s success in the Balkan Championship and European C, three new teams - taking the total to five - will play in the Greek Second Division Championship this season.
For the first time, all will face each other home and away as the Hellenic Federation looks to build greater opportunities, especially for the increasing number of new players attracted to the sport.
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.
By Tony Munro, Date: 30/4/12
Just weeks after the first game of Rugby League in Greece, played by Greek residents, a meeting has been called for next month to kick-start the formation of a Greek national rugby league governing body.
"Six potentially interested parties from across Greece have been invited to this meeting on May 19," Athens-based George Stylianos told 'Rugby League Planet'.
The RLEF has granted Observer status to the Greek Rugby League Association. The GRLA, which is registered in Athens, was incorporated on 28 February 2017 and is the governing body of the four clubs that participate in the domestic competition; Patras, Rhodes Knights, Aris Eagles and Attica Rhinos.
Athens is preparing to host Greece’s first official rugby league Test match when the national side face the Czech Republic on Saturday in European Championship C.
Victory will see the hosts, who are seeing the fruits of concerted domestic development since 2012, win the title and with it promotion to European B.
Rhodes Knights are the Greek Rugby League champions after a successful, inaugural National Rugby League Championship season.
The islanders defeated Aris Petroupolis 46-14, in Athens to cap a dominant season which kicked off last October.
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.
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.