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.
By Phil Caplan, Date:27/8/13
In a major step forward for the on-going development of rugby league in Greece, an Athens Magistrates Court has approved an application for federation status, confirming the creation of the Hellenic Rugby League Federation. As a result, the HRLF has now been accorded official Observer status by the Rugby League European Federation. HRLF will now hold new elections to vote in directors of the new organisation.
GREECE RUGBY LEAGUE NATION OVERVIEW
This page was updated on the 14/4/14
Foundation Year - 2003
International Team - Titans
Top level domestic competition - N/A
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.
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.
The Hellenic Federation of Rugby League’s annual awards night took place in Piraeus, Athens yesterday (Sunday).
Players, coaches and friends of the sport celebrated what the HFRL are calling, “a glorious year”, their second since formation.
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).
A court in Athens has dismissed an application by the Hellenic Federation of Modern Pentathlon to support its position as the governing body of rugby league in Greece, with the exclusive right to field a Greek national team. The decision supports the Greek Rugby League Association’s position as the nation’s legitimate governing body under the Rugby League International Federation.
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.