2021 RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP QUALIFIER POOL A – ITALY 34 SPAIN 4 - Report
Despite being down to 12 men for most of the second half, after centre Ethan Napoli was sent off for a high tackle, and 11 for a spell when his winger Emanuele Passera was sin binned for a similar offence, Italy duly qualified for the 2021 World Cup with a six-try performance.
A brace of tries from loose forward Erica Neri and ten points via playmaker Rosaluna Gavagna, from a touchdown and three converstions, saw Italy's women register their first home win, 26-0, against debutants Serbia, at Bella Italia EFA Village, Lignano Sabbiadoro.
Eight nations will again contest the U19s European Championship in 2020, with Italy hosting the event for the first time. North East coastal city Lignano Sabbiadoro will be the base for the biennial event which will take place from 3-13 September 2020.
Sicilian Select XIII 0
North West English Lionhearts 70
The Azzurrini overcame Ukraine in comprehensive fashion to qualify for the U19s European Championship in Belgrade in August, with a 50-0 win over Ukraine at the Stadio Fogliano.
The Federazione Italiana Rugby League has hosted both a Level 2 coaching and match officials course in tandem, in Catania, Sicily It was attended by delegates from England, Sweden, Greece and Spain, with RLEF coaching manager Martin Crick and match official tutor Danny McNeice overseeing the activities which took place under the auspices of the EU part-funded training and education portal project.
Italian rugby league club Saluzzo Roosters have completed their debut season in French competition, celebrating by winning their final match of the campaign.
The administrators of Italian rugby league, Federazione Italian Rugby League (FIRL), has been granted full member status of the Rugby League European Federation for the first time.
“Our goal is the World Cup,” claims vice president of the Federation of Italian Rugby League Tiziano Franchini, as his side prepare for 2017 Rugby League World Cup European Qualifiers Pool A games with Wales and Serbia.
After a ten-year hiatus, the Mediterranean Cup has been resurrected by the Italian and Lebanese rugby leagues.