By Tiziano Franchini, Date: 6/5/13
On the 4th May 2013, another 13 newly qualified rugby league coaches are present in Italy.
FIRL, concluded the second official coaching course in the history of Italian rugby league since the revival of the sport in Italy in 1995.
The course took place over two weekends, from April 27, 2013 until May 4, and was run by FIRL's, RLEF qualified tutors who trained and prepared 13 new coaches in line with RLEF's European standards.
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.
By Joel Morgan, Date: 9/7/12
On a warm evening in the beautiful setting of the Tre Fontane dell Eur in Rome on Saturday, June 30 the Federazione Italiana RFL held the r-Evolution League Finals, the only national based rugby league championship in Italy. The best teams from the Northern and Southern Groups met in the morning semi-final clashes, until the third place playoff and Grand Final began from 6pm.
In the morning, the Spartans Catania (Sicilia) and the Magnifici Firenze (Toscano) both failed to overturn the odds placed against them and beat the top sides and last years finalists, Rex Albinea (Reggio Emilia) and Gladiators Roma. The Islanders lead by Massimo Nicotra (Director) against the Reggio Emilian lost 24 to 12, while the Florentines coached by Luigi Ferraro were overwhelmed by Roman armor 28 to 6. After a scheduled break to avoid the scorching heat that enveloped the capital, the Finals began later in the evening.
The Firfl has again continued to announce expansion for this upcoming season as the “preliminary stages” (regional knockout) of the Coppa Italia Rugby League (this year the format will be rugby league 9’s), which will see several new teams participate.
Rome – the first major event of the Federazione Italiana Rugby Football League (Firfl) is the Italian Cup (Rugby League 9’s) Finals are scheduled for Saturday, 21 March in Florence and thus rugby league returns to Tuscany, after the dispute of the successful second regional stage a few weeks ago.
The Italian segment of the joint RLEF-EU Leadership Devolution Project has concluded after a packed four days of activity in Piacenza.
Three other nations – Ireland, Greece and Hungary – joined the hosts to receive tutor training and two level one courses in match officiating and coaching.
The FIRFL have been described as rebels, but despite these calls they do their best to provide support to disadvantaged children in Italy and provide initiatives to grow the game of rugby league, through being involved in programs with deaf children, disadvantaged children and organising general rugby league clinics.
After many years of words, the doubts are finally gone. The world of international rugby league calling for clarity on FIRL (federation that was in the RLWC 2013) and FIRFL (federation with the largest number of participants and most present on the Italian territory), has been satisfied.
By Phil Caplan, Date:24/7/13
Leoni Veneti reclaimed the Italian State of Origin crown with a 40-30 win over Longobardi in Piacenza.
In a tough, committed contest, the added incentive for the players was a potential place in the Italian side to take on Germany this weekend in the European Shield.