The President of the Republic of Lebanon, Michel Aoun, has welcomed a delegation from the Lebanese Rugby League Federation to the presidential palace in Baabda.
As part of his visit to Lebanon as a UNICEF ambassador, rugby superstar Sonny Bill Williams attended a training session at the Charles Hostler Center at the American University of Beirut, home of the AUB rugby league side.
SBW arrived in Lebanon to visit refugee camps in the Bekaa Valley, principally to raise awareness of the Syrian children and their families there escaping the war-torn country.
The fourth season of Lebanon schools competition is set to kick off next week as the GMEA Mount Lebanon Championship sees four teams in action on Saturday February 6, with a double-header at University Libanise stadium.
Nayef Abi Said has been appointed the new Lebanese Rugby League Federation CEO, after a three-month recruitment process. The 39-year-old becomes the organisation’s second chief executive, taking over from long-serving Remond Safi, who will now focus on his regional role with the RLEF.
Nine of the 17 that clinched a berth in next year’s World Cup are included in the 17-man Lebanon squad which faces Cook Islands at Belmore this Sunday.
New Lebanon coach Darren Maroun will see his men in action for the first time when the Cedars face Fiji, aiming to defend the Hayne-Mannah Cup, at the Remondis Stadium, Sydney, on 19 October 2014.
The clash will mark the start of their journey towards World Cup qualification in 2017 and the match has been sanctioned by the RLIF and will receive world rankings points.
By Phil Caplan, Date: 27/7/12
England Community Lions Under-18s, the first English representative squad to visit Lebanon in any major team sport, has been getting accustomed to the high temperatures and humidity ahead of the first of their two-match series with Liban Espoir - Lebanonâ€™s Under-20s - on Saturday.
â€œThe team has been adjusting well to the weather, which hit 38 degrees on Thursday and will be around 36 on game day,â€ said Lions tour manager Andy Harland. â€œAll the squad have been enjoying the sights and sounds of Lebanon. Theyâ€™re looking forward to what Iâ€™m sure will be a good game but the main aspect is that it has already been a fantastic cultural experience, and weâ€™ve yet to enjoy playing rugby league in this country.â€
The American University of Beirut (AUB) defeated the University of Balamand (UOB) 20-4 in the Lebanese national collegiate Grand Final, played in front of around 200 fans in Balamand, north Lebanon. The victory ended a 12-year drought for one of Lebanese rugby league’s founding institutions.
History was made at the Fouad Chehab stadium, Jounieh when a crowd of around 1,000 saw the Lebanon Junipers women’s side face their Italian counterparts in a debut for both nations, and the first women’s international in the Middle East region.