In the lead up to their participation in the 2017 World Cup, the Lebanese Rugby League Federation has announced an expansion to its domestic programme, as the sport continues to take firm root in the Mediterranean country.
The Lebanese Rugby League Federation has pointed to its expanding school’s rugby league championship, sponsored by construction and telecommunications company GMEA for the third successive year, as an indicator of further growth of the sport in the country.
The Lebanese Rugby League Championship is set to kick off this Saturday (22nd November) on the country’s Independence Day.
Four clubs will participate and the season opens with a double-header with defending champions Jounieh Al Galacticos Predators facing Immortals - in a repeat of last year’s Grand Final - at University Libainase, with Wolves versus Tripoli following.
By Phil Caplan, Date: 6/8/12
The Lebanese Rugby League Federation has announced the 18 players that will face Canada at the Lamport Stadium in Toronto on Saturday August 11.
The Cedars will do battle with the Canadian national team for the first time in their second trip to North America, after their 2000 world cup qualifier in Florida, way back in 1999. The squad will depart Beirut in the early hours of Tuesday morning and return a week later.
By Phil Caplan, Date:9/6/13
Beirutâ€™s St. Josephâ€™s School has been crowned 2013 Lebanon GMEA Champions after a 36-6 victory against northerners Namouzaj Public School. Even getting the match on was a triumph considering the prevailing security situation that has locked down many parts of Tripoli, as the Syrian crisis continues to spill into and affect Lebanon.
By Phil Caplan, Date: 9/3/13
The Lebanese Rugby League Federation has cancelled the 2013 MENA Under-16 Championship due to the deteriorating political situation in the region.
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.
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€
Following elections hosted and presided over by the Ministry of Youth and Sport in Beirut, the Lebanese Rugby League Federation has announced its new administrative board. The six-strong group, which is mandated until January 2023, includes four independent directors and two nominated by the clubs.