Sunday, September 26, 2021

Rugby League in Lebanon needs more support

Date: 15/3/15

RLEF Chief Coach Educator Martin Crick has just returned from a visit to Lebanon.

There he completed the training of one coach educator and trained up another two as the Lebanese Rugby League Federation continues its mission to rebuild its technical standards following a tumultuous couple of years in the country.

Lebanon Rugby League map

Rugby League Planet – Lebanon snapshot and rugby league results


Foundation Year - 1998

International Team - The Cedars

Highest finish in World Cup - One draw in Pool games (2000)

Top level domestic competition - Lebanon's domestic competition has been running since 2002. The Bank of Beirut RL Championship now involves 7 teams.

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Lebanon RL coaching & match officials taking success back home



Date: 1/11/17 (Photo Credit NRLPhotos)

Whilst the national team prepare for Saturday’s match against England in the World Cup, a quartet of domestic coaches and match officials from Lebanon are on an equally important mission in Sydney, attending a series of courses to augment their knowledge and experience.

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Lebanese Rugby League appoint Rick Stone as head coach

The Lebanese Rugby League Federation has named its staff for their 2019 international fixtures. Former Newcastle Knights and Huddersfield Giants boss Rick Stone has been appointed as head coach and

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Lebanon RL start on road to #RLWC2017 against Australian Fiji

By Phil Caplan, Date: 19/10/13

For the first time Lebanon will enter teams at four different age groups when they face Australian Fiji on Saturday 19th October 2013, in the inaugural Hayne/Mannah Cup at Club Alitalia Lansvale.

Lebanon rugby league receive presidential support for World Cup

Lebanon rugby league receive presidential support for RLWC2017

Date: 20/6/17

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.

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MENA U16 Rugby League Competition cancelled in strife-torn 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.

Large crowd on hand for Final

Large crowd see Balamand clinch Lebanon College RL title


Date: 23/4/16

The University of Balamand confirmed their dominance of the 2016 college rugby league season with a thrilling 17-10 victory over LAU Varsity at UOB stadium in the Grand Final.

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First RL game at youth level between club sides played in Lebanon

Date: 26/4/18

Al Mina RLFC have played their first game at youth level, as new North Lebanon development officer Mohamed Mohsen seeks to rebuild the club game in the region. Mohsen, who replaced Nader Mgheit following his emigration to the USA, has been delivering to six schools and a number of the children played in the historic first match for Al Mina who went down 24-12 to the more experienced Tripoli Kings.

Liban Espoir prepare for Lions

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 - Lebanon’s Under-20s - on Saturday.

“The team has been adjusting well to the weather, which hit 38 degrees on Thursday and will be around 36 on game day,” said Lions tour manager Andy Harland. “All the squad have been enjoying the sights and sounds of Lebanon. They’re looking forward to what I’m sure will be a good game but the main aspect is that it has already been a fantastic cultural experience, and we’ve yet to enjoy playing rugby league in this country.”