By Phil Caplan, 18/2/13
Lebanon won the MENA under 18s title, narrowly taking both clashes against Saudi Schools select in Beirut.
By Phil Caplan, Date: 10/8/12
The Lebanese national team have finally arrived in Toronto after a difficult journey. Following an escalation of tensions in neighbouring Syria impromptu roadblocks had been set up cutting the airport road, forcing the squad to negotiate with protesters to let them through in the dead of the night.
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: 30/7/12
Lebanon Espoirs 0 English Lions U18s 40 - University of Beirut, Hostler Centre
The first historic match between an England team and a Lebanese side ended with a 40-0 victory for the English Lions Under-18s on Saturday evening in Beirut.The tourists scored four tries in each half as they overcame a spirited Liban Espoirs outfit to register a comfortable win.
The visitors had to contend with a stomach bug that knocked out key players Jack Jones and Jack Green prior to the match as well as the sweltering 32 degrees heat at kick off but quickly hit their straps on AUBâ€™s impressive 3G surface, their training base for the tour.
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€
Press Release, Date: 20/6/2012
Tripoli City Kings RLFC, in their debut season, have been crowned Lebanese rugby league champions after defeating the Immortals RLFC, 34-14 in Beirut.
Press Release, Date 23/6/12
There is no time to rest for the Lebanese-based players that have been chosen for the train-on squad that will tour Canada later this summer.With their Championship Grand Final played last week, the players have been put through some rigorous training sessions and this level will remain until the squad is finalized and flies out to Toronto in late August.
The local players will be met in Canada by Cedars Head Coach David Bayssari and the Australian-based members of the touring party.
LEBANESE RUGBY LEAGUE NATION OVERVIEW
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.