Malta Rugby League has named an expanded train-on squad for what is set to be the national team’s busiest-ever schedule.
RLEF representatives completed their visit to the EU Sport Forum in St Julian’s, Malta, which focused on good governance, grassroots sport, volunteering, anti-doping, innovations and gender issues.
Malta Rugby League has named a 37 man train-on squad for both their 2016 international fixtures against Ireland and Thailand.
Malta will have to be at their best to upset world number seven nation Ireland in a friendly international at the Melita Football Ground at Pembroke (9.00pm) Saturday evening.
Both captains and coaches addressed a press conference today at the Alexandra Hotel in St Julian’s where they told the press they were both ready for a fierce test as the first occasion the two nations will meet in a rugby league international.
In the build up to their international with Belgium at Headingley Carnegie Stadium next Sunday (21st June, 12.30pm kick off), MRL have qualified four new referees, following a course held at Sliema’s Waterfront Hotel.
Greek match official and member of the European match officials development team George Stilianos joined English referee Paul Stockman in overseeing the delivery of the course as part of the EU part-funded Leadership Devolution Project.
Malta coach Anthony Micallef has heralded another development move with the launch of the national squad at LivingWell Health Club.
Training together since March, the national squad is capped at 10 domestic players, includes strict attendance and dress-code requirements, social responsibility commitments, specialist training from foreign based coaches and full access to LivingWell Health Club at Hilton Malta.