Two late tries, from teenage debutant Arie-Tjerk Schultz and Amsterdam Cobras winger David Bos, ensured that the Netherlands retained the Griffin Cup, with a 38-22 win over Germany at the Sparta Stadium in Rotterdam. They won the Cup for the first time in five attempts last season and head coach Kane Krlic was delighted that his side kept the trophy on home soil.
The sixth, annual Griffin Cup takes place in Rotterdam tomorrow (Saturday) with the Netherlands looking to hold on to the trophy after winning it for the first time last year, when they defeated Germany 30-18 in Osnabruck.
The fourth NRLB Grand Final tomorrow (Saturday) in Rotterdam will see a new name on the trophy, as Amsterdam Cobras and Den Haag Knights – who have been defeated in each of the previous finals – clash for the silverware.
Ahead of the domestic Grand Final, which will be held in Rotterdam on 7th July, Netherlands Rugby League Bond head coach Kane Krlic has announced his 24-man squad for the nation’s upcoming internationals.
Nine sides from six countries will take to the field for the annual Rotterdam Nines tournament, to be held on 14th April.
The Nederlandse Rugby League Bond has celebrated its busiest season in their 15-year association with the Rugby League European Federation, including an expanded representative calendar, youth programme and domestic championship, as well as elevation to voting membership status within the governing organization.
Sweden travel to Holland for the initial Test match between the nations today, three weeks after the Dutchmen’s historic first-ever victory away in Germany.
The NRLB has announced an expanded back room staff for their forthcoming internationals away in Germany (26 August) and at home to Sweden, in Amsterdam (9 Sept).