Seventeen of the most promising rugby league players in the Netherlands are to be offered a place on a new initiative, the Elite Netherlands Rugby League Programme (ENRLP).
A development centre has been created to improve the player’s understanding, knowledge, core physical and mental skills required for international rugby league.
Game two of the NRLB Nationale Kampioenschap at Delft Rugby Club saw Rotterdam City Pitbulls emerge victorious, 30-20, over Amsterdam City Cobras in another thrilling encounter to level the series.
The game was in doubt until the closing stages, Pitbulls skipper Jorge Vazquez outstanding and big Amsterdam prop Kirby McKean their best along with Patrick Ufkes.
Amsterdam Cobras won the first game in the NRLB Nationale Kampioenschap, defeating Rotterdam City Bulldogs 28-20 in the baking heat at their Rugby Bond Stadium home.
Around 200 fans witnessed the contest, Rotterdam taking an early 10-0 lead through explosive props Dominic Stuivenberg and Emmerson de Werk.
This Saturday, 19th July, will see the inaugural ‘NRLB Nationale Kampioenschap’ kick off in the Netherlands, with the first of a two-game series played between the big city rivals as the Amsterdam City Cobras face Rotterdam City Pitbulls.
By Phil Caplan, Date: 4/5/13
A group of Dutch coach and match official tutors and candidates have completed a course in Rotterdam.
RLEF Coaching Manager Martin Crick and his match officials counterpart Steve Davis oversaw the sessions which were led by Jason Bruygoms and Timo Meinders (coaching), and Bruygoms and Misaele Vakadranu (match officials). Successful completion means that the NRLB graduated from the three-year RLEF technical strategy.
Press Release, Date: 27/6/12
A Nederlandse Rugby League Bond delegation attended the French Federationâ€™s AGM on Saturday as part of the RLEFâ€™s Governance Foundation Project.The project is in partnership with the European Commission and is designed to improve governance in European rugby league through a series of mentor-learner exchanges and institutional level links.
One of five such partnerships sees the French act as Dutch rugby leagueâ€™s mentor, a relationship that commenced with NRLB chairman Jason Bruygoms and director Timo Meindersâ€™ visit to Salon de Provence, 50km north of Marseille, to the 69th FFRXIII congress. The Dutch will host a French delegation in 2013 for their AGM, with an accompanying assessment of the NRLBâ€™s governance practices to follow.
NETHERLANDS RUGBY LEAGUE NATION OVERVIEW
Information on this page was updated - 11/3/2014
Foundation Year - 2003
International Team - Netherlands Rugby League
Highest finish in World Cup - One win, World Cup Qualifying game (2008 RLWC)
Top level domestic competition - Summer season involving 4 rounds plus finals.