RUSSIAN RUGBY LEAGUE NATION OVERVIEW
Information on this page was updated - 11/3/2014
Foundation Year - 1993
International Team - The Bears
Highest finish in World Cup - Lost all games and finished bottom of Group (2000)
In what is a major blow for Rugby League in Russia, Information has been filtering through via the Russian Association of Rugby League clubs that the Russian Ministry of Sport has banned rugby league in Russia.
A Vasili Drozdov goal, conveting a last-gasp try from centre Dmitri Leskov, sealed an astonishing comeback from Moscow's CSKA, as they defeated Partizan from Belgrade 38-36 in the inauguaral Army Unity Cup at the MBA Stadium.
As Russian rugby league prepares for next autumn’s World Cup Qualifiers – Europe, the stronghold village of Vereya, 80km to the south of Moscow, is once again celebrating silverware, after their Bears RLFC heroically defeated resurrected Moscow Magicians, 28-24, in the final of the Russian championship. It saw them pick up the trophy they last held in 2013.
Serbia (20) claimed an historic, first-ever victory over Russia (15) at the eighth time of asking, to secure their position at the top of European Championship B, at the Makis Stadium in Belgrade.
The 20-15 triumph, in a terrific clash, also maintained their ambition to make the European Qualifiers next year for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.
By Richard Cowley, Date: 14/9/12
It's up there with Vichy in regards to the wrongs done to rugby league over the years. The date was the 20th of January 2010. The Russian Ministry of Sportâ€™s submitted order 21 which expelled rugby league from the state register of sports in Russia.
By Keith Whitelock, Date: 21/11/12
I'm not going to lie, the main reason I flew 10 hours to the beautiful islands of Hawaii was for a much needed holiday, but that didn't stop me from learning a bit from Sean the man behind the burgeoning success of our great game in Hawaii.