SERBIAN RUGBY LEAGUE NATION OVERVIEW
Information on this page was updated - 19/5/2014
Foundation Year - 1953 & 2001
International Team - Serbian Rugby League
Highest finish in World Cup - Played in 2008 & 2013 Rugby League World Cup qualifying games.
Top level domestic competition - Serbia have a 8 team National Championship competition.
The RLEF is re-launching the U19 European Championship after a 12-year gap, with the tournament scheduled for August 2018 in Belgrade, Serbia.
Serbian Rugby League has announced that a sponsorship deal with the Australian embassy in Serbia will continue in 2018. Through the Australian Department for Foreign Affairs’ Trade Direct Aid Programme, the SRL will again receive funds for rugby league development at junior and youth level.
The Serbian Rugby League Federation is to further enhance its links with the English regions by signing a three-year deal with the Yorkshire Men’s League, as part of the Rugby Football League’s Lionhearts programme.
The Serbian Rugby League Federation have recruited the services of current Wakefield-Trinity Wildcats coach, Brian Smith, to act as an advisor as the nation prepares for the upcoming Rugby League World Cup qualifiers.
Serbia face France for the first time in a Test match this afternoon at the NC Makis Stadium in Belgrade (kick off 3pm CET).
Serbia rugby league has stepped up their preparations for the forthcoming 2017 Rugby League World Cup European Pool A Qualifiers against Wales and Italy.
Their national side had a terrific 64-4 win in Valencia against Spain, Miloš Ćalić with three of their 13 tries, whilst their U21s were defeated 22-6 by Lebanon in the second match of their series, after the sides drew the opening game 18-all.
There will be expanded domestic competition in Serbia in 2015 following ratification after the SRLF annual general meeting.
The first division will increase from four to six clubs with Red Star, Dorćol, Partizan, Radnički Nova Pazova, Tašmajdan Tigers and Radnički Niš taking part