The AERL - Spanish Association of rugby league - has announced the addition of three new teams for the 2015-16 season in Valencia, bringing the total in the region to 10.
Búfals l'Horta, Olimpic Alaquàs and Paterna Dragons will join the seven existing clubs: Valencian Warriors (2013), Alcoià Comtat (2013), Irreductibles Mislata (2013), Ciencias XIII Valencia (2013), Edetans Montcada (2014), Almogàvers XIII (2014) and Tigers Torrent (2014), in a third year of expansion.
One of Europe’s newest competing nations has won their first silverware, after Spain ran in 14 tries to trounce Greece 76-4 in the Nikaia Municipality Stadium, Athens and take the European Championship C title.
The win also means that the Spanish become the six side in next autumn’s qualifiers for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, joining seeds Ireland and Wales along with Serbia, Russia and Italy.
Torrent Tigres came from behind to claim the third Spanish rugby league championship, beating Custodians Madrid 10-8 in a terrific encounter at the Alter Stadium, Torrent in front of an enthusiastic crowd of over 350.
Two new Spanish coach educator-candidates continued their development journey in Valencia, as the Asociacion Española de Rugby League hosted a Level 1 coaching course before the start of its new season. The course, which was also attended by Rugby League Ireland’s Wayne Kelly, was a part of the EU-backed Training and Education Portal project, and built around a Valencian 9s tournament played between six clubs.
In the lead up to their fixtures in European Championship B against Serbia and Russia, which double as qualifiers for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup in England, the Spanish rugby league federation is further fostering a close relationship with soccer in the Valencia region.
An international festival of rugby league will take place in Saluzzo tomorrow (Saturday) as Italy meet Spain. The respective senior and U21 national sides will play in the Piedmontese town and there will also be a local women’s match to complete the day.
The home side, CRAC (CR Alcoià Comtat) won the first tournament in the new WIBO Spanish 9s series which kicked off in Alicante.
Edetans Montcada will face Valencian Warriors and Córdoba Fénix go up against Custodians Madrid Miners on 14 and 15th November for places in the Spanish Cup final.
The third year of competition saw eight sides enter and the quarter finals were held last weekend.