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.
Coach Darren Fisher and skipper Aitor Davila have been reflecting on Spain’s entry in to the rugby league Test arena, which saw them beat Belgium 12-10 on Saturday in Brussels, in their first international hit out.
With six clubs having been formed this year in their domestic competition, the result has proved to be a big boost to the development of the sport in the country.
Fresh from graduating as an RLEF Level 1 Coach Educator, Aitor Dàvila of the Asociación Española De Rugby League has delivered the first-ever rugby league coaching course in Andalucia, southern Spain.
Twelve candidates participated in the three-day course in Cordoba, hosted by the Andalucian Rugby League.
The Espana Rugby League that was founded earlier this year and are planning to establish the 2014 LIGA ESPAÑOLA DE RUGBY LEAGUE and COPA DE ESPAÑA DE RUGBY LEAGUE.
The inaugural president of the Asociacion Espanol Rugby League has reflected positively on the organisation’s first year.
Salomé Sansano Zapata, who oversaw the creation of the AERL last August and its affiliation as an Observer of the RLEF in December, said: “The origin of rugby league in Spain arose from the love for this sport from a small group of passionate people who have, step by step, earned a lot of respect.
The inaugural Spanish Rugby League 9s Championship, which begins on 8th November, will see matches played in a festival format in three cities over five rounds.
Kit suppliers Wibo have agreed to sponsor the competition and each round will see three teams play, with an overall classification then being drawn up to determine the three sides who will make the final, which will be held in the city of the highest ranking team.
Irreductibles Edetans have won the first-ever Spanish ‘Campeonato Nacional de Liga’, finishing top of the league ladder by two points from Ciencias Rugby Valencia.
Four teams played six matches each from March to June, with only four points separating them after the final round of games.