Ciencias Valencia have picked up their first silverware, winning the inaugural Spanish Cup on a sweltering afternoon in the city.
The final of the six-team tournament was a triangular competition of three 40 minute games, also involving Alcoià Comtat de Alicante and newly-crowned league champions Irreductibles Edetans.
Rugby league is being introduced to schools in Spain with the first part of a programme launched successfully in Guadassuar, Valencia.
More than 100 children aged between 8 and 14 participated in the two days led by Tony Palacios, director of the college of Spanish referees and Aitor Dàvila, director of college coaches.
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 opening round of matches have been held in the new Spanish Rugby League Championship, which has been expanded to eight teams.
The third season of domestic games will see the sides split into East – Valencia & Catalonia, and West – Madrid & Andalucía, conferences for the first time.
FIRL (Federazione Italiana Rugby League) and AERL (Spanish Association of Rugby League) have agreed to collaborate on the joint development of rugby league in both countries.
The agreement, which initially covers the next two years, provides a working framework to continue to build the sport in both countries, along with international fixtures.
The first group of nineteen Spanish referees have received their Level 1 qualification following a three-day visit from RLEF tutor Phil Smith in Valencia. The training course supports the first ever Spanish championship, which kicked off in late March between five clubs.
The home side, CRAC (CR Alcoià Comtat) won the first tournament in the new WIBO Spanish 9s series which kicked off in Alicante.
The AERL - Spanish Association of Rugby League - is working hard to promote the sport in the country, the national team – who face Belgium in their first-ever international on May 24th having taken delivery of the inaugural kit – exclusive picture below.