The Turkish Rugby League Association has been awarded Observer status by the RLEF. The development follows a busy period in the country with the TRLA completing its first domestic championship involving five clubs, hosting two international beach events, as well as participating in the inaugural Balkans Super League.
Turkey will face Ukraine this Saturday (31 August) at the Beylerbeyi Stadium, Istanbul to determine the eighth nation to play in the 2020 U19s European Championship (kick off 3pm).
Turkey Rugby League has staged their debut international, their U21s going down 26-4 to Serbia, at the Ataturk Sport stadium in Istanbul. The visitors raced into a 20-0 lead at half time, outstanding Vladimir Milutinovic with all but four of their points - posting four tries and three goals - Luka Raskovic with their other touchdown.
For the first time, two full women’s internationals took place on the same day, marking a milestone weekend for the RLEF, with a number of historic fixtures. Canada Ravens beat Serbia Women 34-6 in Belgrade, the hosts making their international debut in the female game, whilst Turkey continue their rapid progression overcoming debutants Greece Women in Edrine, 40-4.
The Turkish Rugby League Association has reported considerable growth as the champions of the men’s and women’s games have been crowned. Kadikoy Bulls defeated Ankara Phrygians 28-18 in the men’s Grand Final, whilst Izmir Batı Gücü also defeated the Phrygians, 8-4, in a double-header staged at the IBB Maltepe Sahil Sport Center, in Istanbul.