EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP B 2014-15: MATCH 10 - UKRAINE 12 ITALY 40 – Report, National University of State Taxation Service of Ukraine Stadium, Irpin
An early, six-minute, genuine hat trick from Lions Brescia winger Nicola Bellotti and a second half shut out of the hosts, ensured that Italy will take their place in the 2016 European Qualifiers for the following year’s World Cup, after a 40-12 win in Ukraine.
EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP B 2014/15 - MATCH 9 - UKRAINE 20 RUSSIA 34 – Report
In extremely hot conditions, in neutral Belgrade, Russia secured their place in the 2016 European Qualifiers for the 2017 World Cup with a hard fought win over Ukraine. The Bears were deserving winners but were made to work for victory by a very competitive and proud Ukrainian side, who can still make the qualifiers themselves if they win their last two matches and Italy lose theirs.
RUGBY LEAGUE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP B – Match 8 – ITALY 14 SERBIA 21 – Report
An 80th minute drop goal by stand off Vojislav Dedić, secured one of Serbia’s best-ever results and ensured them a place in the 2016 European Qualifiers for the World Cup, which takes place the following year.
One of Australia’s leading sporting administrators, Michael Brown, has been appointed CEO of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.
His job will be to help plan and deliver a successful World Cup, which will be hosted jointly by Australia and New Zealand.
EUROPEAN CHAMPONSHIP C 2015 PRE-QUALIFIER: LATVIA 12 SPAIN 32 - Report
Spain join Malta and Greece in the next phase of the Rugby League World Cup 2017 qualifiers later this summer, after their 32-12 win against Latvia at the Upesciema Stadions, Upesciems, just outside Riga, in a European Championship C qualifying tie.
EUROPEAN CHAMPONSHIP C 2015 PRE-QUALIFIER: LATVIA v SPAIN - PREVIEW
The Rugby League World Cup 2017 qualifiers begin at the Upesciema Stadions, Upesciems, just outside Riga on Saturday (9th May, kick off 3pm) when Latvia host Spain to determine who will take the final place in European Championship C 2015, alongside Malta and Greece.
Dubai Sports City, which is hosting games in the new UAERL Nissan Cup, will also be the venue for a 2017 World Cup qualifier later this year.
The winner-takes-all Middle East & Africa Test between South Africa and Lebanon will be played there on Friday 30th October and will decide who becomes the eighth nation to qualify for the competition which will be held in Australia and New Zealand in two years’ time.
There is added resonance to this summer’s Rugby League European B and C Championships, as they will form part of the European qualifying process for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, to be held in the Antipodes.
Latvia and Spain meet in Riga on 9th May in the opening match, the winners joining Greece and Malta in European Championship C. The nation that emerges on top in that competition will go forward to the final World Cup qualifying pools in 2016.
The road to the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, to be held in the Antipodes, will begin a month from now in Riga on 9th May, when Latvia take on Spain in a knockout encounter.
The winners will become the final side in this year’s European C tournament, which will form part of the qualifying process that will see three more European sides join the seven already announced as seeds, together with further qualifiers from four other continents to make up the 14 nations.
Pirtek will continue to be the biggest name on the NZ Kiwis jersey heading into the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, after signing on as principal sponsor for another three years.
A market leader with comprehensive portfolio of hydraulic and industrial hose and fitting products, Pirtek is a prominent supporter of rugby league on both sides of the Tasman and has been part of the NZ Rugby League family since 2008.