RLWC confirms pools, Duhaney Park wins 9s whilst history is made in Valencia

16th January 2020, 22:52


RLWC confirms pools, Duhaney Park wins 9s whilst history is made in Valencia

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RLWC2021: World Cup fixtures announced
The pools for the 2021 Men's, Women's and Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup tournaments was announced on Thursday at Buckingham Palace in London.

England will face Samoa in the Men's tournament opener in Newcastle on October 23, 2021, whilst the England Women will host Brasil in Leeds on November 9.  The England Wheelchair team will host the Australian Wheelaroos in London on November 11 to open the Wheelchair World Cup.


Jamaica: Red Sharks win Jamaica New Year's Nines
The Duhaney Park Red Sharks have claimed the first piece of silverware on offer in Jamaica after edging out the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) Spartans in double extra time.

Eight teams took part in the Nines tournament held at the Duhaney Park Football Fields in Kingston.

Spain: History made in Valencia
History was made in the province of Valencia last Saturday when the newly formed Valencia Huracanes hosted the Featherstone Rovers in a pre-season trial.

Whilst the result did not go the way of the home team, it officially launched the Huracanes franchise who will play in the 2020 Espana Rugby League National competition as they prepare their bid to join the UK's League One competition in future years.

The Huracanes will be joined by two other Valencian teams (Torrent Tigers, Xavita Roosters) plus sides from Madrid and Oviedo in the Spanish competition that kicks off in April.

Canada: Wins shared in inaugural Canadian Representative fixture
The inaugural East v West Canadian Representative fixtures has seen the wins shared between the two sides with the West Canadians taking out the Women's fixture 24 - 18, whilst the Eastern Canadians won the Men's fixture 42 - 14 under the 'Thunderdome' at Toronto's Lamport Stadium.

Serbia: Red Star announce plans to join League One
Serbia's most successful club, Red Star Belgrade, has announced its intention to join the UK's League One competition in the coming seasons.

Red Star (Belgrade) joins the likes of Ottawa, New York City and Valencia as expansion areas hoping to join the British Professional system.

Netherlands: Zwolle Wolvers in join Netherland Championship
The Zwolle Wolvers will join an expanded Nederlandse Rugby League Bond (NRLB) Championship in 2020 and despite being a new club have made their intentions clear to make an impact, signing former Amsterdam Cobra’s grand final duo Reno Haverkamp and Niels Frelink.

The Wolves have also formed a partnership with Rugby Club Zwolle as they look to challenge Dutch powerhouse's Amsterdam and Den Haag.