Jamaica launches Girl's competition, Ghana 9s kicks off, South Lions win opener

24th January 2020, 04:08


Jamaica launches Girl's competition, Ghana 9s kicks off, South Lions win opener

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Jamaica: Jamaica launches new Girls Rugby League competition
Rugby League Jamaica's Under 14's and Under 16's Schools Rugby League competition kicked off this week with a record number of schools set to take part in the boys competition.

In addition, for the first time ever, Rugby League Jamaica will run a Girls competition for those same age groups, in what will be the first Girls League run in the Caribbean country.

The pioneers of the new Girls competition are Ascot High School (St Catherine), Cedar Grove Academy (Portmore) and Waterford High School (Portmore).

Canada: Whistler Wolves to join British Colombia League
Best known for its ski-fields, the town of Whistler is the latest part of Canada to establish a Rugby League Club with the Wolves set to join the British Columbia competition in 2020.

Playing in Black, Green and Red, the Wolves will join the Coastal Cougars, Point Grey Thunder, Valley Warriors, Vancouver Dragons and Vancouver Valley Vipers in the regional competition.

France: Catalans get bragging rights in All-French Trial
The Catalan Dragons have defeated Toulouse Olympique in the annual pre-season trial held between France's leading Professional clubs. 

Taking place in Carcassonne, the Dragons ran away with the match in the second half after both teams secured just one try each in the first half. 

Toulouse will be hoping to build on their last two seasons in the RFL's Championship and join Les Catalans in Super League in 2021.

Ghana: Nines series kicks off this weekend
Legon Rugby Fields at the University of Ghana will host the opening leg of the 2019 Ghana Rugby League Nines series this Sunday. 

The tournament will be one of 12 Nines events planned for the 2020 season as the Ghana Rugby League look to build an all-year Rugby League calendar in the African nation.

The Nines series will also see the Ghana Rugby League launch their 'Keep Rugby League clean' campaign which is focused on educating people on how to correctly dispose of plastics waste.

Papua New Guinea: Teams confirmed for 2020 Digicel Cup
The Papua New Guinea Digicel Cup competition will remain at 12 teams for 2020 after the PNG National Rugby League Committee decided against accepting any of the bids from the Mt Hagen Crushers, North Fly Storms, and Chimbu Warriors.

Participants for the 2020 competition will be the Goroka Lahanis, Mendi Muruks, Enga Mioks, Waghi Tumbe, Lae Tigers, Hela Wigmen, Port Moresby Vipers, Gulf Isou, Rabaul Gurias, Mt Hagen Eagles, Central Dabaris and Kimbe Cutters.

The Lae Tigers won the 2019 Digicel Cup competition, after defeating the Hela Wigmen 15 - 4 at the National Football Stadium.

The Tigers will play the Ravoravo Rabbitohs (Fiji) for the Melanesian Cup.

Morocco: South Lions win 2020 Championship opener
The Bouizakarne based South Lions have put on a dominant display in Tan-Tan to open the 2020 Fédération Marocaine de Rugby à XIII Championship, defeating competition newcomers, the Afgarich Tan-Tan, 42 - 12 on Wednesday.

The 2020 Moroccan Championship features six clubs with the Tan-Tan based Afgarich club, joining the Salé Silverbacks in the expanded competition.