FAR & WIDE: Number 16


SOUTH Africa will host England next month – but there’ll be no matches played.

The Rugby Football League has confirmed details of their high altitude training camp in Potchefstroom, which has hosted the Spain soccer team and UK Olympians.

Australian-based stars Chris Heighington, Sam Burgess, Jack Reed and James Graham are all expected to be invited to the camp, which starts on October 10.

et up camp at the North-West University Training Centre at Potchefstroom.

“We believe we are the first international rugby league team to train at high altitude and it will be something new for the players,” said coach Steve McNamara

“We have to give the players every opportunity to reach their full potential if we are going to fulfil our objective of winning the Rugby League World Cup in 2013.”

England will then return home to face Wales and France in the Tri-Nations – dates and venues for which have still not been formally announced.

THE English don’t have two referees yet, nor do Toyota Cup, NSW Cup or the Intrust Super Cup – but Latvia does!

That’s right, the eastern bloc country recently introduced a four-team national championship and every game has two referees, two touch judges, two in-goal judges and a match commissioner.

And all are hooked up to each other through electronic communication.


WE’VE been reading about Moroccan rugby league ever since Hussein M’Barki played against the 1982 Kangaroos but until recently the country didn’t have a governing body.

That’s all changed with the Federation Marocaine de RL accepted as an observer at the Rugby League European Federation.

The big problem in Morocco is the same as in many countries – the government does not accept rugby league as a separate sport from rugby union and as a result we are cut off from funding streams.


ITALIAN rugby league goes back a long way before the likes of Minichiello, Riolo and Salvatori.

Thanks to the RLEF for sending us this programme from a game in Treviso in 1960, in which the likes of Keith Barnes, John Raper, Ken Irvine and Reg Gasnier are listed!


THE last man with the ball in the Challenge Cup final was Leeds’ German international, Jimmy Keinhorst.

It’s rivals Warrington, however, who want to cash in on the game’s growth in Germany and the Wolves’ head of youth development John Bastian recently travelled there to watch a junior international.

The Cheshire club is hoping to formalise a relationship with the German rugby league.


CONGRATULATIONS to North Beach, 17-10 winners over Fremantle in the WARL grand final.

It’s North Beach’s first title since 2007 and the WARL even managed to have the decider televised, on West TV.



One thought on “FAR & WIDE: Number 16

  1. I didn’t know Latvia was still going in Rugby League. They’ve been quite dormant (I thought they’d folded entirely) for the last 3 or so years! Can you provide any information about the names of the clubs involved, a season calander, the people involved at the top, maybe they have a website? Any news on new developments in Europe is always welcome! Cheers.

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