FAR & WIDE: Number 38

RUGBY league has officially kicked off in Latvia!
“Valmiera Fenix beat Grobina Vikings 62-18 in the first of a double header in the Upesciems Stadium, in suburban Riga,” the Rugby League European Federation reported.
“In the second game, between Livonia RC and Kekava Warriors, the hosts, Livonia, won 42-34 in an exciting match.”
The competition will be played over six rounds and finish in mid-September
Malta and Greece plan to launch full-scale domestic competitions soon and apply for full membership of the RLEF.
CONGRATULATIONS to the Connecticut Wildcats, who are the 2013 AMNRL champions after beating New York Knights 42-10 in the grand final.
The Knights were overwhelming favourites going into the decider but found themselves trailing 20-0 at halftime in a match shown on public television.
Kristian Freed of Connecticut Wildcats was man of the match while well-known Manhattan bartender Matt Astill was touch judge!.
BY far the biggest news of the week was Brian Smith agreeing to coach the United States in the World Cup.
“The potential for the game in America is enormous,” Smith said in a statement. “American people go nuts over rugby league.
“Matt Elliott has been fantastic for the Tomahawks and I just want to dovetail on the back of that.
“I have had long running connections to the game in America, beginning with a great friendship with Mike Mayer who was one of the men who introduced the game to the USA in the 1970’s.
“I have been to America many times and I always take videos with me and when you actually sit down and explain the strategy they truly embrace and understand it.”
Great appointment for the AMNRL, who are also starting to pick players from the ‘rebel’ USARL in the Tomahawks squad.

MORE than 1000 kids attended grand final day in Wales recently.
Torfaen Tigers took out the senior title at Taff’s Well, beating Valley Cougars. It was the fifth decider of the day at the same venue.


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