IT’S not often we have a rugby league team that represents an entire continent but South America’s Latin Heat has been formally launched.
The side will make its bow in the Mitchelton Nines in Brisbane on Saturday, Sept 21.
“Forward Leighton Johanneson was raised in Colombia after his sugar cane-farming parents decided to become missionaries there,” enthuses organiser Robert Burgin.
“He was a goalkeeper for a Division A football team over there. His parents continue to work in some of Colombia’s poorest area, while he has returned to live in Bundaberg.”
The team has even secured sponsorship from the Guzman Y Gomez taco chain!
NSW and Queensland Universities are set for an excellent adventure next month following confirmation they’ll be taking part in a tournament in Tonga.
The teams arrive in Naku’alofa two days after the NRL grand final. On October 10, two rep sides picked from the domestic competition, Tonga Tau’uta and Tonga Tautahi, play each other and so do the Australian states.
Then, two days later at the Teufaiva Stadium (venue for the whole tourney), the losers play each other and so do the winners.
There’s a whole heap of international football taking place post-season, aside from the World Cup, at all levels.
Far & Wide remembers when it was possible to go to every international rugby league game in a given year!
FORGET all the doubts – the Asia Cup is going ahead at Clark, Philippines, next month*.
Unfortunately, the shoulder injury suffered by Matt Sarama in round 26 might stop him joining brother Luke in the Tamaraws side. It’s uncertain if Andrew Everingham’s move to Japanese rugby union will affect his involvement.
Organisers have suffered one setback – they’ve been kicked off the playing fields due to an army exercise! An alternative venue is now being sought.
OOPS. We incorrectly reported last week that Demark had been disqualified from the European Shield for fielding ineligible players. It was, of course, Norway and that is also the country that cancelled its trip to Canada.
Filed for: RUGBY LEAGUE WEEK