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Preview: Czechs v Nederland

THE Czech Republic play their first match on away soil on Friday night (4th August) when they travel to RC Rotterdam to face a Dutch development side (kick off 20.00)After the successful visit of the GB Student Pioneers to play internationals in Prague and Olomouc against European Rugby League?s newest nation recently, a 20-man Czech squad are making the trip to the Netherlands before returning home to face Serbia on 12th August.Momentum for the code is building in the Republic and RL European Development Officer Kevin Rudd, who will be a keen observer on Friday, commented: ?This is really encouraging; I am pleased for the Czechs, they have shown great spirit taking up the challenge of learning a new sport. The British students were superb ambassadors for the code and I hope that we can encourage more clubs and University teams to get the touring bug and visit the new nations for what can be life changing experiences.?The Dutch squad for the match is also an historic one, with all bar skipper Aaron de Jager ? who is with Huddersfield Underbank Rangers in LHF Healthplan National League 3 ? attached to their fledgling domestic competition.Six players are included in the squad for the first time for a match that will be featured on local TV station RNN7, which covers the whole of the city of Rotterdam and its surrounding districts, giving the NNRLB their first major media exposure with a potential audience of over one million viewers.NEDERLAND TASMAN1. Rudy Stanford Smythe - Sparta2. Jamie Groeneweg - Hoek van Holland3. Ronald v/d Broek - Haagsche4. Jon Mckenzie - Sassenheim5. Chico de Ruiter** - WRC6. Jorik Moree - RRC7. Benji Blom - Sassenheim8. Bernie van Holstein - Hoek van Holland9. Benjamin Clingen** - RRC10. Raymond den Engelsma - Hoek van Holland11. Jason Brygoms - Sparta12. Vincent Grimbergen - Sassenheim13. Aaron de Jager - Underbank14. Caine Roseboom** - Sassenheim15. Justin de Heij - Sassenheim16. Maarten v/d Meer** - WRC17 Eric Isreal - Hoek van Holland18. Duncan van Dam - RRC19. Lorenzo Meirsto** - WRC20. Luuk Herskamp** - Sassenheim** DebutantsCZECH REPUBLIC1. Priputen Michal (C) 2. Ciporanov Tom? 3. Mana Marcel 4. Mulhall Andrew 5. Paukner Martin 6. Ku?era Michal 7. Poledna Patrik 8. Br?dle P?emek 9. St??brn? Jaroslav (VC) 10. Holovsk? Tom? 11. Ku?era Josef 12. Verbich Petr 13. Mrt?nek Milan 14. Benda Jan 15. ?paldo? Petr 16. Kurka Tom? 17. Vineck? Roman 18. ?afr?nek David 19. ?im?nek Ji?? 20. HodanSource: www.rlef.eu.com

Estonia 24 Germany 38

EUROPEAN Development Tri-Nations - Match Two

RLEF U19's Championship

WALES 14 SCOTLAND 14The inaugural Rugby League European Federation Under 19?s Championship got off to a tremendous start with two superb opening ties between the four home nations sides in Canet en Roussillon, a prized beach resort in the suburbs of Perpignan.In the opening encounter Wales made a blistering start with tries from Gareth Moore and Adam Dawe in the opening ten minutes but Scotland battled back with hardworking forwards Tommy McColl and Wayne Rafferty both powering over for touchdowns.The Scots took the initiative just after half time with a clever break from hooker Scott Porteous, converted by Ross Bryan, while Welsh winger Dawe crossed for the second time to level a few minutes later.Both teams had chances for victory in the dying minutes but defences held firm and a draw was a fair result.WALES1 Kevin James2 Jason Kenneally3 Chris Vitalini4 Lee Williams5 Adam Dawe6 Oliver Hughes7 Garyn Lucas8 Matt Barron9 Tom Burnell10 Gareth Moore11 Billy Lavis12 Pat Howell13 Barrie PhilipsSubs (all used)14 Williams Jones15 James Davies16 Rhys Andrews17 Nicky GriffithsTries: Moore (2), Dawe (10, 52)Goal: HughesSin Bin: Lee Williams (31)Coach: Dan ClemensSCOTLAND1 Gary Thornton2 Greg Wallace3 Alisdair Carvers4 Matthew McNee5 Rob Sloman6 Paul Walker7 Ross Bryan8 Che Smith9 Scott Porteous10 Wayne Rafferty11 Tommy McColl12 Martyn Lowe13 Karl BeardshawSubs (all used)14 Jack Burns15 David Valentine16 Ben Parker17 Chris LyleTries: McColl (28), Rafferty (32), Porteous (39)Goal: BryanCoach: James GloverReferee: Richard Frileux (France)Ville de Canet, Man of the Match: Tom Burnell (Wales)ENGLAND 30 IRELAND 24In the following game, England hit Ireland with a devastating opening blitz of three quick tries from Daniel Whitmore, skipper Sam Gee and full back Darren Fletcher, all converted by Chris Tuson.The Irish got back into the game courtesy of a try from Davis Johnson; man of the match Chris Forster tagging on the conversion to leave the half time score 18-6.The Emerald Isle levelled at the beginning of the second half with well crafted touchdowns from Adam Wilson and Forster who again added both conversions.England responded and secured victory with two converted tries from Gareth Knowles and Adam Rudd.The Irish kept the tension alive when they crossed again in the last minute through their captain, loose forward Tyrone McArthy.Delighted Tournament Director Jean Eric Ducuing of the French RL Federation commented: ?This was a fantastic advert for Rugby League and a great opening to the European Championship?.RLEF Development Officer Kevin Rudd added, ?This promises to be a fantastic event and will hopefully pave the way for other future European age group Championships?ENGLAND1 Darren Fletcher2 James Haynes3 Daniel Chrimes4 Sam Gee5 Vinny Finnegan6 Chris Tuson7 Scott Low8 Gregg Mannion9 Daniel Whitmore10 Matt Barber11 Adam Rudd12 Gareth Knowles13 Kristian HodsonSubs (all used)14 David Rolt15 Jamie Hopkins16 David Cookson17 Rick JonesTries: Mannion (2), Gee (9), Fletcher (12), Knowles (52), Rudd (57)Goals: Tuson 5Coach: Matt CallandIRELAND1 David Heathwood2 Simon Atherton3 Adam Walsh4 David Johnson5 Sean Quinn6 Chris Forster7 Adam Wilson8 Neil Belshaw9 Daniel O?Brien10 Adam Boughen11 Daniel Newlove12 Mike Fairclough13 Tyrone McArthySubs (all used)14 Glenn Holland15 Paul Rigby16 Danny Gregory17 Craig FosterTries: Johnson (16), Wilson (44), Forster (49), McArthy (66)Goals: Forster 4Coach: Gareth JonesReferee: David Segura (France)Ville de Canet man of the Match: Chris Forster (Ireland)Source: www.rlef.eu.com

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