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Netherlands rugby league set for restart

After 18 months of inactivity because of the coronavirus pandemic, Netherlands Rugby League has made plans for a return to motion. A 3 week 9s event, starting on 26 June has been deliberate, with a Grand Last that includes the highest two sides. The 5 current golf equipment – Amsterdam Cobras, Den Haag Knights, Harderwijk Dolphins, Rotterdam Pitbulls and Zwolle Wolves – shall be joined by newcomers Dordrecht Griffins, who will host the primary spherical of round-robin competition matches.

“We wish to the event to re-engage the rugby league neighborhood right here,” mentioned NRLB competitions supervisor Matt Rigby. “Everybody has been patiently ready to get going once more and this exercise will allow the gamers to soundly enhance their health ranges forward of the worldwide season. 

“It’s encouraging to have the ability to formally welcome Dordrecht Griffins, there was curiosity within the metropolis for some time and this format is right as a stepping stone and for them and to lift the profile of the game there. The plan for the absolutely revised home league in 2022 is to play it over 11 weeks, which might be the longest in Dutch historical past.”

Rigby added: “We hope to have the ability to stage a 4 recreation consultant calendar this 12 months together with a match between Dutch gamers and Exiles, the standard Griffin Cup conflict with Germany and participation within the Euro D championship. Plus we’re actually hoping that our worldwide with Sweden, scheduled for Hull Kingston Rovers’ Hull Faculty Craven Park Stadium, which has been delayed for 2 years due to Covid-19 will now have the ability to go forward subsequent 12 months.” 

“We’re additionally trying to host our annual match official and training programs, and likewise within the pipeline is a Dutch RL documentary and model new web site.”

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