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Serbian Rugby League commemorates sixtieth anniversary of sole Yugoslavia worldwide

The present gamers of Crimson Star Belgrade and Partisan 1953 saluted the heroes of 1961 earlier than their Serbian Championship conflict yesterday, the fixture falling the day after the sixtieth anniversary of Yugoslavia’s sole worldwide match, in opposition to a France XIII on 21 Could, 1961.

That historic encounter was performed in Banja Luka, now the capital metropolis of the Republic of Srpska in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with the French triumphing 13-0 on a wet afternoon in entrance of over 5,000 spectators.

Serbian Rugby League Federation director, Dragan Pavlovic, stated: “If we neglect our previous we may have no future. The board of the Serbian Rugby League has determined to declare this date as the beginning of the nationwide rugby league crew of Serbia, because the authorized successor of ex-Yugoslavia and to maintain a legacy and reminiscence of the individuals who performed and constructed the game right here from 1953 to 1964.”

Pavlovic added: “These gamers left an enormous mark which helped our sport to be acknowledged by the Authorities of the Republic of Serbia and the Ministry of Youth and Sports activities after we restarted right here in 2001. We are able to simply think about how robust a rugby league nation we might be if we’d had continuity from 1953 till now.”

Of the 17 Yugoslav nationwide crew gamers that day, greater than half have been from Serbian-based golf equipment: Vukelic, Arsenijevic, Kuzovic, Pavkovic (RLC Partisan Belgrade), Josimov, Novakov, Stepanov (RLC Jedinstvo Pancevo), Stankovic, Jankovic (RLC Zmaj Zemun) and Piper (RLC Radnicki Belgrade). The opposite seven gamers within the squad got here from Croatian sides: Korencic, Gartner, Franceski, Kriskovic, Marjanovic, Stimac (ARC Mladost Zagreb), and Dvornik (RC Nada Break up).

At the moment, of the six impartial states that emerged from the previous Yugoslavia, rugby league is performed in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro. Pavlovic famous: “We hope that sooner or later Slovenia, Croatia and North Macedonia will be part of the rugby league household within the Balkans, and we want to take this chance to ask all these fascinated by staring rugby league there to contact the European Rugby League (ERL).”

In Banja Luka there are at present two rugby league golf equipment, RLC Borac Banja Luka and RLC White Rabbits.

Previous to yesterday’s match – received by Partisan 30-26 with a dramatic, late comeback – the gamers of each side held a minute’s silence in reminiscence of those that performed and in tribute to Dusan Duda Novakov from Pancevo, who’s now 83 years outdated.

Yugoslav nationwide crew v France XIII – twenty first Could 1961:

Korencic, Gartner, Franceski, Kriskovic, Marjanovic, Stimac (ARC Mladost Zagreb), Vukelic, Arsenijevic, Kuzovic, Pavkovic (RLC Partisan Belgrade), Josimov, Novakov, Stepanov (RLC Jedinstvo Pancevo), Stankovic, Jankovic (RLC Zmaj Zemun), Piper (RLC Radnicki Belgrade), Dvornik (RC Nada Break up)

Match officers:

Vlada Markovic (Belgrade), contact judges: Mihovil Radja (Break up), Zivko Skroza (Zagreb)

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