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RLEF board praises members for getting by means of the hardest yr

The Rugby League European Federation board has revealed its 2020 annual report, acknowledging that its members confirmed excessive fortitude and resilience through the results of the pandemic and Covid-19 lockdowns.

ERL chair Maurice Watkins CBE says in his tackle to the report: “2020 introduced a number of challenges that none of us anticipated or may have foreseen on how the consequences the worldwide pandemic would impression on worldwide rugby league. Nonetheless we tailored and the sport demonstrated the flexibleness that it’s recognized for.”

He added: “We additionally look ahead to launching our new technique later in 2021 after having had intensive session with the members.” ERL at present has 40 nations underneath its jurisdiction.

European Championships have been as a result of be competed for at A, B, C and D ranges for the primary time however needed to be cancelled and the report explains how the organisation’s efforts have been as an alternative focussed on supporting its members with a variety of on-line initiatives.

Throughout Europe, Center East & Africa and the Americas, this noticed ERL workers working with them to improve their standing and with new international locations progressing their observer purposes. Coach and match official growth moved to digital workshops to assist preserve the ERL’s commitments to technical enchancment and to make sure members may emerge from the pandemic ready to restart and progress in a stronger place.

In Europe, the skilled leagues in England and France have been capable of recommence later within the yr and competitions in Eire, Czechia, Poland, Serbia and Ukraine have been additionally capable of return, with Turkey managing to finish their season earlier than lockdown restrictions have been enforced.

Cameroon’s home competitors was additionally capable of run, demonstrating the sustainability that the sport is constructing within the MEA area.

Additionally highlighted within the report are the extraordinary efforts that the federations of Netherlands and Germany went to so as stage the one senior worldwide recreation to happen on this planet, a tribute to the pioneering work of Simon Cooper who was instrumental to the delivery of the game in Germany, who sadly handed away earlier in 2020.  

The European Rugby League Annual Report 2020 might be learn in full right here:

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