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Rugby League Euro B confirmed for October in Serbia

Particulars of the European Rugby League’s second-tier competitors, Euro B, have been confirmed, which is able to see it going down from 3-9 October 2021, in Belgrade.

It is going to be the primary official ERL competitors staged for the reason that World Cup qualifiers nearly two years in the past due to Covid-19 lockdowns and restrictions.

Hosts Serbia, Russia and Ukraine will contest the event, every nation taking part in the opposite as soon as, with Greece – who have been initially included – nonetheless ready for the go-ahead for his or her home competitors to restart. The winners will likely be promoted to Euro A.

“This can be a nice alternative for our Federation to indicate as soon as extra our devotion and keenness for the event of rugby league,” stated Serbian Rugby League Federation common secretary, Vladan Kikanovic. “It’s a huge honour to host the second largest ERL males’s competitors, we’ll do all we will to make sure that the opposite nations return dwelling with nice recollections from this competitors.

“Additionally we undertake that each one groups and employees members are housed in a protected, bio-secure setting and that we comply with all of the measures of the federal government of the Republic of Serbia associated to the pandemic.” Serbia will likely be coached by Stuart Wilkinson.

Within the opening match, they are going to tackle Russia, with the Russians and Ukrainians assembly midweek earlier than the event concludes with Serbia versus Ukraine. Particulars of venues, kick-off occasions and Livestream info will likely be confirmed sooner or later.

“The rugby league neighborhood in Russia is extraordinarily excited in regards to the upcoming Euro Championship B as it will likely be the primary time the nationwide workforce has performed since 2018,” famous Affiliation of Russian Rugby League Golf equipment director Jon Christie. “The fixtures may also sign the start of a brand new chapter for rugby league itself within the nation. It’s no secret the game has endured some extraordinarily troublesome occasions over the previous few years in Russia, and we now hope this competitors will kick begin the expansion of the sport domestically and encourage extra athletes to embrace it.

“Beneath the skilled steerage of Roman Ovchinnikov, the nationwide workforce have begun preparations for the video games. Now we have recognized a combination of youthful and skilled expertise that may relish the prospect of going through our East European rivals.”

Artur Martyrosian, president of Ukraine Rugby League, commented: “We’re joyful to be again within the European Championship. Our nationwide workforce has not had fixtures since 2018 partly due to quarantine, and now we hope to have the ability to take part usually.”

The announcement follows current notification of Euro D being scheduled for later in October 2021 in Bodrum, that includes Turkey, Netherlands, Malta and Czechia.

EURO B SCHEDULE

Match 1
Sunday
third October 2021

Match 2
Wednesday
sixth October 2021

Match 3
Saturday
ninth October 2021

Serbia vs Russia Metropolis: Belgrade Venue: TBC
Russia vs Ukraine Metropolis: Belgrade Venue: TBC
Ukraine v Serbia Metropolis: Belgrade Venue: TBC

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