Underneath the watchful eye of newly appointed NRLD efficiency director Andy Hay, and for the primary time in two seasons due to the pandemic, home rugby league returned to Germany on the BSC 1899 Membership in Offenbach.
The match was between choose sides the Rhinos and Silverbacks for the CooperCup – named after the founding father of rugby league in Germany, Simon Cooper, who sadly handed away in 2020 – with the Rhinos taking the spoils 20-16; Silverback’s Christophe Ngondi scoring a hat-trick of tries in his very first recreation.
“It was nice to see gamers flip up from – actually – all of the corners of Germany to assist this occasion,” commented NRLD president Bob Doughton. “We welcomed those that reside close to the Polish, Swiss, Austrian, Czech and Dutch borders, in addition to some from across the nook!”
It gave former Nice Britain worldwide Hay the possibility to see the gamers in motion for the primary time. “There have been some high-quality performances and there’s a lot of expertise to work with,” he famous. “I’m actually wanting ahead to serving to the lads get some speedy enhancements earlier than we face the Netherlands in October within the Griffin Cup.”
Earlier than that there would be the inaugural GermanOrigin match, the place the North will tackle the South, with locations up for grabs within the nationwide squad.