Rugby League World Cup hosted Australia’s first Feria Party

Last Sunday, 50 Frenchies jumped in the Feria Express party bus from Sydney Central to Canberra Stadium for the France v Lebanon game. On board, the vibe was crazy! Games, challenges, music, singing in the Feria way. The group bonded quickly and it was a few hours of screaming and laughing. Let’s say, they were warming up for […]

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Fiji Player Profile: Akuila Uate

Akuila Uate has made lighting up fields across the country – and the world – a career-long habit. Type his name into YouTube and you don’t have to scroll far to sample the very best of what the 30 year old can do). But when you run the 100 in 11 flat while wearing a B.A. […]

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The Rugby League World Cup is just part of the Italian rugby league story

The Rugby League World Cup is just part of the Italian rugby league story, as Matteo Portoghese details… The development of talent at the grassroots level is high on the agenda of the Federazione Italiana Rugby League (FIRL), in the hope that world cup stars like James Tedesco, Mark Minichiello, Mirco Bergamasco and Gioele Celerino […]

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The Italian women’s national rugby league team is looking to blaze a new trail for women’s sport

The Italian women’s national rugby league team is looking to blaze a new trail for women’s sport, as Matteo Portoghese explains… It may be new on the world stage, but the Italian womens rugby league program lacks nothing in ambition after what can only be described as a breakout year in 2017. The Azzurre, captained by […]

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Fiji Player Profile: Jarryd Hayne

Whatever happens to the Fijian team at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, Jarryd Hayne is likely to finish the tournament as a record-breaker. After scoring one try in Fiji’s opening round 58—12 thrashing of the USA in Townsville, the “Hayne plane” moved to 13 World Cup tries to equal Bob Fulton’s record. Born to […]

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Italian Player profile: Josh Mantellato

One of Italy’s greatest ever victories in rugby league came in 2013, when the Azzurri beat England 15—14 in a World Cup warm up match. Josh Mantellato was one of the stars of that day, scoring the winning field goal. Born in Gosford, New South Wales, Mantellato played junior football with the Wyong Roos before […]

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Italian Player profile: Mark Minichello

The Minichiello name is widely regarded in Australia as well as in international rugby league circles. At the 2017 World Cup, Anthony Minichiello is the assistant coach while Mark is captain. “My Italian heritage has been a massive part of my life,” Minichiello told the Hull Daily Mail. “My Dad moved to Australia when he […]

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France Player Profile: John Boudebza

When France come up against Australia at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, French hooker John Boudebza will be playing against one of his idols — the Australian hooker Cameron Smith. “Australia is an amazing team,” said Boudebza. “When I was younger I watched them play, people like Cameron Smith. It’s such an important thing […]

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France Legend Profile: Brian Coles

What is your connection to French rugby league? I played nine seasons in Perpignan and absolutely loved it. I went over one year and stayed for nine. I played probably two extra years because my French wife, we had our first baby. I played a couple of extra years just so we could be with […]

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Lebanon Player Profile: Anthony Layoun

The Lebanese players warned us that young gun Anthony Layoun would be a player to look out for at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, and the rookie fullback immediately impressed by scoring Lebanon’s first try in a 29—18 victory over France. Layoun, 20, grew up in Sydney and this year played under-20s for the […]

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