The RLEF board has confirmed that England, France, Italy and Lebanon are all prospective hosts for the 2020 U19 European Championship. All four tenderer s must submit their bid documents by 1 October 2018, with the RLEF expected to make an announcement on the winning bid in November 2018. The tendering process for the 2022 tournament also opens this October.
“The RLEF is delighted with the calibre and breadth of tenderers for the 2020 event. The U19 competition is an important part of the growing European calendar and will support growth and improving standards in the vital, underpinning youth programmes run by the members.” said RLEF director Paul Nicholson.
Rugby League is becoming more popular in these past few years in Europe. The number of countries who participate in Rugby League is growing. Special attention is dedicated to the development of young players (under 19yo). Serbia will host Rugby League U19 European Championship this year from 4 to 11 August in Belgrade. 8 teams will take part in this competition: France, England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, Russia, Italy and Serbia.
The results of the 2017 annual member audit have also been lodged with Jamaica reporting excellent progress, the number of 13-a-side youth games played increasing from 38 to 66 matches. France, Lebanon, Ireland, Serbia, Ukraine and Wales all recorded overall participation increases, whilst Lebanon was in the black for the first time in its history, having turned over more than US$900k in 2017.