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Fri 07 September

Alitalia European Cup fixtures announced

Alitalia European Cup fixtures announced

Alitalia European Cup fixtures announced

Details of this autumn’s Alitalia European Cup have been announced by the Rugby League European Federation.

Scotland, Ireland and England Knights will face each other in a triangular tournament beginning on 14th October when the Celtic nations clash at Edinburgh's Meggetland (pictured above).    

The Alitalia European Cup fixtures mirror those being played by England, Wales and France. Rugby League European Federation General Manager, Danny Kazandjian, expects them to be highly competitive.

“The two Celtic nations are preparing for next year’s World Cup” explains Danny, “and England Knights were looking for fixtures on consecutive weekends to continue to build their structures and spirit.

“Alitalia have been and continue to be superb sponsors for this competition.”

England Knights coach, Keiron Purtill, sees the two internationals as a significant test for his charges.

“We’re really excited to be heading into a competition environment,” says Purtill.

“Our mission is to get the group ready to push for England places for the World Cup in 2013. We’ve got a few new faces in the group and that competition for places will be fiercer as a result.

“The programme is in its second year now so most of the players know what’s expected of them, and we’re really looking forward to a good preparation in camp and then playing Ireland and Scotland.”

The Bravehearts, playing in the nation’s capital for the first time thanks to funding from the City of Edinburgh Council, will be coached by former Workington boss Dave Rotheram in the temporary absence of Steve McCormack.

“We are really looking forward to this year’s Alitalia European Cup” says Rotheram. “The squad and staff are very excited to be playing in Edinburgh for the first time ever. With the 2013 World Cup coming up, this competition will prove invaluable for our long term planning and preparation.”

Rotherham’s Irish counterpart, Mark Aston, is also looking forward to the challenge.

“We are delighted to be participating in the Alitalia European Cup,” he declared. “With the World Cup just over 12 months away it will give us the ideal opportunity to start our preparation in earnest.

“We played against the England Knights before the first Exiles game and for 35 minutes we competed with only a limited amount of preparation and players available, so we certainly looking forward renewing that battle.”

Fixture schedule

Round 1

14 October: SCOTLAND v IRELAND, Meggetland, Edinburgh, 2pm

Round 2

19 October IRELAND v ENGLAND KNIGHTS, Belfast Harlequins, Belfast, 7.30pm

Round 3

28 October: SCOTLAND v ENGLAND KNIGHTS, Meggetland, Edinburgh, 2pm.

* Italy had been expected to take part, but the country’s precarious financial situation means that the FIRL is focusing its efforts on the European Shield and a crucial match in Russia. The FIRL is also undertaking a full review of its governance to ensure that Rugby League in Italy is operating as efficiently as possible in what is a challenging economic climate.

 

 

Alitalia European Cup fixtures announced Details of this autumn’s Alitalia European Cup have been announced by the Rugby League European Federation.

Results

Rugby League World Cup
Sat 23 NovNew Zealand 20-18 England
Sun 17 NovSamoa 4-22 Fiji
Sat 16 NovEngland 34-6 France
Fri 15 NovNew Zealand 40-4 Scotland
Mon 11 NovFrance 6-22 Samoa
Sun 10 NovWales 24-28 Cook Islands
Sat 09 NovEngland 34-12 Fiji
Fri 08 NovNew Zealand 56-10 Papua New Guinea
Thu 07 NovScotland 22-8 USA
Tue 05 NovTonga 22-16 Cook Islands

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