Nations of League is a weekly snapshot of some of the stories you may have missed in the world of International Rugby League.
Greece welcomes new Women’s team
Greek Rugby League welcomed this week the formation of a third Women’s Rugby League team with the launch of the Athens Raidettes.
The Raidettes join the Aris Eagles and Patras Panthers in the growing domestic Women’s competition which will form the foundation for the Greek Women’s National Rugby League side that will take on Serbia this April in Larissa.
The Greek Women’s side played their first international only last September, going down to Turkey in Edirne.
Draws released for MEA and Americas Championships
The draws for the 2020 Middle East - Africa and Americas Championships have been announced with Pretoria in South Africa and Kingston in Jamaica to be the respective hosts for the tournaments.
The 2020 MEA Championship will see the return of foundation participants, South Africa and Lebanon, join 2019 finalists, Nigeria and Morocco.
Meanwhile the Americas Championship will feature both a Men’s and Women’s competition, with Jamaica, USA, Canada and Chile taking part in the Men’s, whilst Jamaica and USA will face off in the Women’s.
Tuks defend Gauteng title
The University of Pretoria Tuks have successfully defended their South African Rugby League Gauteng Conference title after defeating the Brakpan Bears last weekend.
A.S. Ayguesvives XIII tour Thailand
Elite Two Women's Rugby League club, A.S. Ayguesvives XIII, has just finished a successful tour of Thailand where the Women not only introduced Rugby League to schools in Ko Tao and Bangkok, but also helped launch two new Women's Rugby League clubs in Thailand.
The two new clubs are the Eastern Mermaids and Phetchaburi United and join the Moon River Wildcats and the Mukdahan Blue Birds as the four Women's clubs in the Kingdom of Thailand.
Whilst Thailand is not currently a member of the International Rugby League, the missonary work by the likes of Ayguesvives is helping to establish the foundations necessary for South-East Asian nations to become members in the future.
Los Huracanes lock in second Development match
Following their clash against the Featherstone Rovers earlier thie year, Spain's first Professional Rugby League club, the Valencia Huracanes, will travel to Rochdale this June to face the Hornets at Crown Oil Arena.
Huracanes are hoping to join the Rugby Football League's League One competition in the coming years, and are spending 2020 developing their squad, taking part in a number of Development matches against UK opposition, whilst also participating in the 2020 Spanish domestic season.
Balkan Super League changes Format
The Balkan Super League will shift to a 'Cup' style format in 2020, with the 11 teams from five nations to play knock-out football for the chance of winning the coverted piece of silverware.
The tournament, which will kick off in late March / early April, features teams from Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Turkey, Montenegro and Bulgaria.