Nations of League is a weekly snapshot of some of the stories you may have missed in the world of International Rugby League.
Ottawa set to join League One in 2021
Rugby League in Canada has received a significant boost with the news that the Commonwealth Nation will enter a second professional side in the British Rugby League system.
The Ottawa Aces will join the 2021 Betfred League One competition, following in the steps of the Toronto Wolfpack. The inclusion of the Aces in the British Rugby League system is a significant boost to sport in Canada, with the Canada Rugby League set to work with the Ottawa club to continue the growth of the sport domestically.
Challenge Cup heads to New York
The trophy for Rugby League’s oldest knockout competition, the Coral Challenge Cup, is on its way to New York. The event, will coincide with the official New York launch of the NYC Rugby League team, with plans already well progressed to see the team enter the 2021 Challenge Cup competition.
The NYC Rugby League side aims to follow the likes of Toronto and Ottawa and join the British Rugby League system in coming years and held their UK launch this week in Liverpool. Catalans v Leeds to be Livestreamed
This weekend’s Betfred Super League clash between the Catalans Dragons and Leeds Rhinos will be livestreamed on the Sky Sports YouTube channel for anyone to watch.
The match, which has been impacted by the French government’s decision to ban crowds of more than 1,000, in response to the coronavirus outbreak will be played behind closed doors.
The game will not be geo-blocked and can be watched below.
Match will kick off 6pm Local, 5pm London, 6am Auckland and 4am Sydney.
Tonga secondary schools competition kicks off next week
The 14th Tonga Secondary Schools Rugby League competition will kick off next Friday (20th March) at Atele Fields with eight schools from across the Pacific nation to take part in the Under 15’s, 16’s and 17’s age groups.
The competition, which is sponsored by Digicel, will be live streamed on the NRL in Tonga Facebook page over the six weeks of competition. Schools taking part include Tupou High School, Takuilau College, Liahona High School and ACTS Community School.
Brazil welcomes first Female Coach
The concept that women could lead an entire continent forward in rugby league is gaining ground, with Jessica Maciel chalking up yet another momentous achievement in Brazil. Brazil’s female squad has already become the first Latin American team of any gender to qualify for a World Cup, and now 27-year-old Maciel has become the first fully-accredited coach to international standard in the world’s fifth-largest nation, trumping her male counterparts.
Read all about here amazing story here.