Georgia Rugby League looking for International competition

11th February 2005

European Development Officer, Kevin Rudd has just returned from a fact finding mission to Georgia and believes Rugby League could prosper in that country.

The visit was arranged to the capital city of Tbilisi after Georgia made an approach to become members of the Rugby League European Federation (RLEF).

During the visit Rudd met with several organisations interested in further establishing the game which included the National T.V. network, the fledging Georgian Rugby League organisation and the sports Minister, Mr Davit Namgalavri.

A meeting was also held with representatives from Georgian rugby clubs including; Telavi, Tbilisi Knights, Tbilisi State University, Digomi, Kochebit.

Commenting on the visit, Kevin Rudd said: “Georgian Rugby League Chief Executive, Nodor Anguladze and President, Paata Tsintsadze are both enthusiastic and dynamic in their approach and have already gathered together a high calibre of rugby players for their fledging National Rugby League team.

“Georgia traditionally has links with France and currently has over 60 players plying their trade professionally within French Rugby Union”.

Rudd added:  “The general rugby skills of the players have reached a high level, and the Georgian style of play will be perfect for Rugby League.  They are all big, tough, powerful and agile guys.

“The challenge to establish Rugby League in Georgia will be tough but the Georgian National Rugby League are prepared for this as they take their first steps into the sport.  The RLEF will now seek suitable structured international opposition for Georgia and assist with the establishing of the sport in the nation”.

The Georgian Rugby League authorities are themselves seeking teams to be the first overseas Rugby League opposition to visit the country.

Anybody wishing to investigate this should contact: Nodor Anguladze, or Kevin Rudd

The progress of Georgian Rugby League will be discussed at the next meeting of the Rugby League European Federation. This takes place in London on Friday, February 18. Further details of this meeting will be released in due course.