2009 European Cup

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2009 (2009) European Cup  ()
2009 European Cup logo
Number of teams 6
Winner  Wales (5th title)

Matches played 9
Top scorer Scotland Mick Nanyn (46)
Top try scorers Ireland Karl Fitzpatrick (4)
Scotland James Nixon (4)
 < 2005
2010

The 2009 European Cup, known as the rugbyleague.com European Cup due to sponsorship,[1] was a rugby league football tournament.

The revamped European Cup for 2009 will involved six teams competing in two groups of three. Participating teams were: Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Serbia, Lebanon and Italy. Russia were scheduled to take part in the competition, but were forced to pull out due to board restructuring within the Russian Rugby League Federation. They were replaced by the RLEF European Shield winners, Italy.[2]

Squads[edit]

Lebanon[edit]

Coach: John Elias[3]

Club Team Players
Canterbury Bulldogs Liam Ayoub and Jamie Clarke
Sydney Roosters Steven Azzi
Bankstown City Danny Barakat, Adnan Saleh and Chris Salem (Captain)
Windsor Wolves Danny Chiha and Wael Harb
Jounieh RLFC Ghassan Dandach and Youssef El Helou
Newtown Jets Khaled Deeb
Cronulla Sharks Ahmad Ellaz
LAU Robin Hachache and Jad Hashem
Wentworthville Magpies John Koborsi
South Sydney Rabbitohs Josh Mansour
Newcastle Knights George Ndaira
North Sydney Bears Reece Robinson
Chester Hill Rhinos Travis Robinson
Western Suburbs Magpies Allen Soultan

Wales[edit]

Coach: Wales Iestyn Harris (Crusaders Rugby League)[4]

Club Team Players
Gateshead Thunder Matt Barron
Celtic Crusaders Ashley Bateman, Chris Beasley, Neil Budworth, Geraint Davies, Gil Dudson, Ben Flower (Captain), Jordan James, Elliot Kear, Lewis Mills, Ross Wardle, Lloyd White and Lee Williams
Featherstone Rovers Ross Divorty
Leeds Met University Rhys Griffiths
Bridgend Blue Bulls Christian Roets
London Skolars Matt Thomas
Leigh Centurions Ian Watson
Central Comets Ian Webster
Warrington Wolves Rhys Williams

Serbia[edit]

Coach: New Zealand Gerard Stokes (Whitehaven) [5]

Club Team Players
Whitehaven Soni Radovanovic (Captain)
RK Dorćol Dalibor Vukanović, Stevan Stevanović, Milan Šušnjara, Vladan Kikanović, Dejan Lukenić, Nikša Unković, Dimitris Dajč, Filip Brkić and Miloš Milanko
R13K Podbara Mario Milosavljević, Nenad Grbić, Zoran Pešić and Marko Žebeljan
Oldham Roughyeds Austen Novaković
Souths Sunnybank Milan Radojević
RK Beogradski Univerzitet Ivan Šušnjara
R13K Niš Aleksandar Sič
RLK Crvena Zvezda Ivan Djordjević

Scotland[edit]

Coach: England Steve McCormack [6]

Club Team Players
Barrow Raiders James Nixon
Featherstone Rovers Jon Steel
Doncaster Dean Colton
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats Kevin Henderson
Leigh Centurions Mick Nanyn
Widnes Vikings Lee Paterson, John Duffy and Iain Morrison
York City Knights Gareth Moore
Huddersfield Giants Paul Jackson
Sheffield Eagles Mitch Stringer, Alex Szostak, Jack Howieson and Brendon Lindsay
Hunslet Hawks Neil Lowe
Hull KR Ben Fisher (Captain) and Rhys Lovegrove
Gateshead Thunder Andrew Henderson, Mark Dack, Dave Vernon and Crawford Mathews
Whitehaven Dexter Miller
Workington Town Rob Lunt, Paddy Coupar and Dave Arnott
Edinburgh Eagles John Cox
Castleford Panthers Jamie Benn

Ireland[edit]

Coach: Republic of Ireland Andy Kelly[7]

Club Team Players
Barrow Raiders Liam Harrison and Dave Allen
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats Scott Grix (Captain)
Halifax Bob Beswick
Salford City Reds Karl Fitzpatrick
Dewsbury Rams Liam Finn
Leeds Rhinos Luke Ambler
Oldham Roughyeds Marcus St Hilaire and Wayne Kerr
Wigan Warriors Pat Richards and Michael McIlorum
Warrington Wolves Tyrone McCarthy
Harlequins Rugby League Jason Golden
York City Knights Sean Hesketh
Castleford Tigers Ryan Boyle
Dublin City Exiles John Coleman
Treaty City Titans Brendan Guilfoyle
Laois Panthers Tim Bergin
Carlow Crusaders Stevie Gibbons and Paddy Barcoe

Italy[edit]

Coach: Italy Carlo Napolitano [8]

Club Team Players
Hinterland Storm Dominic Brambani
Woodrush RU Edoardo Lerna
Queensbury rugby league Angelo Ricci
West Bowling Jonathan Marcinzack
Leeds Akkies Jason Dubas-Fisher
Avignon XIII Cyril Armani
Cumbria rugby league Alex D'aprile
Piemonte XIII Filippo Maserati and Pier Luigi Gentile
Lyon Villeurbanne Matthew Sands
Mastini XIII Mauro Di Maggio, Fabio Berzieri, Daniele Pasqualini, Giovanni Franchi, Filippo Righetto and Matteo Foschi
Nafit XIII Paul Stanica, Claudio Forte, Nicolino Facco, Daniele Gnata and Ludovico Torreggiani
La Rocca XIII Filippo Veronese and Andrea Zacchia
Melbourne Storm Aidan Guerra
Redcliffe Dolphins Chris Borgese
Paris XIII Anthony Severin
Gateshead Thunder Paul Franze
Wests Tigers Franco Kmet
Unattached Marco Ferrazzano and Mark Dalle Cort

Group 1[edit]

Results[edit]

17 October 2009
Italy  0 - 104  Scotland
Report Try: Nixon (4)
Steel (2)
Henderson (2)
Fletcher (2)
Benn (2)
Nanyn (2)
Paterson
Moore
Cox
Fisher
Goal: Nanyn (16)
Stadio Plebiscito, Padova, Italy
Attendance: 2,139
Referee/s: Steve Ganson England[9]
24 October 2009
Lebanon  86 - 0  Italy
Tries: T. Robinson (2)
Ellaz
Saleh (4)
Mansour
R. Robinson (3)
Clark, Harb (2)
El Helou

Goals: Ndeira (12)
Clark

Report
1 November 2009
Scotland  22 - 10  Lebanon
Report
Hughenden Stadium, Glasgow, Scotland
Attendance: 1,000
Referee/s: Leon Williamson New Zealand

Final standings[edit]

Team Played Won Drew Lost For Against Diff Points
 Scotland 2 2 0 0 126 10 116 4
 Lebanon 2 1 0 1 96 22 74 2
 Italy 2 0 0 2 10 190 -180 0

Group 2[edit]

Results[edit]

18 October 2009
Ireland  82 - 0  Serbia
Try: Fitzpatrick (4)
Ambler (2)
Bergin (2)
Coleman
Finn
Allen
Hesketh
Harrison
Guilfoyle
Goal: Finn (9)
Hesketh (4)
Report
Spollanstown, Tullamore, Ireland
Attendance: 295
Referee/s: Leon Williamson New Zealand
25 October 2009
Serbia  8 - 88  Wales
Try: Novakovic
Goals: Brkic (2)
Report Tries: Roets (3)
James (2)
Divorty (2)
R. Williams (2)
Kear
Thomas
L. Williams
Bateman
Watson
Goals: Webster (14)
Fortress Stadium, Smederevo, Serbia
Attendance: 93
Referee/s: Shayne Hayne Australia
1 November 2009
Wales  42 - 12  Ireland
Try: Ian Webster
Lee Williams
Rhys Williams
Ashley Bateman
Geraint Davies
Jordan James
Elliot Kear
Gil Dudson

Goal: Lloyd White (5)

Report Try: Marcus St Hilaire
Liam Finn

Goal: Pat Richards (2)

Sardis Road, Pontypridd, Wales
Attendance: 2,143
Referee/s: Thierry Alibert France

Final standings[edit]

Team Played Won Drew Lost For Against Diff Points
 Wales 2 2 0 0 130 20 110 4
 Ireland 2 1 0 1 94 42 52 2
 Serbia 2 0 0 2 8 170 -162 0

Finals[edit]

Championship Final[edit]

08-11-2009
Scotland  16 - 28  Wales
Report
Brewery Field, Bridgend, Wales
Attendance: 1,608[10]
Referee/s: Shayne Hayne Australia
Man of the Match: Elliot Kear[10]

3rd Place Match[edit]

08-11-2009
Lebanon  40 - 16  Ireland
Tries: Saleh (2)

Mansour (9) Travis Robinson (12, 27) Clark (22) Reece Robinson (40, 75) Chiha (48) Goals: Clark (0/2) Reece Robinson (4/5) Travis Robinson (0/1)

Report Tries: Haley (30, 36)

Beswick (64) Goals: Finn 2/3

Brewery Field, Bridgend, Wales
Attendance: 1,608
Referee/s: Steve Ganson England

5th place Match[edit]

08-11-2009
Italy  42 - 14  Serbia
Try: Falcone (28, 65, 76)

Vicelich (30, 37, 69) Nasso (39)

Goals: Veronese 7/7

Report Try: Brkić (13)

Vukanović (16, 44)

Goals: Brkić 1/3

Maesteg, Wales
Attendance: TBA
Referee/s: Phil Bentham England

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