2013 Rugby League World Cup qualifying

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Of the fourteen teams that will participate in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, only two are not automatic inclusions, so must win qualifying matches to enter the tournament, which is to be held in Wales and England.[1] Originally around twenty teams were to be involved in qualification for the tournament,[2] but this was eventually fixed at nineteen.

Qualified teams[edit]

Pacific

Seven teams from the Pacific have qualified for the World Cup. All of these teams were granted automatic qualification.

Europe

Six teams from Europe will qualify for the World Cup. Five teams qualified automatically. The sixth berth will be granted to the winner of the European qualifying group.

  •  England (automatic qualifier and co-host)
  •  Wales (automatic qualifier and co-host)
  •  France (automatic qualifier)
  •  Ireland (automatic qualifier)
  •  Scotland (automatic qualifier)
  •  Italy (Winner of the European qualifying group)
Atlantic

One team from the Atlantic region will qualify for the world cup.

Regional qualifiers[edit]

Atlantic[edit]

The Atlantic qualifying group involved the USA, Jamaica and South Africa.

The Atlantic qualifiers were held at Campbell's Field, New Jersey.[3] USA won the group and qualified for the World Cup.[4][5]

Team Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− BP Pts
 United States 2 2 0 0 0 80 8 +72 0 4
 Jamaica 2 1 0 1 0 24 46 −22 0 2
 South Africa 2 0 0 2 0 10 60 −50 0 0
15 October 2011
United States  40–4  South Africa
Tries: Taylor (2), Cunz (2), Cantoni, Taufa, D Howard, Stevens
Conv: Joseph Paulo (4)
(Report) Try: Fritz
Conv:

19 October 2011
South Africa  6–20  Jamaica
Tries: Prinsloo
Conv: Van der Nest
(Report) Try: Reittie (2), White, Grant
Conv: Coleman (2)

23 October 2011
Jamaica  4–40  United States
Tries: Hanson
Conv:
(Report) Tries: S Howard, Marando, Stevens, Cantoni, Miles, D Howard, Offerdahl
Conv: Joseph Paulo (6)
Campbell's Field, New Jersey
Attendance: 800

Coached by Matt Elliott,[6] the Tomahawks were leading 6–4 at half time and then shut out the Rugby Reggae Boys for the rest of the game finishing with a total of seven tries to gain a place in their first World Cup tournament.[7]

Europe[edit]

The European qualifying group involved Russia, Italy, Serbia and Lebanon.[8] Both Italy and Lebanon remained unbeaten, recording two wins and a draw each. However, Italy topped the group as a result of points difference and therefore qualified for the World Cup.[4]

Team Pld W D L PF PA +/− Pts
 Italy 3 2 1 0 163 31 +132 5
 Lebanon 3 2 1 0 147 23 +124 5
 Russia 3 1 0 2 42 152 −110 2
 Serbia 3 0 0 3 38 184 −146 0
15 October 2011
Italy  92–6  Russia
Tries: Mantellato (2), D. Nasso (2), Falcone (2), Ghietti (2), Parrata, Sands, Ciraldo, Riethmuller, Vicelich, Quitadamo, R.Nasso, Lennarduzzi
Conv: Mantellato (14)
(Report) Try: Nikolaev
Conv: Lysokon

16 October 2011
Lebanon  96–4  Serbia
Tries: Clark (3), Saleh (3), Barakat (3), Nye (2), Boustani (2), Deeb, Kassis, Adham El Zabedieh, Adnan El Zabedieh
Conv: Couri (13), Ballout
(Report) Try: Nedic

22 October 2011
Russia  0–32  Lebanon
(Report) Tries: Barakat (2), Azzi, Kassis, Adham El Zabedieh, Nye
Conv: Couri (3), Boustani

23 October 2011
Serbia  6–52  Italy
Try: Pesic
Conv: Nedic
(Report) Tries: Minichiello (3), Lenarduzzi (2), Mantellato, Riethmuller, Parrata, D. Nasso
Conv: Mantellato (8)

29 October 2011
Serbia  28–36  Russia
Tries: Pesic, Nedic, Susnjara, Radan, Novakovic
Conv: Nedic (4)
(Report) Tries: Botnarash (3), Volkov, Esin, Ososkov
Conv: Lysokon (6)

29 October 2011
Italy  19–19  Lebanon
Tries: Falcone, Stewart, Mantellato
Conv: Mantellato (3)
DG: Ghietti
(Report) Tries: El Zabedieh, Moujalli, Boustani
Conv: Couri (3)
DG: Couri

Coached by Carlo Napolitano and captained by Anthony Minichiello, Italy's draw with Lebanon was enough for them to gain the 14th and final place in the 2013 World Cup.[9]

Squads[edit]

Europe[edit]

Italy[edit]

The Italy squad as of 22 September 2011 is as follows:

Club Team Players
England Harlequins RL Quinscolours.svg Craig Gower
Italy Grifons Padova Italy colours.svg Matthew Sands, Giacomo Simioni
France Lézignan Sangliers LezignanRLcolours.PNG Christophe Calegari
Australia Manly Sea Eagles Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Vic Mauro
Australia Monto Australian colours.svg Dom Nasso
Australia Mount Isa Australian colours.svg Matt Parrata
Australia Newcastle Knights Newcastle colours.svg Cameron Ciraldo
Australia Northern Pride RLFC Northern Pride colours.png Ryan Ghetti
Australia North Queensland Cowboys North Queensland colours.svg Joel Riethmuller
Australia North Sydney Bears North Sydney colours.svg Alex Ranieri
France Saint-Gaudens Bears France colours.svg Jean Christophe Borlin
Australia St Patricks Blacktown Australian colours.svg Ryan Tramonte
Australia Sydney Roosters Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Anthony Minichiello (C)
France Villefranche de Rouergue France colours.svg Ray Nasso, Cederic Prizzon
Australia Wentworth Australian colours.svg Ben Falcone
Australia Western Suburbs Magpies Western Suburbs colours.svg Rocky Trimarchi, Rhys Lennarduzzi
Australia Windsor Wolves Australian colours.svg Ben Stewart
Italy XIII del Ducato Italy colours.svg Juan Pablo Carrara, Fabrizio Ciaurro, Thomas Covati, Giovanni Franchi, Romain Pavoni, Dean Vicelich, Santiago Monteagudo, Rob Quitadamo
Australia Wyong Australian colours.svg Josh Mantellato
England West Bowling England colours.svg Jonathan Marcinzack

Lebanon[edit]

The Lebanon squad as at 22 September 2011 is as follows:

Club Team Players
Lebanon Balamand Allen Soultan, Samer Nehme
Australia Cabramatta Two Blues Nick Kassis
Australia Canterbury Bulldogs Steve Azzi
Australia Cronulla Sharks Jon Mannah
Lebanon Jounieh RLFC Youssef El Helou
Australia Kingsgrove colts Kamel Ahmed
Lebanon Immortals RLFC Ibrahim Ballout, Robin Hachache, Rudy Hachache, Walid Yassine
Australia Manly Sea Eagles Ray Moujalli
Australia Mounties George Azzi, Adham El Zabedieh, Adnan El Zabedieh
Australia Narrabeen Charlie Farah
Australia Newtown Jets Jamie Clark, Khalid Deeb, Ahmad Ellaz
Australia St John’s Eagles Danny Barakat, Daniel Chiha, Nadim Couri, Ali Kourouche, Chris Saab, Adnan Saleh
Australia Wentworthville Magpies Cliff Nye, James Boustani
Lebanon Wolves RLFC Monir Finan, Ray Finan, Nemer Saliba

Russia[edit]

The Russia squad as at 22 September 2011 is as follows:

Club Team Players
Russia Dinamo Andrey Zdobnikov
Russia Nevskaya Zastava Grigory Esin
Russia RBK Valentin Baskakov, Artem Grigoryan, Ruslan Izmaylov, Sergey Matveev, Denis Nikolskiy, Vladimir Odnosumov
Russia Storm Igor Chuprin, Vadim Fedchuk, Vladimir Gotsulyak, Alexey Volkov
Russia RC Vereya Petr Botnarash, Rustam Bulanov, Mikhail Burlutskuy, Ilgiz Galimov, Sergey Gapinov, Anatoly Grigoriev, Sergey Konstantinov, Aleksander Lysokon, Alexey Nikolaev, Eduard Ososkov, Roman Safronov, Andrey Sevostyanov, Maksim Suchkov, Vladimir Vlasyuk

Serbia[edit]

The Serbia squad was named on 22 September.

Club Team Players
Australia Belconnen United Scholars Adam Nedić
Serbia Car Lazar Nenad Radević, Aleksandar Sič, Miloš Zogović
Serbia Dorćol Spiders Danilo Delić, Vladan Kikanović, Dejan Lukenić, Stefan Nedeljković, Stefan Nikolić, Stevan Stevanović, Ivan Šušnjara, Milan Šušnjara, Vuk Tvrdišić, Nikša Unković, Dalibor Vukanović (C)
England Hemel Hempstead RLFC Ilija Radan
Serbia Hammers Niš Marko Milenković, Lazar Živković
France RC Lescure Soni Radovanovic
England Oldham Roughyeds Austen Novaković
Serbia Radnički Nova Pazova Nemanja Cojić, Pero Madžarević, Radovan Tajsić, Slaviša Zekić
Serbia Red Star Belgrade Miloš Ćalić, Ivan Djordjević, Zoran Pešić, Nebojša Živanović
Serbia Stari Grad Aleksandar Aleksić, Mirko Božović

Atlantic[edit]

Jamaica[edit]

The Jamaica squad as of 22 September 2011 is as follows:

Club Team Players
England Batley Bulldogs Wayne Allen, Daley Williams
England Coventry Bears Ashley Johnson
Jamaica Duhaney Park Red Sharks Romaen Campbell, Roy Calvert, Damon Gayle, Ryan Grant, Marvin Thompson
England Gateshead Thunder Joseph Brown
England Halifax RLFC Jode Sheriffe, Paul White
England Harlequins RL Lamont Bryan, Omari Caro
England Huddersfield Giants Ross Peltier
England Hunslet Hawks Richie Barnett, Waine Pryce
England Keighley Cougars Jymel Coleman, Jamaine Wray
England Leeds Rhinos Danny Bravo, Jamal Chisholm
United States New Haven Warriors Wesley Haughton
England Sheffield Eagles Corey Hanson, Reece Williams
England Wigan Warriors Karl Pryce
Jamaica Vauxhall Vultures Carlye Burgher, Jahdeek Clarke, Sandino Hastings, Tyronie Rowe

South Africa[edit]

The South Africa squad as at 22 September 2011 is as follows:

Club Team Players
South Africa Bloemfontein Roosters Henry du Toit, Stevie Meyer, Gerrie Slabber, Christoff Swanepoel
South Africa Brakpan Bears Francois Greyvensteyn, Christo Joubert, Andre Loader, Andre Olwagen, Rudi Prinsloo
South Africa Ermelo Tomahawks Pieter Lee
South Africa Middelburg Tigers Johan Fritz
South Africa Tuks Bulls Hans du Plessis, Gerhard de Wet, Riaan Engelbrecht, Deon Kraemer, Christo Louw, Siviwe Mpondo, JP Nel, Marcelle Slabbert, Jonothan Soares, Pieter van der Nest, Franco Vermeulen, Rupert Wells

United States[edit]

Club Team Players
United States Aston Bulls Michael Garvey, Andrew Kneisly, Louis Tulio
Australia Belrose Eagles David Marando
England Castleford Tigers Ryan McGoldrick
United States Connecticut Wildcats Curtis Cunz, Charles Rizzo, Salesi Tongamoa
Australia Easts Tigers Mark Offerdahl
England Gateshead Thunder Mitchell Stevens
United States Hawaii Islanders Keiki Misipeka, Jayson Rego, Joshua Rice
United States Jacksonville Axemen Apple Pope
United States Louisville Nate Smith
United States Maui Rugby Kelly McGill, Sione Taufa
United States New York Knights Fitz James Adams, Charles Cortalano, Ian Elliott, Justin Ripley, Sean Taylor
Australia Northern Pride Mark Cantoni
United States Northern Raiders Leslie Alovili
Australia Parramatta Eels Joseph Paulo
Australia Penrith Panthers Junior Paulo
Australia Tuggeranong Valley Stephen Howard
Australia Wentworthville Magpies Daniel Howard
Unattached David Myles, Matthew Petersen

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rugby League World Cup to expand". BBC News. 23 February 2010. Retrieved 23 April 2010. 
  2. ^ 20 nations to vie for league World Cup AAP, 23 February 2010
  3. ^ Venue announced for 2013 World Cup Atlantic Qualifiers rleague.com, 4 August 2011
  4. ^ a b 2013 World Cup format revealed lasttackle.com, 30 November 2010
  5. ^ 2013 World Cup Atlantic Qualifiers rleague.com, 27 April 2011
  6. ^ Press Association (24 October 2011). "USA beat Jamaica to secure 2013 Rugby League World Cup berth". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  7. ^ Paul, Burrowes (28 October 2011). "Rugby players encouraged despite whipping by USA". Jamaica Observer. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  8. ^ 2013 World Cup European Zone Qualifying Dates rleague.com, 20 March 2011
  9. ^ skysports.com (29 October 2011). "Italy clinch World Cup place". Sky Sports. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 

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