Hungary national rugby league team

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Magyar Bulls RLFC
Team Crest.jpg
Full name Magyar Bulls Rugby League Football Club
Nickname(s) Bulls
Founded 2011 (by Adam Nunn and Zsolt Haboczki)
Location Budapest, Hungary
President Hungary Bálint Mézes
Coach(es) Scotland Adam Nunn (player-coach in 2011 season)
Captain(s) Hungary Zsolt Habocki
Top scorer Scott Torrance - 8 (1 T, 2 Cons)
League(s) RLEF (Rugby League Europe Federation)
Team kit
Official website
www.magyarbullsrlfc.blogspot.com

The Hungary national rugby league team represents Hungary in the sport of rugby league football. They made their international debut on 23 July in the 2011 European Bowl tournament. [2]

For more Hungarian stats, news, team results and more visit Hungary's RLEF Page.

History and setting up[edit]

Magyar Bulls RLFC, Hungary's National Rugby League team was founded in Budapest in May 2011 by members of the Budapest Exiles RFC, keen to try rugby league and with an open invitation to other teams in Hungary to send players - all with the objective of honouring an invitation to play in the CEE European Bowl competition vs. the Czech Republic.

From small beginnings on a Monday evening, on Margit Island, in the middle of the Danube, the squad has grown to be able to select a nucleus of 20 players to play against the Czech Republic on 23 July. The pull of playing international RL has seen enquiries to train and play from a number of other clubs in Hungary as well as players of Hungarian origin who have travelled back to play from Italy and the UK.

In 2014, Hungary competed in the inaugural Balkans Cup tournament in Serbia. This was Hungary's first International tournament. Hungary finished the overall tournament in fourth place. They also made history in the tournament, as they recorded their first ever international try in their match with Bosnia.[1]

2011 Squad[edit]

The current squad has a mix of nationalities, all of whom have qualified for Hungary on residency basis if not originally Hungarian and includes players from Hungary, the UK, France, Italy, South Africa and Venezuela. The 2011 squad is coached by Adam Nunn, originally from the UK but who has been the founder of Rugby League in Hungary, and is captained by Zsolt Haboczki. It also features a father and son combination in the form of Lajos and Matyas Bihari (affectionately known as Majom and Kis Majom (Hungarian for Monkey and Little Monkey)).

The 20 man training squad in full

Name Position Name Position
Imre Szalontai Full Back/Wing Federico Sciotti Fullback/Wing
Scott Torrance Full Back/Wing Mehdi Benaniba Centre/Wing/Half-back
Nandor Szabo Centre/Wing Laszlo Harangozo Centre/Second-row forward
Gergo Zubornyak Centre/Wing Adam Nunn Stand-off/Loose forward
Peter Fustos Hooker/Half Back Joel Jimenez Hooker/Half Back
Zsolt Haboczki (Captain) Prop/Second-row forward Lajos Bihari Prop
Geza Juhas Prop Laszlo Dekany Prop
Phil Angel Hooker/Half Back Geza Goleth Second-row forward/Centre
Matyas Bihari Loose Forward/Centre Andre Brand Second row forward/Loose forward
Luca Tramontin Second-row forward Cedric Gaidet Prop/Second-row forward
First Magyar Bulls squad (for the matches vs. Czech Republic and Belgrade).jpg

Back row - Nunn, Juhas, Gaidet, Bihari M, Bihari L, Haboczki, Brand, Harangozo, Goletz, Dekany, Szalontai

Front row - Zubornyak, Benaniba, Jimenez, Angel, Torrance, Fustos, Szabo, Sciotti

Notable players of Hungarian Heritage[edit]

Affiliations[edit]

RLEF - Rugby League Europe Federation


In June 2013, Hungary was granted Observer status by the RLEF, having successfully completed the first round of requirements to move up the ladder as an international organisation - this has made the Federation eligible for additional support incl. coaching, training and financial assistance. (http://www.rlef.eu.com/news/article/633/hungary-and-saudi-arabia-awarded)

International match results[edit]

Official Rankings as of December 2014[2]
Rank Change Team Points
1 Steady  Australia 984.00
2  New Zealand 884.00
3  England 485.00
4 Increase  Samoa 316.00
5 Decrease  France 215.00
6  Fiji 184.00
7 Increase  Ireland 154.00
8  Scotland 123.00
9 Decrease  Wales 122.00
10  United States 119.00
11  Papua New Guinea 112.00
12 Steady  Italy 79.00
13 Increase  Serbia 49.00
14  Canada 49.00
15 Decrease  Russia 45.00
16  Tonga 32.00
17  Cook Islands 31.00
18 Steady  Germany 27.00
19  Norway 22.00
20  Ukraine 21.00
21  Lebanon 19.00
22  Belgium 19.00
23 Increase  Greece 19.00
24 Decrease  Malta 18.00
25 Steady  Netherlands 14.00
26 Increase  Denmark 13.00
27 Decrease  Jamaica 11.00
28 Steady  Spain 9.00
29 Increase  Czech Republic 7.00
30  Sweden 7.00
31 Decrease  South Africa 4.00
32 Increase  Hungary 2.00
33 Decrease  Latvia 0.00
34 Steady  Morocco 0.00
vs. Date Location Score Result Tries Cons Pens/DGs MoM Match Report
Czech Republic 23 July 2011 Kecskemet, Hungary 16-38 Lost Torrance, Bihari L, Angel Torrance x 2 N/A Bihari M and Jimenez 23 July Photos
Belgrade Selection 31 July Kecskemet 0-44 Lost N/A N/A N/A Bihari M Photos
Greece 27 October 2013 Budapest, Hungary 0-90 Lost N/A N/A N/A Braith Anasta Match Report

Scorer of the first ever points for the Hungarian Rugby League was Scott Torrance

Cap Number and playing record[edit]

Cap Number Name Total Caps Total Points
1 Imre Szalontai 2 0
2 Federico Sciotti 2 0
3 Gergo Zubornyak 2 0
4 Laszlo Harangozo 3 0
5 Scott Torrance 2 8
6 Adam Nunn 2 0
7 Peter Fustos 1 0
8 Lajos Bihari 2 4
9 Joel Jimenez 2 0
10 Zsolt Haboczki 2 0
11 Geza Goletz 3 0
12 Andre Brand 2 0
13 Matyas Bihari 2 0
14 Luca Tramontin 1 0
15 Cedric Gaidet 2 0
16 Phil Angel 1 4
17 Nandor Szabo 2 0
18 Arno Franken 1 0
19 Mehdi Benaniba 2 0
20 Geza Juhas 1 0
21 Mark Tolnai 1 0
22 Benjamin Antal 1 0
23 Zoltan Solti 1 0
24 David Farkas 1 0
25 Adam Timar 1 0
26 Adam Belencsak 1 0
27 Balint Kosa 1 0
28 Sandor Lakatos 1 0
29 Adam Csiri 1 0
30 Viktor Zelenka 1 0
31 Zoltan Bertyak 1 0
32 Norbert Csaptai 1 0
33 Jozsef Surman 1 0
34 Marko Nikowitz 1 0
35 David Orsi 1 0

Domestic Clubs[edit]

September 2011 saw the creation of the first domestic rugby league club in Hungary, with the formation of the Danube River Pirates RLFC - the rugby league arm of the Budapest Exiles. The club has been involved in the development of the game on a local level, having played against the Belgrade Selection in their first game and is now open to invitations to tour, or play against touring teams from across Europe.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • RLEF (Rugby League Europe Federation)[3]
  • "An appetite for Rugby League?" - Forty-Twenty Magazine - article dated 30 June (pages 38–39)- Adam Nunn and Phil Caplan
  • "Reality Czech" - Rugby League World magazine - article dated August 2011 (pages 65–67) - Tom Coates

External links[edit]

  • Magyar Bulls RLFC blog page [4]
  • Magyar Bulls RLFC YouTube channel [5]
  • RLEF (Rugby League Europe Federation News site - Squad announcement [6]
  • RLEF (Rugby League Europe Federation News site - Official match report for the first game [7]