Greece national rugby league team

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Greece
Nickname Titans
Governing body Rugby League European Federation
Region Europe
Head coach Steve Georgallis
Captain Michael Korkidas
RLIF ranking 26th
Colours
First international
 New Caledonia 10–26 Greece 
(September 2003)
Biggest win
 Hungary 0–90 Greece 
(27 October 2013)
Biggest defeat
 Italy 58–14 Greece 
(2 October 2004)

The Greece national rugby league team represents unofficially Greece in rugby league football. The team has been participating in international competition since 2003, and have since become an affiliate member of the Rugby League International Federation.

History[edit]

In October 2005, Greece, The Titans, played an international match in Australia against Malta which they lost 24 points to 22 in front of an estimated crowd of 6,500. Before departing to Greece for their historic match, they played a warm up match against Fiji A at OKI Jubilee Stadium in front of 1103 spectators. Fiji, who had just qualified for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup won the match 34-12. Greece played their first ever Rugby League International Game in a 26-10 victory against New Caledonia in September 2003. On 28 October 2006, Greece played Serbia in the first international match on Greek soil. Greece, because of their Australian contingent, were favourites against a much improved Serbian outfit as both teams fought out the game in determined fashion. Greece eventually ran out winners, 44-26 in front of 150 home fans of the Glyka Nera Football Club, Athens. Greece were coached by former Western Suburbs Magpies player Steve Georgallis.Greece won their first ever Rugby League Championship in 2009 where they won the Australian Mediterranean Shield defeating Italy in the Final 34-14. The 2009 Australian Mediterranean Shield that they won was their first competition that they took part in. The Greeks were led to the win by Wests Tigers player John Skandalis. The Greeks Triumph at the 2009 Australian Mediterranean Shield was their first trophy in the trophy cabinet. The Greeks did not qualify for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup which was held in Australia.

A number of plans for the Greek Rugby League have been put into place with a regular domestic competition to commence in 2007. The domestic competition was planned to be based in Athens consisted of four teams, as that is the minimum requirement in gaining associate membership into the Rugby League European Federation. As of 2012 they did not manage to establish a championship. On July 11, 2011, the GB Student "Pioneers" played a game vs an unofficial "national" team (consisted of players from the two Rhodes teams) in Rhodes island. Greeks lost that game. Greece have had a fair bit of players in Australian Rugby League in the past 40 years. Players like George Peponis a former Australian International and Captain who played for the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs, George Katsogiannis, Jim Serdaris, Steve Georgallis the Coach who played for Western Suburbs, John Skandalis the Greek captain, Nick Kouparitsas, Michael Korkidas and Braith Anasta who is half-Greek, half-Anglo Saxon Australian is a Greek and Australian International who used to play for the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs and now plays for the Wests Tigers. He played for both Countries at International level.

On 27 October 2013 Greece defeated Hungary 90-0 in an international match played in Budapest in front of 500 spectators. [1] The Greek side featured a mixture of players from the Greek domestic competition and Australian-based players including Anasta and Korkidas.[2] Anasta kicked 15 goals from 15 attempts and scored 46 points in the win.[3]

Players[edit]

Results[edit]

  • OCT 2013: Hungary 0-90 Greece
  • OCT 2012: Vanuatu 14-24 Greece
  • JUL 2008: Greece 14-12 France (Plate Winners, Student World Cup)
  • Oct 2007: Greece 58-32 Scotland Students (development team)
  • Oct 2006: Greece 44-26 Serbia
  • Oct 2005: Malta 24-22 Greece
  • Oct 2004: Italy 58-14 Greece
  • Mar 2004: Greece 56-8 New Caledonia
  • Sep 2003: Italy 26-24 Greece
  • Sep 2003: Greece 26-10 New Caledonia

Match official[edit]

Referee

  • Dino Vikas

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