Hungary national rugby league team

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Magyar Bulls
Team Crest.jpg
Full name Magyar Bulls
Nickname(s) Bulls
Founded 2011 (by Adam Nunn and Zsolt Haboczki)
Location Budapest, Hungary
President Hungary Zsolt Lukács
Coach(es) Scotland Adam Nunn (player-coach in 2011 season)
Captain(s) Hungary
League(s) RLEF (Rugby League Europe Federation)
Official website
www.hrlf.hu

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]

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 2013, Tour in Paris and Hungary played its first fully sanctioned international against Greece. Greece featured players like Michael Korkidas and Braith Anasta.

In 2014, Tour in Paris again and 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] In 2015 Tour in Belgrade on Euro 9' Tournament

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)

Players with Hungarian heritage: - Sándor Earl - Blaine Rozs - Nicky Kiss - David Farkas

International match results[edit]

Official Rankings as of November 2016[2]
Rank Change Team Points
1 Increase  Australia
2 Decrease  New Zealand
3 Steady  England
4 Increase  Scotland
5 Decrease  Samoa
6  France
7  Fiji
8  Ireland
9  Wales
10 Steady  United States
11  Serbia
12 Increase  Canada
13  Italy
14 Decrease  Tonga
15  Papua New Guinea
16 Increase  Russia
17 Decrease  Jamaica
18  Belgium
19 Steady  Spain
20  Malta
21  Lebanon
22 Increase  Ukraine
23  Germany
24  Czech Republic
25 Decrease  Cook Islands
26 Steady  Norway
27  Denmark
28  Greece
29  Sweden
30  Netherlands
31  South Africa
32 Increase  Niue
33 Decrease  Philippines
34 Steady  Chile
35  Vanuatu
36  Latvia
37  Solomon Islands
38  Hungary
39  El Salvador
40  Morocco
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
Italy 2013.06. Paris, France 6-48 Lost Timár Adam Timar
Greece 27 October 2013 Budapest, Hungary 0-90 Lost N/A N/A N/A Braith Anasta Match Report
Belgium, Ukraine,

Serbia,

Paris

2014.05. Paris, France 5th place
Balkan Cup: Greece, Bosnia, Serbia 2014.09. Belgrade, Serbia 4th place
Euro 9'

Serbia, Russia, Ukraine, Bosnia, Czeh, Hungary

2015.06. Belgrade,Serbia 6th place

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 3 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 3 0
29 Adam Csiri 3 0
30 Viktor Zelenka 3 0
31 Zoltan Bertyak 1 0
32 Norbert Csapkai 3 0
33 Jozsef Surman 1 0
34 Marko Nikowitz 3 0
35 David Orsi 1 0
35 Zsolt Lukacs 2 0

Domestic Clubs[edit]

Budapest Rugby League

https://www.facebook.com/BudapestRugbyLeagueBrl/

Elefántok RSE

https://www.facebook.com/ElefantokRSE/?fref=ts

BEAC University RL

https://www.facebook.com/BEACRL/?fref=ts

Honvéd Zrinyi SE Rugby League

https://www.facebook.com/Honv%C3%A9d-Zr%C3%ADnyi-SE-Ligar%C3%B6gbi-Szakoszt%C3%A1ly-1392186811072206/

Magyar Ligarögbi Szövetség

https://www.facebook.com/HungarianRugbyLeagueFederation/

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Official website
  • Magyar Bulls RLFC blog page [3]
  • Magyar Bulls RLFC YouTube channel [4]
  • RLEF (Rugby League Europe Federation News site - Squad announcement [5]
  • RLEF (Rugby League Europe Federation News site - Official match report for the first game [6]
  • RLEF (Rugby League Europe Federation)[7]
  • "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