Hungary national rugby league team

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Magyar Bulls
Full name Magyar Bulls
Nickname(s) Bulls
Founded 2011 (by Adam Nunn and Zsolt Haboczki)
Location Budapest, Hungary
President Hungary Zsolt Lukács, Hungary Stephen Németh
Coach(es) Scotland Adam Nunn (player-coach in 2011 season), Australia John Wilson
Captain(s) Hungary David Farkas
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

Hungarian National Rugby League in Australia[edit]

In 2016, Hungary began searching for players in Australia of Hungarian heritage to play for Hungary. This was met with resounding response, with many quality players putting their name down. Several training sessions were held in Sydney by coach John Wilson and manager Stephen Németh.

On Saturday the 4th of February 2017, Hungary played their first test match outside of Europe against Uruguay who were making their International debut, in front of 500 spectators. Hungary ran away with the game 50-4 in a dominant display. The team consisted of only Australian players with Hungarian heritage. This was also Hungary's first test match victory across any continent. The four Farkas brothers were outstanding, scoring 30 of the 50 points between themselves alone, with Aaron Farkas accumulating 16 himself in a spectacular performance at hooker.

On Wednesday the 8th of February 2017, just 4 days after the first test played outside of the Europe, Hungary played their second against a stronger Thailand side, featuring ex NRL and Super league coach Brian Smith, in front of 100 spectators. Hungary opened up the scoring with 2 quick tries, before scoring 2 more before the half. Thailand came out strong in the second half scoring first points, however Hungary were too strong and ran out 44-10 winners becoming just their second test match victory since the teams origin 6 years prior. The game was almost called off as the night before, a storm washed out the majority of Sydney's Rugby League fields. Just hours before kickoff, the game was rescheduled at Endeavor Sports High School, instead of the original venue, Erskineville Oval.

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)

Notable players of 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
Uruguay 4th Feb 2017 Hillier Oval, Liverpool, Sydney, Australia 50-4 Won Ryan Németh, Brent Varga 2, Nathan Farkas 2, Aaron Farkas, Dávid Farkas, Károly Acsai, Josh Institoris Aaron Farkas 6, Jared Farkas, Stephen Németh
Thailand 8th Feb 2017 Endeavour Sports High School, Sydney, Australia 44-10 Won Paul McKewin 2, Brent Varga, Josh Institoris, Karoly Acsai, Aaron Farkas, Jared Farkas, David Farkas Aaron Farkas 4, David Farkas 2

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
36 Nathan Farkas 2 8
37 Marty Schneider 2 0
38 Daniel Bridges 2 0
39 Stephen Németh 1 2
40 Ryan Nemeth 2 4
41 Jared Farkas 2 6
42 David Farkas 2 12
43 Joseph Toth 2 0
44 Aaron Farkas 2 28
45 Karoly Acsai 2 8
46 Chris Schneider 1 0
47 Brent Varga 2 12
48 Eddie Ertl 1 0
49 Max Feast 1 0
50 Josh Institoris 2 8
51 Matthew Pankasz 2 0
52 Shane (Geoffrey Stevens) 2 0
53 Paul Graham 1 0
54 Paul Ivan 1 0
55 Paul Mckewin 1 8
56 Stephen Toth 1 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