RLEF Euro Med Challenge

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Euro-Med Challenge
Sport Rugby league
Inaugural season 2008
Number of teams 3
Region Europe (RLEF)
Champions  Morocco (2009)
Website rlef.eu.com
Related competition European Cup
European Shield
European Bowl

The Euro-Med Challenge is an international rugby league football competition. The competition is organized by the Rugby League European Federation and is designed to promote the sport of rugby league in Europe and the Mediterranean Region. The Euro Med Challenge is a second or third tier competition for European rugby league teams.

Because of its place as a developmental competition, it is not always contested by the same nations. In 2008, it was contested among Russia, Serbia and Lebanon. All three of these teams, however, were promoted to the European Cup in 2009, so three new teams were selected for the 2009 installment: Morocco, Belgium and Catalonia.


Russia won the 2008 tournament, which was expected to hinge on the Russia-Lebanon game. However, many of the Lebanese players could not obtain visas to travel to Russia in time for the match. This resulted in one-sided scoreline in Russia's favour and handed them the tournament.


Serbia  4–30  Russia
FK "Kabel", Novi Sad
Attendance: 500

Russia  80–0  Lebanon
Fily Stadium, Moscow
Attendance: 2000

Lebanon  20–14  Serbia
Municipal Stadium, Bhamdoun
Attendance: 1000


Team Played Won Drew Lost For Against Difference Points
 Russia 2 2 0 0 110 4 +106 4
 Lebanon 2 1 0 1 20 94 −74 2
 Serbia 2 0 0 2 18 50 −32 0


In 2009, the RLEF announced that Russia, Lebanon and Serbia would be promoted to a revamped European Nations Cup. The Euro-Med Challenge was therefore contested by three new teams in 2009 – Belgium and Catalonia, who made their competitive debuts, and Morocco. Belgium recorded their first international win, beating Catalonia in game 2 of the tournament, but the experienced Moroccan team won the competition.


Catalonia  6–29  Morocco
Try: Pellisier
Conv: Homs
(Report) Tries: Nhari, Nicolas, Khattabi, Kriouache, Lamarti
Conv: Lamarti (4)
DG: Kriouache
Torroella de Montgrí
Attendance: 1,000

Belgium  28–22  Catalonia
Tries: Outara (2), Samsam (2), Radelet, Gagnon
Conv: M. Keeble (2)
(Report) Tries: Calvin, Petanas, Pistone (2)
Conv: Homs (3)
Attendance: 400

Morocco  46–12  Belgium
Stade de la Méditerranée, Beziers
Attendance: 9,800[1]


Catalonia (in black) vs Morocco (in red) in 2009
Team Played Won Drew Lost PF PA Diff. Pts
 Morocco 2 2 0 0 75 18 +57 4
 Belgium 2 1 0 1 40 68 −28 2
 Catalonia 2 0 0 2 28 57 −29 0

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