Discussion in 'International' started by deluded pom?, Jun 2, 2019.
Tournament is going to be held just outside of Medellin in Jericó. It will be the 4th edition since 2016 that a Latin American championship has been held.
I might have to head over for this one - will be quite a novelty seeing RL played in South America.
Brazil has been given Affiliate Membership which means they are eligible for all RLIF tournaments including World Cup Qualifiers.
South and Central American Rugby League, a summary
South and Central America is one of the most promising growth regions for Rugby League, with new nations picking up the game and grassroots organisers aiming for high goals.
The highlights are:
Sudamericana RL tournament which has grown each year since 2016.
Chile competing in the World Cup Qualifiers last year. They have 2 regional club comps in the country. Their website lists 14 clubs in these 2 comps.
Brazil will be joining the next World Club Qualifiers after gaining their membership. They have held numerous events featuring clubs across 13s, 9s, men and womens league.
Argentina are on track to follow with membership. They will again be competing in the South American tournament. Remains to be seen whether the strong Rugby Union presence helps or hinders growth. Huge potential. Not sure on club numbers but there have been 1 or 2 competitions held in different regions.
Colombia are hosting this years tournament, and have activity both at home and in Australia. Their heritage side is playing a debuting India side in July.
Mexico are also participating in the tournament. Mexico has held domestic tournaments but has so far struggled to get their international team off the ground. Aiming to change that this year.
El Salvador and Uruguay have had a heritage teams for a few years in Australia with some sporadic domestic activity. They are both aiming to launch domestic leagues in the near future.
Peru is debuting in Sydney later this year with a game vs Uruguay and big goals for the future.
In the near future we could see a regular tournament featuring 8 or more South and Central American Rugby League nations.
The top nations will feature in the now bi-annual Americas Cup and compete against the likes of USA, Canada, and Jamaica.
I expect one of them to compete in the Rugby League World Cup by 2029
I would say, following the announcement that Brazil has suddenly got Affiliate Membership with the RLIF, that one of the eight teams in the tournament will be them.
The Confederação Brasileira de Rugby League has been posting for over 12 months now that they were wanting to take part in the tournament, and submitted an application and of course, unlike some of the other nations which are suddenly creating Women's teams for the 2021 RLWC (ie. USA, Scotland, Wales), they have already played an international (against Argentina).
With Australia, New Zealand, England, PNG and France all guaranteed starters, the remaining three spots will be between Brazil, Argentina, Fiji, Samoa, Canada, Cook Islands, Italy, Lebanon, Turkey, USA*, Wales*, Scotland*, with the last 3 yet to play a match, and nothing schedule.
In terms of trying to create a 'global' impression, Canada and Brazil would be the logical inclusions. Alternatively they could increase the number of participants...but unfortunately I don't feel that will happen.
Are you talking a Women's tournament or something else? I'm unclear
Sorry yes, I meant Women's World Cup
Things are moving forward in Latin America
Great to hear. Huge untapped area that to the best of my knowledge doesn’t have a large union footprint and stranglehold apart from Argentina and maybe Uruguay??
A lot of potential in south america, rugby has been pushed big time there as of late with the americas rugby championship and the formation of a new pro league Liga Sul Americana de Rugby which starts next year.
Great! How many teams?
I know I seem to be posting a lot of podcast links but I know the answer to your questions is in there...just not sure at what time lol
Is this rugby league or Union? Once again, if its union, the clear advantage that code has in schools and top end of town "friends" has got the jump on rugby league again! Looks like the subservient role for rugby league is assumed again!?
You are painful.
Hold on! Are the competitions mentioned union or not?
If they are union backed competitions, I'll take the "painfull" description as a rap! As the TRUTH HURTS!
Mate please read carefully. Listen to the podcast.
Can't access the podcast! Please inform. Thanks in advance.
Episode 32 of the Chasing Kangaroos podcast. Look for it wherever you look for podcasts or I use the castbox app on android.
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