Episode 16 of Chasing Kangaroos Pod has some great info straight from the source, Orazio D'arro, president of the FIRL. To summarise Italy is starting a national conference league with the aim of 10 Rugby League clubs across the country this year. One interesting hope is that a Maltese team will be joining this League in the near future. Italy plan to run into the 2021 World Cup with no less than 8 true domestic players. They do and will continue to have a healthy working relationship with Union. They aim to replicate their FIRLA (Australian heritage) setup in both England and France.