Federazione Italiana Rugby Football League
Federazione Italiana Rugby Football League

By Joel Morgan, Date: 15/11/13

The Federazione Italiana Rugby Football League (FIRFL) goes “to school” in London. An important delegation of FIRFL led by the Technical Manager of the Senior National Team Ty Sterry and composed by Luigi Ferraro, Giuseppe Moncada, Tino Magrì, Luciano Gorla, Riccardo Marini and Matteo Lombardi (each representative is from one “slice” of Italy) and will be in the British capital for an important coaches course from 21 to 24 November. 

Four days of intense work divided between the classroom (tutorial) and the playing field (practical), where the FIRFL technicians will be “put to the test” on a local youth selection. The course will take place in facilities of great level for both Rugby Union and Rugby League.

There is a presence that demonstrates the important synergy that occurs between the two codes as taught by the staff of two national teams most importantly, namely the Welsh (Shaun Edwards), English (Andy Farrell) and the Australians who has long filled trophy cabinets and the benches with rugby league coaches. 

It is likely there will be inclusion from a Rugby League Great with early informal discussion showing very strong interest in the providing his exceptional knowledge and experience in some capacity with the FIRFL.

The intent is to continue the process of technical and organizational growth throughout the federation and its components, so that each representative who will participate in the London trip can then transmit the received teaching concepts to youth who approach rugby league. Remembering, early in the year close to 30 coaches were trained in a level one course by Ty Sterry. The main objective is to create a group of coaches and educators, which can in turn train new coaches all over the country and abroad.

Fundamental, in this sense, the presence of Sterry, technical manager of the Italian National Team, is certainly the man best suited to carry out a project of growth and formation of this type.

The period selected for the course in London, among other things, is not casual: the FIRFL technicians, in fact, they will closely attend the Rugby League World Cup Semi-Finals during this period in the United Kingdom.