Date: 3/9/15

Dublin, 2nd September 2015 – After the incident in the match against Serbia, Rugby League Ireland are now focused on the game this Saturday versus Malta. This match, organised as part of rugby league’s 120th anniversary celebrations, will take place in Malta at 9:00 pm (local time).

Rugby League Ireland continue to work closely with the Serbian Rugby League and are supportive of their development efforts and how the game is progressing in Serbia. According to Richard Egan, Rugby League Ireland’s Director, “one person’s actions are not reflective of all at Serbian Rugby League from our perspective”.

Remember that an investigation has been launched by Rugby League European Federation that is collecting formal statements from both Federations as well as the match commissioner, the officials and independent observers and reviewing the match footage to get a formal conclusion.

Above all, Rugby League Ireland are hopeful that the actions of one person do not detract from the huge effort that goes into the game in Ireland, and that the development of the game in Ireland will continue to go from strength to strength.

Richard Egan adds that “We have to be focused in the European Championships in October and November where we will travel to France and Scotland followed by a home game against Wales in Bray on Saturday 7th November at 5pm. The management are hoping that the side will go one better this year and win the competition. We are also hopeful that players who have faced Belgium, Serbia and Malta will have better experience and push for inclusion in the squad amongst the professional players”.