LATIN American Rugby League has unveiled its strategic plan for the next 12 months, with off-field advancements deemed just as vital as on-field performance.
Following a 300 per cent growth in GYG Latin Heat player numbers from January 2014 to January 2015, the onus is to plan a sustainable path to the ultimate goal – participation by a South or Central American nation in a future Rugby League World Cup.
IT was a 38-point improvement on the corresponding game from a year ago, but still Latin America was disappointed to go down 80-4 to the Philippines in Saturday’s Magellan Trophy rugby league match in Brisbane.
While the Tamaraws march on in their quest to become the first South East Asian side to qualify for a Rugby League World Cup, the GYG Latin Heat will take stock and rally together for even greater improvement in the coming 12 months.
LATIN America and the Philippines will usher in the 2015 rugby league season with the return bout of The Magellan Trophy at Brisbane’s Bishop Park on January 17.
After narrowly scraping together enough players in their international debut against the Tamaraws last January, the GYG Latin Heat are hell-bent on showing how quickly the 13-man game has engaged the Latino community.
By Matthew Brown, Date: 22/10/14
For those who are un-aware of the Latin Heat, they are an International Rugby League side representing the 24 Latin Nations of Central and South America. They have played in numerous internationals against the Philippines, Thailand and experienced their first international victory against Portugal on the 19th of October 2014.
LATIN America has won its first 13-a-side game in international rugby league, punishing Portugal 40-6 in the Copa Cabral at Rose Bay, Sydney.
In by far the Guzman y Gomez Latin Heat’s best display to date, the representative newcomers showed their rapid improvement since a 0-114 demolition at the hands of the Philippines in January.
IT took a funeral for 125kg Chilean Eddie Wegener to find out there was such a thing as Latin American Rugby League.
Now he is set to face Portugal in Sunday’s Copa Cabral at Woollahra Oval in Rose Bay, Sydney.
“Why is he not playing NRL?”
That was the question from one prominent rugby league pundit after fullback Kevin McKenzie made a stunning debut for Latin America at the weekend’s Mitchelton Nines tournament in Brisbane.
Proving that rugby league has tapped only a fraction of its potential market for players and fans alike, McKenzie well and truly put his home nation of Guyana on the map.
THE GYG Latin Heat will debut eight new players for the October 11 Mitchelton Rugby League Nines in Brisbane, after drawing both the USA and host club Mitchelton in its pool.
The new caps include Guyanese Commonwealth Games representative Kevin Mackenzie, former North Sydney Bears trialist Sean Day (Peru) and West Belconnen Warriors enforcer Eddie Wegener (Chile).
SHIELD Security Services has shown it stands behind Latin American Rugby League, coming on board as a leading sponsor ahead of a busy international schedule for the Heat.
The announcement is heralded as one of the biggest steps forward for rugby league in the Latino community, allowing the not-for-profit organisation to continue its policy of free coaching and development for newcomers.
Following strong growth in our first 12 months, the GYG Latin Heat Rugby League seeks expressions of interest from players for consideration in these upcoming events. All players must be of Latino heritage (player, parent or grandparent born in South or Central America).