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English Young RL Lions open with comfortable win in Middle East

by Phil Caplan, Date: 30/7/12

Lebanon Espoirs 0 English Lions U18s 40 - University of Beirut, Hostler Centre

The first historic match between an England team and a Lebanese side ended with a 40-0 victory for the English Lions Under-18s on Saturday evening in Beirut.The tourists scored four tries in each half as they overcame a spirited Liban Espoirs outfit to register a comfortable win.

The visitors had to contend with a stomach bug that knocked out key players Jack Jones and Jack Green prior to the match as well as the sweltering 32 degrees heat at kick off but quickly hit their straps on AUB’s impressive 3G surface, their training base for the tour.

Liban Espoir prepare for Lions

By Phil Caplan, Date: 27/7/12

England Community Lions Under-18s, the first English representative squad to visit Lebanon in any major team sport, has been getting accustomed to the high temperatures and humidity ahead of the first of their two-match series with Liban Espoir - Lebanon’s Under-20s - on Saturday.

“The team has been adjusting well to the weather, which hit 38 degrees on Thursday and will be around 36 on game day,” said Lions tour manager Andy Harland. “All the squad have been enjoying the sights and sounds of Lebanon. They’re looking forward to what I’m sure will be a good game but the main aspect is that it has already been a fantastic cultural experience, and we’ve yet to enjoy playing rugby league in this country.”

Tripoli City crowned Lebanese Rugby League Champions

Press Release, Date: 20/6/2012

Tripoli City Kings RLFC, in their debut season, have been crowned Lebanese rugby league champions after defeating the Immortals RLFC, 34-14 in Beirut.

Lebanon rugby league name initial train-on squad to face Canada

Press Release, Date 23/6/12

There is no time to rest for the Lebanese-based players that have been chosen for the train-on squad that will tour Canada later this summer.With their Championship Grand Final played last week, the players have been put through some rigorous training sessions and this level will remain until the squad is finalized and flies out to Toronto in late August.

The local players will be met in Canada by Cedars Head Coach David Bayssari and the Australian-based members of the touring party.

Lebanon Rugby League map

Rugby League Planet – Lebanon snapshot and rugby league results


Foundation Year - 1998

International Team - The Cedars

Highest finish in World Cup - One draw in Pool games (2000)

Top level domestic competition - Lebanon's domestic competition has been running since 2002. The Bank of Beirut RL Championship now involves 7 teams.