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2009 European Cup

The 2009 European Cup, known as the rugbyleague.com European Cup due to sponsorship,[1] was a rugby league football tournament.

2009 (2009) European Cup  ()
2009 European Cup logo
Number of teams6
Winner Wales (5th title)

Matches played9
Top scorerScotland Mick Nanyn (46)
Top try scorersIreland Karl Fitzpatrick (4)
Scotland James Nixon (4)
 < 2005
2010

The revamped European Cup 2009 involved six teams competing in two groups of three. Participating teams were: Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Serbia, Lebanon and Italy. Russia were scheduled to take part in the competition, but were forced to pull out due to board restructuring within the Russian Rugby League Federation. They were replaced by the RLEF European Shield winners, Italy.[2]

SquadsEdit

LebanonEdit

Coach:   John Elias[3]

Club Team Players
Canterbury Bulldogs Liam Ayoub and Jamie Clarke
Sydney Roosters Steven Azzi
Bankstown City Danny Barakat, Adnan Saleh and Chris Salem (Captain)
Windsor Wolves Danny Chiha and Wael Harb
Jounieh RLFC Ghassan Dandach and Youssef El Helou
Newtown Jets Khaled Deeb
Cronulla Sharks Ahmad Ellaz
LAU Robin Hachache and Jad Hashem
Wentworthville Magpies John Koborsi
South Sydney Rabbitohs Josh Mansour
Newcastle Knights George Ndaira
North Sydney Bears Reece Robinson
Chester Hill Rhinos Travis Robinson
Western Suburbs Magpies Allen Soultan

WalesEdit

Coach:   Iestyn Harris (Crusaders Rugby League)[4]

Club Team Players
Gateshead Thunder Matt Barron
Celtic Crusaders Ashley Bateman, Chris Beasley, Neil Budworth, Geraint Davies, Gil Dudson, Ben Flower (Captain), Jordan James, Elliot Kear, Lewis Mills, Ross Wardle, Lloyd White and Lee Williams
Featherstone Rovers Ross Divorty
Leeds Met University Rhys Griffiths
Bridgend Blue Bulls Christian Roets
London Skolars Matt Thomas
Leigh Centurions Ian Watson
Central Comets Ian Webster
Warrington Wolves Rhys Williams

SerbiaEdit

Coach:   Gerard Stokes (Whitehaven) [5]

Club Team Players
Whitehaven Soni Radovanovic (Captain)
RK Dorćol Dalibor Vukanović, Stevan Stevanović, Milan Šušnjara, Vladan Kikanović, Dejan Lukenić, Nikša Unković, Dimitris Dajč, Filip Brkić
R13K Podbara Mario Milosavljević, Nenad Grbić, Zoran Pešić and Marko Žebeljan
Oldham R.L.F.C. Austen Novaković
Souths Sunnybank Milan Radojević
RK Beogradski Univerzitet Ivan Šušnjara
R13K Niš Aleksandar Sič
RLK Crvena Zvezda Ivan Djordjević

Kryztof Konstantinov unattached

ScotlandEdit

Coach:   Steve McCormack [6]

Club Team Players
Barrow Raiders James Nixon
Featherstone Rovers Jon Steel
Doncaster Dean Colton
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats Kevin Henderson
Leigh Centurions Mick Nanyn
Widnes Vikings Lee Paterson, John Duffy and Iain Morrison
York City Knights Gareth Moore
Huddersfield Giants Paul Jackson
Sheffield Eagles Mitch Stringer, Alex Szostak, Jack Howieson and Brendon Lindsay
Hunslet Hawks Neil Lowe
Hull Kingston Rovers Ben Fisher (Captain) and Rhys Lovegrove
Gateshead Thunder Andrew Henderson, Mark Dack, Dave Vernon and Crawford Mathews
Whitehaven Dexter Miller
Workington Town Rob Lunt, Paddy Coupar and Dave Arnott
Edinburgh Eagles John Cox
Castleford Panthers Jamie Benn

IrelandEdit

Coach:   Andy Kelly[7]

Club Team Players
Barrow Raiders Liam Harrison and Dave Allen
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats Scott Grix (Captain)
Halifax Bob Beswick
Salford City Reds Karl Fitzpatrick
Dewsbury Rams Liam Finn
Leeds Rhinos Luke Ambler
Oldham R.L.F.C. Marcus St Hilaire and Wayne Kerr
Wigan Warriors Pat Richards and Michael McIlorum
Warrington Wolves Tyrone McCarthy
Harlequins RL Jason Golden
York City Knights Sean Hesketh
Castleford Tigers Ryan Boyle
Dublin City Exiles John Coleman
Treaty City Titans Brendan Guilfoyle
Laois Panthers Tim Bergin
Carlow Crusaders Stevie Gibbons and Paddy Barcoe

ItalyEdit

Coach:   Carlo Napolitano [8]

Club Team Players
Hinterland Storm Dominic Brambani
Woodrush RU Edoardo Lerna
Queensbury Angelo Ricci
West Bowling Jonathan Marcinzack
Leeds Akkies Jason Dubas-Fisher
Avignon XIII Cyril Armani
Cumbria rugby league Alex D'aprile
Piemonte XIII Filippo Maserati and Pier Luigi Gentile
Lyon Villeurbanne Matthew Sands
Mastini XIII Mauro Di Maggio, Fabio Berzieri, Daniele Pasqualini, Giovanni Franchi, Filippo Righetto and Matteo Foschi
Nafit XIII Paul Stanica, Claudio Forte, Nicolino Facco, Daniele Gnata and Ludovico Torreggiani
La Rocca XIII Filippo Veronese and Andrea Zacchia
Melbourne Storm Aidan Guerra
Redcliffe Dolphins Chris Borgese
Paris XIII Anthony Severin
Gateshead Thunder Paul Franze
Wests Tigers Franco Kmet
Unattached Marco Ferrazzano and Mark Dalle Cort

Group 1Edit

ResultsEdit

17 October 2009
Italy   0 - 104   Scotland
Report Try: Nixon (4)
Steel (2)
Henderson (2)
Fletcher (2)
Benn (2)
Nanyn (2)
Paterson
Moore
Cox
Fisher
Goal: Nanyn (16)
Stadio Plebiscito, Padova, Italy
Attendance: 2,139
Referee: Steve Ganson  [9]
24 October 2009
Lebanon   86 - 0   Italy
Tries: T. Robinson (2)
Ellaz
Saleh (4)
Mansour
R. Robinson (3)
Clark, Harb (2)
El Helou

Goals: Ndeira (12)
Clark

Report
1 November 2009
Scotland   22 - 10   Lebanon
Report

Final standingsEdit

Team Played Won Drew Lost For Against Diff Points
  Scotland 2 2 0 0 126 10 116 4
  Lebanon 2 1 0 1 96 22 74 2
  Italy 2 0 0 2 0 190 -190 0

Group 2Edit

ResultsEdit

18 October 2009
Ireland   82 - 0   Serbia
Try: Fitzpatrick (4)
Ambler (2)
Bergin (2)
Coleman
Finn
Allen
Hesketh
Harrison
Guilfoyle
Goal: Finn (9)
Hesketh (4)
Report
Spollanstown, Tullamore, Ireland
Attendance: 295
Referee: Leon Williamson  
25 October 2009
Serbia   8 - 88   Wales
Try: Konstantinov
Goals: Brkic (2)
Report Tries: Roets (3)
James (2)
Divorty (2)
R. Williams (2)
Kear
Thomas
L. Williams
Bateman
Watson
Goals: Webster (14)

Final standingsEdit

Team Played Won Drew Lost For Against Diff Points
  Wales 2 2 0 0 130 20 110 4
  Ireland 2 1 0 1 94 42 52 2
  Serbia 2 0 0 2 8 170 -162 0

FinalsEdit

Championship FinalEdit

08-11-2009
Scotland   16 - 28   Wales
Report
Brewery Field, Bridgend, Wales
Attendance: 1,608[10]
Referee: Shayne Hayne  
Man of the Match: Elliot Kear[10]

3rd Place MatchEdit

08-11-2009
Lebanon   40 - 16   Ireland
Tries: Saleh (2)

Mansour (9) Travis Robinson (12, 27) Clark (22) Reece Robinson (40, 75) Chiha (48) Goals: Clark (0/2) Reece Robinson (4/5) Travis Robinson (0/1)

Report Tries: Haley (30, 36)

Beswick (64) Goals: Finn 2/3

Brewery Field, Bridgend, Wales
Attendance: 1,608
Referee: Steve Ganson  

5th place MatchEdit

08-11-2009
Italy   42 - 14   Serbia
Try: Falcone (28, 65, 76)

Vicelich (30, 37, 69) Nasso (39)

Goals: Veronese 7/7

Report Try: Brkić (13)

Vukanović (16, 44)

Goals: Brkić 1/3

Maesteg, Wales
Attendance: TBA
Referee: Phil Bentham  

SourcesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Rugby League Europe Federation". Archived from the original on 2009-10-02. Retrieved 2009-09-28.
  2. ^ "Rugby League Europe Federation". Archived from the original on 2009-09-07. Retrieved 2009-09-03.
  3. ^ "Lebanon Set To Do It Tough". Archived from the original on 2012-02-23. Retrieved 2009-10-09.
  4. ^ Welsh confirm squad for European Cup Archived 2012-09-27 at the Wayback Machine NRL.com, 23 October 2009
  5. ^ "Rugby League Europe Federation". Archived from the original on 2009-09-27. Retrieved 2009-09-21.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-15. Retrieved 2009-09-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-15. Retrieved 2009-10-09.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-15. Retrieved 2011-07-15.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ http://www.rleague.com/db/article.php?id=34805[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ a b "EUROPEAN CUP FINAL - WALES 28 SCOTLAND 16". RLEF. 2009-09-09. Archived from the original on 2011-11-16. Retrieved 2009-11-09.