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2017 Rugby League World Cup qualification – Europe

The 2017 Rugby League World Cup Europe qualification was a rugby league tournament held in October and November 2016 to decide the three European qualifiers for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

It consisted of a round-robin tournament which saw Wales and Ireland qualify by winning their respective tables. Italy claimed the final qualifying spot in the World Cup after winning a second place play-off against Russia on 4 November 2016.

OverviewEdit

On 3 October 2014, the 2017 Rugby League World Cup qualifying competition was announced.[1] Three European teams were granted automatic qualification, as they had reached the quarter-finals of the 2013 Rugby League World Cup; England, France and Scotland.

Ten teams were able to qualify for the qualification tournament, with the first being eliminated when Spain defeated Latvia on 9 May 2015.[2]

Wales and Ireland were granted entry to the qualification tournament. Both teams already had a chance to qualify for the World Cup during the 2014 European Cup, but failed to do so.[3] One of the other tournament places was allocated to the winner of the European Championship C tournament, and the other three were allocated to the top three teams from the European Championship B.

Italy, Russia and Serbia finished as the top three teams in the European Championship B, with Ukraine being eliminated.[4]

Spain finished as the top team in the European Championship C, with Greece and Malta eliminated.

TeamsEdit

Qualified teams for final phase:

SquadsEdit

IrelandEdit

The final Ireland 22-man squad as of 9 October 2016 is as follows:[5]

Club Team Players
  Athboy Longhorns   Casey Dunne
  Ballynahinch Rabbitohs   Gareth Gill
  Belfast Met Scholars   Chris Hall
  Bradford Bulls   Joseph Keyes
  Dublin City Exiles   James Kelly, Mikey Russell
  Galway Tribesmen   Alan McMahon
  Halifax   Luke Ambler
  Huddersfield Giants   Scott Grix, Oliver Roberts
  Ireland Students   Matthew Cahoon
  Leigh Centurions   Greg McNally
  Oldham R.L.F.C.   Will Hope
  Parramatta Eels   James Hasson
  Redcliffe Dolphins   Danny Bridge
  Rochdale Hornets   Matty Hadden
  St. Helens   Shannon McDonnell
  Wakefield Trinity Wildcats   Liam Finn
  Warrington Wolves   George King, Toby King, Joe Philbin
  Whitehaven   David Allen

ItalyEdit

The final Italy 22-man squad as of 8 October 2016 is as follows:[6]

Club Team Players
  Blacktown Workers   Dean Parata
  Brianza Tigers   Patrik Ziliotti
  Cairns Brothers   Joel Riethmuller
  Canterbury Bulldogs   Joseph Tramontana
  Cronulla Sharks   Jayden Walker
  Hull Kingston Rovers   Terry Campese, Josh Mantellato
  Lézignan Corbieres   Christophe Calegari
  Lions Brescia   Guiseppe Pagani
  Mackay Cutters   Gavin Hiscox
  Newcastle Thunder   Gioele Celerino
  Northern Pride   Justin Castellaro, Ryan Ghietti, Colin Wilkie
  North Queensland Cowboys   Kieran Quabba
  Oldham R.L.F.C.   Richard Lepori
  *Sacramento Express   Mirco Bergamasco
  St. George Illawarra Dragons   Shannon Wakeman
  South Wales Ironmen   Chris Vitalini
  Townsville Blackhawks   Brenden Santi
  Windsor Wolves   Ryan Tramonte
  Wyong Roos   Chris Centrone
  • * Denotes a rugby union club.

RussiaEdit

The final Russia 22-man squad as of 6 September 2016 is as follows:[7]

Club Team Players
  CSKA Moscow   Kirill Kosharin
  Dinamo   Viacheslav Eremin, Andrey Kuznetsov
  *Ivanovo White Sharks   Ivan Troitskii
  RC Lokomotiv Moscow   Vadim Buryak, Leonid Kalinin, Maxim Tsinkovich
  Nara   Petr Botnarash, Mikhail Burlutskii, Sergey Gaponov, Anatoly Grigorev,
Sergei Konstantinov, Aleksandr Lysokon, Maksim Suchkov, Denis Tiulenev,
Vladimir Vlasyuk, Nikolay Zagoskin
  Moscow Fili   Anton Iunisov, Iustin Petrushka
  Moscow Storm   Dmitry Bratko, Igor Chuprin, Vadim Fedchuk
  • * Denotes a rugby union club.

SerbiaEdit

The final 22-man squad as of 5 October 2016 is as follows:[8]

Club Team Players
  Blacktown Workers   David Andjelić
  Cabramatta Two Blues   Reece Grkinić
  Collegians   Daniel Burke
  Dewsbury Rams   Jason Muranka
  Dorćol Spiders   Dalibor Samardžić, Dalibor Vukanović, Stefan Nedeljković, Stevan Stevanović
  Kawana Dolphins   Joshua Marjanović
  RLK Partizan Belgrade   Džavid Jašari, Vlado Kušić
  RLK Radnički Nova Pazova   Pero Madžarević, Žarko Kovačević
  RLK Red Star Belgrade   Miloš Ćalić, Miloš Zogović, Vladislav Dedić, Vojislav Dedić
  St Clair Comets   Chad Grant
  Villeneuve Leopards   Vladica Nikolić
  Western Suburbs Magpies   James Mirceski
  Wests Tigers   Jordan Grant
Unattached Ilija Radan

SpainEdit

The final 22-man squad as of 4 October 2016 is as follows:[9]

Club Team Players
  Army Rugby League   Chris Lopez
  Custodians Madrid   Antonio Puerta, Daniel Moreno
  Hull F.C.   Joel Marquez-Laynez
  Irreductibles   Ivan Ordaz
  Los Gossos   Clement Laguerre
  Palau XIII Broncos   Alexandre Doutres, Cedric Bringuier, Leandre Torres, Mathieu Griffi,
Pierre Negre
  Paterna Dragons   Matt Dulley
  Seaton Rangers   Miguel Charters-Blanco
  *Stade Français   Kevin Aparicio
  Tonneins XIII   Gonzalo Morro
  Torrent Tigres   Aitor Davila, Juan Pablo Rango, Raul Simo
  Valencia Warriors   Adrian Alonso, Andrew Pilkington, Luis Thorp
  Woolston Rovers   Daniel Garcia
  • * Denotes a rugby union club.

WalesEdit

The final Wales 22-man squad as of 7 October 2016 is as follows:[10]

On October 14, Dai Evans was brought into the squad to replace Calvin Wellington who withdrew due to a hamstring injury.[11]

On October 21, 19-year old Ben Morris was called up to the squad to play in a mid-qualifying campaign test match against Jamaica.[12]

On October 29, Danny Ansell was called up to the squad with a possibility of playing in the last qualifying game against Italy.[13]

*Sam Hopkins was called into the team for the final qualifier against Italy after Jacob Emmitt withdrew due to a hamstring injury.[14]

Club Team Players
  Gloucestershire All Golds   Morgan Evans, Steve Parry, Lewis Reece
  Hunslet Hawks   Danny Ansell
  Leigh Centurions   Sam Hopkins
  London Broncos   Elliot Kear, Rhys Williams
  Mackay Cutters   Andrew Gay
  Oldham R.L.F.C.   Joe Burke
  Salford Red Devils   Philip Joseph, Craig Kopczak
  Sheffield Eagles   Matty Fozard
  Souths Logan Magpies   Ollie Olds
  South Wales Ironmen   Courtney Davies, Dai Evans, Connor Farrer, Ian Newbury,
Christiaan Roets
  St. Helens   Regan Grace, Ben Morris
  Swinton Lions   *Jacob Emmitt, Rhodri Lloyd
  Wakefield Trinity Wildcats   Anthony Walker
  Widnes Vikings   Gil Dudson, Lloyd White,

Final TablesEdit

Key to colours in pool tables
Qualifies for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup
Qualifies for play-off match for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup
Fails to qualify for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup

Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
  Wales 2 2 0 0 70 14 +56 4
  Italy 2 1 0 1 76 34 +42 2
  Serbia 2 0 0 2 14 112 –98 0


Group BEdit

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
  Ireland 2 2 0 0 116 22 +94 4
  Russia 2 1 0 1 56 76 –20 2
  Spain 2 0 0 2 12 86 –74 0


FixturesEdit

Russia vs SpainEdit

15 October 2016[15]
Russia   40 – 6   Spain
Try: Burlutskii 12'
Zagoskin 14'
Kosharin 33'
Lysokon 44'
Bratko 54'
Chuprin 76'
Buryak 79'

Goal: Lysokon 4/5
Bratko 1/1
Burlutskii 1/1

Report Try: Rango 69'
Goal: Garcia 1/1
Fili Stadium, Moscow
Attendance: 427
Referee:   Jack Smith
Man of the Match:   Aleksandr Lysokon
FB 1   Nikolay Zagoskin
RW 5   Vadim Buryak
RC 21   Kirill Kosharin
LC 3   Leonid Kalinin
LW 18   Dmitry Bratko
SO 6   Aleksandr Lysokon
SH 7   Denis Tiulenev
PR 8   Sergei Konstantinov (c)
HK 4   Petr Botnarash
PR 10   Ivan Troitskii
SR 12   Mikhail Burlutskii
SR 11   Andrey Kuznetsov
LF 13   Viacheslav Eremin
Substitutes:
IC 17   Igor Chuprin
IC 2   Maksim Suchkov
IC 9   Vladimir Vlasyuk
IC 15   Sergey Gaponov
Coach:
  Denis Korolev
FB 1   Daniel Garcia
RW 2   Clement Laguerre
RC 3   Antonio Puerta
LC 4   Alexandre Doutres
LW 5   Chris Lopez
FE 6   Ivan Ordaz
HB 7   Miguel Charters-Blanco
PR 8   Luis Thorp
HK 9   Gonzalo Morro
PR 10   Adria Alonso
SR 11   Cedric Bringuier
SR 12   Matt Dulley
LK 13   Aitor Davila (c)
Substitutes:
IC 14   Andrew Pilkington
IC 15   Leandre Torres
IC 16   Kevin Aparicio
IC 17   Juan Pablo Rango
Coach:
  Darren Fisher

Wales vs SerbiaEdit

15 October 2016[16]
Wales   50 – 0   Serbia
Try: Williams (2) 12', 19
Grace (2) 28', 56
Olds (2) 33', 69'
Davies 46'
Gay 52'
Dudson 76
Goal: White 4/6
Davies 3/3
Report Try:
Parc Stebonheath, Llanelli
Attendance: 902
Referee:   Chris Campbell
Man of the Match:   Elliot Kear
FB 1   Elliot Kear
RW 2   Regan Grace
RC 4   Christiaan Roets
LC 18   Andrew Gay
LW 5   Rhys Williams
SO 6   Courtney Davies
SH 7   Ollie Olds
PR 8   Gil Dudson
HK 9   Lloyd White
PR 10   Craig Kopczak (c)
SR 11   Rhodri Lloyd
SR 15   Joe Burke
LF 13   Philip Joseph
Substitutes:
IC 14   Steve Parry
IC 16   Jacob Emmitt
IC 17   Anthony Walker
IC 19   Matty Fozard
Coach:
  John Kear
FB 1   Vojislav Dedić
RW 2   Joshua Marjanović
RC 3   Miloš Ćalić
LC 4   Stevan Stevanović
LW 5   Pero Madžarević   54' to 64'
FE 6   Daniel Burke
HB 7   Dalibor Vukanović (c)
PR 8   David Andjelić
HK 9   Vladislav Dedić
PR 10   Jordan Grant
SR 11   Chad Grant
SR 12   Jason Muranka
LK 13   Stefan Nedeljković
Substitutes:
IC 14 Ilija Radan
IC 15   James Mirceski
IC 16   Reece Grkinić
IC 17   Džavid Jašari
Coach:
  Ljubomir Bukvic

Serbia vs ItalyEdit

22 October 2016[17]
Serbia   14 – 62   Italy
Try: Marjanović (2) 68', 79'
Burke 73'
Goal: Dedić 1/2
Report Try: Lepori (4) 4', 10', 12', 46'
Cerruto (4) 17', 35', 49', 71'
Wakeman 22'
Santi 45'
Campese 58'
Calegari 62'
Goal: Bergamasco 7/11
Campese 0/1
Makiš Stadium, Belgrade
Attendance: 1,037
Man of the Match:   Terry Campese
FB 1   Vojislav Dedić
RW 2   Miloš Zogović
RC 3   Miloš Ćalić
LC 4   Stevan Stevanović
LW 5   Joshua Marjanović
FE 6   Daniel Burke
HB 7   Dalibor Vukanović (c)
PR 8 Ilija Radan
HK 9   Reece Grkinić
PR 10   Jordan Grant
SR 11   James Mirceski
SR 12   Jason Muranka
LK 13   Chad Grant
Substitutes:
IC 14   David Andjelić
IC 15   Miodrag Tomić
IC 16   Vlado Kušić
IC 17   Vladislav Dedić
Coach:
  Ljubomir Bukvic
FB 1   Mason Cerruto
RW 2   Chris Centrone
RC 3   Justin Castellaro
LC 4   Mirco Bergamasco
LW 5   Richard Lepori
FE 6   Terry Campese
HB 7   Ryan Ghietti
PR 8   Shannon Wakeman
HK 9   Dean Parata
PR 10   Gavin Hiscox
SR 11   Jayden Walker
SR 12   Brenden Santi
LK 13   Joel Riethmuller
Substitutes:
IC 14   Colin Wilkie
IC 15   Christophe Calegari
IC 16   Kieran Quabba
IC 17   Gioele Celerino
Coach:
  Cameron Ciraldo

Spain vs IrelandEdit

22 October 2016
Spain   6 – 46   Ireland
Try: Charters-Blanco 62'
Goal: Garcia 1/1
Report Try: Roberts 2'
Dunne (2) 5', 52'
Littler (2) 29', 74'
Hasson 39'
Peacock 56'
King 66'
Grix 77'
Goal: Finn 5/9
Polideportivo Quatre Carreres, Valencia
Attendance: 323
Referee:   Patrice Benausse
Man of the Match:   Liam Finn
FB 1   Daniel Garcia
RW 2   Clement Laguerre
RC 3   Antonio Puerta
LC 4   Alexandre Doutres
LW 5   Chris Lopez
FE 6   Ivan Ordaz
HB 7   Miguel Charters-Blanco
PR 8   Luis Thorp
HK 9   Nicolas Munoz
PR 10   Joel Marquez-Laynez
SR 11   Leandre Torres
SR 12   Cedric Bringuier   65' to 75'
LK 13   Kevin Aparicio
Substitutes:
IC 14   Andrew Pilkington
IC 15   Aitor Davila
IC 16   Matt Dulley
IC 17   Adria Alonso
Coach:
  Darren Fisher
FB 1   Shannon McDonnell
RW 2   Casey Dunne
RC 3   Stuart Littler
LC 4   Oliver Roberts
LW 5   Alan McMahon
FE 6   Scott Grix
HB 7   Liam Finn (c)
PR 8   James Hasson
HK 9   Joseph Keyes
PR 10   Luke Ambler
SR 11   David Allen
SR 12   Will Hope
LK 13   George King
Substitutes:
IC 14   Haydn Peacock
IC 15   Matty Hadden
IC 16   James Kelly
IC 17   Gareth Gill
Coach:
  Mark Aston

Italy vs WalesEdit

29 October 2016[18]
Italy   14 – 20   Wales
Try: Wilkie 26'
Castellaro 29'
Goal: Campese 3/3
Report Try: Morris (2) 16', 59'
Walker 37'
Gay 52'
Goal: Davies 2/4
Stadio Brianteo, Monza
Attendance: 839
Referee:   Chris Campbell
FB 2   Chris Centrone
RW 3   Justin Castellaro
RC 15   Christophe Calegari
LC 4   Mirco Bergamasco
LW 5   Richard Lepori
FE 6   Terry Campese
HB 7   Ryan Ghietti
PR 8   Shannon Wakeman
HK 9   Dean Parata
PR 10   Gavin Hiscox
SR 11   Jayden Walker
SR 12   Brenden Santi
LK 13   Joel Riethmuller
Substitutes:
IC 1   Mason Cerruto
IC 14   Colin Wilkie
IC 16   Kieran Quabba
IC 17   Gioele Celerino
Coach:
  Cameron Ciraldo
FB 1   Elliot Kear
RW 2   Rhys Williams
RC 26   Ben Morris
LC 16   Andrew Gay
LW 3   Dai Evans
SO 6   Courtney Davies
SH 17   Matty Fozard
PR 8   Gil Dudson
HK 9   Lloyd White
PR 10   Craig Kopczak (c)
SR 11   Rhodri Lloyd
SR 12   Philip Joseph
LF 13   Steve Parry
Substitutes:
IC 14   Joe Burke
IC 15   Anthony Walker
IC 23   Sam Hopkins
IC 24   Danny Ansell
Coach:
  John Kear

Ireland vs RussiaEdit

30 October 2016[17]
Ireland   70 – 16   Russia
Try: Hope 7'
Dunne 10'
McMahon (2) 13', 36'
Grix (2) 23', 62'
T. King 32'
McDonnell 38'
Roberts (2) 46', 72'
G. King 59'
Kelly 64'
Littler 69'
Goal:Finn 8/11
Littler 1/2
Report Try: Eramin 4'
Kalinin 26'
Buryak 79'
Goal: Lysokon 2/3
Carlisle Grounds, Bray
Attendance: 867
Referee: Chris Kendall
FB 1   Shannon McDonnell
RW 2   Casey Dunne
RC 3   Stuart Littler
LC 4   Toby King
LW 5   Alan McMahon
FE 6   Scott Grix
HB 7   Liam Finn (c)
PR 8   George King
HK 9   Joseph Keyes
PR 10   Luke Ambler
SR 11   David Allen
SR 12   Will Hope
LK 13   Oliver Roberts
Substitutes:
IC 14   Joe Philbin
IC 15   Matty Hadden
IC 16   James Kelly
IC 17   Gareth Gill
Coach:
  Mark Aston
FB 1   Vyascheslav Eramin
RW 5   Vadim Buryak
RC 21   Kirill Kosharin
LC 3   Leonid Kalinin
LW 18   Dmitry Bratko
SO 6   Aleksandr Lysokon
SH 7   Denis Tiulenev
PR 8   Sergei Konstantinov (c)
HK 4   Petr Botnarash
PR 10   Ivan Troitskii
SR 12   Mikhail Burlutskii
SR 11   Andrey Kuznetsov
LF 13   Nikolai Zagoskin
Substitutes:
IC 17   Vadim Fedchuk
IC 2   Maksim Suchkov
IC 9   Maksim Tsynkovich
IC 15   Maksim Suchkov
Coach:
  Denis Korolev

Second place play-offEdit

The final qualifying place was determined by a single knockout match held between the two group runners-up on 4 November 2016.

ReferencesEdit

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