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Hungary national rugby league team

The Hungary national rugby league team, known as the Magyar Bulls, represents Hungary in the sport of rugby league football. Making their debut against the Czech Republic in July 2011, they played their first ranked international against Greece in October 2013.

Hungary
Badge of Hungary team
Team information
NicknameMagyar Bulls
Governing bodyHungarian Rugby League Federation
RegionEurope
Head coach Jonathan Wilson
CaptainDane Weatherill, James Kovac, Nathan Farkas
Most capsSimon Kalafusz, Joel saaghy (9)
RLIF ranking21st
Team results
First game
 Hungary 16–38 Czech Republic 
(Kecskemét, Hungary; July 2011)
Biggest win
 Hungary 56–4 Poland 
(Budapest, Hungary; July 2017)
Biggest defeat
 Hungary 0–90 Greece 
(Budapest, Hungary; October 2013)
World Cup
Appearances0

History and setting upEdit

Official Men's Rankings as of July 2019
Rank Change* Team Pts%
1     Australia
2     England
3     New Zealand
4     Tonga
5     Fiji
6     France
7     Samoa
8     Scotland
9     Lebanon
10     Papua New Guinea
11     Wales
12     Ireland
13   1   Jamaica
14   1   Italy
15     United States
16   3   Greece
17   1   Malta
18   2   Norway
19   2   Serbia
20   2   Hungary
21     Canada
22     Philippines
23     Poland
24     Niue
25     Czech Republic
26     Netherlands
27     Solomon Islands
28   17   Cook Islands
29     Russia
30   2   Spain
31     Turkey
32   1   Vanuatu
33   1   Chile
34     Japan
35   5   Germany
36   1   South Africa
37   2   Ukraine
38   2   El Salvador
39   1   Hong Kong
40   2   Sweden
41     Colombia
42   3   Belgium
43     Argentina
44   2   Thailand
45   1   Brazil
46   1   Uruguay
47   2   Denmark
48   2   Bulgaria
*Change from December 2018

Magyar Bulls RLFC, Hungary's National Rugby league team was founded in Budapest in May 2011 by members of the Budapest Exiles RFC, keen to try rugby league and with an open invitation to other teams in Hungary to send players - all with the objective of honouring an invitation to play in the CEE European Bowl competition vs. the Czech Republic.

From small beginnings on a Monday evening, on Margit Island, in the middle of the Danube, the squad has grown to be able to select a nucleus of 20 players to play against the Czech Republic on 23 July[1]. The pull of playing international RL has seen enquiries to train and play from a number of other clubs in Hungary as well as players of Hungarian origin who have travelled back to play from Italy and the UK.

In June 2013, Hungary was granted Observer status by the RLEF.[2] They subsequently played their first fully sanctioned international against a Greece team featuring professional players Michael Korkidas and Braith Anasta.

In 2014, Tour in Paris again and Hungary competed in the inaugural Balkans Cup tournament in Serbia. This was Hungary's first International tournament. Hungary finished the overall tournament in fourth place. They also made history in the tournament, as they recorded their first ever international try in their match with Bosnia.[3] In 2015 Tour in Belgrade on Euro 9' Tournament.

Current SquadEdit

Hungarian National Rugby League in AustraliaEdit

In 2016, Hungary began searching for players in Australia of Hungarian heritage to play for Hungary. This was met with resounding response, with many quality players putting their name down. Several training sessions were held in Sydney by coach John Wilson and manager Stephen Németh.

On Saturday the 4th of February 2017, Hungary played their first test match outside of Europe against Uruguay who were making their International debut, in front of 500 spectators. Hungary ran away with the game 50-4 in a dominant display. The team consisted of only Australian players with Hungarian heritage. This was also Hungary's first test match victory across any continent. The four Farkas brothers were outstanding, scoring 30 of the 50 points between themselves alone, with Aaron Farkas accumulating 16 himself in a spectacular performance at hooker.Alexander Fricska scored a try on debut.

On Wednesday the 8th of February 2017, just 4 days after the first test played outside of the Europe, Hungary played their second against a stronger Thailand side, featuring ex NRL and Super league coach Brian Smith, in front of 100 spectators. Hungary opened up the scoring with 2 quick tries, before scoring 2 more before the half. Thailand came out strong in the second half scoring first points, however Hungary were too strong and ran out 44-10 winners becoming just their second test match victory since the teams origin 6 years prior. The game was almost called off as the night before, a storm washed out the majority of Sydney's Rugby League fields. Just hours before kickoff, the game was rescheduled at Endeavor Sports High School, instead of the original venue, Erskineville Oval.

ResultsEdit

A † denotes that the match did not contribute to the RLIF World Rankings.

Cap Number and playing recordEdit

As of 8 February 2017.

Cap Number Name Total Caps Total Points
1 Imre Szalontai 2 0
2 Federico Sciotti 2 0
3 Gergo Zubornyak 2 0
4 Laszlo Harangozo 3 0
5 Scott Torrance 2 8
6 Adam Nunn 2 0
7 Peter Fustos 1 0
8 Lajos Bihari 2 4
9 Joel Jimenez 2 0
10 Zsolt Haboczki 2 0
11 Geza Goletz 3 0
12 Andre Brand 2 0
13 Matyas Bihari 2 0
14 Luca Tramontin 1 0
15 Cedric Gaidet 2 0
16 Phil Angel 1 4
17 Nandor Szabo 2 0
18 Arno Franken 1 0
19 Mehdi Benaniba 2 0
20 Geza Juhas 1 0
21 Mark Tolnai 1 0
22 Benjamin Antal 3 0
23 Zoltan Solti 1 0
24 David Farkas 1 0
25 Adam Timar 1 0
26 Adam Belencsak 1 0
27 Balint Kosa 1 0
28 Sandor Lakatos 3 0
29 Adam Csiri 3 0
30 Viktor Zelenka 3 0
31 Zoltan Bertyak 1 0
32 Norbert Csapkai 3 0
33 Jozsef Surman 1 0
34 Marko Nikowitz 3 0
35 David Orsi 1 0
35 Zsolt Lukacs 2 0
36 Nathan Farkas 2 8
37 Marty Schneider 2 0
38 Daniel Bridges 2 0
39 Stephen Németh 1 2
40 Alexander Fricska 2 4
41 Jared Farkas 2 6
42 David Farkas 2 12
43 Joseph Toth 2 0
44 Aaron Farkas 2 28
45 Karoly Acsai 2 8
46 Chris Schneider 1 0
47 Brent Varga 2 12
48 Eddie Ertl 1 0
49 Max Feast 1 0
50 Josh Institoris 2 8
51 Matthew Pankasz 2 0
52 Shane (Geoffrey Stevens) 2 0
53 Paul Graham 1 0
54 Paul Ivan 1 0
55 Paul Mckewin 1 8
56 Stephen Toth 1 0

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mouret, Aimé (December 2011). "Hongrie". Le Who's Who du rugby à XIII (in French). Toulouse: Ixcéa. p. 131. ISBN 978-2-84918-118-8.
  2. ^ "Hungary and Saudi Arabia Awarded Observer Status". RLEF. 21 June 2013.
  3. ^ http://www.rlef.eu.com/other/report?RLE00000597
  4. ^ https://www.rlenwc.com/teams/hungary/ Hungary RLENWC

External linksEdit

  • Official website
  • Magyar Bulls RLFC blog page [16]
  • Magyar Bulls RLFC YouTube channel [17]
  • RLEF (Rugby League Europe Federation News site - Squad announcement [18]
  • RLEF (Rugby League Europe Federation News site - Official match report for the first game [19]
  • RLEF (Rugby League Europe Federation)[20]
  • "An appetite for Rugby League?" - Forty-Twenty Magazine - article dated 30 June (pages 38–39)- Adam Nunn and Phil Caplan
  • "Reality Czech" - Rugby League World magazine - article dated August 2011 (pages 65–67) - Tom Coates