January 02, 2019
Happy New Year to all our friends, fans, followers, players, coaching staff and volunteers. 2019 is an exciting year for Rugby League in Ireland. Building on a memorable 2018, we again have representation of Irish RL in this years Challenge Cup with the Longhorns Rugby League club hoping to become the first ever Irish side to successfully reach the 2nd round of the competition. The only thing standing in their way is Lock Lane ARLFC from Castleford.
2019 is an exciting year both on a domestic and international level. With the domestic season again fast approaching and teams beginning to start their long hard pre seasons. In recent years an arm wrestle for the Republic of Ireland title has been between Galway Tribesmen and Longhorns RL, however this gap has significantly tightened. Waterford Vikings have made tremendous strides in recent years and with Alan McMahon (Senior International) leading the charges they are sure to be a dark horse for the 2019 campaign.
In the respective campaign in Northern Ireland, a similar situation is unfolding with the Belfast Stags only in their infancy recruiting a lot of rugby league experience with the hope to dominant the Northern Ireland domestic scene.
On an international note, after just falling short of World Cup in 2018, the senior side again have an opportunity to secure their spot in the 2021 RLWC, with games against both Spain (A) and Italy (H). With an average age of just 23 this squad of players have huge potential and certainly can inspire a nation!
From everyone in Rugby League Ireland we hope you enjoy following our progress and success throughout the year. We certainly could not have achieved what we achieved in 2018 without our amazing fans. For that we thank you and look forward to seeing you along the sidelines supporting Irish Rugby League for the year to come. We guarantee its going to be one to remember!