Malta

Team: Malta Knights

World Ranking: 18

2018 Rugby League Emerging Nations World Championship Result: 1st

Website: www.maltarugbyleague.com

Malta Rugby Leauge play in a red and white jersey reflective of its nation’s colours, boasting the world renowned Maltese cross emblazoned across it. Alongside this is an eye catching logo featuring a Knight which has become the moniker of the national team, paying homage to the countries medieval ancestors.

Malta’s first game on home soil was at Matthew Micallef St John Athletic Stadium, Marsa in 2005, defeating the England Lionhearts 36-6. Since then, Domestic Rugby League has been played sporadically by teams across Malta and its sister island when Gozo Rugby League was introduced as a foundation club in 2011.

Malta has enjoyed varying levels of success playing the sport on the islands, across Europe, the United Kingdom and Australia. MRL’s successful bid for Rugby League European Federation (RLEF) affiliate membership was awarded in 2013. In October 2017, the tiny island nation reached its highest world ranking in history (17), leapfrogging nations that were involved in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup 2017. A noteworthy achievement for a country of less than half a million people.

Squad:

Jake Attard (Asquith Magpies Rugby League Club)
Nathan Benson (Souths Sharks Rugby League Mackay)
Zach Borg (St Clair Comets JRLC)
Zachary Camilleri (Windsor Wolves Rugby League Club)
Adam Campbell (Thirlmere Tahmoor JRL)
Kyle Cassel (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)
Tyler Cassel (Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles Official)
Ian Catania (Warilla Gorillas)
Joshua Cregan (Bankstown Sports Junior Rugby League)
Jesse Cronin (Parramatta Eels)
Peter Cronin (Kurri Kurri Bulldogs)
Jonathon Dallas (Jamberoo Superoos Senior RLFC)
Jye Ellul (Mounties RLFC)
Cowen Epere (Western Suburbs Magpies)
Nathan Falzon (Nowra Bomaderry Jets Rugby League Football Club)
Tyson Freeman (The Falcons RLFC Malta)
Aaron Grech (Guildford Rugby League Football & Recreation Club)
Kyal Greene (Helensburgh Tigers)
Jake Lennox (St Patricks JRLC)
Joshua Martin (Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles Official)
Cameron Mazzelli (Unattached)
Tyson Muscat (Unattached)
Blake Phillips (Collegians RLFC)
Justin Rodrigues (Wests Devils Football Club)
Jarrod Sammut (London Broncos RL)
Jake Scott (Lakes United Seagulls.)
Ben Stone (West Newcastle Junior Rugby League Club)
Sam Stone (Newcastle Knights)
Emanuel Sultana (Warilla Gorillas)
Aaron Weston (Hills Bulls Sports Club)
Dean Zammit (St Marys Rugby League Club)

Head Coach: Aaron McDonald

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Fixtures

DateEventTime/ResultsLeagueSeasonVenueArticle
2018-10-01 13:30:48October 1, 2018 Malta v Philippines36 - 10Pool A2018
Recap
2018-10-04 11:55:32October 4, 2018 Malta v Niue16 - 26Pool A2018Recap
2018-10-10 13:45:35October 10, 2018 Cup Semi Final : Game Two10 - 20Finals2018Recap
2018-10-13 15:55:50October 13, 2018 Cup Final16 - 24Finals2018Recap

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