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Poland to play historic first International this Saturday

Poland XIII start Emerging Nations preparations against Skåne Stags

The Poland National Rugby League team will make history this Saturday in the Norwegian town of Stavanger when they play in their first ever sanctioned International Test match.

Despite Rugby League being played in the European nation since 2011, it took until 2015 for the governing body, the Polska Rugby XIII, to be formed and until 2017 for the nation to be granted Observer status by the Rugby League European Federation.

Saturday’s Test Match against the Norway National team not only marks a significant step forward in the progression of Rugby League in the nation, but will also serve as an important selection trial for the Emerging Nations World Championship later this year.

Norway, who are currently taking part in the European Rugby League World Cup Qualifiers, will head into Saturday’s match as overwhelming favourites.

Poland has prepared for the fixture with a series of friendly matches against the Skane Crusaders and the Vrchlabi Mad Squirrels.

Kick off for Saturday’s match will be at 2pm local time at Stavanger Stadium.

Poland will play Hong Kong and Japan at this year’s Emerging Nations World Championship and have recently appointed Logan based Lee Addison as Head Coach.

DateEventTime/ResultsVenue
2018-10-04 15:20:20October 4, 2018 Hong Kong v Poland6 - 62
2018-10-07 17:10:18October 7, 2018 Japan v Poland6 - 58
2018-10-10 17:15:07October 10, 2018 Trophy Semi Final : Game Two4 - 44
2018-10-13 14:00:13October 13, 2018 Trophy Final10 - 14
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