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2012 Federazione Italiana RFL kick off

The third r-Evolution League managed by the FIRFL commenced on Saturday June 2 between Gladiators Roma Rugby League and newcomers Ceccano Rugby League.
2012 Federazione Italiana RFL kick off
by NRL

The third r-Evolution League managed by the FIRFL commenced on Saturday June 2 between Gladiators Roma Rugby League and newcomers Ceccano Rugby League.

The FIRFL decided to establish a conference format with Northern and Southern Groups with expansion to six clubs.

The new club Ceccano "Foxes" Rugby League represent the Frosinone province known as the "ciociaro" 100 kilometres south-east of Rome in Lazio (Central Italy) and will join two time champions Gladiators Roma and Sicilians' Spartans Catania in the Southern Group.

The first championship game, refereed by Roberto D'Amico (official of the last two finals) was a tough debut for the ciociaro as the Gladiators opened the match with two tries (one conversion) in the opening thirty minuted, before extending the score with a further two tries late in the first half, which will ultimately be insurmountable. The second half brought a unique sense to Ceccano with flashes of exceleence they managed to impose their game. The final score was 38 to 16 to Gladiators with the Romans complimenting Ceccano after their historic debut performance, while there was a positive crowd who appreciated the great game.

The Ceccano lead by the captain Iannucci will now prepare for the trip to campo non facile in Catania on Saturday. The Spartans Catanian Rugby League club are expected to provide a strong challenge for the title this year after feeder club Rectores Belpasso were victorious in the 2012 Coppa Italia Final in May.

The Northern Group is scheduled to begin on Saturday, 9 June between the newly-renamed NOVA Gorena Padova RLFC, Magnifici Firenze lead by Luigi Ferraro and Rex Albinea Rugby League, who were formed in 2011 and provided the surprise of the championship upsetting Magnifici to earn second place in the National Group stage (progressing to the Grand Final).

The club run by General Manager Marco Parrello and coach Silao Leaega, who have trained hard despite problems assocated with the recent earthquake that struck the region.

Manifici Firenze play NOVA Gorena Padova (Gorena - named after the last premiership side from the 60's) on Saturday at Al Padovani in Florence. Meanwhile, Magnifici Firenze Rugby League have formed their first junior rugby league, which will play Lazio U16s (under Gladiators Roma). Now becoming the third participating youth side and 24 team under the various FIRFL structures.

The new website is now available online at http://federleague.it - now organised by new member Antonio Capua.




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