Greece (Rhodes) Tour 2011
GB Pioneers Tour to Greece 2011
The GB Pioneers where based in Rhodes Town for their Rugby League Development Tour. During the tour they delivered a series of coaching and development sessions to the two Greek Rugby League teams based on the Island, the Greek RL XIII Squad as well as introducing the game to local children.
GB Pioneers played Two Test matches against the Greek RL XIII both at the Karakonero Stadium in Rhodes Town winning both games.
Test 1: 76-0
Test 2: 84-4
As well as playing the test matches the Pioneers organised a Touch Competition with the Greek RL entering a team against Two Pioneer teams and a GB staff team.
The Greeks were shown how to organise and officiate a touch comp and given the equipment to allow them to continue to offer competitive forms of Rugby League on the Island. The Greeks managed to record a win in the comp finishing third overall.
After the Second test match the Greek players, staff and sponsors were presented with Hull Kingston Rovers shirts, kindly donated by the Super League club.
The presence of the shirts as they were taken from the bags, brought a cheers from the Greek players who were all very thankful for the shirts.
Pioneers Tour Manager Steve Curtis said “The Greek players and staff we met on the tour were all keen to learn and really loved the game of RL. A lot of the player had played Union before but I think the tour has opened their eyes to the great game of rugby league. I hope we have left them the tools, skills and desire to grow RL in Greece”
Team Manager Keith Sandhu added “I had a great time on the tour and learnt a lot from it, all of the Pioneers were a credit to themselves and their Universities, I enjoyed working with them and getting to know them and see them all develop in such a short period. All players and staff agreed that the tour was an amazing experience and feel we have left a platform for rugby league to develop as well as making many friends in Rhodes”