After being unable to arrange a 3rd nation to join this year's European Championship C, the tournament has been changed to a 2-legged meeting between Ukraine and Czechia, with Ukraine hosting on 25th June and Czechia returning the favour on 8th October.
There are a few 3 team tournaments going on this year, and while not all the details have been confirmed yet there are a couple so far that have been locked in.
Starting in North America, it has been announced that Canada, Jamaica and USA will compete over 3 matches matches in the Americas Cup, with Jamaica kicking off the series against Canada in July and then playing the USA the following week (both games in the US), with Canada hosting the USA in September in a match that doubles as the closing game of the series and the opening game of the Colonial Cup (the return leg of which will be played the following week)
Back in Europe Belgium, Germany and Netherlands have announced a new series to be played throughout August and September, with the Griffon Cup also being contested during the Netherlands/Germany fixture.
The Nordic Cup will continue for Denmark, Norway and Sweden, with Sweden still to confirm their home fixture.
European Championship C will also be going ahead this year, to be contested between Czech Republic, Ukraine and an as yet unconfirmed nation.
Apologies for not being the quickest with the updates recently, but I'm up to date on all the results now (and even have tomorrow's result listed!
There have been wins for Russia and Serbia against Italy and Ukraine respectively in European Championship B, while Spain managed to defeat Malta 40-30 in European Championship C. Greece's inability to travel tomorrow has granted Malta a 30-0 win, meaning that Spain will need to defeat Greece next weekend to earn a place in next year's RLWC qualifiers
There have been a fair few upsets with Canada defeating USA 36-28 in the first leg of the Colonial Cup, while Niue beat Cook Islands and Czech Republic recorded their second ever win, overturning Belgium 14-4. In the unofficial (non-test) matches, Spain beat Italy B and Papua New Guinea fell to Australia's PMXIII.
I now have listed match reports for most of the matches, and there are full replays of USA v Canada and Northern Ireland v Republic of Ireland (thanks to Steve from NIRL for the latter)
Due to the ongoing conflict between the two nations, the Ukraine v Russia match will be played on neutral ground at the Makis Stadium in Belgrade, Serbia. All of the Serbia matches have been live streamed, so hopefully this will also be the case here. I'll update once I hear back.
I housekeeping news, there's been a slight change to the kickoff times on the main list as these will now be the local times the matches will be played. This is essentially because 19:30 on a Saturday in Toronto is 00:30 on Sunday in the UK, and I can't figure out the best way to label the different dates.
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