India catches Rugby League fever

An increasing number of Indians are joining the Rugby League family, an indication of which is the recently formed Indian Rugby League Federation.

The Federation successfully conducted its first District League Tournament in Kashmir, India, with 25 teams featured in Male, Female and Youth categories.

Federation Chairman Mohammad Iqbal said the players adjusted well to the ‘different rules’ governing Rugby League.

“We hope to conduct another tournament involving at least eight Inter-District teams. We also have plans to create an open age male inter-state National Rugby League Tournament,” he said.

The way the Indian Rugby League Federation is taking a nationwide and grassroots approach to the development of the Game is encouraging.

Over the past few years, Rugby League has evinced the interest of other Asian countries including Indonesia, Japan and Singapore.

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