GB Pioneers win 1st ever game in Poland

By Daniel Andruczyk

Łódź Magpies 00 – 98 GB Pioneers

Sunday the 1st of July, saw a historical game of Rugby League played in Poland. The Lodz Magpies took on the GB Pioneers in the first ever full match in that country.

The GB Pioneers who are touring Poland and providing some valuable experience, pointers and training drills in playing Rugby League, won the inaugural match 98-0 against a very determined and enthusiastic Polish side.

It has to be remembered that none of the Polish players have any experience in playing either of the rugby codes and the passion that they showed in the match was fantastic.

Despite the scoreline, the Polish side did threaten the line on several occasions in the second half, however over eagerness and some fundamental handling errors cost them any opportunities for first points.

The game was played in quite hot and humid conditions with temperatures +35C despite it being late afternoon. The match was broken up into 20 minute quarters just so that all players and referees could get enough hydration.

All players were very happy and despite it being the first match for any of the Polish players they impressed the GB Pioneers with their enthusiasm.

There are two more matches left in the tour:

Wednesday, 4th July, 2012:

Łódź Magpies vs. GB Pioneers

ZSO nr. 1, ul. Czajkowskiego 14, Łódź

Time: 17:00

Saturday, 7th July, 2012:

Polska XIII vs. GB Pioneers

ZSO nr. 1, ul. Czajkowskiego 14, Łódź

Time: TBA

  • Brad

    Very promising to see the first game getting played. Looking forward to the first Polish International Side!

    • druzik

      Thanks Brad, I am waiting for a bit more info and some photos from the guys and will have a better match report up as well as photos from today’s training.

      They have had school students training as well, which is great, it means that we are starting to sew the seeds of juniors too.

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