In a sign that the game of rugby league is slowly but surely expanding worldwide, with the initial formation of one Bosnian club in Republika Srpska, soon followed by one created in Novi Grad, the New Thunder RLFC.
With the two teams set, coaches and officials oversaw the first domestic rugby league game played in the Republika Srpska at Novi Grad’s Mlakve Stadium.
With 300 intrigued locals watching on, and with Dimitris Djac watching, it was the New Thunder RLFC who won at home over the White Rabbits, taking the game out 28-20.
RLEF’s Central and East Europe Director Jovan Vujosevic, said that he is thrilled with the progress that rugby league has made not only in Bosnia, but in other smaller, developing rugby league nations.
â€œThis is huge step for rugby league in Europe,â€ he said.
â€œWe put a new country on the European rugby league map. The next objective is the formation of a third club in Bosnia and Herzegovina and a Rugby League Federation of the Republic of Srpska, followed by the formation of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Rugby League Federation as a final step.â€
â€œSerbia will help a lot in the development of the game in this area and we also hope that after Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Greece, other Balkan countries will follow suit.â€