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Last Updated: Thursday, 17 February, 2005, 11:07 GMT
Georgia keen to join league elite
Georgia is the latest country being tipped to make a big splash in the world of rugby league.

The nation will be among 12 represented at Friday's Rugby League European Federation (RLEF) meeting in London.

"The Georgian style of play will be perfect for rugby league," said RLEF development officer Kevin Rudd.

Also present will be delegates from Germany, France, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Lebanon, Morocco, Scotland, Russia, Serbia and Wales.

Rudd visited Georgia in response to the country's request for membership of the RLEF.

And after a fact-finding mission to Tbilisi he believes rugby league could prosper in the country, which is looking for teams to play matches there.

"Georgia traditionally has links with France and currently has more than 60 players plying their trade professionally within French rugby union," said Rudd.

"The challenge to establish rugby league in Georgia will be tough, but they are prepared for this. The RLEF will now seek suitable structured international opposition for Georgia."

Friday's meeting will also be attended by federation chairman Richard Lewis, executive chairman of the Rugby Football League, and vice-chairman Nicholas Larrat, of France.

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