Greek Women’s Rugby League Team to Play Sydney International

Greek Women’s Rugby League Team to Play Sydney International

On the back of a successful European Championships tournament in 2022, the Greek Women’s rugby league team will play their first-ever full international in Australia against the Philippines at Lidcombe Oval with Australian-based players.

“In 2019, we formed a very inexperienced Greek national team with domestic players and travelled to Turkey where we were beaten 40-4,” head coach Stuart McLennan explained.

 Greek Women’s Rugby League Team to Play Sydney International

“After that, we put together an Australian-based squad in 2021 to play in the Sydney 9s tournament. We made the final, and unfortunately, we were beaten in the last seconds by Lebanon.”

“Last year, we put significant effort into developing a national squad again in Greece and reaped the rewards with two victories and finishing top of our group in the European Championships.

“Our aim with playing this match against the Philippines is to take a core group of heritage players to Europe and combine them with our best Greece-based players to form a team that will be competitive in the 2025 World Cup qualifying matches to be held later this year.”

Greek Rugby League Manager Terry Liberopoulos has been actively recruiting female rugby league players with a Greece-born parent or grandparent who wish to play for their heritage nation but he says there is still an opportunity if anyone qualifies and is keen.

“We have around 20 players who have responded but there may be some unavailable or unable to play due to injuries, " Liberopoulos said.

“It’s pleasing that we have five players returning from two years ago when we played in the Sydney 9s tournament. We have a mixture of experience in the squad.

“If any female has Greek heritage and wants the opportunity to represent Greece, please email me at [email protected]

McLennan believes Greece has a tough mission against a Philippines side that has already played an international match in Australia against Malta but he says there is one special factor that will drive his team.


“It won’t be easy as we have only just formed another squad in Australia and we will go into the match with just two training sessions under our belt.

“The ‘Sampaguitas’ look to have a good squad and boast at least one NRLW level player.

“Having coached and watched a number of Greek sides I know there is a special spirit that embraces the players when they pull on the blue and white jersey. I am confident we will put in a good showing.

“We would love to see all you Greek supporters come to Lidcombe Oval on Saturday, 28 January and get behind us.”

Greece vs Philippines Women’s Rugby League International. Lidcombe Oval, Saturday 28 January at 5 pm.