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Greece qualify for Rugby League World Cup for the first time

Greece are ranked 16th in the worldGreece will make their debut at the 2021 Rugby League World Cup in England after thrashing Serbia 82-6 in Belgrade.Full-back Chaise Robinson scored a hat-trick as the visitors, ranked 16th in the world, ran in 16 tries to secure the final European qualifying spot.”We hope it’s the step forward…

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Greece qualify for Rugby League World Cup for the first time

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Greece are ranked 16th in the world

Greece will make their debut at the 2021 Rugby League World Cup in England after thrashing Serbia 82-6 in Belgrade.

Full-back Chaise Robinson scored a hat-trick as the visitors, ranked 16th in the world, ran in 16 tries to secure the final European qualifying spot.

“We hope it’s the step forward needed and everyone back home will be proud of us.” said head coach Steve Georgallis.

Greece’s win comes against a backdrop of turmoil in their home country.

The 16th and last spot for the World Cup will be decided in Jacksonville, Florida, on 16 November when the United States host the Cook Islands.

The draw will be made on 27 November, exactly two years out from the start of the tournament.

‘Sour note to Greek qualification’

Matt Newsum, BBC rugby league commentator

Greece are currently not allowed to play matches in their home country as the government and the Hellenic Modern Pentathlon Federation (HMPF), who claim governance of the sport, do not recognise the Greek Rugby League Association.

Police have been called to matches, facilities were made near impossible to acquire and as such, the sport continues to operate on an ‘estranged’ basis.

The waters are muddied slightly as Tasos Pantazidis – the president of the HMPF – used to be in charge of the Hellenic Rugby League Federation before its member status was withdrawn by the Rugby League European Federation over concerns about mismanagement.

It adds a sour note to a historic qualification that Greece – into the major competition for the first time – cannot celebrate its achievements before its own people.

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Hearts review CCTV to find fan after Zdenek Zlamal coin throw

Media playback is not supported on this device Hearts goalkeeper Zdenek Zlamal is struck with a coin from Rangers endHearts are examining footage to find the supporter who threw a coin at their goalkeeper Zdenek Zlamal in their Scottish Cup win over Rangers.The Czech was hit in the chest by a two-pence piece thrown from…

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Hearts goalkeeper Zdenek Zlamal is struck with a coin from Rangers end

Hearts are examining footage to find the supporter who threw a coin at their goalkeeper Zdenek Zlamal in their Scottish Cup win over Rangers.

The Czech was hit in the chest by a two-pence piece thrown from the Rangers section of the ground late in the second half with the hosts 1-0 up.

Footage also shows another coin narrowly missing the player as he attempts to take a goal kick.

Daniel Stendel’s side won the game to reach the semi-finals.

It comes a year after Zlamal was targeted with a coin by a Celtic fan at Tynecastle in a 2-1 win for the Glasgow club.

The 34-year-old was also punched in an Edinburgh derby by a Hibs fan, who was given a football banning order for a year and ordered to perform unpaid work.

Police Scotland have been contacted for comment.

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Hearts 1-0 Rangers: Hearts goalkeeper Zdenek Zlamal is struck with a coin from Rangers end

Hearts goalkeeper Zdenek Zlamal is struck with a coin from the Rangers end at Tynecastle in the home side’s 1-0 Scottish Cup win.UK users only

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Hearts 1-0 Rangers: Hearts goalkeeper Zdenek Zlamal is struck with a coin from Rangers end

Hearts goalkeeper Zdenek Zlamal is struck with a coin from the Rangers end at Tynecastle in the home side’s 1-0 Scottish Cup win.

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Sophia Florsch: German driver to be in all-female Le Mans 24-hour team

Sophia Florsch is to be the first woman to race in the Formula 3 seriesAn all-female team including Sophia Florsch will compete at this year’s Le Mans 24-hour race. June’s race will take place less than two years after German Formula 3 driver Florsch, 19, survived a huge 170mph crash at the Macau GP, after…

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Sophia Florsch is to be the first woman to race in the Formula 3 series

An all-female team including Sophia Florsch will compete at this year’s Le Mans 24-hour race.

June’s race will take place less than two years after German Formula 3 driver Florsch, 19, survived a huge 170mph crash at the Macau GP, after which she needed surgery on a fractured spine.

She will line up with Alfa Romeo F1 test/development driver Tatiana Calderon and Briton Katherine Legge.

They will drive in the LMP2 category for Richard Mille’s Racing Oreca team.

Florsch said on social media: “Yes! I am racing this high class superduper motorsport event. Ready to rumble girls.”

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The car doesn’t know the difference between male and female drivers – Legge

Legge, 39, is an experienced sportscar driver who has competed in the Daytona 24 Hours event in America in all-female line-ups for the past two years.

Calderon, 26, raced in Formula 2 – Formula 1’s undercard series – last season for the Arden team.

They all currently compete in the Oreca car in the European Le Mans Series of endurance racing.

The Le Mans 24-hour race is one of motorsport’s biggest events, which sees many top drivers competing.

Last year’s race was won by a team including two-time F1 world champion Fernando Alonso.

The 2019 event also saw the first all-female line-up compete in the famous race, finishing in 39th place.

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