This new three-match series brings the cream of Serbian rugby league to the top... of an empty stadium.
Prior to the 1980s, the Australian rugby league interstate representative series between New South Wales and Queensland saw players represent the state where their current club was based. This meant that, as Queensland produced top quality players but had much poorer clubs than the rich Sydney teams, many native Queenslanders would be forced to pull on the blue NSW jersey and compete against the maroon QLD shirt of their homeland.
Queensland's frustration led to the birth of the State of Origin concept in 1980, which pitted "state against state", but also "mate against mate", with players from the same rich Sydney clubs competing against one another in a ferocious contest over three 80-minute battles.
Growing up in east Hull, rugby union was always something alien, but also something distant. Indeed, I think it was only when a PE teacher at Andrew Marvel High revealed that he played union for one of the village teams around Hull that I realised the sport even existed in my home county. Here in Serbia, however, the union is like a wasp feeding on the sweet league.
My first run-in with its loyalists came in the summer of 2011 when I got a phone call from a guy I hardly knew who used to play for the team: "Mark, some guys will turn up at your training session tonight. They're good guys and they want to form a Red Star rugby union club. Please be nice to them."
Zadržaćemo se na početku 1550-tih, kada Mapuče ratnici, koji su se nalazili u službi konkvistadora, dobijaju pravo da jašu konje. Od dolaska Kolumba 1492, španski administratori bojali su se moguće pobune domorodaca ukoliko ovi nabave konje. Zbog toga su u svakom gradu i na svakoj hacijendi važile zabrane o njihovoj prodaji Indijancima. I pored toga, neki konji sami su odbegli, a neke su uspeli da ukradu preduzimljivi domoroci koji su službovali na imanjima belaca, pomažući im u dresuri.
Iako istorijski neminovan, proces indijanskog osvajanja konja sigurno bi potrajao decenijama,