More than 1,600 games to be recognised by International Rugby League

More than 1,600 test matches have been played since 1904 – and they are set to be recognised by International Rugby League.

IRL has established a History and Heritage Group to agree and compile a list – for the first time – of recognised senior international matches, initially in the men’s game.

The list includes more than 1,600 games across the world since 1904.

Having examined almost 2,000 games, the group is now ready to share the draft list with each member nation for their comments to final publication which is hoped to be in early March.

IRL secretary general Danny Kazandjian said: “This has been a mammoth task but a vital part of our sport’s history.

“We have collaborated with experts from across the world on the group and also sought expert opinion from elsewhere on specific matches.

“I would like to pay tribute and thank Professor Tony Collins, Neil Ormston (RL Record Keepers’ Club), Andrew Ferguson (Rugby League Project) and Tas Baitieri for their ongoing input.

“Following publication of this initial list we will move onto the women’s and wheelchair disciplines to ensure a full and clear picture.”

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