British club helps develop Ukraine team
In 2018 eight Ukrainian international rugby players were welcomed to train with the Milford Marlins, a lower-tiered federation of local clubs (Community League) playing in England’s Rugby League. The reasoning behind the project was to allow the Ukrainians to gain valuable experience and improve the quality of their national team. The president of the Ukrainian Rugby League federation, Arthur Martyrosyan, searched for a club where the better Ukrainian rugby players could go and gain some high-level experience. Martyrosyan reached out to the Rugby Football League for assistance in finding a club in the Leeds region of England. The Milford Marlins eagerly responded, asking about some Ukrainian players and offering an immediate invitation to join their club.