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‘That’s the end goal’: Macedonia tick off first-ever game as they set their sights on 2025 World Cup'

The Macedonian Rugby League team have their sights set on the 2025 Rugby League World Cup and they’ve got an NRL premiership-winning coach and captain on board to guide them.

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The new coaching gig reigniting Shane Flanagan’s passion for Rugby League

The Continuous Call Team’s Shane Flanagan has taken the helm of the brand-new Macedonian Lions rugby league team.

“Getting back to this level has just given me so much more drive and passion for what rugby league’s about.

“Seeing how excited these boys are just to turn up to training and see each other … to be involved with this group is just a pleasure.”

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Paul Gallen, Shane Flanagan behind Macedonia's foray into rugby league

Macedonia has called in a couple of heavy hitters as it attempts to establish itself on the rugby league map.

The country, a small nation of just two million in Southeast Europe, played its first match last weekend.

At the helm were former Cronulla premiership-winning coach Shane Flanagan and his captain, the legendary Paul Gallen.

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