Hellenic Rugby League was first formed by Australian’s with Greek heritage thanks to the efforts of Colin Mylonas. Their first international’s were played in 2003.
Greece played a warm up game against New Caledonia in late August before playing a Rugby League Internation Federation sanctioned game against Italy in September. The game was played in Australia, NSW at Kogarah’s Oki Jubilee Oval home to NRL club St George Illawarra Dragons. The teams were playing each other for the inaugural Ionio Cup. In a close game fitting for these two rivals, Greece were narrowly defeated 26 – 24 in the dying minutes of the game before a crowd of 4000.