THE news of Adrian Morley not getting suspended was great news not only for the Lions but also for International Rugby League. A judiciary panel ruled the sending off was sufficient penalty and did not ban him from the remaining two Tests. There was also more good news on the International Rugby League front today, with Chairman of the Rugby League International Federation, Colin Love , has revealed that a World Cup in 2007 is firmly on the agenda. After the recent test matches between the three big nations of Rugby League getting closer and closer, it has proven that International Rugby League has a future.
GREAT Britain coach David Waite has made a few changes to his team that went
down 22-18 to the Kangaroos in the first test.
KANGAROOS coach Chris Anderson, believes that the officials had encouraged dirty play in the remaining Ashes Tests by failing to suspend Great Britain prop Adrian Morley. With ARL director John McDonald, telling other panel members Morley would have been suspended for six weeks in the NRL, they ignored his plea and fined the Lions forward. NRL judiciary commissioner Jim Hall said Morley, because of his record, would have been liable for a suspension of up to eight weeks if found guilty in a premiership match.
AUSTRALIA has made one change from the team that defeated Great Britain and Ireland in the first test, Michael De Vere has been named in the centres to replace the injured Phil Bailey.
THE New Zealand Warriors will host NRL champions , Penrith , in a pre-season match to be held at North Harbour Stadium , Auckland , in February. The match has been scheduled for Sunday, February 29. The kick off time is yet to be finalised but it is expected to be at 5:30pm (NZ Time)