WEEK two of the Bartercard Cup can be best described as a week of upsets compared to last weeks results, with three teams providing big upsets.
THE Bartercard Cup 2004 couldn?t ask for a better start then what has happen so far this year. Four franchise changes to the this years competition sees Taranaki Wildcats gone after two seasons of struggling; the Manurewa Marlins have been absorbed by a realignment with the Eastern Tornadoes. The Ellerslie club shifting to merge with Otahuhu; and two new sides enter the cup, Counties Manukau Jetz side and WAICOA Bay Stallions. The competition goes into its fifth season on a far better financial footing than has been the case, with the New Zealand Community Trust agreeing to put in around $650,000 from pokie money to cover airfares, medical and other costs. Plus ten games will be screened live on Sky TV this year, including the final, things couldn?t get any better?.right?
SERBIA are very different from other developing nations who play rugby league. Because in Serbia rugby league came first from 1953 to 1964 and then, because of lack of interest in that time for other nations, rugby union destroyed rugby league. Serbia is one of many nations making a big impression in Rugby League. Maybe not on the score board but in the development of them game in their country. When they decided to rebuild the game in 2000, they separated from rugby union and started with 2 clubs. Four years on, they now have 6 teams playing, and U19 team going to play overseas in other tournaments. Also throw in the National team participating in the Mediterranean Cup last year and this year and you could well say this developing country is making huge progress in rugby league.
WITH a break in International League, we take a brief look back at the Test Matches between the number one and two ranked International Teams in the world, Australia and New Zealand.
WOULD a Pacific Rugby League team made up from Fiji, Samoa, PNG, Tonga and Cook Islands do well in the NRL?
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)