ST Helens trio Keiron Cunningham, Keith Mason and Mike Bennett have been withdrawn from the Great Britain and England A squads for this Autumn's international programme.
Cunningham has pulled out of the Lions squad for the 'Think! Road Safety' Ashes Series with a leg injury, following consultation with the Great Britain medical staff.
A powerful second-half display secured Bradford the Super League title with a 25-12 Grand Final defeat of Wigan at Old Trafford.
BRADFORD Bulls second rower Jamie Peacock has been named as the 2003 Tetley's Rugby Super League Man of Steel, and was also named as the Players' Player of the Year on Monday night.
The Great Britain international has had a superb season, and had already taken three titles at Bradford's Player of the Year awards and the Rugby League Writers' Association's Player of the Year.
ROUND 28 of the Tetley's Super League competition has come to a close with the teams now looking ahead to the competition's play-offs.
WINS to Saints and Wigan this weekend in the play-offs in England.
WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats have confirmed the signing of forward David Solomona on a three-year contract and young stand off Liam Campbell on a two-year deal.
Parramatta Eels second rower Solomona, 25, will join the Wildcats next January, after the club beat off interest from two other Super League clubs to secure his signature.
BRADFORD 14-28 CastleforD:
ROUND 26 of the ESL brought up some very close matches. Bradford in a nail biting win over the Rhinos have shown themselves worthy of the top spot.
THE schedule for the New Zealand A Tour of Great Britain has been confirmed, and will begin with a clash against Cumbria on Sunday 19 October.
The Kiwis will bring a squad of 'resident' players, selected from their Bartercard Cup competition, for the five-match visit.
ST Helens have welcomed Willie Talau to Knowsley Road, with the former Canterbury Bulldogs centre arriving in the UK on Thursday.
Talau was released by the Bulldogs earlier this week to link up with Saints earlier than initially planned, having signed a three-year contract which would have begun in 2004.