Geoff Stevenson

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Harlequins Rugby League off to a flying start

RUGBY League?s rebirth in London is off to an outstanding start with fans showing unparalleled interest in the new club. Since the ESL Grand Final the former London Broncos RLFC has been busy promoting their new name and home ground: Twickenham Stoop. The club entered into an agreement with the Harlequins Rugby Union club earlier in the season to participate in a joint venture where both clubs are separate entities that share resources, and thus minimise costs. The main advantage for the Broncos is they finally gain a home ground and training facilities that can be used rent free, while the Harlequins RU see the agreement as an opportunity to expand their brand, increase their supporter base, and improve sponsorship revenues.

All Black does not rule out League move

CURRENT All Black winger Ma?a Nonu has not ruled out an eventual move to Rugby League after his contract with the NZRU expires. Nonu, who was liken to the talented Tana Umaga early in his career, has signed with the All Blacks until the next World Cup in 2007. Nonu toyed with the idea of joining the Rugby League ranks earlier in the season, and was subsequently courted by an array of NRL teams. While it seemed the NZ Warriors were about to sign the 23 year old, Nonu decided to instead stay loyal to Rugby Union.

RFL boss still wants 2006 Tri-Nations in Australasia

RFL boss Richard Lewis this week tried to scorch rumours that the 2006 Tri-Nations will not be held in Australasia as planned. Reports on the weekend indicated that the ARL were concerned that, with the prospect of a poor crowd to a possible Australia-NZ final, this years tournament will run at a loss. However according to Richard Lewis such concerns have not been discussed at Federation level. Lewis told the BBC, ?I?ve had no indication of any question marks or issues about the Tri-Nations future?

World Club Challenge to be played in Britain

HOPES to have the World Club Challenge (WCC) be held in Australia next year were dashed this week, with the NRL confirming the game will be held in the UK. While a push to play the fixture on Australian shores had gained momentum earlier in the season, NRL officials have preferred to stick to the tried and true formula of playing the clash in the cooler climate of Britain.

Cumbrians overpower Ireland 64-4

THE Cumbrian representative team once again proved to be a first-class lineup, defeating Ireland 64-4 on the weekend. The game played at Whitehaven?s Recreation Ground was a showcase of local talent, including 10 players who were a part of the Whitehaven Warriors team that recently missed out on Superleague promotion. The Cumbrian team continued the form they displayed in the corresponding game last season, when they went close to defeating a combined Australian and New Zealand team.

France announce strong team for Euro Cup

THE French Rugby League has announced a strong line-up for their first European Nations Cup clash against Russia on Saturday. The team of mainly French based players will be given the task of reaching the Cup final after being knocked out by England in last years tournament.

NL1 Grand Final: Castleford vs. Whitehaven

WHILE the Rugby League world recovers from an epic NRL Grand Final, and looks forward to possibly one of the closest finishes of all time in ESL, a decider with arguably more at stake will be fought out at Widnes on Sunday. The Castleford Tigers will play the Whitehaven Warriors in the National League 1 Grand Final that will no only decide the 2005 champions, but also determine who will be elevated to the English Superleague in 2006.

Widnes: Relegation, Heartbreak and Conspiracy

THE Widnes Vikings have not ruled out legal action to ensure they are not relegated from Superleague next season. In an eventful month for the club Widnes officials have doggedly argued that they are not without hope of staying in the top flight, while attempts had been made to prop up a National League One club to improve their chances of a reprieve.

Widnes: Relegation, Heartbreak and Conspiracy

THE Widnes Vikings have not ruled out legal action to ensure they are not relegated from Superleague next season. In an eventful month for the club Widnes officials have doggedly argued that they are not without hope of staying in the top flight, while attempts had been made to prop up a National League One club to improve their chances of a reprieve.

NL1 Grand Final: Castleford vs. Whitehaven

WHILE the Rugby League world recovers from an epic NRL Grand Final, and looks forward to possibly one of the closest finishes of all time in ESL, a decider with arguably more at stake will be fought out at Widnes on Sunday. The Castleford Tigers will play the Whitehaven Warriors in the National League 1 Grand Final that will no only decide the 2005 champions, but also determine who will be elevated to the English Superleague in 2006.

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