THE RLIF have announced the pools and schedule for the 2008 World Cup Finals - 19 games in October and November 2008.
MALTA prove too string for the Samurais in their match at Coffs Harbour on 25 January 2007.
FIJI Bati report on a resounding win over Cook Islands in their match at Coffs Harbour on 25 January 2007.
NEW Zealand backrower Frank Pritchard looks set for a quick return to the Test line-up following a standout performance in the Kiwi Invitational's 48-18 rugby league win over Australia Invitational at Telstra Dome on Saturday night.
BRADFORD Bulls' Paul Johnson has withdrawn from the Great Britain squad for the 2006 Gillette Tri-Nations Tournament due to injury.Huddersfield Giants Stephen Wild and Bradford Bulls Andy Lynch are also out of the stand-by squad, with Salford City Reds' Andy Coley, Warrington Wolves? Ben Westwood and Hull FC?s Paul King respectively brought in to replace them.Meanwhile, now that both engage Super League Grand Finalists are known, the Great Britain Team Management has confirmed the travel schedule for all members of the squad.Great Britain will play a warm-up fixture against a Newcastle XIII on Friday 20th October 2006 prior to participating in the 2006 Gillette Tri-Nations.Great Britain squad: Aspinwall (Huddersfield Giants), Burrow (Leeds Rhinos), Carney (Newcastle Knights), Carvell (Hull FC), Coley (Salford City Reds), Ellis (Leeds Rhinos), Fielden (Wigan Warriors), Gilmour (St Helens), Gleeson (Warrington Wolves), Graham (St Helens), Hock (Wigan Warriors), Horne (Hull FC), Pryce (St Helens), Long (St Helens), McGuire (Leeds Rhinos), Morley (Sydney Roosters), Newton (Bradford Bulls), O'Loughlin (Wigan Warriors), Peacock (Leeds Rhinos) (capt) Raynor (Hull FC), Roby (St Helens), Senior (Leeds Rhinos), Wellens (St Helens), Wilkin (St Helens), Yeaman (Hull FC).Stand-by squad: Briers (Warrington Wolves), Cooke (Hull FC), Higham (Wigan Warriors), Hodgson (Salford City Reds), King (Hull FC), Radford (Hull FC), Reardon (Warrington Wolves), Westwood (Warrington Wolves), Wood (Warrington Wolves).The following players will travel to Sydney on Tuesday 10th October 2006:Aspinwall, Briers, Burrow, Coley, Ellis, Fielden, Gleeson, Higham, Hock, Hodgson, McGuire, Newton, O'Loughlin, Peacock, Reardon, Senior, Westwood, Wood.Team Manager Abi Ekoku plus Assitant Coaches Jon Sharp and Dave Lyon will travel with this party together with other members of the team support staff. They will also be joined by Brian Carney (Newcastle Knights, AUS) and Adrian Morley (Sydney Roosters, AUS). Both of these players are currently based in Australia.Following this Saturday?s engage Super League Grand Final, the players below will travel to Sydney on Tuesday 17th October 2006:Carvell, Gilmour, Graham, Horne, Long, Pryce, Raynor, Roby, Wellens, Wilkin, Yeaman.Head Coach Brian Noble and Team Doctor Professor Chris Brookes will travel with this party. Source: www.rlif.org
THE team lists for the first round of the Pacific Nations qualifiers for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup, held Friday 29 September 2006.Cook Islands v Tonga ? Campbelltown StadiumKick Off: 5:45pmCook Islands:Turori Matutu, Graham Jefferies, Rueben Enoka, Ioane Victor, Junior Rubena, Mehau Phillips, Marty Mitchel, George Tuakura, Damien Takurua, Stacy Katu, Fabien Soutar, Henry Turua, Brian Thomas; Reserves: Darna Wilson, Fred Charlie, Ali Davies, Walter Dean, Nathan Robinson, Tere Glassie, Adam Cook WateneCoach: Ina (Bush) KonitoManager: Charles CarlsonTrainer: Kevin IroMate Ma?a Tonga:David Pangai, Sosaia Makisini, Andrew Emilio, Fetuli Talanoa, Tyrone Smith, Sione Foliaki , Joel Taufaao, Manase Manuokafafoa, Eliakim Uasi, Joe Falemaka, Solomone Haumono (C), William Manu, William Topou; Reserves: Makisini Rickter, Taufa Fukofuka, John Sinisa, Sam Moa, John KiteCoach: Jim DymockFiji v Samoa ? Campbelltown StadiumKick Off: 7:40pmVodafone Fiji Bati:Iowane Divavesi, Ilisoni Vonomataivatum, Darryl Millard, Neori Kurumalawai, Waisale Suka, Tabua Cakacaka, Viliame Tukana, Netani Suka, Pio Rokomaqisa, Alipate Noilea, Semesa Cadrakilagi, Sevanaia Koroi, Tomujani Koroi; Reserves: Aseri Liang, James Lagiloa, Hamilton Hughes, Nacanieli Kinikini, Semisi Tora, Asaeli Saravaki, Jone Wesele, Max Bainivalu, Bill BaleilomalomaCoach: Joe RabeleManager: Tomi FinauSamoa:Tangi Ropati, Malofou Solomona, Miguel Start, Peewee Moke, McConkie Tausa, George Carmont ( C ), Chan Lye, Kylie Leuluai, Albert Talapeau, Hutch Maiavia, Conrad Ta?amoekiafa, Frank Winterstein, Chris Vaefaga; Reserves: Rota Setu, Isaak Ahmau, Chris Afamasaga, Lino Salafai, Simon GercsCoach: John AcklandSource: www.rlif.org
PACIFIC Island nations Tonga, Samoa, Cook Islands and Fiji are preparing to contest a round-robin qualifying tournament for the 2008 World Cup, starting next Friday, 29th September with a double-header at Campbelltown Stadium.The action will continue five days later at Western Weekender Stadium in St Mary?s, on Wednesday, 4th October, where the teams will swap opponents as they battle to qualify for Rugby League?s main event in 2008.The final match will be played between Fiji and Cook Islands on Saturday, 7th October at CUA Stadium, while Tonga and Samoa will transfer to the United Kingdom to finish their qualifying matches against England and France in late October and early November.Friday, 29 September 2006 Campbelltown StadiumTonga v Cook Islands kickoff at 5.45pmSamoa v Fiji kickoff at 7.40pmWednesday, 4 October 2006 Western Weekender StadiumFiji v Tonga kickoff at 5.45pmSamoa v Cook Islands kickoff at 7.30pmSaturday, 7 October 2006 CUA Stadium, PenrithFiji v Cook Islands kickoff at 7pmInternational Development Officer for the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF), Mr Tas Baitieri, said the tournament would showcase Pacific Island rugby league at its best.?This is the first time ever we?ve had a qualification process of this magnitude in the country,? Mr Baitieri said.?It shows that Rugby League is splitting its boundaries to new countries.?The World Cup campaign has already begun in Europe and there are only five spots left that are up for grabs, so the games are sure to be keenly contested.?Tickets are priced at $10 for adults. Children 16 and under are permitted free of charge.A three-venue ticket, available only at the opening game at Campbelltown Stadium, is priced at $20. Source: www.rlif.org
THE American National Rugby League have had to revise plans for the Atlantic Cup - Rugby League World Cup Qualifying bracket originally scheduled for October 21 through October 28 between the USA, South Africa, West Indies and Japan in Atlantic City, New Jersey. With the withdrawal of the West Indies and South Africa it now means that the USA and Japan will compete for the right to move on to the final qualifying stage in England next year against the third place Pacific Nation and the third place European nation to advance to the Rugby League World Cup Finals in Australia in 2008.The match between the Tomahawks and Samurais now looks like it will be played in Philadelphia on Saturday, October 28 at a venue to be determined. Although it would appear that Jack Pearson Stadium in Glen Mills will be the likely location.The American National Rugby League will assemble a strong squad to face the Samurais in an effort to secure the right to move on to England in 2007 for the three way tournament on the road to Australia 2008. A number of new young players from the local US Rugby League competition are expected to be selected to the national squad with a considerable number of veteran internationals having retired and the national coaching staff looking for young players to move the international program forward.If the USA Tomahawks are able to beat Japan and move on to the final qualifing bracket in England the AMNRL will be able to draw on a number of experienced professionals playing in Australia and England whom qualify via birth or grandparents such as Clint Newton (Newcastle - NRL), Shane Millard (Leeds - SLE), Matt Petersen (Parramatta - NRL), David Myles (Gold Coast - NRL), Brandon Costin (Souths - QLD Cup), Steele Retchless (Easts - QLD Cup), Ashley Lanfranchi (Souths - QLD Cup), Jovan Clarke (Souths - NRL) that will certainly strengthen the Tomahawks chances of advancing to the final World Cup in 2008.More information will be announced soon about the USA v Japan International on Saturday, October 28. Source: www.rlif.org