POPULAR prop Barrie McDermott, axed for this year's Challenge Cup final, will get the chance to make up for the disappointment by bringing the curtain down on his colourful domestic career in Saturday's engage Super League Grand Final.
FORMER Great Britain full-back Gary Connolly will play for Ireland in the European Nations Championship before deciding whether to hang up his boots.
RUGBY League Ireland (RLI), the governing body for rugby league in this country started the year by stating that it wanted to ?escalate the popularity of the game, increase the playing numbers and improve on 2004?. So far, this season, these aspirations have come to pass; we have witnessed a season with all these components, we have seen the game go onward in terms of growing stronger, people are starting to sit up, listen and pay attention to the voice of rugby league in Ireland.
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WESTS Tigers winger Pat Richards is looking forward to returning to Australia at the end of his three-year deal with Wigan - as part of the Irish squad in town for the 2008 World Cup.
SKOLARS? pre-season game in Dublin with Bradford is already starting to bear fruit for the club, Oran D?Arcy guested for the side that day and has now joined the club his first run having been in Sunday?s match against Hull KR.
YORKSHIRE Irish defeated counterparts Lancashire Irish in the inaugural Clash of the Irish Roses 24-10 at Oldham St. Anne's RLFC.
THE touring Australian Students finally overcame a resolute challenge from their Irish counterparts to triumph 24- 10 at a soft University of Limerick ground yesterday (Wed 8th).
THE Tri-Nations series might have been criticised from the ARL, NRL and the clubs but it has been an outstanding success with profits to exceed the $4million mark.
BRIAN Carney, two-try hero of Great Britain's 26-24 victory over New Zealand, is urging his team-mates to seize the opportunity to be crowned world champions.