SCOTT Gibbs, just a month after announcing his retirement from Rugby Union, has now been linked to the Bridgend Blue Bulls in the Rugby League Conference. The Blue Bulls, who won the national tournament in 2003 already boast former cross-code greats including Kevin Ellis, Jon Devereux and Allan Bateman, and the news that Gibbs may cross would seriously make them favourites to retain the tournament title.
FANS of Rugby League all around Australia, with the exception of Western Australia, will be able to enjoy the World Club Challenge match between the Penrith Panthers and Bradford Bulls live for the first time in the competitions history.
PAPUA New Guinea Rugby League, whilst enjoy a boom in terms of players numbers and club, is facing a new problem, with only eight out of the 31 major leagues affiliating with the PNGRFL (the national body of the game). Under an ultimatum put out by the PNGRFL, all regions must affiliate with the national body before the Annual General Meeting (in 2 weeks) or face the prospect of being excluded from domestic competitions, and having players from those competition ineligible for the Kumul national side.
THE Australian Philips Kangaroos are in for a very full international season, with the green and gold national team now being scheduled for a minimum of eight test matches. Australia will open their international campaign with the re-introduced ANZAC test against New Zealand which will be played on Friday April 23 at either Brisbane or Newcastle.
USA have opened their second match of their tour in Australia in far more convincing style than their opening clash, going down to Goulburn 42 ? 10 last night. In steamy conditions the Americans looked a far more composed side than in their first clash, however still made the simple mistakes which resulted in them being 14 ? 0 down at half time, despite having most of the possession and the territory.
THE 2004 Rugby Super League season has gotten off to its best start ever with a record crowd of 69,499 watching all six matches of the weekend. The crowd record, which breaks the old aggregate record of 62,274 set in 1999 and the old record for an opening round of 55,040 set in 1997.
LEEDS have shown they are ready to go one step further in 2004, running out comprehensive winners against the London Broncos 58 ? 14 at Headingley in front of over 15,000 people.
HUDDERSFIELD have come away with the points in their opening match for Super League IX with a surprise 26 ? 22 victory over the Castleford Tigers at The McAlpine Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
BRADFORD have displayed why there are worthy World Club Champions with a comprehensive 34 ? 6 defeat of the Wigan Warriors at Odsal for the opening match of Super League IX.
PICKING a winner going into this match was always going to be a decision most punters would be making without too much confidence. Two teams that boasted significantly different sides than in Super League VIII, there was always the a large potential opportunity that the opening round premiership points could be heading East to Hull instead of staying with favourites St Helens.