THE Salford City Reds have welcomed back their entry into Super League after spending 2003 in National League 1 with a surprise victory over the Widnes Vikings at The Willows.
THE fourth round of the Powergen Challenge Cup will see four Super League teams clash, with Bradford drawing St Helens, Wigan to take on Widnes, and recently promoted Salford to clash with the London Broncos down in Bentford.
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WELL you can tell the NRL season is less than a month away from kick off, the World Club Challenge has just completed, Charity Shield kicked off, and murmurs about the Melbourne Storm spending their last season in Victoria this year.
IF someone asked you what do Canberra, Brisbane and Melbourne have in common? Some might say that they are one club cities, others would say they are all clubs who have ?stolen? Grand Finals at one stage, whilst others may have some less constructive comments to say about the teams, however in 2004 they have some new in common, that being that are the ones leading the charge to help reinvigorate Pacific Rugby League.
THE Tri-Series will have one game played in the Southern Hemisphere, with the NZRL to host the opening clash of the tournament between the Australian Kangaroos and New Zealand Kiwis. The rest of the tournament will be played in Britain, including the second Australia V New Zealand match which will most likely be played in London.
THERE were fears that Rugby League was losing its strangle hold on the PNG region, but thanks to two outstanding performances by representative sides, the game is back in growth mode at the moment in the country.
THE four home nations in the 2000 Rugby League World Cup was one area of the competition which received a lot of complaints by both the fans and media of the code, however that is not a reason why the concept should be thrown away for the 2008 tournament.
THE worth of the World Sevens competition for international sides have just been enhanced with news that as many as four players from the highly successful Papua New Guinea side been targeted by NRL and Super League clubs, and with Canberra Raider already securing the signature of one.
IT is still four years out till the renegotiation period, but the Channel 7 camp has already started planning their battle plans to steal one of the jewels from Channel 9?s sporting crown, pulling together what is expected to be one of the largest contracts offered for Australian sport on Free to Air television.