THE Papua New Guinea Rugby Football League (PNGRFL) has announced its 10-man squad for the 2004 Rugby League World Sevens. The squad is as follows:
THE first provisional draw for the 2004 European Nations Cup and Tri-Series tournaments has been released, and whilst no venues have been announced, there is the indication that Australia and New Zealand will play their respective fixtures against each other downunder.
A Rugby League resurgence isn?t only happening in Britain and Australia for 2004, with Papua New Guinea seeing the return of many former clubs which have collapsed in recent years, launching come back campaigns.
THE PNGRFL has decided to reward its up and coming players in the Rugby League World Sevens later this month announcing that players will be selected from the two President XIII sides which took on the Junior Kangaroos in Darwin and Port Moresby last year.
THE West Indies Rugby League Federation (WIRLF) has officially released its four year strategic plan for the development of Rugby League in the West Indies and Caribbean region on its official website.
FOR the second year in a row, Rugby League fans on the net have voted for a New Zealander in the Internet Rugby League Fan?s choice Player of the Year award. Legendary Canberra Raiders, and New Zealand player, Ruben Wiki, only just beat Darren Lockyer (Australia) and Brian Carney (Ireland) for the award.
FRANCE have named a strong side for their Sydney World Sevens campaign, which includes the two Australian based French internationals, Daniel Dumas and Dimitri Pelo from the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks club.
LEBANON have been confirmed hosts for their third Mediterranean Cup tournament in a row, and in what should be Rugby League?s largest Mediterranean Cup to date. The Mediterranean Cup was part of the original Rugby League World Cup dream, the establishment of small regular tournaments around the world to both raise interest in the sport, together with an aim to improve the competitiveness of national sides.
SIX teams will compete for the second Victory Cup which will be held in Moscow around July next year. The inaugural tournament, which saw France, USA, Russia and a BARLA Great Britain side battle it out at the Moscow Olympic Stadium, was considered a huge success, and whilst a crowd of only 10,000 saw the two days of action, the Russian Sports Minister, and Moscow Government will both get behind the 2004 tournament.
SELWYN Pearson has raised a excellent point about the upcoming Tri-Nations tournament, which many groups have looked over recently, what about the fans of Australia and New Zealand who like to go out to international Rugby League matches? Whilst crowds may not be huge for League test matches, the last few in Sydney alone have drawn crowds of over 30,000 which is larger than most NRL games, showing there is a market there.