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.
CHANNEL 9?s coverage for the 2004 Cougar World Sevens has been confirmed with the commercial television channel only showing a 1 hour highlights package at 6:30pm in the areas of New South Wales, ACT and Queensland.
ADRIAN Morley could find himself sitting on the sidelines for the next six-months with the Rugby Football League (RFL) threatening to put a worldwide six month ban on the player following his serious drink-driving offence in Salford recently.
THE need to help Papua New Guinea reach the next level in competitiveness has received a huge boost with the Melbourne Storm and Brisbane Broncos uniting to form a pre-season tri-series between the two clubs and a PNG Select Side.
TWO Russian sides, and four French sides will all compete in Round Three of the 2004 Powergen Challenge Cup as the start of the semi and full time professional clubs enter the competition. Dynamo Moscow who recorded their first and Russian Rugby League?s first ever victory in the tournament last week over West Bowling (22- 18), will have a tough task against National League One side, Rochdale Hornets, whilst Locomotive Moscow will take on Chorley who finished second in National League Two this year.
WARRIORS? CEO, Mick Watson has come out and totally denied the speculation that his National Rugby League club were setting up at Rugby League academy in Samoa. The news, which hit the New Zealand press a few weeks ago, was believed to be part of a strategy by the NRL club to try and capitalise on the wealth of talent that is in the pacific, and seems to have been forgotten by other Rugby League clubs.