FORMER Lions captain, the late Alan Prescott will be honoured in the highest way with the Rugby Football League commissioning an exclusive silver medal in his name to be awarded to the 'Man of the Series' in the Think! Road Safety Ashes Test Series.
FORMER Great Britain Lions captain, Garry Schofield has said the 2003 team has no chance of ending the drought and stealing ?The Ashes? off the touring Australian Kangaroos outfit.
DAVID Waite has named a side with the potential of defeating the Australians in the inaugural Think! Don?t Drink Drive Test Match at Wigan?s JJB Stadium which will be played in front of a sell out crowd. It has been a long time since the Lions have been able to name a side which actually looks competitive in all its positions, and whilst there are problems with it, and areas which Australia has key advantages in, this side has the potential to match the Kangaroos for 80 minutes.
WELSH Dragons coach, Neil Kelly, has delayed his sections for the match against England A this weekend at Headingley Leeds whilst he waits to find out on the fitness of Justin Morgan. The match is of a very high significance, with the winner going into the final which will be played a Wilderspool in Warrington against either Scotland or France.
THE Rugby Football League have secured another big name sponsor for this years Think! Road Safety Ashes Test Series with multi-national firm, Cadbury becoming an official partner. Cadbury will be giving away more than 35,000 Cadbury Dairy Milk bars to the fans that attend the three test matches which will be played in Wigan, Hull and Huddersfield over November, as well have provided a significant financial contribution which will go a long way to ensuring the RFL make a profit from the series.
DESPITE the claims by some fans that the current Great Britain and Ireland side named is not their best team, it is certainly capable of defeating the Australians on paper, especially when you compare it to the side of 2001 which beat the Kangaroos at McAlpine Stadium on November 11.
SINGAPORE Rugby League has taken further steps in preparation for its first international in 2004 with the appointment of its national coach and team medic. Tony Ashton is currently development officer for the Melbourne Storm in the National Rugby League, and with a Level 3 certificate, brings the standard of coaching needed to make the Singapore side competitive in a short period of time.
THE old saying of ?your damned if you do, and your damned if you don?t? must be running through the heads of the Rugby Football League at the moment, after the Welsh Dragons were thumped by the Australian Kangaroos. Since the Dragon?s courage performance in the 2000 Rugby League World Cup, there has been a growing call by the fans and the media for Wales to have the chance to play the best, and be given regular competition.
THE refereeing appointments for the Think! Road Safety Test Series have been confirmed with Britain having an official for the first and third tests as an equaliser for Australia having Bill Harrigan for the second and third test matches in the 2001 Kangaroo Tour.
ITS been five years since the French last visited Dublin, the city where just two points separated the Chanticleers from the Irish national team, now in 2003, the Wolfhounds want revenge, and with a place in the European Nations Cup final on the line, it should be a thrilling encounter at Dalymount Park on Saturday November 1st at 5:00pm.