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.
THE importance of warm up games was shown last night when a very rusty Great Britain and Ireland squad took on New Zealand A at Headingley for the Lions only warm up game before next weeks first Think! Don?t Drink Drive Test Match against the Australian Kangaroos.
A young, and relatively inexperience French side has held their head high against the Australian Kangaroos, only going down 34 ? 10 despite limited preparation and being against a far more professional outfit in front of a near sell out crowd of 7,813 at Stade Albert Domec ? Carcassonne.
FRANCE have named their squad for the clash against the visiting Australian Kangaroos, as part of the European league of the 2003 Philips Kangaroo Tour. The squad, which contains some of the best talent in French Rugby League, will in fact not be a ?test? side, rather a French National Select XIII.
GREAT Britain and Ireland have named their squad for the 2003 ?Think! Don?t Drink Drive? Ashes series this November. For the first time ever in the history of the Lions, an Irishman will take the field, with former Dublin Blues and Gaelic footballer, Brian Carney being selected in the side.
THE club season may just be over, and the international season just beginning, but already we have seen some fantastic football, and proof that the game on the international level is expanding. The international season kicked off last Wednesday when a near full strength French side was simply too good for the visiting New Zealand Maori outfit, recording a 28 ? 16 victory in Carcassonne.