RUGBY LEAGUE REVIEW June issue is out now at all good newsagents.
NRL Clubs gear up for Season 2007The teams have hit the training fields, the new signings have arrived, and nearly half the teams have new coaches, but which NRL teams have best prepared for the 2007 season? Rugby League Review looks at how each team is travelling and what we can expect from them in 2007.Australia Wins Tri-Nations FinalAustralia regained the Tri-Nations Cup with a 16-12 triumph after a sensational golden point try in the 87th minute from Darren Lockyer thanks to a superb 40-metre break by Johnathan Thurston, who stepped inside Frank Pritchard and David Kidwell.The only losers were the Sydney public that failed to show up to one of the most memorable matches seen this season. In the end, more than 27,000 turned up for the final but it was a game that should have easily had the ?full-house? sign up.Greece is the WordNot many would have believed that Rugby League would be played in Greece, especially after they had no organised Rugby Union. In all, eight local players were part of the first Greek side to play an International in Greece while Serbian-based Haris Djac also pulled on the Greek jersey also.Jim Beam Cup to have 12 teams in 2007The 2007 Jim Beam Cup will conduct a 12-team competition with Mounties, Chester Hill, Seven Hills and Shellharbour all making their debuts next season.The only side missing that participated in the 2006 premiership will be the Newtown Jets, who pulled out due to financial reasons.Available for $3.95 at your newsagency or guarantee your copy by subscribing. For more details, check out www.rugbyleaguereview.comIF IT'S RUGBY LEAGUE, WE?VE GOT IT COVERED
RUGBY League made its way to Athens when Greece held out a determined and much improved Serbia to win 44-26.
FIJI Batis kept their World Cup dream alive when they came back from the dead to edge out Tonga 30-28 in the second round of the Oceania Qualifying Tournament.
THE October 2006 edition of Rugby League Review has hit the stands and here's what's in store this month:
JOHN Skandalis will make his long awaited international debut when he pulls on the Greek jersey for the Greece v Fiji A match at Oki Jubilee Oval on Saturday, October 7.
WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS
Friday, September 29, 2006
Campbelltown Stadium. Crowd: 3013
THE September 2006 edition of Rugby League Review has hit the stands and here's what's in store this month: Storming towards the TitleAs this season kicked off in March, few critics gave the Melbourne Storm any real chance of winning the Premiership. Some, like the former NSW Origin coach Phil Gould, reckoned they wouldn't even make the play-offs.The reason was simple. The Storm playmaker Matt Orford had departed for what he saw as greener pastures at Brookvale. And without a top-class No 7, the Storm were no hope. Adelaide sets goal to re-join NRLThe South Australian Rugby League (SARL) is confident that an NRL side can be based in Adelaide within five to ten years.The Adelaide Rams had two years in the top flight in 1997 and 1998 but were axed to make way for less teams in the NRL competition.Nations head for Orara ValleyAs many as 14 international sides could be playing in the 2007 Orara Valley Sevens which is quickly building up as the unofficial World Sevens.The two-day tournament will be held on the weekend of January 27-28 at Coramba Sports Ground, located eight kilometres west of Coffs Harbour.What good old days?Gone are the days of black and white television, stiff arms, blood on the pitch and with them some of Rugby League's finest moments. A time when men were men, you stayed on the field unless you couldn't walk and Match of the Round at the SCG was the place to be each weekend.There's no doubt that the good old days deserve their rightful place in the annals of Rugby League history but as the game progresses with each season do we reflect upon those days more kindly than the recent times?Available for $3.50 at your newsagency or guarantee your copy by subscribing. For more details, check out www.rugbyleaguereview.comIF IT?S RUGBY LEAGUE, RUGBY LEAGUE REVIEW HAS IT COVERED
THE August 2006 edition of Rugby League Review has hit the stands and here's what's in store this month: Who can stop the Bulldogs?It's a good time to be talking about the Bulldogs. They are currently sitting in second place on the ladder, having enjoyed a week off thanks to the bye.They disposed of the Sydney Roosters in splendid fashion the round prior, holding the Bondi Junction club to zero points, a feat that hadn't been achieved for 313 first grade games.Dragons lead the way with Club Memberships Rugby League needs to take a leaf out of St George Illawarra's books when it comes to promoting memberships.There have always been many critics quick to point out that Aussie Rules matches attract average crowds of more than 30,000. The reason the AFL clubs are successful and drawing the crowds is that they promote their game through memberships.ABC would consider showing Premier LeagueThe Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has admitted that they would consider showing the Premier League on television if they were given the green light.ABC Television Sports programmer Ian Knight told Rugby League Review that they made an approach to the New South Wales Rugby League.CALLS FOR A PACIFIC XIII SIDE IN THE TRI-NATIONSPAPUA New Guinea Rugby Football League Chairman Sir Bob Sinclair has urged the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) to include a Pacific Islands side in future Tri-Nations competitions.Sinclair believes that such a side would be great for the international game with the likes of Tonga, Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji and Papua New Guinea able to draw on many players that would give them a formidable side.Available for $3.50 at your newsagency or guarantee your copy by subscribing. For more details, check out www.rugbyleaguereview.comIF IT"S RUGBY LEAGUE, RUGBY LEAGUE REVIEW HAS IT COVERED
THE July 2006 edition of Rugby League Review has hit the stands and here's what's in store this month:Nothing like home for the StormWhen it comes to home ground advantage, Melbourne's Olympic Park is by far the hardest ground for the visitors side to come away with the two competition points.Since the NRL was formed in 1998, the same year that Melbourne Storm entered the competition, there have been 105 matches played in Melbourne (including Melbourne Cricket Ground and Colonial Stadium), with the Storm winning 73 matches.Cronulla's Secret SuccessThe Cronulla Sharks' incredible season has been attributed to their discipline which is the best in the NRL. The Sharks have conceded only 70 penalties in the opening 16 rounds for an average of five penalties per game.After a slow start to the season, the Sharks have crept up on the other sides and have become a genuine contender for the premiership.Jim Beam Cup to be TelevisedThe Jim Beam Cup competition has been given a huge boost with the news that the competition will be shown on Fox Sports from next month.Power Productions will be putting the one hour show together with the first screening to be aired on August 9.Trans-Tasman Rugby League CupNSW Country went down 32-18 to a fired-up New Zealand Residents side in the final of the competition held at the impressive Rotorua International Stadium. Rugby League Review was over in Kiwi land to bring you all the latest from the tournament.