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.
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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.
THE June issue of RUGBY LEAGUE REVIEW is out on Tuesday, June 6 at all good newsagents for $3.50. Here?s what?s in store for league fans in this edition:Bellamy to remain with StormMelbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy is expected to agree to a two-year contract extension. Contracted until the end of 2007, the lucrative new deal would keep Bellamy in Melbourne at least until the end of the 2009 season.Knights turnaroundAt the mid-point of the season, the NRL ladder is starting to take a definite shape, and there are some intriguing points to note in comparison with the ladder at the same time last season.Newcastle have been the biggest improvers since the corresponding time last year. Find out who has improved and who has slipped in 2006.South Sydney heading for unwanted recordSouth Sydney's 12th consecutive loss is the club?s worst start since losing all 14 matches during the 1946 season. The club lost 22 matches in a row from 1945 until the second game of the 1947 season when the Bunnies defeated newcomers Parramatta 35-22.Willie back to his brilliant bestFor a 26 year-old, Willie Mason has had his fair share of ups and downs. Debuting for the Bulldogs in 2000 against Penrith the versatile forward has taken the road less travelled. He was soon recognised as possessing a powerful running game and good offload, making a solid impact from the bench for Canterbury each week.The best way to guarantee your copy of RUGBY LEAGUE REVIEW is to take out a subscription. It costs $35 for 10 issues or $65 for 20 issues to have RUGBY LEAGUE REVIEW sent out to your address.Check out www.rugbyleaguereview.com for more details.
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HERE?S what?s in store for this month?s feature stories in Rugby League Review:Who has the best Junior Nursery in the comp?Rugby League Review researched all the 375 players that are part of the 25-man squad for every one of the 25 NRL clubs, determining which club leads the way with the highest number of players from any Sydney Junior League playing in the elite competition.Who is the most successful side in the NRL?Rugby League Review assessed the winning performance ratio?s of all clubs since 1998 and can definitively answer the question of which club has been the most successful during that period of time.Canberra duo have the longest memoriesJason Smith and Jason Croker are the longest serving players still running around in the 2006 NRL premiership.Rugby League Review does a feature story on these two great veterans.World Cup 2008The road to the 2008 World Cup will commence later this month when Holland, Russia, Serbia and Georgia aim to win the European World Cup qualifying rounds.The top two sides will advance to the next stage where they will meet Wales, Scotland, Ireland and Lebanon. Those matches will commence in October 2006. Rugby League Review looks at all four sides, how they have developed and what is in store for them. The April issue of RUGBY LEAGUE REVIEW will be out on Tuesday, April 4 at all good newsagents for $3.50.The best way to guarantee your copy is to take out a subscription. It costs $35 for 10 issues or $65 for 20 issues to have RUGBY LEAGUE REVIEW sent out to your address. Check out www.rugbyleaguereview.com for more details.
BABY BunniesJohn Sutton, Beau Champion and Yileen Gordon are the new breed of Rabbitohs which the club hopes will become future stars. Both youngsters have shown that they have what it takes to be champions in their chosen sport and hold the key if South Sydney is to bounce back to their glory days which saw them net 20 premierships.NRL Clubs vote for Salary Cap to stay the sameNational Rugby League Chief Executives supported the ongoing importance of the current Salary Cap regulations.As the game prepares for a season launch that celebrates the competitiveness of the 15 teams and as the CEO?s had their first view of the advertising campaign which supports this theme, they underlined the role the salary cap was playing in the Telstra Premiership.World Cup finally startsThe countdown to the 2008 World Cup will commence on April 28 when Holland hosts Russia in the Dutch town of Den Haag.Serbia and Georgia will also be involved in the four-team European qualifying tournament. Each side will play each other nation once for a total of three matches.NRL 2006We preview every NRL club and look at their chances for the upcoming season. Find out all about your club in the latest issue of Rugby League Review.RUGBY LEAGUE REVIEW is out Tuesday, March 7 at all good newsagents for $3.50. Guarantee your copy by subscribing. Check out www.rugbyleaguereview.com for more details.
WORLD Cup ready to FireThe qualifying process for the 2008 World Cup is expected to begin in April of this year with as many as 20 nations fighting for the final five spots.Australia, England, France, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea have all been given automatic entry into the 2008 World Cup. Find out just how the qualifying process will work.Dragons favourites to win in 2006The St George Illawarra Dragons have been placed as favourites to win the 2006 NRL grand final by leading betting agencies. The Dragons have been placed at juicy odds of $5.50 to win the premiership in early October even before a ball has been kicked in the NRL competition.Who rules when it comes to Coaching?Just who has the best record when it comes to the current NRL coaches and how do they compare with all the other coaches. We look at just how the coach at your club shapes up and how do they compare with the all-time coaches.Lance Thompson can't wait for the season to startLance Thompson can not wait for the 2006 NRL season to commence and is looking forward to taking the Sharks to the play-offs. It will be strange to see him out of a Dragons jersey but his focus is fully behind Cronulla who threw him a lifeline when the Saints decided to let Thompson go after more than 10 years service with the club. There is a full player profile on the former Saints player.RUGBY LEAGUE REVIEW is out Tuesday, Feb 7 at all good newsagents for $3.50.Guarantee your copy by subscribing. Check out www.rugbyleaguereview.com for more details.