WESTS Tigers captain Scott Prince is keen to secure a new contract deal with the premiers prior to next season's NRL kick-off on March 10.Prince is off-contract at the end of 2006 but wants to secure a long-term deal with the club.He will leave contract negotiations until after the World Club Challenge against Bradford Bulls on February 3."I want to sort something out by the start of the season, not only for myself but also for the club. I don't want to drag them along,'' Prince said."If I stay, the club then knows they don't have to look elsewhere. If I decide to leave, at least it gives them enough time to get things moving."I want to stay at the Wests Tigers, especially now that Benji Marshall has re-signed with the club. It has made it more appealing."The Wests Tigers are a great club and it is great to see we are finally achieving things here. Hopefully we can work something out that is happy for both parties."I've got to talk to my fianc?e about it. Your family life plays a massive role in the way you turn up each week. If everything is happy at home, it means you can have a great year and enjoy yourself on the field.''Prince described his 2005 season as a dream year, culminating in him earning an Australian Test jersey against Great Britain in the Tri-Nations Series."Winning the competition is a team goal, so that's great for the club, and it was great for me personally to be the captain of the team,'' Prince said."To pick up the Clive Churchill medal for player of the grand final and then to be named in the Kangaroo team was a massive bonus."The grand final was such a long week. I spoke to blokes like Scott Sattler and Gordon Tallis who had been there before. They told me grand final week is one of the best weeks of your life."To me, it was the worst week. I couldn't sleep. I was worried about the game, then I was sick on the Thursday, and then there was the talk about whether Pat Richards would play or not."The grand final was one of the fastest games I've played in. It was such a great night and it was just a relief to walk away as the victors."The premiership victory was great not only for the club but also for our supporters. You still get your die-hard Balmain supporters and your mad Western Suburbs supporters, so I see the trophy acting as a counsellor in a bad marriage. It has hopefully united them and we can now all be one happy family.''Prince said the signings of Ryan O'Hara, Keith Galloway, Sam Harris and Jamaal Lolesi would make the side an even more formidable outfit in 2006."The beauty about being a successful rugby league team is the ability to attract players who now want to come to the club,'' Prince said."Now that we are premiers, teams are going to turn up ready to play and that is only going to improve us as a team and a club."Next season is going to be tougher but it is going to bring the best out of us. I'm really looking forward to the challenge.''
AUSTRALIAN Rugby League chairman Colin Love wants Kangaroos coach Wayne Bennett to explain his controversial return from the failed Tri Nations campaign in Britain.But Love has all but confirmed Bennett will retain the national coaching job despite leading Australia to its first series loss in 27 years. Bennett caused a furore when he slipped past waiting media at Brisbane airport last Thursday.Love says he was less than impressed by Bennett's actions and will discuss the matter at next Monday's ARL board meeting in Sydney.
KIWIS Tri-Nations victory creates HistoryThe New Zealand Kiwis sensational victory in the Tri-nations final went downas their greatest win in Rugby League history.While their 24-0 win over Australia gave the Kangaroos their first series loss since 1978 when they lost 2-0 to France, a major achievement by the Kiwis went unnoticed when the final siren went at Elland Road in Leeds.Ten Teams for 2008 World CupAs predicted in Rugby League Review earlier in the year, the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) has confirmed that 10 nations will compete in the Rugby League World Cup to be staged in the Southern Hemisphere in 2008.Find out which teams will have automatic entry and how the other five spotswill be determined.Aussies still rule World XIIIFind out which players have made the World XIII with all the individual positions shown. Anthony Minichiello was crowned the best player when he received the Golden Boot award but we also have a full list of international award winners.--------------------The Summer edition of Rugby League Review is out at all good newsagents on Tuesday, December 6 for $3.50. You can guarantee your copy by subscribing for the next 10 issues. Simply send a cheque or money (payable to RUGBY LEAGUE REVIEW) for $35 to PO Box 322, Dulwich Hill Sydney NSW 2203. Credit card facilities and overseas rates available on the website at www.rugbyleaguereview.com
PENRITH captain and New South Wales halfback Craig Gower has demanded an apology over being fined by the ARL and plans to appeal the decision.
THE Southern Division team to contest the Division Carnival in Mackay over the weekend of the 12th /13th June 2004 has been named.
THE Toowoomba Clydesdales returned to the winners circle today with a comprehensive 36-24 victory over the Wynnum Seagulls at Kougari Oval.
THE 2004 Sydney Airport Jets VB Premier League team certainly have a fixation with the figures 18 and 16. In the past five weeks they have lost twice to South Sydney by that exact scoreline, and at Henson Park on Saturday they hung on grimly for the last twenty minutes to upset last year's premiers, the Canberra Raiders, by those very same figures - 18-16.
YOUNG Wellingtonian Simon Mannering is a guy on a mission. Just 1 year into his rugby league career as a preferred sport the youngster has been noticed at the highest level.Mannering, who did not play the game until August last year at Nelson College, last weekend signed up with the NZ Warriors in their 2nd tier developmental squad.
ESL club Wigan Warriors have revealed that their former Kiwi skipper Quentin Pongia has played the first three months of the season, despite suffering from the serious blood disease Hepatitis B.
RESULTS through from Week 11 of Tetley's Super League.
A third of the way through New Zealand's Bartercard Cup competition and only 4 points separate the top ten teams. It is a tight competition with no side guaranteed a win when they take the field. Round 5 was no exception as the North Harbour Tigers found to their demise courtesy of the Glenora Bears.
THE weekly column here at Leagueunlimited is to highlight what we here on the site think are the best players in each round of the 2004 NRL competition.
Based on the opinion received from the Leagueunlimited.com live updaters, we have put together what we think is the team of the Round 11.
THE Sydney Roosters have suspended stars Anthony Minichiello and Craig Wing for breaching the club?s code of conduct during the State of Origin camp.
BRISBANE once did the unthinkable by bringing back veteran halfback Allan Langer to top class football, and now they?ve done it again, with the club announcing plans to bring former Queensland play-maker Paul Green back to top class football.
ST.GEORGE Bank Dragons prop Jason Ryles has been sidelined for 2-4 weeks with a torn ligament in his foot following Friday night's emphatic 37-6 win over the Eels at Parramatta.
Ryles, 25, who has played four games this season after returning from a career threatening shoulder injury, overcame a knee strain to play on Friday night but injured his foot. Scans today revealed he has a torn ligament.
Dragons winger nathan Blacklock will be out for 4-6 weeks after re-injuring his hamstring, while captain Trent Barrett is expected to need another week for his hamstring injury and Nathan Long (knee) is likely to be out for another six weeks.
On the good news front, Lance Thompson (shoulder) and Matt Cooper (knee) have been cleared to play the Broncos in Brisbane this Friday night.