FORMER NSW rugby league coach Phil Gould faces disciplinary action for swearing in the Origin III post-match media conference on Wednesday night.
TIME is running out for Brian Smith to get results at the Parramatta Eels. The under siege head coach will have few excuses if he fails to at least achieve a finals berth in 2005, after overseeing the Eels worst season since 1995. The signings of Dragons hooker Mark Riddell, Cowboys lock Glen Morrison, Newcastle and NSW winger Timana Tahu, Warriors rake PJ Marsh, as well as toilers Paul Stringer and Chad Robinson have raised expectations for a far more productive 2005. However, the cynics still believe that the once ?super coach? Smith is past his time. Veteran CEO Denis Fitzgerald has also copped strong criticism from the media and Eels fans for his loyalty to Smith.
THE New Zealand Rugby League are pleased to announce the following 17-man squad to represent the NZ 'A' team against the NSWRL Jim Beam Cup Rep Team as the curtain raiser to the Kiwis vs Kangaroos at North Harbour Stadium on Saturday 16 October.
IT has been confirmed by the Rugby Football League that the winning team in Sunday?s LHF National League One Grand Final between Leigh Centurions v Whitehaven will be promoted to the Super League competition for the 2005 playing season.
Both teams competing in the title decider at Halton Stadium in Widnes applied for promotion earlier this season and submitted the relevant business plans.
Following a thorough assessment, both clubs have been informed that they have met the criteria for promotion to the Super League competition, subject to each of them completing additional stadium upgrade work.
BRADFORD Bulls winger Lesley Vainikolo made a clean sweep of the major awards at the Bulls Player of the Year Awards event held in the Coral Stand at Odsal last night.
FRIDAY see?s Leeds and Wigan meet in the Play Offs for the third consecutive year in a repeat of the first ever Grand Final back in 1998 at Old Trafford.
HEIGHINGTON RE-SIGNS WITH WESTS TIGERS
FULL-BACK Brett Hodgson was named the Wests Tigers player of the year on Friday.
Hodgson received the award at the annual Wests Tigers grand final luncheon at Le Montage Function Centre, Leichhardt.
BRETT Kimmorley will lead Australia for the first time on Saturday night in Townsville, as the Kangaroos line-up against Papua New Guinea in a warm-up clash prior to the Tri-Nations later in the month in the U.K.
WESTS Tigers utility player Dene Halatau is determined to make every post a winner should he be handed a New Zealand Test jersey.
THE Redcliffe Dolphins have appointed Anthony Griffin as their Head Coach for the 2005 season. Griffin returns to Dolphin Oval after previously being the club?s Junior Development Manager from 1995 to 1997, he also took the Dolphins colts to the premiership in 1997 before joining the Melbourne Storm organization where he coached the North?s colts before moving to Melbourne where he was NRL assistant coach to both Chris Anderson and Mark Murray.
Griffin coached the Souths Logan Magpies for most of this year?s Queensland Cup competition before being controversially removed from that position.
THE 'function' that discerns half backs - Editorial
BARLA Great Britain Lions coach Mick Turner has named his side for Saturday's Test match against the Australian Aboriginals at the Kitchener Oval, Gunnedah.
COACH Denis Betts has named a squad of nineteen for Sunday's Tetley's Super League game away to Salford City Reds at the Willows with a 3pm kick off.
THE Parramatta Eels have managed to upset premiership favourites the Sydney Roosters 20-12 at Parramatta Stadium.