THE New Zealand Rugby League take great pleasure in announcing the Finalists for the Lion Foundation NZRL Awards 2004. The Awards Dinner will take place on Friday 3 December at the Hyatt Regency in Auckland and will also be live on Sky Sport 1 from 8.00-9.30pm.
THE American Rugby League has earmarked US-born Knights forward Clint Newton as the man to captain the Tomahawks in a one-off international against Australia in Philadelphia on December 1.
LONDON Broncos are delighted to announce the signing of current New Zealand Test half, Thomas Leuluai, on a one year deal.
THE NZ Warriors are tipped to toughen up for next season?s NRL, and a former North Queensland player will have a lot to do with it.
PARRAMATTA CEO Denis Fitzgerald has controversially called for the conversion goal kick ? a 96-year rugby league institution ? to be axed.
ENGLISH-BASED Kiwi Logan Swann has admitted an assault on a man in Auckland's Queen St last year.
CRONULLA rugby league player David Peachey was arrested and released without charge after a mass brawl in Sydney's Kings Cross last night.
SATURDAY'S mouth-watering Gillette Tri-Nations final between Great Britain and world champions Australia will be refereed by England's Russell Smith.
New Zealander Glen Black was in line to referee the final at Elland Road.
AUSTRALIA and Great Britain are set to lock horns over the appointment of a referee for Sunday's Tri Nations final with ARL officials ready to fight tooth-and-nail to have England's Russell Smith appointed to the game.
BRIAN Carney, two-try hero of Great Britain's 26-24 victory over New Zealand, is urging his team-mates to seize the opportunity to be crowned world champions.
ADRIAN Morley, the only Englishman plying his trade in Australia's National Rugby League, says he'll secure bragging rights from Bondi to Bundaberg should Great Britain win the Tri-Nations rugby league series.
DARREN Lockyer, Brent Tate and Ben Kennedy have been included into the Australian squad for the Tri-Nations final against Great Britain at Elland Road.
GREAT Britain captain Andy Farrell became only the second British winner of the coveted Golden Boot.
SOME of British rugby league's biggest names have rubbished talk of player burnout and say they would relish the opportunity to take on the Kangaroos in Australia next season.
NL3 side South London Storm contested a thrilling 22-all draw with reigning Nacional 3 champions Villeneuve Tolosane XIII on their annual tour of France.
Souths have made the pilgrimige to the South of France for three consecutive years and were again rewarded with the best in Treiziste hospitality. Old foes Realmont XIII treated the tourists to a lavish reception on Friday night, whilst a sizeable crowd was in attendance on Saturday evening for the cross-chanell NL3 encounter.
The game itself was extremely well-contested, with victory narrowly eluding Souths when John Ferguson failed to land a last minute penalty that would have edged his side in front.
Storm led 18-6 at half-time, courtesy of tries from Andrew Jackson (two) and Mark Nesbitt, but were forced to weather a fierce comeback from the home side after the break. Carlos Zacharov scored the try of the match with the 10 minutes remaining to edge the Londoners agonisingly close to their first ever victory on foreign soil, but Ferguson's late miss allowed the game to end in what was ultimately a fitting draw.
Souths rounded off their trip by attending Sunday afternoon's France-Australia Test match, and tour organiser Richard Giles was delighted by the success of the club's third journey across Le Manche.
"The reception we have received from our friends at Realmont and Villeneuve Tolosane has been phenomenal," said Giles.
"After our three trips to France as well as our tour to Australia earlier this year, Souths are building a real reputation as a touring side and I'm sure that will continue in the future. I doubt there are many clubs in the world that have clocked the number of air miles we have in recent years!"
The tour was an emotional occasion for club stalwart Darrin Cornall, who returns to Australia next month in order get married following several years loyal service both on and off the pitch.
"Darrin has been a great ambassador for the club in the past few years and will be sadly missed," added Giles.
For further information about South London Storm's 2004 French tour, contact Richard Giles ([email protected] or 07740282702).