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AUSTRALIA have confirmed that Phil Bailey will miss the rest of the Ashes series against Great Britain after sustaining two fractures in his eye socket.
ENGLAND A will face France in the European Nations Cup Final at Warrington next weekend, with Scotland missing out on points difference following an 8-6 win in Narbonne, while Wales lost 22-4 to the English at Headingley.
Scotland needed to win by more than five points in France to secure their place at Wilderspool, and looked on course for that when they led 6-0 at half time, Barrow's Lee Henderson scoring their try and Oliver Wilkies converting.
GREAT Britain forward Adrian Morley will face a Disciplinary Committee on Monday following his sending-off in the Think! Road Safety First Test defeat to Australia on Saturday.
The Sydney Roosters star was dismissed by referee Steve Ganson following the first tackle of the game, when he caught Robbie Kearns high.
CONTROVERSY was one way to put the opening minute of the first Think! Don?t Drink Drive Ashes Test Match at JJB Stadium with Great Britain and Ireland?s Adrian Morley sent off after just 12 seconds for a high tackle on Robbie Kearns. The tackle, which was a very serious one, and deserved to be sent off, showed the pressure of the match, with Morley having a brain explosion.
THE New Zealand Warriors will host NRL champions , Penrith , in a pre-season match to be held at North Harbour Stadium , Auckland , in February. The match has been scheduled for Sunday, February 29. The kick off time is yet to be finalised but it is expected to be at 5:30pm (NZ Time)
THE first training session for elite Auckland based youngsters wishing to join the NRL via the Manly Sea Eagles has been a major success according to organisor, former Kiwi and Manly coach Graham Lowe.
KIWI rugby league centre , Nigel Vagana , has revealed he considered a code switch to an Italian rugby club before signing with National Rugby League (NRL) side Cronulla-Sutherland.
IT'S been a surprising lead-up to this Test Series for both sides, leaving no clear favourite now that the dust appears to have finally settled and the players can get down to doing what they do best.
FORMER Lions captain, the late Alan Prescott will be honoured in the highest way with the Rugby Football League commissioning an exclusive silver medal in his name to be awarded to the 'Man of the Series' in the Think! Road Safety Ashes Test Series.
FORMER Great Britain Lions captain, Garry Schofield has said the 2003 team has no chance of ending the drought and stealing ?The Ashes? off the touring Australian Kangaroos outfit.
DAVID Waite has named a side with the potential of defeating the Australians in the inaugural Think! Don?t Drink Drive Test Match at Wigan?s JJB Stadium which will be played in front of a sell out crowd. It has been a long time since the Lions have been able to name a side which actually looks competitive in all its positions, and whilst there are problems with it, and areas which Australia has key advantages in, this side has the potential to match the Kangaroos for 80 minutes.
GORDEN Tallis has taken his talent and aggression into representative retirement but the Kangaroos have a ready made replacement for the 'Raging Bull' in Michael Crocker, according to Australian coach Chris Anderson.
IT was a case of anything you can do I can do better when Great Britain coach David Waite named his side Friday for the opening Ashes Test against Australia at Wigan on Sunday morning.
ALL three matches in the forthcoming rugby league ashes series between Great Britain and Australia will be played on reinforced pitches, the so-called DD GrassMaster system produced by Desso DLW Sports Systems.