YESTERDAY'S announcement of an in principle agreement between the Newtown RLFC and Cronulla-Sutherland RLFC has caused a lot of confusion among fans of both clubs and fans of Rugby League in general.
THIS Saturday the North Sydney Bears return home to the world's most beautiful sporting ground, North Sydney Oval. The North Sydney Bears play the Parramatta Eels in Jersey Flegg and Premier League. There will also be other attractions including an appearance by the Honey Bears, The North Sydney Cheer Girl Squad. Also Bears Merchandise and Food and drink will be on sale.
THE New Zealand Women's Rugby League annual National Tournament 2004 is due to take place at Walter Massey Park (Mangere East Rugby League Park) in Mangere, Auckland from Friday 30 July through to Sunday 1 August 2004.
This will be the 10th annual Rugby League Nationals for the women, and with 5 very strong teams taking part in 2004, with representation from Canterbury, Wellington, Waicoa Bay, and Auckland (2 Teams), looks to be another extremely competitive and entertaining 3 days of football. A tournament draw is attached for your information.
The ladies work very hard throughout the season in their club football and alongside this train for approximately 6 weeks with their provinces in preparation for the Nationals. The Nationals then provides the women with the opportunity to showcase their Rugby League skills and talent in contention for a spot in the World Champion "Kiwi Ferns" squad.
A "Kiwi Ferns" team will be selected at the end of the National tournament on Sunday 1 August 2004. A squad of 19 will then travel to Brisbane on the 12 August 2004 where they will take on the Australian's in a 2 test series.
Test matches are as follows:
1st Test - Saturday 14 August Bendigo Bank Oval, Ipswich 7.30pm Kick Off
2nd Test - Saturday 21 August Davies Park South, Brisbane 4.00pm Kick Off
Presentation Dinner Saturday 21 August South Sydney Leagues Club
EASTERN Tornadoes and Otahuhu Ellerslie have already played their Round 12 match so will not be playing this weekend.
WIGAN Second Row Forward Danny Tickle has today put pen to paper on a new two year contract which will keep him at the JJB until the end of 2006.
TIME to separate the men from the boys. Round 20 starts tonight with the Bulldogs traveling to Campbelltown to take on the Wests Tigers, who are playing for their season tonight. The Bulldogs are sitting pretty in second spot whilst the Tigers are languishing in eleventh position on 18 competition points.
THE National Rugby League Referees Coach, Robert Finch, has sought a ruling from both the ARL and RFL in the UK after his referees' exposed an anomaly in the existing laws of the game.
ST.GEORGE Bank Ltd have installed some additional seating for their
staff and customers for Sunday's clash against the Sharks at OKI Jubilee Stadium.
DRAGONS prop Ashton Sims failed a fitness test today and has been ruled out of Sunday's clash with the Sharks at Oki Jubilee Stadium.
THE Canterbury Bulldogs have beaten the Wests Tigers 24-20 in one of the most absorbing and entertaining matches of the season at Campbelltown Stadium.
WESTS vs Helensburgh. 3pm Saturday July 24 - Parrish Park
MELBOURNE Storm has begun bolstering its forward pack in readiness for next season following the signings of Bulldogs prop/second-rower Dennis Scott and young Manly prop Ian Donnelly, both on two-year deals.
ST George Dragons legend, Billy Smith will be just inside the General Admission Entrance of Oki Jubilee Stadium this Sunday (25th July) from 2:00pm to 3:00pm to sign copies of his book, A SAINT FROM HEAD TO TOE.
PENRITH has decided against appealing the nine-week NRL suspension of Ben Ross.
THE Canberra Raiders have signed Michael and David Howell from the Dragons as the Raiders continue their buildup to season 2005. Both Michael and David have signed two year deals with the Raiders with Michael making 14 first grade appearances and David six, all for the Dragons.