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THROUGHOUT the history of Rugby League there have been many memorable battles between the different test playing nations. Teams such as Great Britain, New Zealand, and Australia have been the main contenders throughout the last 95 or so years. However, with the upcoming test series between Australia and New Zealand on the horizon it is timely to reflect on the history and tradition between these most fierce rivals.
NEW Zealand forward Ali Lauiti'iti will miss this week's test match against Australia unless he successfully fights a charge at the National Rugby League judiciary on Wednesday night.
LONDON Broncos have confirmed the signing of Wood Green youngster Joe Mbu for their first team squad for 2004.
BRADFORD Bulls have become the first club to reach the 150,000 spectator mark in Tetley?s Super League VIII. The 12,116 supporters that witnessed the game against Widnes last Sunday took the aggregate crowd for the Bulls this season to 152,062 giving an average of 15,206 for the 10 league games so far this season.
LAST week members of the London Broncos squad, Mat Toshack, Tom Haughey and Steve Hall joined a select squad of England's finest athletes for the British Airways annual 'Tesco Race for Life' 5k women's race and 'BA Hero' men's race.
THE Wigan Club has announced that their Head Coach, Stuart Raper, indicated that he would be returning home to Australia at the end of this Super League season.
THE Newcastle Knights and Wests Tigers will honour former international and First Grade coach, Allan McMahon, this Sunday when they play for the inaugural Allan McMahon Shield at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.
THE Wests Tigers have continued their foray into the player market, signing Scott Sattler from Penrith for two years and losing Willie manu to Souths in the process. The signature of Sattler continues an impressive buildup for the Tigers who have added Scott Prince, Pat Richards and Brett Hodgson to their playing roster for season 2004 and beyond
SOUTH Sydney prop Paul Stringer will delay season-ending shoulder surgery to play for the Rabbitohs in Saturday night's NRL match in Melbourne.
RUGBY league legends Ron Coote, Bob Fulton, Graeme Langlands, Bob McCarthy and Dave Brown will take their place alongside a host of the country's sporting superstars tomorrow.
THE Dragons have retained the same line-up which comprehensively beat the Cowboys last weekend for their Telstra Premiership round 20 clash with the Eels at Parramatta Stadium this Saturday.
Dragons coach Nathan Brown has named a bench of six with two to be omitted, depending on how Australian reps Shaun Timmins and Luke Bailey pull-up after the Test against New Zealand just 24 hours earlier.
The Dragons, currently in seventh place, beat the Eels 30-28 at WIN Stadium in round two.
CRONULLA prop Chris Beattie has agreed to a new one year deal with the National Rugby League club.
UNDERRATED Melbourne Storm centre Steven Bell is set to play his 50th NRL match this week when the Storm takes on the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Olympic Park.
MELBOURNE Storm?s Robbie Kearns is eager to assume the role of elder statesmen this week as the Storm look to avenge a humiliating 27-point loss to Souths earlier this year.