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.
THE top 5 positions in New Zealand's Bartercard Cup competition are more evident after Round 12 of the competition, leaving only 4 rounds left before the play offs.
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.
INJURED New Zealand Warriors hooker PJ Marsh is confident he will make a successful comeback after neck surgery, although he admits there is a "slight chance" he may never play rugby league again.
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
FRIDAY night footy kicked off to see the mighty Panthers juggernaut continue to sweep all before them. This time Penrith over came an Origin weary Knights outfit in Newcastle. With a bye still in hand, the Panthers are now looking odds-on to claim the 2003 minor premiership.
RADISSON Maine Wests Tigers are pleased to announce Mark O?Neill has re-signed with the club for a further two years.
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.
FOLLOWING his selection for Friday night?s Australia versus New Zealand Test match Melbourne Storm skipper Stephen Kearney is set to move even closer to Gary Freeman?s record for the most international appearances by a New Zealander.
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.