SATURDAY 13 March
RUGBY League in Britain has turned the corner and will start 2004 completely debt free, putting it in a far greater position to truly push the greatest game of all to the English public. Richard Lewis, who took over the position as executive chairman in March 2002 incurred a ?1.9m debt which was party made up from the loss from the 2000 Rugby League World Cup which lost ?700,000, as well as previous debts the RFL have been paying back for the last 15 years.
THE Rugby Football League will start 2004 in the black after wiping out a ?2m debt, according to its new boss.
The RFL appointed Richard Lewis as their first executive chairman in March, 2002, and he inherited the bulk of a ?1.9m debt.
CASTLEFORD are optimistic new signing Paul Newlove will be fit for the start of Tetley's Super League IX.
The former Great Britain centre, who was recently signed from St Helens, missed the Boxing Day defeat at Leeds due to a chest illness and a foot injury.
DANNY McGuire scored two tries as Leeds saw off Castleford in their Boxing Day clash.
HULL Football Clubs Scottish international Scott Logan has suffered an injury that will keep him out of action for five months.
The former Sydney Roosters forward missed five months of last season after breaking his leg and dislocating his ankle against Wigan in April.
ESL side Wakefield Wildcats overpowered National One derby rivals Featherstone Rovers 34-14 in a heated friendly on Sunday.
Featherstone's Jim Carlton was given his marching orders after a 50th-minute flare-up with Michael Korkidas, who was sin-binned.
RUGBY League Ireland?s ambitious plans for an 18-team inter-provincial championship will be boosted by a fund-raising dinner at Huddersfield?s historic George Hotel on March 20 2004 - with Great Britain & Ireland Test star Brian Carney confirmed as the guest of honour.
Rugby League Ireland (RLI), the sport?s governing body across the Irish Sea, recently announced ambitious plans to launch a dramatically expanded domestic competition in 2004 to help establish rugby league as a major sport in the country. Now RLI has teamed up with the fund-raising group 1895 International to stage a gala dinner in order to raise the necessary funds push forward this exciting new development.
BRITAIN are pushing for a return of the rugby league World Cup in 2008 to replace the Tri-Nations tournament.
The possibility of holding the event will be discussed when the International Federation meets in Sydney on 26 January.
LEBANON have been confirmed hosts for their third Mediterranean Cup tournament in a row, and in what should be Rugby League?s largest Mediterranean Cup to date. The Mediterranean Cup was part of the original Rugby League World Cup dream, the establishment of small regular tournaments around the world to both raise interest in the sport, together with an aim to improve the competitiveness of national sides.
THE NNRLB have agreed terms with Sunergy/Rotterdam and Rotterdam City council to hold an International Nines tournament in the city on 7th August 2004.Plans are at an advanced stage with a world wide selection of developing League Federations showing interest.
THE draw for the Cougar World Sevens rugby league tournament has been released.
HIGH ranking South Sydney recruit Terry Hill said the Rabbitohs would be "ultra-competitive" in 2004.
THIS is your official invitation to the inaugural League Unlimited 2004 season launch at One World Sport Parramatta. The launch will be hosted as a trivia night with some fantastic prizes for the winning team not to mention some mystery door prizes given to some lucky punters on the night. There is over $2,000 worth of prizes to be given away on the night so be sure to reserve your table.
WIDNES will face champions Parramatta and Cronulla Sharks first up in their qualifying pool at next month's World Sevens.
The Vikings are representing Great Britain in Sydney and also using the tournament as part of their pre-season training camp in Australia.