THERE has surely been no more sensational Test debut than that of Dennis Williams, for New Zealand against Great Britain at Salford in the English autumn of 1971.
A hat-trick from winger Mitch Heterick helped Penrith Panthers' Under-18 side to end their British tour with a 26-20 win over their Leeds Rhinos counterparts at Headingley on Tuesday night.
The Panthers had seen off Huddersfield, Hull and Warrington in their previous three games, but faced a tough task against this year's Junior Academy Championship winners.
A 74th minute try to Ian Hardman gave England Academy Under-17's a 28-22 win over the Australian Institute of Sport in their international clash at Hunslet on Friday night.
The English side had allowed a 20-0 lead to slip away as the AIS levelled the game at 22-all with ten minutes remaining.
EXECUTIVE chairman Selwyn Pearson said the New Zealand Rugby League was keen to play a tri-series against Australia and Great Britain only if there were benefits for all three nations.
BRADFORD Bulls Rugby Club have smashed their own Season Ticket sales record ahead of their Early Bird deadline on Friday 12th December leading into the 2004 campaign.
DENIS Betts who since his retirement in 2001 has been the Under 21 coach at Wigan has been officially appointed as Assistant First Team Coach to work alongside the recently appointed Mike Gregory.
THE UK?s most successful Rugby Club, Bradford Bulls, who are Tetley?s Super League Champions, Minor Premiers and Powergen Challenge Cup holders, have announced that Gt. Britain International Paul Johnson has joined the club on a three-year contract.
THE NRL has ruled out salary cap changes for next season.
THE National Rugby League is investigating linking its clubs to rural areas, giving them access to some of the best players from that area in return for development support.
THE Annual NRL Conference has agreed with a fine system for deliberately slow goal kickers, new powers for the Video Referee in relation to foul play and discussion on an alternate finals system for the Telstra Premiership.
NATIONAL Rugby League chief executive David Gallop rejected claims the proposed plan to develop and gain access to the best rural players is a case of "stripping" country areas of talent.
BRISBANE Bronco coach Wayne Bennett is set to pitch Darren Lockyer into a new attacking five-eighth role to ignite the Broncos next season.
Brisbane staggered into the National Rugby League finals this year after dropping their last nine premiership games in a row.
FOLLOWING the release of next year?s NRL draw today, Melbourne Storm will have to wait until round two before commencing its assault on the 2004 National Rugby League Telstra Premiership, after drawing a bye in round one.
DEFENDING premiers Penrith will open the 2004 National Rugby League season with a night time home clash with Newcastle at Penrith Football Stadium.
CRONULLA Sharks have appointed former Wigan coach Stuart Raper as their new coach.
Raper has signed a two-year contract and takes over from Australian Kangaroo coach Chris Anderson, who was sacked by the Sharks on Monday.