PARRAMATTA rugby league coach Brian Smith has announced he won't stand for the Country Origin coaching position next year.
I will start by saying that I am a ?wog?. I was born in Erlangen, Bavaria (Germany) to a Hungarian father and German mother. We arrived in Australia in 1961 and settled in an old fibro cottage in Caringbah a stone?s throw away from Pioneer Concrete. We had a long drop out the back and the milko used to deliver milk in foil-topped bottles out of a refrigerated cart. Yes, that is cart as in horse and cart, and Dad would send me out to collect the horse manure from up and down our street to help fertilise our garden. Like many immigrant families of the time, we had a virtual market garden in our backyard and grew almost all our own fruit and vegetables.
TEN years ago, whilst working at a company in Western Sydney, a nondescript delivery truck pulled up in the company?s despatch area whilst I was deep in discussion with a colleague. I took no real notice until the driver of the truck alighted and moved toward us. As a Rugby League fan of long standing I knew who he was immediately, it was difficult not to recognise him.
FOUR Great Britain internationals have been included in Rugby League World's dream team.
Irish winger Brian Carney is selected after a fantastic year for both Wigan and the Lions while Sydney Roosters second-rower Adrian Morley also made the list.
FEATHERSTONE Rovers are delighted to announce the signing of 25 year old centre Richard Newlove from Wakefield Trinity. Coach Gary H Price was clearly elated when he broke the news, "I believe the capture of such a talented player is an extremely exciting event for the club", he said. "Richard was well liked when he was at the club previously and I think the supporters will see a new improved version this time around. I saw Wakefield play a lot last season and to me he was one of the better players in their ranks. I was extremely suprised that he wasn't retained, their loss is very much our gain. He is a player that can create situations on the field and will give us many more options, in both defence and attack. I believe the commitment that Richard has shown by returning to his roots at Featherstone is indicative that the direction this club is taking is the right one, both on and off the field."
Richard made his professional debut with the Featherstone club in 1995 scoring a try against Salford. His final season with Rovers was his finest when in 2002 he scored twenty five tries from 31 appearances. This attracted the attentions of Super League neighbours Wakefield who signed him for a season. Featherstone are delighted that a Rover has returned!
WARRINGTON Wolves have signed up two players from Australian National Rugby League sides.
Full-back or wing John Wilshere from St George Illawarra and front rower Danny Lima from Manly have both put their signatures to two-year contracts with the Wolves.
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LONDON Broncos have been very active in the player market in recent weeks assembling a squad of 24 players for 2004.
FORMER Castleford and Wigan coach Stuart Raper is expected to take charge of Cronulla Sharks following the NRL club's decision to sack Chris Anderson.
THE Cronulla Sharks board have finally sacked coach Chris Anderson following a meeting tonight.
Anderson, who returned last week from coaching Australia to a 3-0 Test series clean sweep over Great Britain, was reportedly disappointed with the decision to ditch him from the head coaching position.
FORMER Queensland State of Origin player Adrian Vowles was a surprise face at the Brisbane Broncos first official training session today.
THE Bulldogs are keen to avoid a repeat of the drawn out contract wrangle involving Kiwis centre Nigel Vagana by re-signing New Zealand wing Matt Utai before the start of the next National Rugby League season.
MELBOURNE Storm will continue to build on its rivalry with the Canberra Raiders two weeks prior to the start of the National Rugby League?s 2004 season, in the second of two pre-season trial matches early next year.
THE cringe on coach Wayne Bennett's face was there for all to see as Broncos rookie Wendell Sailor fronted the waiting media after last Sunday's win over Manly.
First to shower and change, Sailor stood tall with his kit bag between his legs as journalists introduced themselves to the latest "unknown" to hit the spotlight.
Understandably, the strapping 19 year old spoke excitedly about his introduction to semi finals footy as Bennetts watchful gaze monitored the situation from across the dressing room.
"Last year I watched the grand final at home...now I have a chance to be part of it" Sailor grinned.
WALLABIES winger Wendell Sailor has dropped a clause in his contract allowing him to return to rugby league after the Rugby World Cup.