IN early March of this year I was reasonably clear in understanding what I wanted from football in Season 2003. That was for the Parramatta Eels to win the Premiership. Come the second last week of September it is patently clear that the Parramatta Eels are not going to win the Premiership. I think I truly realised this when I looked in the Big League magazine this week and notices that they hadn?t included a playing list for the Parramatta Eels. Put simply, no matter how hard I try to deny it, they aren?t taking any further part in the competition.
THE South Sydney Rabbitohs have resumed training for the 2004 season. The Rabbitohs will train four days a week until Christmas and then up their intensity by moving to a five day training regime in the new year.
ST George Illawarra Dragons have signed winger Andrew Frew for the 2004 NRL season.
THE boarding call for Qantas flight QF43 to Auckland can't come quickly enough for troubled Kangaroos rugby league coach Chris Anderson.
THE Newcastle Knights at EnergyAustralia Stadium...it's more than a game. It's an experience not to be missed and one you can share with clients, family and friends.
AUSTRALIAN coach Chris Anderson has told explosive prop Richard Villasanti to bottle his emotions when he faces his NZ Warriors teammates in Saturday's rugby league Test against the Kiwis at North Harbour Stadium.
ST Helens trio Keiron Cunningham, Keith Mason and Mike Bennett have been withdrawn from the Great Britain and England A squads for this Autumn's international programme.
Cunningham has pulled out of the Lions squad for the 'Think! Road Safety' Ashes Series with a leg injury, following consultation with the Great Britain medical staff.
THE Kiwi "A" team, which will be made up of the best player from the New Zealand domestic competition, open their five-match tour against the revived Cumbria county side. They will also provide opposition to Great Britain, who will be preparing for the three-match Think! Road Safety Test Series against Australia.
THE stats weigh heavily in Australia's favour on the eve of the Centenary Test match.
THE 'early bird' deadline for London Broncos 2004 Season Tickets is on Tuesday 28th October. On or before this date, a full adult season ticket can be purchased for as little as ?99!
THE absence of almost 20 regular players from the Kangaroos squad is no reassurance for New Zealand rugby league coach Daniel Anderson, who says Australia will always field a formidable side.
GIANT Kangaroo forward Willie Mason on Tuesday warned Australia faced a big mental challenge and would need to weather an early physical onslaught in its rugby league test against New Zealand on Saturday.
LONDON Broncos have today signed giant-sized prop forward Steve Trindall to a new two-year deal.
WIGAN Warriors Head Coach Mike Gregory has announced that he will select the same 17 that won at Leeds Rhinos last Friday in the Final Eliminator for Saturday's Tetley's Super League 2003 Grand Final against Bradford Bulls at Old Trafford, 6.30pm Kick Off .
WIGAN has announced the appointment of Mike Gregory as Head Coach of the Club until the end of the 2005 season.