Cardiff Demons win National Rugby League Conference Shield

IN a game of two halves, Cardiff Demons just about held on to 22-point half-time lead to bring the National Conference Shield trophy to Wales for the first time.

Malta announce squad for internationals

MALTA head coach Joe Grima has announced a 26-man squad, which will represent Malta in their 2 upcoming inaugural matches in matches at Melita Stadium.

Marist Richmond one finalist in NZ's Bartercard Cup competition

MARIST Richmond Brothers have reached the Grand Final of the Bartercard Cup competition for the second year running.

ESL Roundup

CASTLEFORD edged closer to relegation for the first time in their history after a painful 24-22 loss to Salford in English rugby league action over the weekend. player and team of the year!


Bailey gets green light

ST George Illawarra prop Luke Bailey has been given the all-clear to make his long-awaited return from injury in Friday night's NRL qualifying final against Penrith at Penrith Stadium.

Finals series sick list

THE NRL's finals series kicks-off on Friday night with the Panthers hosting St George Illawarra at Penrith Stadium.

Storm set to face Broncos in finals

MELBOURNE Storm will kick-off its NRL finals campaign against the Brisbane Broncos in Brisbane next Saturday after suffering a narrow 28-30 loss to the Manly Sea Eagles at Brookvale Oval.

Justin Smith joins Cowboys


Wiki the Warrior

THE New Zealand Warriors have signed long term Canberra Raider Ruben Wiki to a three year deal that will see Wiki return to his home town of Auckland to finish his playing career. The deal is believed to be worth in excess of $300,000 per season for Wiki with a possible development role waiting for Wiki once he retires.

Dragons sign rising Knights star

KNIGHTS utility Michael Ennis today agreed to terms with the St.George Bank Dragons for the 2005 and 2006 seasons. Ennis, 20, has recently been starting at five-eighth in the Knights first-grade side, but his preference is hooker. The Coffs Harbour-born Ennis, who made his NRL debut last year and has played 13 NRL games this season, played hooker for the NSW U19s and junior Kanagaroos last year. "With Mark Riddell going, there was an opportunity to push for a regular first grade spot at hooker (with the Dragons)," Ennis said. "As much as I enjoy playing five-eighth, my preference is hooker. "I was choosing between the Broncos and the Dragons. The Dragons young forward pack and the opportunity to play around people like Trent Barrett, Matt Cooper and Mark Gasnier was a deciding factor. It's a bit similar to playing with Andrew Johns. "I'm really looking forward to spending time training and playing with all the Origin blokes and their forward pack - being a hooker, it's pretty special."

Mark O'Neill to play his 100th game for Wests Tigers

THIS weekend, local junior Mark O?Neill will become only the second Wests Tigers player to ever play 100 first grade matches for the club (John Skandalis being the other).

Eels add Tahu, Robinson and Stringer

THE Parramatta National Rugby League Club is pleased to announce that players Timana Tahu, Chad Robinson and Paul Stringer have agreed to terms to join the Club.

Rain and fog troubles the Dragons

A thick fog rolled onto WIN Stadium as rain lashed the hearty and brave St George Illawarra Dragon supporters. They had little to celebrate however as the Dragons side started and finished in woeful fashion against a much more intelligent Brisbane side, the Broncos winning the encounter by 28 to 14.

Panthers lose Grand Final star

2003 Grand Final centre Paul Whatuira has signed with the Wests Tigers, it was confirmed today.

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