WHO ever said International Rugby League was dead should have been at Ericsson number two last night, as Cook Islands and Tonga battled it out in the 3rd Round of the Pacific Rim Tournament.
PACIFIC RIM RESULTS
THE Melbourne Storm faced another year of having to put up with critics questioning their existence. The long term viability of a team in ?AFL mad? Melbourne remains doubtful, their low home crowds are mocked on a fortnightly basis and the lack of media interest in Melbourne makes you wonder if anyone cares.
BRITAIN?S most successful Rugby Club, World Champions, Bradford Bulls, have announced the signing of Forwards, Ryan Hudson and Andy Lynch from Castleford Tigers.
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PACIFIC RIM RESULTS
THE British Amateur Rugby League Association is delighted to announce that Britain's biggest Union, the GMB, have agreed to continue their sponsorship of the BARLA National Cup for the 2005 competition.
The Kiwis are holding on to hope of having winger Lesley Vainikolo available for next month's two tri-series league tests against Great Britain.
CARDIFF Demons have accepted an invitation to play in the 2005 Powergen Rugby League Challenge Cup, the final of which will be played in the Millennium Stadium on August 27.
KIWIS coach Daniel Anderson is accepting Bradford's decision not to release winger Lesley Vainikolo for the tri series tests against Great Britain
WALES must beat Scotland by 14 points or more in Glasgow this Sunday (kick-off 3pm) to have any chance of qualifying for the Rugby League European Nations Cup Final writes Ian Golden.
THE Oceanic Pacifica Rugby League Tournament Organisers are pleased to annouce that Erana Clark will be performing at the tournament. Erana Clark is the voice coach on the popular Australia Idol program and has recently released a new CD.
SCOTLAND have named nine new caps to face Wales in the European Nations Cup on Sunday, including 17-year-old Ross Marshall. The Arran second rower is joined on the bench by fellow Scotland A team graduates Pete Shaw and Andy Brown of Fife Lions, with Glasgow Bulls' Andy McPhail starting on the left flank in a side featuring four Super League players.
THE Cook Islands have progressed to the Pacific Rim Grand Final after a narrow 20-12 victory over the ANZ Fiji Bati side.
THE Kangaroos are expecting tommorow mornings Tri-Nations Test against New Zealand to be every bit as tough and tight as last week's series opening draw, but at least they'll have
more room to move.