AFTER two years in the Brisbane competition Brothers-Valleys have been accepted into the 2004 Queensland Cup. The decision to admit them was made easier for the QRL after foundation Club Wests Panthers chose to withdraw.
TWENTY-FIVE of Lebanon?s most promising young rugby league players have been selected to play Oxford University in a two match series next month.
SIX teams will compete for the second Victory Cup which will be held in Moscow around July next year. The inaugural tournament, which saw France, USA, Russia and a BARLA Great Britain side battle it out at the Moscow Olympic Stadium, was considered a huge success, and whilst a crowd of only 10,000 saw the two days of action, the Russian Sports Minister, and Moscow Government will both get behind the 2004 tournament.
SELWYN Pearson has raised a excellent point about the upcoming Tri-Nations tournament, which many groups have looked over recently, what about the fans of Australia and New Zealand who like to go out to international Rugby League matches? Whilst crowds may not be huge for League test matches, the last few in Sydney alone have drawn crowds of over 30,000 which is larger than most NRL games, showing there is a market there.
WITH a break in International League, we take a brief look back at the Test Matches between the number one and two ranked International Teams in the world, Australia and New Zealand.
TWO Russian sides, and four French sides will all compete in Round Three of the 2004 Powergen Challenge Cup as the start of the semi and full time professional clubs enter the competition. Dynamo Moscow who recorded their first and Russian Rugby League?s first ever victory in the tournament last week over West Bowling (22- 18), will have a tough task against National League One side, Rochdale Hornets, whilst Locomotive Moscow will take on Chorley who finished second in National League Two this year.
BRADFORD Independent Supporters Association (BISA) today added their opinions on the current debate on the lowering of the salary cap and the recruitment of young players from service areas. The statement reads as follows:
WITH the recent appointment of Craig Wilson and Peter Gentle Head Coach Stuart Raper has now formalised his coaching staff for the next two years.
THE Knights, in conjunction with major supporter NIB and the Anthony McCrohon Committee, have today presented Anthony McCrohon with a cheque for $118,000, representing the fundraising efforts of the committee during 2003.
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WARRIORS? CEO, Mick Watson has come out and totally denied the speculation that his National Rugby League club were setting up at Rugby League academy in Samoa. The news, which hit the New Zealand press a few weeks ago, was believed to be part of a strategy by the NRL club to try and capitalise on the wealth of talent that is in the pacific, and seems to have been forgotten by other Rugby League clubs.
POWERHOUSE lock Tonie Carroll is out indefinitely after a training collision with centre Brent Tate, according to the Brisbane Broncos Official Site.
Carroll twisted his knee resulting in a grade-two medial ligament tear and looks set to miss Brisbane's World Sevens campaign on the Australia Day Weekend.
NEW South Wales and Newcastle Knights captain Andrew has his name in the headlines again for the wrong reasons. Johns was involved in a fight in the toilets of a local Newcastle pub recently (The Crown and Anchor)?and the matter has been referred to the police, who have subesquently interviewed Johns over the incident but no charges have been laid.
The Newcastle club along with Johns management have refused to comment at this stage but we will keep you informed of any new developments.
At this stage it is not clear who started the fracas but the incident will no doubt cast a shadow over Johns image after his well publicised fall out with team mate Ben Kennedy last year.
WARRIORS coach Daniel Anderson has named a strong squad to contest the Cougar World Rugby League sevens in Sydney late next month.
THE Dragons have decided to start and finish the club?s 2004 Telstra Premiership campaign with home games at Oki Jubilee Stadium, while WIN Stadium will feature such key events as a heritage match against premiers Panthers.