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.
FORMER Kiwis coach Frank Endacott will coach struggling British club Widnes for two seasons.
THE Tongan Rugby League team have set the tone early on in the Pacific Rim Tournament in Auckland, by thrashing Fiji 56-6 at North Harbour Stadium yesterday.
PACIFIC RIM RESULTS
PRE-TOURNAMENT favourites NZ Maori have overcome a brave Niue side, to record a 54-4 victory to kick start their tournament ahead of their key match up against the Samoans.
WALES face an uphill battle to qualify for the Rugby League European Nations Cup Final after losing 25-12 to Ireland on Sunday.
NEW Scotland coach Steve McCormack has named ten uncapped players in his 20 man squad for the European Nations Cup games with Wales and Ireland next week. They include Wakefield Trinity forward Duncan MacGillivray, former South Africa captain Jamie Bloem, York star half-back Danny Brough, ex Glasgow rugby union player Chris Birchall of Halifax and Bradford Bulls youngster Alex Szostak, along with four players promoted from the Scotland A squad. One of those, Glasgow Bulls? Andy McPhail, broke the points-scoring record with 38 in the win over Serbia in July.
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.
IT could be a Tony Puletua situation all over again for New Zealand Rugby League.
THE utility value of Wests Tigers player Dene Halatau has led to his selection in the New Zealand squad for the Tri-Series in Great Britain.
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.
NEW Zealand rugby league selectors have called up three Bradford players in their team to play Australia in the second game of the Tri-Nations series on Sunday morning .
CRAIG Fitzgibbon was instantly recalled into an expanded Australian team for Saturday's return Tri-Nations rugby league test against New Zealand, while Brent Tate remains on the outer.
AUSTRALIAN coach Wayne Bennett has slammed plans to appoint New Zealand referee Glen Black to next week's Kangaroos-Great Britain match in the tri-nations rugby league series.
BRIAN Noble has announced his 24 man Great Britain squad for the Gillette Tri Nations.
Andrew Farrell will continue to skipper the side, while there are call ups for eight uncapped players in a youthful looking squad.