TWO of Scotland?s most exciting prospects received their Player of the Year Awards at a presentation ceremony after the Scotland v Australia Student International at Raeburn Place in Edinburgh last Sunday night. Glasgow Bulls winger Andy McPhail ? who scored with his first touch as a full international against Wales in October ? picked up the inaugural Roy Kinnear Award for Scotland Students Player of the Year. McPhail was one of six Napier University undergraduates in the Scotland Students side that lost 26-6 to the Aussies, McPhail setting up the home side?s only try with a trademark breakaway. The Glaswegian started the season in the Scotland Students side and after a prolific summer was promoted to the A team and eventually two full caps in the European Nations Cup.
MALTA will challenge for the ten thousand dollar 2005 Orara Valley Sevens, with the tournament providing good preparation for the 2005 VB Sevens in Sydney, Australia the following month.
RUGBY Football League executive chairman Richard Lewis has revealed the Tri-Nations tournament is unlikely to be staged in the southern hemisphere before 2006.
DAVID Waite is to step down from his position as RFL Performance Director at the end of this month in order to take-up a key consultancy role with Perpignan as they prepare for Super League entry in 2006.
THE club has applied to enter the newly set up Rugby League Conference Premier Division for 2005. This is where our first team squad will play in 2005 if accepted.
HE has come to represent the public face of Yorkshire's most successful Super League club but Robbie Paul, the king of Odsal, could be about to leave Bradford as a pawn in the Bulls' negotiations to sign Wakefield Trinity captain Gareth Ellis.
TETLEY?S Cumbria Cup Final
Ellenborough Rangers v Egremont Rangers
Tuesday 28th December
Derwent Park, Workington Town RLFC
Kick Off: 2.00pm
Admission ?5 Adults - ?2 Concessions
CASTLEFORD Tigers have been ordered to pay an extra two months wages to former players Paul Mellor and Motu Tony.
The Tigers terminated the players contracts on 19 September after the club had been relegated from Super League.
LONDON Skolars are to take on the current World Champions Bradford Bulls in a groundbreaking pre-season friendly in Dublin in January. The National League 2 side will play a Bulls XIII select side at Blackrock College RFCs ground on Sunday 23 January with a 1.30pm kick-off.
THE Newcastle Knights have today announced Subway as the club?s shorts sponsor for the 2005 and 2006 seasons.
AFTER months of negotiating and still holding talks with the NRL, Danny Williams has signed a one year deal with the London Broncos.
RETIRED Brisbane Broncos captain Gorden Tallis predicts Justin Hodges' return to the Broncos next season will be a winning move for him and the club.
THE National Rugby League (NRL) has released its official report into player attitudes towards women, which was commissioned in the wake of the damaging sex scandals which rocked the code during 2004.
THE NRL has agreed to bring the kick-off to the Broncos-Warriors match in round two - at Suncorp Stadium - forward by an hour to 7.30pm.
When the NRL initially announced the first five weeks of the 2005 NRL draw, the Broncos-Warriors encounter was the third scheduled in a trio of live matches to be screened on Fox on Saturday, March 19. With daylight saving still operating on that weekend, the Broncos-Warriors clash was to have kicked off in Brisbane at 8.30pm and beamed live in to NSW at 9.30pm (EDST), following the Raiders-Knights clash (5.30pm) and the Dragons-Storm (7.30pm).
BRISBANE Broncos coach Wayne Bennett believes a NRL team could be based in Papua New Guinea within ten years.