PARRAMATTA rugby league coach Brian Smith has announced he won't stand for the Country Origin coaching position next year.
TEN years ago, whilst working at a company in Western Sydney, a nondescript delivery truck pulled up in the company?s despatch area whilst I was deep in discussion with a colleague. I took no real notice until the driver of the truck alighted and moved toward us. As a Rugby League fan of long standing I knew who he was immediately, it was difficult not to recognise him.
CHRIS Anderson wants the Australian Rugby League coaching job again next year provided he is still coaching at club level.
FOUR Great Britain internationals have been included in Rugby League World's dream team.
Irish winger Brian Carney is selected after a fantastic year for both Wigan and the Lions while Sydney Roosters second-rower Adrian Morley also made the list.
WIDNES Vikings will participate in the 2004 Rugby League International Federation World Sevens competition in Australia instead of an England representative side, according to a RFL press release today.
ENGLISH rugby league's County of Origin match has been canned for season 2004.
Governing body the Rugby Football League has dropped the Yorkshire v Lancashire clash after reviving it three years ago.
LONDON Broncos have been very active in the player market in recent weeks assembling a squad of 24 players for 2004.
WIGAN Chairman Maurice Lindsay today confirmed that Andrew Farrell, the Wigan and Great Britain Captain will be out of the game for at least four months following surgery to his knee yesterday.
MELBOURNE Storm will continue to build on its rivalry with the Canberra Raiders two weeks prior to the start of the National Rugby League?s 2004 season, in the second of two pre-season trial matches early next year.
THE cringe on coach Wayne Bennett's face was there for all to see as Broncos rookie Wendell Sailor fronted the waiting media after last Sunday's win over Manly.
First to shower and change, Sailor stood tall with his kit bag between his legs as journalists introduced themselves to the latest "unknown" to hit the spotlight.
Understandably, the strapping 19 year old spoke excitedly about his introduction to semi finals footy as Bennetts watchful gaze monitored the situation from across the dressing room.
"Last year I watched the grand final at home...now I have a chance to be part of it" Sailor grinned.
NZ Vodafone Warriors? hooker Tevita Latu has been diagnosed as having pulmonary tuberculosis. He has been admitted to hospital and has begun treatment for this condition.
WALLABIES winger Wendell Sailor has dropped a clause in his contract allowing him to return to rugby league after the Rugby World Cup.
BRISBANE Broncos prop Shane Webcke has called for an end to "the crap" that goes on between the rival rugby codes in Australia.
CRONULLA is still waiting to hear back from coach Chris Anderson but expects to resolve the coaching drama at the National Rugby League club in the next few days.
ST George Illawarra's former Test prop Jason Ryles must undergo a second shoulder operation in four months but is hopeful of being fit for the start of the 2004 National Rugby League season next March.