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THROUGHOUT the history of Rugby League there have been many memorable battles between the different test playing nations. Teams such as Great Britain, New Zealand, and Australia have been the main contenders throughout the last 95 or so years. However, with the upcoming test series between Australia and New Zealand on the horizon it is timely to reflect on the history and tradition between these most fierce rivals.
FULLBACK Darren Lockyer has been ruled out of the Australian team to play New Zealand in Friday night's rugby league Test at Sydney's Telstra Stadium.
NEW Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) chairman Selwyn Pearson accused the NRL of running the international game after Ali Lauiti'iti was ruled out of Friday night's test against Australia.
WYNNUM has staged a number of ?escape acts? in Queensland Cup matches this season but Easts held on to win 36-32 in an entertaining ABC Television clash at Kougari Oval. An off-load from prop Jason Wrigley led to a try for Ross Sammut and then a strong try to five eight Grant Dutton gave the Tigers an early 10-0 lead. Three quick tries through skipper Scott Thorburn, an intercept to Matt Lockyer and winger Justin Loomans increased Easts lead to 26-0 at the 32 minute mark. A 40/20 kick from Denny Lambert saw Wynnum benefit when winger Herman Lafaele scored and fullback David Seage then crossed for a good team try to narrow the margin to 26-10 at half-time.
LONDON Broncos have confirmed the signing of Wood Green youngster Joe Mbu for their first team squad for 2004.
BRADFORD Bulls have become the first club to reach the 150,000 spectator mark in Tetley?s Super League VIII. The 12,116 supporters that witnessed the game against Widnes last Sunday took the aggregate crowd for the Bulls this season to 152,062 giving an average of 15,206 for the 10 league games so far this season.
SYDNEY Roosters coach Ricky Stuart has named halfback Brett Finch to make his return from a knee injury in the premiers' National Rugby League showdown with Penrith on Sunday.
SATURDAY 26th July 2003
THE coach of English rugby league club Wigan, Stuart Raper, has denied he's lined up a job with Cronulla when he returns to Australia later this year.
DARREN Senter returns from suspension to captain Wests Tigers in Sunday's National Rugby League match against Newcastle at Campbelltown Stadium.
SOUTH Sydney prop Paul Stringer will delay season-ending shoulder surgery to play for the Rabbitohs in Saturday night's NRL match in Melbourne.
RUGBY league legends Ron Coote, Bob Fulton, Graeme Langlands, Bob McCarthy and Dave Brown will take their place alongside a host of the country's sporting superstars tomorrow.
CRONULLA prop Chris Beattie has agreed to a new one year deal with the National Rugby League club.
MELBOURNE Storm?s Robbie Kearns is eager to assume the role of elder statesmen this week as the Storm look to avenge a humiliating 27-point loss to Souths earlier this year.