THE date ? 5th October, 2003, the time 8:47pm. Time and history stood still. The rugby league world was stunned that such a feat could occur. This feat was the massive underdogs Penrith, defeating the reigning premiers, the Sydney Roosters.
THE Sydney Airport Jets' preparations for the 2004 Rugby League season are well underway, with big numbers attending training at historic Henson Park.
Jets' coaches Colin Murphy (Premier League) and Trevor Schodel (Jim Beam Cup) have been running a tough training regimen, along with input from
highly-rated conditioning coach Dennis "Rowdy" Yates.
A hat-trick from winger Mitch Heterick helped Penrith Panthers' Under-18 side to end their British tour with a 26-20 win over their Leeds Rhinos counterparts at Headingley on Tuesday night.
The Panthers had seen off Huddersfield, Hull and Warrington in their previous three games, but faced a tough task against this year's Junior Academy Championship winners.
PENRITH Panthers' Under-18's grabbed a third win of their UK tour with a 68-18 defeat of Warrington, while the Australian Institute of Sport defeated St Helens' Junior Academy 42-10 this weekend.
The Panthers have already defeated Huddersfield and Hull, and continued their impressive form against Warrington, the First Division Grand Final winners at Under-18 level this year.
EXECUTIVE chairman Selwyn Pearson said the New Zealand Rugby League was keen to play a tri-series against Australia and Great Britain only if there were benefits for all three nations.
BRADFORD Bulls Rugby Club have smashed their own Season Ticket sales record ahead of their Early Bird deadline on Friday 12th December leading into the 2004 campaign.
DENIS Betts who since his retirement in 2001 has been the Under 21 coach at Wigan has been officially appointed as Assistant First Team Coach to work alongside the recently appointed Mike Gregory.
THE UK?s most successful Rugby Club, Bradford Bulls, who are Tetley?s Super League Champions, Minor Premiers and Powergen Challenge Cup holders, have announced that Gt. Britain International Paul Johnson has joined the club on a three-year contract.
THE NRL has ruled out salary cap changes for next season.
THE National Rugby League is investigating linking its clubs to rural areas, giving them access to some of the best players from that area in return for development support.
THE Annual NRL Conference has agreed with a fine system for deliberately slow goal kickers, new powers for the Video Referee in relation to foul play and discussion on an alternate finals system for the Telstra Premiership.
BRISBANE Bronco coach Wayne Bennett is set to pitch Darren Lockyer into a new attacking five-eighth role to ignite the Broncos next season.
Brisbane staggered into the National Rugby League finals this year after dropping their last nine premiership games in a row.
FOLLOWING the release of next year?s NRL draw today, Melbourne Storm will have to wait until round two before commencing its assault on the 2004 National Rugby League Telstra Premiership, after drawing a bye in round one.
DEFENDING premiers Penrith will open the 2004 National Rugby League season with a night time home clash with Newcastle at Penrith Football Stadium.
CRONULLA Sharks have appointed former Wigan coach Stuart Raper as their new coach.
Raper has signed a two-year contract and takes over from Australian Kangaroo coach Chris Anderson, who was sacked by the Sharks on Monday.