PENRITH Panthers have made two changes to their NRL Grand Final winning side for the World Club Challenge encounter with Bradford on the 13th February.
BRADFORD coach Brian Noble has named an 18-man squad for Friday's World Club Challenge against NRL premier Penrith, with hooker Aaron Smith selected for his fourth first-grade match for the Bulls.
THE USA Tomahawks will arrive in Canberra this Sunday to begin preparations for their eagerly-awaited trial clash with the Raiders next weekend.
ST Helens captain Paul Sculthorpe believes that Penrith?s superior experience at half-back could prove to be the difference in Friday?s World Club Challenge clash against Bradford.
THE Sydney Airport Jets turned on an impressive first-up showing for 2004, when they defeated Balmain 28-20 in the NSW Premier League local derby trial match at Henson Park on Saturday.
Playing in near-equatorial humidity, the Jets looked razor-sharp in possession and defended well for extended periods, particularly in their own quarter.
HERE are the results of the Rugby League trial matches played at Henson Park on Saturday, February 7, 2004.
NSW Premier League (soon to be renamed the VB Premier League).
Newtown 28 d. Balmain 20.
NSWRL Jim Beam Cup:
Ryde-Eastwood 36 d. Newtown 8.
Weather conditions: Oppressively humid.
Crowd: About 500.
THE Brian Bevan Statue has been moved from its home at Brian Bevan Island on Wilderspool Causeway to a new home at the Halliwell Jones Stadium. The Statue will take up residence opposite the Brian Bevan Wall (to be opened in June 04) at the North East Stand meet at the stadium entrance on the A49.
THE GMB Union National Cup Final 2004
Bank Holiday Saturday, 29th May 2004
Bloomfield Road, Blackpool FC
Kick Off: 3.00pm
The Women's National Representative Shield Final - Kick Off: TBA
CRONULLA forwards Andrew Lomu and Danny Nutley could face the unthinkable and be suspended before the NRL season begins.The league will examine a reported dangerous tackle from the Sharks trial match.
MELBOURNE Storm will roll out its big guns for the first of four pre-season trial matches commencing this Saturday night in Noosa on Queensland?s Sunshine Coast.
BRISBANE Bronco fullback Darren Lockyer reckons the battle is fierce for selection in next month's rugby league season opener against the Warriors.
ERRANT Sydney Roosters centre Justin Hodges has returned to training on Monday, saying his commitment to the club is as strong as ever.
THE following NRL teams have been announced for this weekend?s trials, LU has collated them for your convenience:
WITH only a month remaining before the start of the season and no major sponsor secured, St George Illawarra are nevertheless confident the team won?t appear in ?clean skin? jerseys come the first round.
ROOKIE Dragons halfback Lachlan Russell is both surprised and excited to earn a starting spot in the BMW Sydney Charity Shield against Souths this Saturday at Aussie Stadium, while captain Trent Barrett admits to being a little nervous.