FORMER opposing coaches at State of Origin level Wayne Bennett and Phil Gould head the list of speakers who will be involved with the annual QRL Southern Division Footy Facts Seminar Series 2004.
LEEDS Rugby League CEO Gary Hetherington has predicted a "golden era" for the 13-a-side code after being elected president of the Rugby Football League.
ST Albans Centurions launched their new Centurions Lottery at Woollams on Monday night in the presence of Rugby League legend Shaun Edwards!
THE NNRLB have appointed Breakaway Tours from Rochdale England as the "Official Travel Partners" for the Rotterdam International League Nines to be held in Holland on Saturday 7th August 2004.
Breakaway Tours today confirmed their interest in assisting the NNRLB with transport and accommodation for teams travelling to Rotterdam in what is the first International Nines competition to take place in the Netherlands.
Ian Thompson from the Dutch Rugby League is delighted to have secured the services of John Wroe and the company .
"John and Breakaway Tours have years of experience in the sports travel industry and NNRLB feel that by adding the Rotterdam Nines to Breakaway Tours agenda, will be of great benefit to both organisations.
John has been a great help to us already with his knowledge of team travel and the NNRLB are looking forward to working alongside him to make these nines a resounding success."
Already official travel partners for the York and Lezignon Nines , Breakaway Tours will arrange all the travel and accommodation for clubs therefore allowing the members to concentrate on enjoying the weekend..
Entries are starting to coming in for the tournament to be hosted by Sunergy/Rotterdam RFC and the NNRLB are confident of reaching the sixteen team target they have set.
Interest has come from all corners of the globe, from newly formed Federations to the more established teams and it all reads for a very interesting Nines tournament.
The West Indies RL where one of the first to confirm their participation and along with their applications to compete in other Nines competitions this summer, the new Federation look like they have a busy schedule in front of them.
At least three Dutch clubs have also confirmed they will be taking part, with two more discussing the possibility this week at board level,which shows the NNRLB are starting to attract the attention of people in the Netherlands.
All teams will be announced in February but the NNRLB can state that five different countries have representatives in the tournament with at least three more nations talking to the NNRLB about sending teams ,making it a truly International competition.
"One area which we have yet to get clubs from "explains Thompson " is the UK.
We have had lots of enquiries but as yet only one entry form has been returned from UK based teams,With Holland just a stones throw from the what is the top Rugby League playing country in the Northern Hemisphere this has surprised us a little.
THE West Indies Rugby League has confirmed that it has applied for a position in the third annual European Rugby League Federation York Nines tournament which is scheduled to be June this year. The prestigious tournament, which has gained recognition in the Rugby League community in a very short period time, officially kicks off the Rugby League 9?s Grand Prix circuit.
NEW Zealand Warriors prop Richard Villasanti enjoyed his time with the Australian rugby league team, despite losing to New Zealand and missing the Great Britain internationals and being a victim of a player-theft drama.
THE BARLA Great Britain Lions are set to travel "down under" to take on the Australian Aboriginals in a two match test series in the summer. The test series will be the climax of a proposed seven game, month-long tour, and the Lions are expected to depart at the end of June.
FOR the second year in a row, Rugby League fans on the net have voted for a New Zealander in the Internet Rugby League Fan?s choice Player of the Year award. Legendary Canberra Raiders, and New Zealand player, Ruben Wiki, only just beat Darren Lockyer (Australia) and Brian Carney (Ireland) for the award.
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Don?t miss your chance to be a part of the World Sevens action at Aussie Stadium on January 24 and 25. Teams from all over the world including nine international sides led by English Club team Widnes and including Russia, PNG, Lebanon, Tonga, Fiji, Samoa and a New Zealand Residents team, will converge on Sydney for weekend of action and excitment.
NASCA Aboriginal All-Stars have raided Rugby Unions ranks in a bid to qualify for the 2004 Cougar World Sevens.
THE Kogarah Cougars have stepped up their preparations for the 2004 season by confirming their attendance at the St.George Junior League
Registration Day. The Registration Day will take place at Oki Jubilee Stadium on Wednesday, the 11th of February (4:30pm -6:30pm).
UPCOMING trial matches, St George Illawarra Dragons, 2004:
YOUNG New Zealand rugby league star Benji Marshall has been confirmed in the Wests Tigers team for next weekend's NRL Cougar world sevens in Sydney.
FRANCIS Meli will take over the leadership of the Warriors' sevens team in the world tournament at Sydney later this month. The original captain, Sione Faumuina, is struggling with his fitness.
THE annual World Sevens Rugby League tournament kicks-off on Wednesday, January 21 when 12 teams will do battle in the qualifying round at St Mary's Western Weekender Stadium in Sydney's west.