Smith stands down as Country Origin coach

PARRAMATTA rugby league coach Brian Smith has announced he won't stand for the Country Origin coaching position next year.

Forum Sevens: E.A. and The Bear

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.

"Dream Team" Named

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 replaces England in World Sevens

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.

London Broncos announce 2004 playing squad

LONDON Broncos have been very active in the player market in recent weeks assembling a squad of 24 players for 2004.

Andrew Farrell out for four months

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.

Anderson sacked by Sharks board

THE Cronulla Sharks board have finally sacked coach Chris Anderson following a meeting tonight. Anderson, who returned last week from coaching Australia to a 3-0 Test series clean sweep over Great Britain, was reportedly disappointed with the decision to ditch him from the head coaching position.

BullDogs Wont Let Utai Off Leash

THE Bulldogs are keen to avoid a repeat of the drawn out contract wrangle involving Kiwis centre Nigel Vagana by re-signing New Zealand wing Matt Utai before the start of the next National Rugby League season.

Storm To Resume Running Battle With Raiders

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.

Yesterdays News - Wendell Sailor (1)

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 I have a chance to be part of it" Sailor grinned.

NZ Warriors player Tevita Latu hospitalised

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.

Sailor Rules Out Return to League

WALLABIES winger Wendell Sailor has dropped a clause in his contract allowing him to return to rugby league after the Rugby World Cup.

End The Cross Code Rivalry - Webcke

BRISBANE Broncos prop Shane Webcke has called for an end to "the crap" that goes on between the rival rugby codes in Australia.

Cronulla waiting for Anderson to call

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.

Ryles needs another round of surgery

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.

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