THE camera pans across the faces of the players in this years' Grand Final. The image we see is of each team members? arms linked, shoulder to shoulder with them belting out the national anthem. A group of five players from each team step forward. In the first group we have Craig Wing, Adrian Morley, Craig Fitzgibbon, Brad Fittler and Kirk Reynoldson. In the second group Trent Barrett, Nathan Blacklock, Hazem El Masri , Andrew Johns, and Jason Cayless. These two teams and the ten players have proven that they have got what it takes; they are the best in their field and are ready to embark in a game that has the Rugby League community enraptured.
THE 2003 season started well for St George Illawarra with a 28-10 Charity Shield win over Souths.
ALLAN Langer is eyeing off another rugby league comeback.
ST George-Illawarra have made captain Trent Barrett a new four-year offer that would keep him at the club until the end of the 2008 season.
MELBOURNE Storm?s first official day of pre-season training hasn?t so much been about welcoming a host of new faces, but rather it?s the return of some familiar ones that has the club buzzing.
THE New Zealand team to compete at the World League sevens tournament in Sydney on January 24-25 named today are:
INTERNATIONAL rugby league risks dying unless the domestic season is shortened, more emphasis is placed on test football and the World Cup is revived,warned Australian captain Darren Lockyer.
AUSTRALIAN prop Shane Webcke has no plans to follow his Brisbane Bronco's captain Gorden Tallis into representative retirement.
RUGBY Football League executive chairman Richard Lewis believes that the future for international Rugby League and the Great Britain team remains exciting, despite Australia securing the Think! Road Safety Test Series win on Saturday.
Lewis attended a meeting of the Rugby League International Federation Executive in London last Monday and is upbeat about the opportunities the international game will present to both Great Britain and the British game during the next five years.
ENGLAND A coach John Kear urged his Great Britain counterpart David Waite to call up his young guns for Saturday's "dead rubber" in the Ashes Series against Australia.
GREAT Britain rugby league centre Keith Senior is out of the third Ashes test against Australia after undergoing surgery on a hand injury suffered in Saturday's second test.
FIVE hours after Jonny Wilkinson kicked England to victory over France in the semifinals of the rugby union World Cup in Sydney, the French rugby league team also found themselves on the losing side against the old enemy in the final of the European Nations Cup.
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
LONDON Broncos latest recruit for the upcoming campaign is strong running back rower, Troy Wozniak.
ST ALBANS CENTURIONS broke off from their winter hiatus to thrash South London Storm 66-4 at Harpenden on Sunday. In a friendly played to prepare for the Powergen Rugby League Challenge Cup on 29 November, Centurions got off to a flier with four tries in the first ten minutes against their National League Three rivals. However, South London dug in until half-time,
keeping the score to 20-0 before the Cents ran riot after the break.