THE Newtown RLFC made progress on several fronts during 2003, and also engaged in new and exciting ventures as we strive to gain financial and organisational stability for the future.
SIX teams will compete for the second Victory Cup which will be held in Moscow around July next year. The inaugural tournament, which saw France, USA, Russia and a BARLA Great Britain side battle it out at the Moscow Olympic Stadium, was considered a huge success, and whilst a crowd of only 10,000 saw the two days of action, the Russian Sports Minister, and Moscow Government will both get behind the 2004 tournament.
SELWYN Pearson has raised a excellent point about the upcoming Tri-Nations tournament, which many groups have looked over recently, what about the fans of Australia and New Zealand who like to go out to international Rugby League matches? Whilst crowds may not be huge for League test matches, the last few in Sydney alone have drawn crowds of over 30,000 which is larger than most NRL games, showing there is a market there.
WITH a break in International League, we take a brief look back at the Test Matches between the number one and two ranked International Teams in the world, Australia and New Zealand.
DESPITE a very quiet period Rugby League is still very active in the Netherlands.
THE NNRLB have agreed terms with Sunergy/Rotterdam and Rotterdam City council to hold an International Nines tournament in the city on 7th August 2004.
Plans are at an advanced stage with a world wide selection of developing League Federations showing interest.
ST Helens winger Anthony Stewart is joining Super League new boys Salford City Reds on a 12-month loan.
Saints' boss Ian Millward said: "Tony is on loan but the door has not been closed on his future at St Helens."
FORMER NRL star Billy Peden has agreed to stay with the London Broncos for another season.
The former Newcastle Knight was a key man in the Broncos' drive to the Tetley's Super League play-offs.
LONDON Skolars duo Ronnie Mushiso and Glenn Osborn have been selected in the England Students train-on squad ahead of the forthcoming
European Championships and summer tour of France.
THE UK?s most successful Rugby Club, Bradford Bulls, are back in training and the message coming out of Odsal is that they are bigger, fitter and stronger than ever!! Bulls Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Martin Clawson, the man behind the Bulls incredible fitness last season, which saw them become the most successful club in Britain, is delighted with the way the players have reacted to their end of season break.
TWO Russian sides, and four French sides will all compete in Round Three of the 2004 Powergen Challenge Cup as the start of the semi and full time professional clubs enter the competition. Dynamo Moscow who recorded their first and Russian Rugby League?s first ever victory in the tournament last week over West Bowling (22- 18), will have a tough task against National League One side, Rochdale Hornets, whilst Locomotive Moscow will take on Chorley who finished second in National League Two this year.
THE Knights, in conjunction with major supporter NIB and the Anthony McCrohon Committee, have today presented Anthony McCrohon with a cheque for $118,000, representing the fundraising efforts of the committee during 2003.
2003 Grand finalists Sydney Roosters have reportedly threatened to sue the National Rugby League over the salary cap, arguing that it breaches national competition laws.
THE Sydney Roosters threat to challenge the NRL on the Salary Cap under the Trade Practices act is the second most disgraceful act by a Rugby League club since the Brisbane Broncos decision to help build Super League.
"I believe it's all about community spirit ... not individual spirit?. In a time where Rugby League is on the verge of hitting a golden era, something the sport has not enjoyed for a long time, the statement by Bulldogs CEO, Steve Mortimer, for the need for community spirit between the clubs has never been so evident.