THE Sydney Roosters were renowned as the benchmark in 2004 in so many ways. They continued to set the standard in defence, with their fast moving defensive structure helping them concede the fewest points in the NRL. They were the benchmark off the field as well, setting the standard in astute recruitment of players and coaching staff. They also enhanced their reputation as a club opposition fans love to hate. Their record breaking Jersey Flegg side went through 2004 unbeaten and the Roosters also won the Premier League competition.
FRENCH rugby league coach Mick Aldous has announed his squad for the test match against New Zealand in Carcassonne on November 11.
NEW Zealand coach Daniel Anderson is expecting a tough, tight State of Origin-style battle when the Kiwis take on Great Britain in a high-stakes Tri-Nations rugby league clash at Huddersfield on Sunday morning (NZT).
ELLAND Road will stage the World Club Challenge between NRL premiers Canterbury Bulldogs and Super League champions Leeds Rhinos on February 4.
I heard George Negus once say, ? Making love is like cooking Paella? you have to stir the dish gently to not break the rice?. For me it?s more like cooking Scrambled Eggs; but I digress.
IT seems like teenage sensations are all the rage in the NRL right now. Sonny-Bill, Benji, Karmichael- all big names, and all just out of school (and all Kiwis, but that?s another story). Will today?s youngsters be tomorrow?s superstars? A look back at rugby league Macauley Culkins from years gone by tells an interesting story.
TRIBUTES have begun flowing in for former rugby league referee and broadcaster Col Pearce, who passed away overnight.
NORTH Queensland Cowboys forward Glenn Morrison can see one positive out of the back injury that has almost certainly ended his NRL season - he'll get to spend more time with his eight-week old daughter Halle-Blu.
NSW Origin assistant coach John Cartwright has immediately called on the NRL to make a quick decision in appointing a 16th team for 2006 after being announced as Gold Coast coach.
NSWRL Results May 7-9, 2004
THE Sydney Airport Jets defeated North Sydney 42-20 in their VB Premier League clash at Henson Park on Saturday, but the legendary Frank Hyde was the real show-stopper. The old trouper was on hand to see two of his former clubs go around, and at half-time he enthralled the crowd of more than 1500 with a faultless rendition of his signature tune, ?Danny Boy?. He even laid on an encore of his equally memorable conversion-attempt description, ?it?s long enough, it?s high enough, it?s straight between the posts? to the immense delight of the crowd.
LEEDS Rhinos today confirmed the signing of New Zealand rugby league star Ali Lauiti?iti, 24, on a two and half year contract with the giant Kiwi likely to make his debut in the Rhinos next home game against Salford City Reds on Friday 28th May.
NSW State of Origin coach Phil Gould has aired doubts over former club Penrith's easy ride up to the Interstate opener, following the selection of four Panthers for a bulked up 30-man preliminary squad announced by selectors yesterday.
THE West Indies will make their Rugby League debut against Haringey Hornets on Sunday. The draw for the prelim tournament for the MX9s to be hosted by St Albans Centurions at their Woollams ground took place yesterday and pitches the new Windies side in with Haringey - the open age side put together by North London Development officer and London Skolars coach Alex Smits from local school players - and rugby union club Old Albanians, who play at Woollams.
THE West Indies Rugby League will make history this Sunday when the team will take the field for the first time ever as part of the 2004 Middlesex Nines Qualifiers at St Albans?s Woollams ovals. The first clash for the representative side will be against London Amateur Rugby League club, Haringey Hornets, where coaching panel, Steve Pryce, Dean Thomas and Alan Hunte will have their first chance to see some of the talent that has made itself available for the initiative.