QUEENSLAND Rugby League will see new kids on the block, Brothers Valleys admitted to the competition for season 2004.
KIWIS captain and Canberra player of the year Ruben Wiki is a certainty for New Zealand Rugby League's top award at the annual dinner in Auckland tonight.
REUBEN Wiki, the Canberra Raiders forward and Kiwis captain, was last night named New Zealand Rugby League's player of the year.
GREAT Britain coach David Waite expects Saturday's third Test against Australia to be his last in charge.
Waite, comes to the end of his initial three-year contract at the conclusion of the series with the Kangaroos.
AUSTRALIA have named veteran Darren Smith in their squad for the third Test against Great Britain in Huddersfield.
Smith, who spent 2003 playing for St Helens, has been recalled at the age of 35 after a four-year absence.
THE BARLA Great Britain Young Lions will hold their last training
session this weekend after announcing their final 20-man squad for the
opening match of the Australian Institute of Sport (A.I.S) tour.
GREAT Britain hooker Terry Newton has been handed a one match suspension and fined ?500 after being found guilty of a reckless high tackle in the Think! Road Safety Third Test against Australia on Saturday evening.
THE Kangaroos, underrated before the trip to Great Britain, have made it a clean sweep of the series when they took out the third test today at Alfred McAlpine Stadium in Huddersfield. The first time in 17 years an Australian side has been able to do so.
Although having already lost the series, the Great Britain Lions had a lot of pride to play for.
The game was play in damp conditions which was noticeable throughout the game with a lot of unforced errors handing possession over to the opposition, and played in front of a very one-eyed full house at Alfred McAlpine Stadium who were treated to a very tense game of rugby league.
The Great Britain side opened the score in the 7th minute with a penalty goal. The first try of the match came in the 21st minute of the game with Ricketson crossing the line for the Kangaroos. The Lions hit back virtually straight away when Radlinski received the favourable call from the video ref for his try.
The score was locked up at 6 all going into the break.
The Lions scored the first points of the second half with a great try to Sculthorpe giving the men in white a little sniff of hope.
A tussle between the two sides ensued with the defence outstanding.
As what seems to be the norm in this series, the Australians equalled in the last few minutes of the game with a try to De Vere, only to go ahead and win with a 2nd try to Ricketson in the last minute of the game.
Great Britain can only rue was could have been yet again whereas the Kangaroos showed they play the full eighty minutes and win games.
Morley was voted the Man of the Match award, with Kimmorley from Australia being voted as the player of the series.
PARRAMATTA Eels Chairman Alan Overton has congratulated Denis Fitzgerald on the 25th anniversary of his appointment as the Club?s General Manager/Chief Executive.
NEWCASTLE Knights halfback Andrew Johns - arguably the world's No.1 rugby league player - has been given the go ahead to resume full training with the Newcastle Knights.
THE Rugby World Cup has provided the ultimate wake up call to the NRL and Rugby League in general. Either the powers that be look to counter the effects the exposure the Rugby World Cup has generated upon the sport or they can sit back, do nothing, and take the head in the sand approach and hope it all goes away. Here?s a tip gents, they are here to stay and they have very deep pockets. A cashed up John O?Neill will be out looking for some more league players to undermine our game and chances are he?ll get them when you hear the league players are feeling a little envious or jealous about the exposure the rival codes is producing.
FORMER first grader Kurt Wrigley has joined the St George Illawarra Dragons coaching staff.
AUCKLAND-BORN prop Alex Chan is hoping that his wretched run of injuries will stop after making an off-season move to the NRL's southern outpost, Melbourne.
BAY of Plenty rugby hooker Ngarimu Simpkins could be in breach of his contract after trialing for Sydney rugby league club Wests Tigers.
LONDON Broncos latest signing for the 2004 season is Salford hooker Dave Highton.