WARRINGTON Wolves have signed Mike Forshaw from Grand Final winning side Bradford Bulls on a one-year deal. Mike is a back-row forward who joined the Bulls from Saracens Rugby Union club in April 1997 after a career with Wigan, Wakefield and Leeds. Renowned for his phenomenal work rate and consistency. Forshaw toured with Gt. Britain Lions to the Southern Hemisphere in 1999. He was in outstanding form for the Bulls last term and was brought out of International retirement to face New Zealand in last Autumn's Test Series. He played in all three games impressing everyone with his work rate an never say die attitude.
TETLEY?S Super League Champions and Powergen Challenge Cup holders Bradford Bulls have announced that Centre Toa Kohe?Love has a signed a three?year contract with the club.
LONDON Broncos, who are hosting Tuesday night's International match between England 'A' and Australia, are set to announce a new player signing for the 2004 season. Spectators at the game who purchase a match magazine will get the news first.
NEWLY-CROWNED Super League champions Bradford Bulls have signed New Zealand test loose forward Logan Swann, the club announced on Wednesday.
ST Albans Centurions face a daunting trip to Bradford in the first round of the Powergen Rugby League Challenge Cup - but thankfully they will not be playing holders Bradford Bulls! Instead, the Woollams-based Cents will make their Challenge Cup debuts against Birkenshaw from the Pennine League Premier Division, on November 29, having received a bye in the Preliminary Round.
INJURED Australian Test rugby league captain Andrew Johns has been cleared to resume weight training after being told he probably won't require surgery on his injured neck. The Newcastle halfback had mentioned the possibility of retirement if surgery was needed.
BILL Harrigan may have controlled his last game in the National Rugby League.
NRL Chief Operating Officer Graham Annesley met last week to discuss the proposal for a second team from NZ in the Telstra Premiership with NZRL Director Andrew Chalmers.
?The official position being put forward at present by the NRL is that at this point in time there are no plans to expand beyond the current numbers. The NRL have domestic issues which require addressing before considering any expansion options? stated Chalmers.
The NZRL remains committed to facilitating the entry of a second New Zealand based franchise.
?The NZRL has told the NRL that it would push forward to put in place structures and mechanisms to support a southern franchise based in Wellington, in anticipation of the NRL revising it?s stance at a point in the future. Detailed planning for the second franchise has already commenced? stated Chalmers.
The clear message is that while there are no plans for a change in format, if and when it does happen we should be prepared. The NZRL view is it is only a question of when.
Chalmers said ?A team could be ready to go for the 2007 season. We will base our planning around this timeframe?.
?The NRL recognises the importance of a strategic partnership and alignment of objectives between the NRL and the NZRL, in relation to the ongoing development of the game both domestically and internationally?, Chalmers said.
Discussions have already commenced this week with David Gray, CEO of the Westpac Trust Stadium. Stadium officials are reported to be enthusiastic and excited at the prospect.
IN all likelihood Australia is very soon to relinquish the coveted title of Rugby Union World Champions.
SCOTLAND have added two players from the Scottish domestic league for their European Nations Cup match with Ireland at Old Anniesland in Glasgow.
AUSTRALIAN Darren Burns will lead Warrington against New Zealand A in a match that will mark the Wolves' final appearance at Wilderspool.
BARLA Great Britain U23s Manager Neil Baxter has announced that Ince Rose Bridge's Shaun Boylan will lead the BARLA side in Saturday's game
against the Combined Services at HMS Caledonia.
THE New Zealand A rugby league team were beaten by British National League Two 8-27 at Courgar Park in Keighley, England today.
THREE debutants have been named in Australia's rugby league team in its tour opener of Europe in Sunday's match against a French Selection in Carcassonne.
MELBOURNE Storm prop Robbie Kearns will captain his country for the first time when the Kangaroos take on a French selection side this weekend as part of Australia?s six-match tour of France, Wales and Great Britain.