LEEDS overcame bitter Yorkshire rivals Bradford in a hard-fought Grand Final at Old Trafford to end their 32-year wait for a league championship.
THE Tongan Rugby League team have set the tone early on in the Pacific Rim Tournament in Auckland, by thrashing Fiji 56-6 at North Harbour Stadium yesterday.
PRE-TOURNAMENT favourites NZ Maori have overcome a brave Niue side, to record a 54-4 victory to kick start their tournament ahead of their key match up against the Samoans.
BRADFORD and Leeds will renew their rivalry as they go head-to-head for the Super League title in this weekends Grand Final at Old Trafford.
The two sides, who finished first and second in the table, have been the benchmarks of Super League IX.
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WALES face an uphill battle to qualify for the Rugby League European Nations Cup Final after losing 25-12 to Ireland on Sunday.
NEW Scotland coach Steve McCormack has named ten uncapped players in his 20 man squad for the European Nations Cup games with Wales and Ireland next week. They include Wakefield Trinity forward Duncan MacGillivray, former South Africa captain Jamie Bloem, York star half-back Danny Brough, ex Glasgow rugby union player Chris Birchall of Halifax and Bradford Bulls youngster Alex Szostak, along with four players promoted from the Scotland A squad. One of those, Glasgow Bulls? Andy McPhail, broke the points-scoring record with 38 in the win over Serbia in July.
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA- Fiji A scored 3 tries in the final 13 minutes of play to record a 40-24 victory over international rugby league's latest newcomer Malta, before a crowd of about 1,600 in Sydney last night.
COACH Wayne Bennett expects his halves combination of Darren Lockyer and Craig Gower to lift a notch on Saturday when Australia faces New Zealand in the second Tri-Nations rugby league test.
DESPITE calls from former greats of the game to introduce ?Golden Point? to international football, neither New Zealand coach Daniel Anderson nor Australian mentor Wayne Bennett supports such an initiative.
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V. Lilo (6) goals
THE Kiwis rugby league squad has been announced for the remainder of the series in the UK, with the first match against Australia.
THE Orara Valley Axemen will on the weekend of the 22nd and 23rd of January 2005 will host what is believed to be the richest rugby league sevens competition in regional Australia.
A massive about-face from former Australian rugby league hard man Mark Geyer.
NEW Zealand and Australia today drew 16-16 in a pulsating opening Tri-Nations rugby league test in Auckland.