I had a thought........ Would an English Challenge Cup competition work in Australia?.
A number of trials involving Queensland Cup clubs are planned before the season kicks off in mid March.
6-Feb NQ Young Guns v Atherton at Atherton
7-Feb Central Comets v Manly at Browne Park, Rockhapmton
14-Feb NQ Cowboys v Central Comets at Browne Park, Rockhapmton
14-Feb Tweed Heads v Melbourne Storm at Noosa
14-Feb Toowoomba v Souths-Logan at Mitchell
14-Feb Redcliffe v Wide Bay Bulls at Dolphin Oval
14-Feb Jets v Burleigh at Caloundra
21-Feb Toowoomba v Norths at Stadium Toowoomba
21-Feb Ipswich v Redcliffe at TBA
21-Feb Central Comets v St George-Illawarra at Browne Park, Rockhapmton
21-Feb Brothers-Valleys v Tweed Heads at Cararra Stadium, Gold Coast
28-Feb Brothers-Valleys v Burleigh at Cararra Stadium, Gold Coast
28-Feb Redcliffe v Toowoomba at Dolphin Oval
29-Feb Wynnum v Jets at Kougari Oval, Wynnum
7-Mar Easts v Wynnum at Langlands Park, Cooparoo
LEEDS Rugby League CEO Gary Hetherington has predicted a "golden era" for the 13-a-side code after being elected president of the Rugby Football League.
ST Albans Centurions launched their new Centurions Lottery at Woollams on Monday night in the presence of Rugby League legend Shaun Edwards!
THE West Indies Rugby League has confirmed that it has applied for a position in the third annual European Rugby League Federation York Nines tournament which is scheduled to be June this year. The prestigious tournament, which has gained recognition in the Rugby League community in a very short period time, officially kicks off the Rugby League 9?s Grand Prix circuit.
NEW Zealand Warriors prop Richard Villasanti enjoyed his time with the Australian rugby league team, despite losing to New Zealand and missing the Great Britain internationals and being a victim of a player-theft drama.
FOR the second year in a row, Rugby League fans on the net have voted for a New Zealander in the Internet Rugby League Fan?s choice Player of the Year award. Legendary Canberra Raiders, and New Zealand player, Ruben Wiki, only just beat Darren Lockyer (Australia) and Brian Carney (Ireland) for the award.
THE West Indies 9?s side will be making a visit to New River Stadium in 2004, with the team having their application for the Middlesex 9?s confirmed.
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Don?t miss your chance to be a part of the World Sevens action at Aussie Stadium on January 24 and 25. Teams from all over the world including nine international sides led by English Club team Widnes and including Russia, PNG, Lebanon, Tonga, Fiji, Samoa and a New Zealand Residents team, will converge on Sydney for weekend of action and excitment.
NASCA Aboriginal All-Stars have raided Rugby Unions ranks in a bid to qualify for the 2004 Cougar World Sevens.
UPCOMING trial matches, St George Illawarra Dragons, 2004:
YOUNG New Zealand rugby league star Benji Marshall has been confirmed in the Wests Tigers team for next weekend's NRL Cougar world sevens in Sydney.
FRANCIS Meli will take over the leadership of the Warriors' sevens team in the world tournament at Sydney later this month. The original captain, Sione Faumuina, is struggling with his fitness.
THE annual World Sevens Rugby League tournament kicks-off on Wednesday, January 21 when 12 teams will do battle in the qualifying round at St Mary's Western Weekender Stadium in Sydney's west.
WITH the 2004 Cougar Bourbon World Sevens just around the corner, Five teams have named their 11 man squads for the two day tournament.