WAYNE Bennett has confirmed he will step down as coach of the Queensland State of Origin team next year and he will be replaced by Newcastle coach Michael Hagan.
THE Rockhampton Leagues Club Central Queensland Comets have announced a trial with the St George Illawarra Dragons on Saturday, February 21 next year.
FORMER Rockhampton Leagues Club Central Queensland Comets Wade and Clint Rothery have returned to the Comets for the 2004 season.
The Sydney Airport Jets will soon be back in training for the 2004 season, and are ready to rebuild their playing strength following a relatively successful year in 2003.
Newtown is the oldest club in Australian Rugby League, and fields teams in the high standard NSWRL Premier League and Jim Beam Cup competitions. The Jets take great pride in their impressive player-developmental role, with ten players from their 2003 roster taking up lucrative offers with NRL and overseas clubs. This movement in players presents opportunities for other youngsters to enhance their reputations by playing with the famous and professionally-run Newtown club.
Craig Field, still one of the best halfbacks in Rugby League and the joint winner of the Newtown club's 2003 players' player award, will be playing again with the Jets in 2004. Craig proved to be an inspirational mentor with his youthful team-mates last season, and will be a great drawcard for other youngsters to join the Jets and to take their careers forward.
The Jets have recently signed boom New Zealand Bartercard Cup centre Sioeli Helu, who weighs in at 105 kgs. and runs the 100 metres in 11 seconds. No doubt many other talented young Kiwis have noted the example of David Fa'alogo, who signed with the Jets in 2003 from the Bartercard Cup ranks, and within a month had won an NRL contract with the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
Newtown coach Colin Murphy, popularly known as "The Kevin Sheedy of Rugby League", will once again have charge of the Jets' Premier League squad, while former Sharks and Raiders halfback Trevor Schodel will be the Jim Beam Cup coach.
The Sydney Airport Jets begin official training on Tuesday, 11 November, and all inquiries should be directed to 1300 36 36 90.
THE New Zealand Rugby League?s Lion Foundation Awards evening is back in 2003 due to a commitment from major partner the Lion Foundation after a successful debut.
THE Gold Coast Rugby League has a new executive committee in place after hosting its Annual General Meeting.
IT'S been a very busy few weeks for London Broncos, so busy in fact that resources are being stretched to the limit.
BRISBANE Broncos utility Casey McGuire is recovering from an accident on his grandparent's Dalby farm which almost claimed his eye sight.
RUGBY Leagues top referee , Bill Harrigan, has revealed his decision to quit as the National Rugby League's best referee was due partly to the abuse his family and friends copped for decisions he made on and off the field.
THE old saying of ?your damned if you do, and your damned if you don?t? must be running through the heads of the Rugby Football League at the moment, after the Welsh Dragons were thumped by the Australian Kangaroos. Since the Dragon?s courage performance in the 2000 Rugby League World Cup, there has been a growing call by the fans and the media for Wales to have the chance to play the best, and be given regular competition.
WELSH coach Neil Kelly questioned the wisdom of pitting his side against the world champions after Australia ran up a record 76-4 win at Bridgend.
AUSTRALIA recorded a 76-4 obliteration of Wales here today at Brewery Field in Brigend and look back on track for the Test Series with the British Lions beginning next week, after a shaky start to their tour.
THE French rugby league side withstood a second-half fightback to get their European Champions Cup campaign off to a 26-18 victory in Dublin.
IN the final warm up match before the Test Series with Great Britain, the Australian Kangaroos line-up against the Welsh Dragons early on Monday morning (Australian time) in what should be a cracker of a contest.
ITS been five years since the French last visited Dublin, the city where just two points separated the Chanticleers from the Irish national team, now in 2003, the Wolfhounds want revenge, and with a place in the European Nations Cup final on the line, it should be a thrilling encounter at Dalymount Park on Saturday November 1st at 5:00pm.