I have a dream.
THIS is a true story.
AT a time when we are all thinking happy thoughts, I do believe it is time to review a few poignant statistics. In a year when the National Rugby League (NRL) was embroiled indirectly in a rape case, saw a player retire due to cocaine abuse and involved in the middle of much publicity due to crowd violence, the organization still managed to set records in terms of overall attendance and TV ratings.
EVERY season there?s a couple of rising stars who burn bright in their first few games or season, who the media compare with the stars of the past. A young player might be called ?the next Meninga or Johns?. In years to come they?ll talk about ?the next Fittler or Lockyer?. Sometimes these players achieve that mantle, sometimes they burn and crash. The game is littered with players who never fulfilled the media?s expectations when they were bright and shiny and full of promise.
2004 was a completely new challenge for 2003 premiers Penrith. After riding on a wave of confidence and unstoppable momentum to win last season?s Minor premiership and Grand Final, the Panthers were marked men in 2004 as each club tried to knock the premiers off.
WIGAN Warriors will be launching their new home shirt for Super League X on Thursday 4th November 2004 at the JJB Soccerdome, Wigan at 5.30pm.
AUSTRALIA broke British hearts with a last-minute try to book their place in the Tri-Nations final.
GREAT Britain have the chance to gain revenge for last year's Ashes whitewash in their opening match of the Tri-Nations against Australia on Saturday.
The Lions lost the series 3-0 after squandering winning positions in all three Tests.
BOTH the New Zealand and Australian camps have come away from the Anzacs' 64-12 defeat of Cumbria supporting the concept of the combined trans-Tasman rugby league side.
OCTOBER 30 is the date for the Inaugural Oceanic Pacifica Rugby League Tournament to be held at Pittwater Rugby Park in what will be a fantastic day for Pacific Islands Rugby League and Rugby League in general.
The winning team will take home $5000, 2nd place taking home $1500 and the player of the tournament taking home $500.
Schedule for the day is as follows:
AUSTRALIAN coach Wayne Bennett has named his team for tomorrow night's Gillette Tri-Nations game against Great Britain at the City of Manchester Stadium.
AFTER speculation that Australian Tim Mander would get the job, Black's appointment was announced overnight, three days after the match officials were originally due to have been named.
THE Anzac rugby league side beat Cumbria 64-12 at Workington today, with Australian prop Mark O'Meley scoring a hat-trick of tries.
THE Parramatta Eels are poised to become the latest National Rugby League (NRL) club to play a "home" game against the New Zealand Warriors in New Zealand.
A glance down the list of the New Zealand Warriors' high-priced rugby league recruits over the years would show a wildly fluctuating line graph.