Lockyer claims the prize Golden Boot award

AUSTRALIAN captain Darren Lockyer has been named as the winner of the Rugby League World Golden Boot for 2003. The 26-year-old Brisbane Broncos full back has been nominated by a panel of journalists as the leading player in Rugby League, by a landslide vote.

Smith stands down as Country Origin coach

PARRAMATTA rugby league coach Brian Smith has announced he won't stand for the Country Origin coaching position next year.

Fan's choice International Awards

ITS time again for the Rugby League fans on the internet to vote for their international player of the year, their World XIII and Emerging Nations XIII and well as new award, Most Improved Team Award.

Anderson still wants top job

CHRIS Anderson wants the Australian Rugby League coaching job again next year provided he is still coaching at club level.

Widnes replaces England in World Sevens

WIDNES Vikings will participate in the 2004 Rugby League International Federation World Sevens competition in Australia instead of an England representative side, according to a RFL press release today.

English Origin Game Quashed

ENGLISH rugby league's County of Origin match has been canned for season 2004. Governing body the Rugby Football League has dropped the Yorkshire v Lancashire clash after reviving it three years ago.

Andrew Farrell out for four months

WIGAN Chairman Maurice Lindsay today confirmed that Andrew Farrell, the Wigan and Great Britain Captain will be out of the game for at least four months following surgery to his knee yesterday.

Bulls clean sweep of BBC Awards

IT was a Bradford landslide at the BBC Yorkshire and Lincolnshire Sports Awards 2003 hosted by Look North?s Harry Gration and Christa Ackroyd.

Yesterdays News - Wendell Sailor (1)

THE cringe on coach Wayne Bennett's face was there for all to see as Broncos rookie Wendell Sailor fronted the waiting media after last Sunday's win over Manly. First to shower and change, Sailor stood tall with his kit bag between his legs as journalists introduced themselves to the latest "unknown" to hit the spotlight. Understandably, the strapping 19 year old spoke excitedly about his introduction to semi finals footy as Bennetts watchful gaze monitored the situation from across the dressing room. "Last year I watched the grand final at home...now I have a chance to be part of it" Sailor grinned.

NZ Warriors player Tevita Latu hospitalised

NZ Vodafone Warriors? hooker Tevita Latu has been diagnosed as having pulmonary tuberculosis. He has been admitted to hospital and has begun treatment for this condition.

Landing In the Eagles Nest

WITH pre-season training underway, Nicolson Sports Consultancy looks at the new faces at the various NRL clubs for Season 2004. Today it is the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles.

End The Cross Code Rivalry - Webcke

BRISBANE Broncos prop Shane Webcke has called for an end to "the crap" that goes on between the rival rugby codes in Australia.

Cronulla waiting for Anderson to call

CRONULLA is still waiting to hear back from coach Chris Anderson but expects to resolve the coaching drama at the National Rugby League club in the next few days.

Ryles needs another round of surgery

ST George Illawarra's former Test prop Jason Ryles must undergo a second shoulder operation in four months but is hopeful of being fit for the start of the 2004 National Rugby League season next March.

League Legends - The Mad Butcher

SELDOM in the history of the game of Rugby League in New Zealand has there been a character such as Peter Charles Leitch (QSM) .

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