I love getting Hayfever. I love taking a stroll in the morning and being unable to smell the freshly bloomed flowers because my nose is too blocked to do anything. I love the fact that the same nose will soon become red and runny after I blow my way through an entire box of Kleenex tissues in a single day. I love the way my eyes fill up with water any time I walk past a recently mown patch of grass. And I love getting that itchy feeling at the back of my throat which makes me pull all sorts of weird and wonderful faces in between my endless bouts of sneezing.
LONDON Broncos squad for the 2004 season continues to build with the announcement today of two more player signings.
ST ALBANS CENTURIONS centre Dene Miller has the opportunity of a lifetime next Tuesday when he lines up against some of the greatest players rugby league has ever seen. Miller, from Welwyn Garden City, has been invited to join a London XIII that will play the Australian Legends in a tour match at Blackheath RFC on November 11 at 3pm, part of the Aussies trip around the UK accompanying the Kangaroos on their Ashes series.
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EX Manly coach Peter Sharp has taken up an assistant coaching position at the Melbourne Storm for the coming season.
Sharp, who was effectively sacked mid-way through the 2003 season, will join Craig Bellamy's staff in a new position.
MANLY coach Des Hasler believes his team may have a secret weapon in its arsenal next National Rugby League season.
GREAT Britain assistant coaches Brian Noble and Graham Steadman are delighted with the Lions' preparations for the First Test of the Think! Road Safety Ashes Series.
The Lions faced the England A side in an 'opposed session' at Salford on Wednesday morning as they step up their training ahead of Saturday's Ashes opener.
THE BARLA Great Britain Young Lions have named a 30-man training squad for their game against the touring Australian Institute of Sport side.
GREAT Britain are to seek a meeting with referee Steve Ganson ahead of Saturday's opening Ashes Test after discovering that Australia coach Chris Anderson has already held talks with the St Helens official.
THE clash of the Titans!
SINGAPORE Rugby League has taken further steps in preparation for its first international in 2004 with the appointment of its national coach and team medic. Tony Ashton is currently development officer for the Melbourne Storm in the National Rugby League, and with a Level 3 certificate, brings the standard of coaching needed to make the Singapore side competitive in a short period of time.
THE refereeing appointments for the Think! Road Safety Test Series have been confirmed with Britain having an official for the first and third tests as an equaliser for Australia having Bill Harrigan for the second and third test matches in the 2001 Kangaroo Tour.
GREAT Britian coach David Waite hopes to have a full squad to select from for Saturday's Think! Road Safety First Test against Australia at The JJB Stadium, Wigan.
The Lions saw captain Andy Farrell and loose forward Paul Sculthorpe sit out the clash with New Zealand A last Wednesday with respective knee and calf injuries.
AUSTRALIAN coach Chris Anderson has named his team for the opening Think! Road Safety Ashes Test, at Wigan on Saturday, and includes Sydney Roosters' Craig Wing at centre in Ryan Girdler's absence.
The Kangaroos lost Girdler, the exerienced Penrith centre, with a recurrence of a calf muscle injury in Sunday's 76-4 win over Wales.
THE NZ'A' were always going to be doing it tough when they took on the National League One Representative Team at Leigh on Sunday, being up against 12 Grand Final players from this years National League One competition.
NZ'A' put in a courageous effort, hoping to end their five-match tour on a high and at times showed some brilliant flare.
Former Great Britain prop, and coach of the National League One Team was certainly not taking them lightly and after watching a couple of their earlier matches knew the New Zealand team would be no walk over. Prior to the match he made such comments as "I thought they played really well against Great Britain for long spells, they asked a lot of questions of them", and "They are a big, physical side and, like any Kiwi side, they know how to offload, it looks as though it will be a bit physical!"
The game was just as Karl had expected with some huge tackles going in and some bustling runs, particularly from front rower, George Tuakura, who was the NZ'A" man of the match.
The National League side did get a bit of a scare when NZ'A' converted two tries in the last 10 minutes after they had trailed 40 - 16. This tended to be the trend for the tour with very late starts from the New Zealanders and having to play too much catch up footy.
Reports from the NZ'A" staff are however, very positive, feeling that many of the players have developed immensely from their experience and will definately become better sportsmen from this. It has to also be said that Great Britain have done wonders in the game of Rugby League over the last couple of years and the NZ'A' had the opportunity to play some quality opposition.
Nigel Taumoli, Paul Fisiiahi, Jonny Limmer, Hale Va'asa (2) : Tries
Steve Buckingham (4) : Goals
NATIONAL LEAGUE ONE 40
Stuart Littler, Raoney Bowker, Simon Baldwin, Chris Charles, Malcolm Alker, Neil Turley (3) : Tries
Neil Turley (4) : Goals
Halftime Score: 28 - 4 To National League One