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.
PARRAMATTA rugby league coach Brian Smith has announced he won't stand for the Country Origin coaching position next year.
CHRIS Anderson wants the Australian Rugby League coaching job again next year provided he is still coaching at club level.
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 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.
LONDON Broncos have been very active in the player market in recent weeks assembling a squad of 24 players for 2004.
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.
IT was a Bradford landslide at the BBC Yorkshire and Lincolnshire Sports Awards 2003 hosted by Look North?s Harry Gration and Christa Ackroyd.
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 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.
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.
BRISBANE Broncos prop Shane Webcke has called for an end to "the crap" that goes on between the rival rugby codes in Australia.
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.
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.
SELDOM in the history of the game of Rugby League in New Zealand has there been a character such as Peter Charles Leitch (QSM) .