NSWRL Exempt Top Players from City - Country

MELBOURNE chief John Ribot has questioned the validity of the City-Country rugby league match after top players were ruled out today for the second time in three years.

To All Newtown Jets Members and Supporters

THE Newtown Rugby League Football Club ? 96 Years Old, and Right On Course For Our Centenary Year! The Newtown Rugby League Football Club will be holding its official NEWTOWN JETS / FRED DALEY MEMORIAL 2004 Season Launch at the NSW State Parliament House Dining Room on the evening of Monday, March 1st, 2004 at 7.00pm for 7.30pm. This event is now a well-established occasion on the Newtown RLFC annual calendar, and also serves to commemorate the memory of the club?s long serving Patron and great friend, the late Fred Daley MHR. An impressive program of speakers has been arranged: the CEO of the Bulldogs RLFC and champion halfback Steve Mortimer; former Senator, Federal Government Minister and Australian High Commissioner to Great Britain the Hon. Doug McClelland; and Australian Water Polo captain and Sydney Olympics Gold Medallist Debbie Watson. There will be other distinguished guests present, many of whom have been key people and supporters in the Newtown club?s inspiring Australian story of resilience and survival in the face of fearsome odds. The evening will once again be compered by one of the great identities of Sydney radio, Ron E. Sparks from 101.7 WSFM. Our own Club Patron and another great Australian identity, John Singleton, was once quoted as saying that there?s a lot of the Anzac spirit in the history of the Newtown Rugby League club. This year?s launch is an opportunity to reflect upon and pay tribute to this famous old club?s fighting qualities and fierce resolve to survive. With the Centenary of our club now only four years away, it is fitting that the official launch of our 97th season will be held in the historic precincts of the NSW Parliament House. The cost per person is $120.00 (incl. GST) or $1200.00 (incl. GST) for a table of 10 people, including meal and drinks. Dress requirements: Lounge Suit. If you would like to secure tickets to one of the most important events in our club calendar, please RSVP by February 24th by completing the enclosed form and returning it to Phil Sigsworth or Warren Robinson Newtown RLFC, 40 George Street, Leichhardt NSW 2040. Alternatively you can fax your confirmation to 9550 0244. Wishing you all good luck and good health, and I hope to see you all at the 2004 season launch on March 1st. Regards,

London Broncos Name Squad

LONDON Broncos have named their squad for their final friendly of pre-season against London Barbarians at St Albans on Thursday night. Only Australian forward Mat Toshack is definitely out through injury. All the stars, including skipper Jim Symock and try-scorer supreme Dennis Moran are expected to play. 1 Paul Sykes 2 Jon Wells 3 Nigel Roy 4 Mark O'Halloran 5 John Kirkpatrick 6 Robert Purdham 7 Dennis Moran 8 Francis Stephenson 9 Neil Budworth 10 Steve Trindall 11 Mat Toshack 12 Steele Retchless 13 Jim Dymock 14 Andrew Brocklehurst 15 Mitchell Stringer 16 Joe Mbu 17 Tommy Haughey 18 Andrew Hart 19 Dave Highton 20 Radney Bawker 21 Rob Jackson 22 Lee Sanderson 23 Lee Greenwood 24 Andy McNally After a training session at St Albans on Sunday, coach Peter Tonkin selected 22 players which will be reduced to 20 for the game tonight. They represent six different teams from the south-east and include several interesting names, not least Skolars' Vietnamese half-back Huy Lee. Of the St Albans players, hooker Richard Smith captained the RLC Lionhearts last year; Matt Thomas used to play for the Broncos academy; Adam Cox played second grade for Adelaide Rams; Dene Miller was in the NL3 2003 Dream Team; Graeme Lumley and Alex Murphy made their debuts in our Powergen Challenge Cup defeat at Birkenshaw and Alex hopes to be watched by his cousin, Penrith Panthers star Luke Rooney, tonight! Penrith play Bradford in the World Club Challenge tomorrow.

David Hodgson Undergoes Surgery

WIGAN today announced that David Hodgson has been admitted to hospital to face an operation on his damaged achilles.

Barbarians Squad Named


London Broncos Tipping Comp - Reminder

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Wigan Rugby League Ticket News


Colin Wards Swansong

COLIN Ward is only getting paid a dollar for it, but his final game of rugby league will be priceless.

Anderson to coach 'Saints'

CHRIS Anderson will coach the Dragons next week.

Thompson Returns to the Fold

ST George Illawarra's Lance Thompson will enter the 2004 NRL season "bigger and stronger than ever" after being given a break to sort out his personal problems.

Bell To Miss Storm Trial Matches

MELBOURNE centre Steven Bell will miss all four of the Storm?s pre-season trial matches after suffering stress fractures in his right foot several weeks ago.

Rabbitohs Bring Out the Big Guns

HIGH profile recruits Terry Hill and Adam MacDougall will turn out for South's in the Charity Shield match against St George Illawarra at Aussie Stadium on Saturday night.

Refs Playing for Bonus

NATIONAL Rugby League (NRL) referees have a new incentive to perform to a high standard, with bonuses of $A10,000 being offered if they can get through the 2004 season without being dropped from first grade.

Preston Campbell - So Cold He cant Feel his Hands

IT can get pretty chilly at the foot of the Blue Mountains in the dead of winter, but Penrith five-eighth Preston Campbell's first trip to England has introduced him to cold he's never felt before.

Smith says Size IS Important

SEASON 2001 saw the Parramatta's players dubbed the `Baby Eels' en route to winning the NRL's minor premiership and a place in the grand final.

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