Out with the old, in with the new

AFTER two years in the Brisbane competition Brothers-Valleys have been accepted into the 2004 Queensland Cup. The decision to admit them was made easier for the QRL after foundation Club Wests Panthers chose to withdraw.

Lebanon to host historic tour by Oxford University

TWENTY-FIVE of Lebanon?s most promising young rugby league players have been selected to play Oxford University in a two match series next month.

The Vodafone Warriors are travelling to the Waikato

WAIKATO Stadium is hosting the Vodafone Warriors and St George Illawarra Dragons league teams in an inaugural Stadium league game at 7.30pm on 5 February 2004.

BISA contributes to the salary cap debate

BRADFORD Independent Supporters Association (BISA) today added their opinions on the current debate on the lowering of the salary cap and the recruitment of young players from service areas. The statement reads as follows:

Skolars Announce Major Signings

THE London Skolars have just secured three major signings which will strengthen their current squad considerably for the 2004 season. Glen O'Davis and Peter Hannan both from Australia will be joined by John Rua from New Zealand, and have all recently arrived in London. " Last year will lacked the the experience when it came to the big games, and I'm confident that the recent signing of these talented players will hold us in good stead for the season ahead " commented club chairman Hector McNeil.

Walker targets Leeds return

CHEV Walker could play for Leeds against Castleford on Boxing Day. Walker is serving an 18-month sentence in a young offender's institute following a brawl but will be released this week, possibly as early as Monday.

Bulls target young offenders

THE UK?s most successful Rugby Club, Bradford Bulls, will spend Tuesday 16th December at the Wetherby Young Offenders Institute as a prelude to the launch in February of a unique scheme targeting the fitness and lifestyle of young offenders.

Sharks Coaching Infrastructure Finalised

WITH the recent appointment of Craig Wilson and Peter Gentle Head Coach Stuart Raper has now formalised his coaching staff for the next two years.

Newcastle Knights Achieve Fantastic Result in Appeal

THE Knights, in conjunction with major supporter NIB and the Anthony McCrohon Committee, have today presented Anthony McCrohon with a cheque for $118,000, representing the fundraising efforts of the committee during 2003.

Leagueunlimited forums now back up and running

LEAGUEUNLIMITED wishes to inform that The Front Row forums are back up and running, better than ever.

Watson denies Samoa academy

WARRIORS? CEO, Mick Watson has come out and totally denied the speculation that his National Rugby League club were setting up at Rugby League academy in Samoa. The news, which hit the New Zealand press a few weeks ago, was believed to be part of a strategy by the NRL club to try and capitalise on the wealth of talent that is in the pacific, and seems to have been forgotten by other Rugby League clubs.

Bronco injures knee at training

POWERHOUSE lock Tonie Carroll is out indefinitely after a training collision with centre Brent Tate, according to the Brisbane Broncos Official Site. Carroll twisted his knee resulting in a grade-two medial ligament tear and looks set to miss Brisbane's World Sevens campaign on the Australia Day Weekend.

Johns in hot water, again...

NEW South Wales and Newcastle Knights captain Andrew has his name in the headlines again for the wrong reasons. Johns was involved in a fight in the toilets of a local Newcastle pub recently (The Crown and Anchor)?and the matter has been referred to the police, who have subesquently interviewed Johns over the incident but no charges have been laid. ? The Newcastle club along with Johns management have refused to comment at this stage but we will keep you informed of any new developments. ? At this stage it is not clear who started the fracas but the incident will no doubt cast a shadow over Johns image after his well publicised fall out with team mate Ben Kennedy last year.

Speed and Power in Warriors 7,s Squad

WARRIORS coach Daniel Anderson has named a strong squad to contest the Cougar World Rugby League sevens in Sydney late next month.

Dragons Confirm 2004 Home Game Venue Split

THE Dragons have decided to start and finish the club?s 2004 Telstra Premiership campaign with home games at Oki Jubilee Stadium, while WIN Stadium will feature such key events as a heritage match against premiers Panthers.

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