WITH the IRFU's All-Ireland League barely alive, attempts by Rugby League to foster a relationship here have met with a frosty reception from Landsdown Road. Brendan O'Brien investigates.
BARLA Lions Coach Mick Turner has announced his squad for this summer's busy international schedule.
SHANE Richardson?s claims that Great Britain & Ireland should be represented by a single team at the 2008 World Cup have been roundly criticised by players and officials from across the Irish Sea.
SERBIA-MONTENEGRO has been announced as the sixth participant for the 2004 Victory Cup which will be held in Moscow, St Petersburg and Kazan. The Victory Cup, which kicked off the first time in May last year was considered a huge success, with Russia pushing France all the way in the final in front of a crowd of over 7,000 on a weekday afternoon. The tournament helped Russia to qualify for funding from the Russian Sports Council, funding which has helped the event to expand and allow the inclusion of Serbia and the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF).
SATURDAY, February 21st 2004
5pm - First leg of the 2004 Frank Hyde Cup series
Newtown v. North Sydney
3pm - NSWRL Jim Beam Cup trial
Newtown v. Macarthur Jets (newcomers to the Jim Beam Cup competition).
IN this, the first Bulls Eye of the season, Brian Noble and Paul Johnson look ahead to Friday's opening Tetley's Super League encounter when last season's grand finalists, Bradford Bulls and Wigan Warriors clash at Odsal.
BRADFORD Bulls are delighted to launch a range of new mobile phone services for their supporters.
BRADFORD Bulls kick-off Super League IX when they take on Wigan on Friday in a repeat of last season's Grand Final.
TONY Rea has named a squad of twenty who are in the frame to line up against Leeds Rhinos in Sunday's opening game of Tetley's Rugby Super League IX.
Missing from the 24-man squad will be Mat Toshack, Lee Greenwood, Dave Highton and Andy McNally.
THE season launch of Leagueunlimited.com for 2004 kicked off in fine style with the Philips Trivia Night on the 19th of February.
MELBOURNE Storm prop Kirk Reynoldson may be taking on the Brisbane Broncos in Toowoomba tomorrow night, but he?ll have more than his fair share of supporters amongst the army of Broncos fans.
Courtesy of a specially discounted ticket offer made available by Reynoldson himself, over 250 people from the bearded front-rower?s tiny hometown of Wandoan ? 350km West of Toowoomba - will make an eight hour round trip to cheer on Reynoldson and the Storm.
A young Cronulla squad will travel south to Mollymook to play in a trial match against the Raiders' Premier League squad. The game will offer an opportunity for fringe first graders to put up their hands to challenge for a regular position in the top grade.
GOLD Coast backer Paul Broughton anticipates the NRL will flag his group as an expansion team this year.
BRISBANE Bronco's new boy, Motu Tony was hired to boost the Broncos' attack but he says he's ready to have his defensive skills examined.
LANCE Thompson publicly apologised to his St George Illawarra team-mates for turning up to Monday morning's training session drunk.