FOR the second year in a row, the Hibiscus Coast Raiders have taken out the Scottwood Trust NZ Rugby League National 7's Cup.
THE Fiji Bati A have annouced the squad to compete at the 2005 VB St.Mary's 7's which will take place on February the 12th.
AN unusual ?roses? match takes place at Oldham St Annes Amateur Rugby League club on Sunday, February 20th. To celebrate the long-standing contribution of the Irish community in the North of England to the sport of rugby league, teams representing the Irish clubs of Lancashire and Yorkshire will play for the Michael Davitt* Challenge Bowl.
THE Queensland Cup has farewelled one of its most pivotal characters, following the announcement that leading referee Tony Maksoud will retire.
LED by five-eighth Cooper Cronk the Melbourne Storm defeated the Rockhampton Leagues Club Central Queensland Comets 58-18 in match one of the Comets Minniecon & Burke Pre-season Challenge at Browne Park on Saturday, February 5.
THE season Kicks off on Saturday 12th February at 7pm when the Mighty Wynnum Seagulls take on the Manly Sea Eagles in a trial much which should provide a great night of football as the new look Wynnum Seagulls take to the field for 2005.
NEWTOWN began the 2005 Premier League trials with an impressive hit-out against Western Suburbs at Henson Park on Saturday evening. Both teams fielded plenty of young hopefuls, but Newtown Head Coach Colin Murphy said there were plenty of positive features arising from his team?s display. He was particularly pleased with his squad?s advanced fitness levels and the obvious benefits from three solid months of gymnasium work. For the record, the Sydney Airport Jets outscored the Magpies five tries to one.
ALL eyes will be on Hull?s try-scoring Australian signing as they open their season against the world club champions on Friday
PROFESSIONAL rugby league returned to Blackpool after a twelve years absence since the days of the Gladiators playing in the North West seaside town. But in a classic game of two halves St Helens, who fielded a combination of their under 18 and 21 squads plus Samoans Gray Viane and Dom Feaunati threatened to ruin the party as they led 16-4 at the interval. In the second half Blackpool scored sixteen unanswered points with the match winning try coming a minute from time which left the Saints no time to recover.
THE great Frank Hyde, one of the most popular and respected personalities in the history of Rugby League football in Australia, turns 89 on Monday, February 7th, 2005.
AS part of the National Registration Week (February 14 ? 20), ARL Development, in conjunction with the Australian Rugby League and National Rugby League have launched a new interactive website, playrugbyleague.com.
WESTS Tigers defeated Italy 78-4 on Saturday night in their opening trial match of 2005. Italy scored first from dummy half a metre out before 78 unanswered points were racked up. In the curtain raiser, Wests Tigers 2 defeated NSW Southern Division 94-6.
PARRAMATTA Eels halfback PJ Marsh made a successful comeback from a career threatening neck injury, but couldnt prevent the Eels from being surprisingly beaten by a Cronulla side missing most of its regular first-graders in a trial game at Lismore last night.
PROMISING West Tigers five-eighth Benji Marshall is odds on be recovered from his second shoulder injury in time for the NRL season start.
MALTA have drawn group D for the VB Sevens to be held at the Western Weekender Stadium at St Marys on Saturday February 12.
Malta will meet the Cook Islands before taking on the New Zealand Maori?s selection.
MRLA Spokesperson Anthony Micallef is hopeful the Maltese community will turn out in support of the Malta Knights.