THE vested interests of the strong club bases in Sydney and northern England have been blamed for the abysmal state of International rugby league.
AUSTRALIAN winger Brett Dallas has agreed to take a pay cut to stay at Wigan.
AUSTRALIAN National Rugby League and international referee Bill Harrigan has announced his retirement.
I mean it? is it okay to call them ?St George?? That is, can a traditional Rugby League supporter like me say ?St George? without having to explain myself and without having to give a dozen reasons why?
I remember a time in the distant past, not long after the advent of the wheel (or was that electricity) for those of you?se under 20, sitting amongst the crowd at the league. As the season would pass, the surrounding faces, once strangers would come to have a familiar feel about them and over the seasons, friendships made of a common bond would stand the test of time, blood, sweat, tears and the sweet taste of victory. A mate ship ? brotherhood even. Shoulder to shoulder in team solidarity. All for one cause and one cause for all ? the team, the game and maybe, just maybe, that elusive Grand Final victory.
THERE has rarely been a season where the importance of goal kicking has shone through like the one just gone. In one of the closest competitions of the modern era, near hits and misses by the men with the magic boots have elevated them to victory or cost them defeat. Throughout the season there were some stand out kicks, but the number of costly misses in the top rugby league competition in the world was absolutely appalling.
WHILE the rugby union world cup in Australia is attracting worldwide media coverage, and Clive Woodward's men are still recovering from their Samoan care, there is a group of Kangaroo tourists that have just landed in London, who can rightfully claim to be the 'best rugby league team in the world'.
THE importance of warm up games was shown last night when a very rusty Great Britain and Ireland squad took on New Zealand A at Headingley for the Lions only warm up game before next weeks first Think! Don?t Drink Drive Test Match against the Australian Kangaroos.
GREAT Britain gained a useful work-out ahead of the Ashes Series with a convincing 52-18 win over New Zealand A, but Kiwi full-back Lusi Sione grabbed the individual honours with a hat-trick of tries.
IT has been confirmed that 4 Australian Aboriginal teams want to enter next year's Pacific Island Rugby League Association Junior Pacific Cup.
WORLD champions Australia were given a major fright by youthful England A, before making a winning start to their Kangaroo tour with a 26-22 success at Brentford.
BARRIE McDermott has warned young pretender Paul Wood: "Keep your hands off my Great Britain shirt" ahead of the Ashes Series warm-up against New Zealand A.
AUSTRALIA has made seven changes from the team which struggled to overcome a French rugby league selection for Tuesday's game against England A in London.
ANDY Farrell's chances of leading Great Britain in the Think! Road Safety Ashes Series have been boosted after he was cleared to return to training following a knee injury.
The Wigan Warriors loose forward played during the latter stages of the Tetley's Rugby Super League Play-Offs with the knee injury, but has not run fully since the Grand Final 11 days ago.
PENRITH Panthers centre Ryan Girdler will make his first appearance of the Think! Road Safety Kangaroo Tour when they face Wales in Bridgend on Sunday, while Phil Bailey and Shane Webcke return from injury for the clash.
Girdler, 31, has not played since the NRL Grand Final at the start of October, when he suffered a calf injury.