Malta Into Sevens

MALTA will challenge for the ten thousand dollar 2005 Orara Valley Sevens, with the tournament providing good preparation for the 2005 VB Sevens in Sydney, Australia the following month.

Comets return to where it all began

THE Central Comets will return to rugby league?s traditional playing roots for the 2005 Queensland Cup.

Waite to assist French in ESL preparation

DAVID Waite is to step down from his position as RFL Performance Director at the end of this month in order to take-up a key consultancy role with Perpignan as they prepare for Super League entry in 2006.

South London Storm new head coach

SOUTH London Broncos believe they have one of the best young coaches in the game in new Head Coach Rob Powell who has replaced Darryl Pitt as Head Coach. Rob, who hails from Sheffield studied at Newcastle History and Northumbria Universities where he completed his MSc in Sports Management including a MSc dissertation on Coaching. Whilst studying Rob coached the succesful Newcastle University team that made the 2002 BUSA final and included current National League star Andy Raleigh. Rob was recently employed locally as the first ever Full Time Rugby League Community Sports Coach, a scheme funded by the club itself and the DCMS. This role has helped see the start up of clubs such as the Brixton Bulls and the Thornton Heath Tornadoes. Storm Chairman Paul Brown was delighted with the appointment, "Rob is one of the best young coaches in the game, we are fortunate to have him on board. He takes his coaching very seriously and is a serious student of the game. He also has the respect of our players from his work as assistant to Darryl last year and also for his work with the local juniors." Brown was also full of praise for the clubs Head Coach for the last 2 years Darryl Pitt, "Darryl has been a great servent for the club and his knowledge of the game has been invaluable to the club and to Rob. We would like to thank him for his efforts over the last 2 years and we are delighted that he will be staying involved with the club in other capacities." The club has confirmed reports that they still intend to add to the coaching structure at the club with a couple of internal appointments likely to be made over the next few weeks. Picture attached: Powell with Melbourne Storm and Australia Coach Craig Bellamy who he recently observed in action during the Tri-Nations

Scully in for a big one - Betts

DENIS Betts believes Danny Sculthorpe would have played for Great Britain this year - if he hadn't suffered an injury stricken second half of the season.

South London Storm enters RLC Premier for 2005

THE club has applied to enter the newly set up Rugby League Conference Premier Division for 2005. This is where our first team squad will play in 2005 if accepted.

Readon - "I aint going nowhere"

HOME-GROWN Bulls star Stuart Reardon has flatly refused a move to Wakefield as part of the Gareth Ellis deal.

Robbie Paul in line for Bulls sucker punch ?

HE has come to represent the public face of Yorkshire's most successful Super League club but Robbie Paul, the king of Odsal, could be about to leave Bradford as a pawn in the Bulls' negotiations to sign Wakefield Trinity captain Gareth Ellis.

Tetley's County Cup Final Previews

TETLEY?S Cumbria Cup Final Ellenborough Rangers v Egremont Rangers Tuesday 28th December Derwent Park, Workington Town RLFC Kick Off: 2.00pm Admission ?5 Adults - ?2 Concessions

Tigers forced to cough up

CASTLEFORD Tigers have been ordered to pay an extra two months wages to former players Paul Mellor and Motu Tony. The Tigers terminated the players contracts on 19 September after the club had been relegated from Super League.

Skolars and Bulls stampede into Ireland

LONDON Skolars are to take on the current World Champions Bradford Bulls in a groundbreaking pre-season friendly in Dublin in January. The National League 2 side will play a Bulls XIII select side at Blackrock College RFCs ground on Sunday 23 January with a 1.30pm kick-off.

Knights announce new sponsor

THE Newcastle Knights have today announced Subway as the club?s shorts sponsor for the 2005 and 2006 seasons.

Hodges will prove critics wrong - Tallis

RETIRED Brisbane Broncos captain Gorden Tallis predicts Justin Hodges' return to the Broncos next season will be a winning move for him and the club.

Player education key in raising awareness of off field conduct

THE National Rugby League (NRL) has released its official report into player attitudes towards women, which was commissioned in the wake of the damaging sex scandals which rocked the code during 2004.

NRL agree to Bronco-Warriors time reshuffle

THE NRL has agreed to bring the kick-off to the Broncos-Warriors match in round two - at Suncorp Stadium - forward by an hour to 7.30pm. When the NRL initially announced the first five weeks of the 2005 NRL draw, the Broncos-Warriors encounter was the third scheduled in a trio of live matches to be screened on Fox on Saturday, March 19. With daylight saving still operating on that weekend, the Broncos-Warriors clash was to have kicked off in Brisbane at 8.30pm and beamed live in to NSW at 9.30pm (EDST), following the Raiders-Knights clash (5.30pm) and the Dragons-Storm (7.30pm).

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