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.
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.
LONDON Broncos and BBC London 94.9fm are delighted to confirm rugby league fans across the world will once again be able to listen to live match commentary of every Broncos game (home and away, Super League & Challenge Cup) during the 2004 season.
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 UK?s most successful Rugby Club, World Champions Bradford Bulls, have today announced that international model and TV personality Nell McAndrew will get the Tetley?s Super League IX off to a great start at Odsal on Friday 20th February.
HUDDERSFIELD Supporters Club Under-18s Final
Milford Marlins v Stanley Rangers
Sunday 22nd February 2004
Kick Off: 2.00pm
for the Frank Dyson Trophy
THE Brisbane Broncos are taking a bold approach to the 2004 season by moving test captain Darren Lockyer from fullback to five eighth. Lockyer, who usually plays at second receiver anyway should fit into his new role comfortably from an attacking point of view, but there is no doubt opposing coaches will target Lockyer is defence in an effort to blunt his attacking prowess, possibly rendering him ineffective.
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.