ONE of New Zealand's most experienced rugby league internationals, John Rutherford (Jock) Butterfield, died in a Brisbane hospital on Saturday after falling ill. He was 72 years old.
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.
IT has been confirmed that the West Indies Rugby League will compete in the Middlesex 9?s qualification tournament, and will face off between 7 to 11 other sides in order to qualify for the main tournament which will be held on July 18 at New River Stadium.
STRENGTH and conditioning coach for the Sheffield Eagles, Dean Thomas, has been announced as High Performance Coordinator for the West Indies Rugby League in season 2004.
REDCLIFFE coach Neil Wharton has named a near full strength squad for the trial game vs Ipswich Jets at Bendigo Bank Oval on Saturday.
THE Souths Logan Magpies will field a top class line-up when they go head-to-head with the Burleigh Bears in a trial match on Friday night.
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.
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
ST George Illawarra forward Lance Thompson has been dropped to Premier League for disciplinary reasons and will play in this Saturday's Rockhampton trial against the Central Comets. The experienced back rower has also been fined by the Dragons.
WARRIORS prop Richard Villasanti has started contract negotiations with the New Zealand Warriors to secure a new two-year deal at the National Rugby League club.
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.
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.
THE St.George Dragons All-Stars have retained the `Joanne Mackay Helping Hand Cup' by defeating the USA 48-40 at Kogarah lastnight(18/02/04). As the score indicates, the match was a free-flowing affair with a number of entertaining tries.