THE news of Adrian Morley not getting suspended was great news not only for the Lions but also for International Rugby League. A judiciary panel ruled the sending off was sufficient penalty and did not ban him from the remaining two Tests. There was also more good news on the International Rugby League front today, with Chairman of the Rugby League International Federation, Colin Love , has revealed that a World Cup in 2007 is firmly on the agenda. After the recent test matches between the three big nations of Rugby League getting closer and closer, it has proven that International Rugby League has a future.
THE Man of the Match in next Sunday's European Nations Cup Final will be presented with The Jean Galia Medal.
GREAT Britain prop Adrian Morley has been fined ?2,000 following his sending off for a reckless high tackle in the Think! Road Safety First Test against Australia on Saturday.
The Sydney Roosters forward was dismissed after only 12 seconds of the clash following his challenge on Robbie Kearns in the opening tackle of the game.
AUSTRALIA have confirmed that Phil Bailey will miss the rest of the Ashes series against Great Britain after sustaining two fractures in his eye socket.
ENGLAND A will face France in the European Nations Cup Final at Warrington next weekend, with Scotland missing out on points difference following an 8-6 win in Narbonne, while Wales lost 22-4 to the English at Headingley.
Scotland needed to win by more than five points in France to secure their place at Wilderspool, and looked on course for that when they led 6-0 at half time, Barrow's Lee Henderson scoring their try and Oliver Wilkies converting.
IT may have been a predictable final even months before the tournament actually kicked off, and whilst Ireland and Scotland went very close to causing an upset and knocking the French out of the tournament, the Chanticleers have made the final of the inaugural European Nations Cup, taking on the English rising stars at Warrington's Wilderspool Stadium.
KANGAROOS coach Chris Anderson, believes that the officials had encouraged dirty play in the remaining Ashes Tests by failing to suspend Great Britain prop Adrian Morley. With ARL director John McDonald, telling other panel members Morley would have been suspended for six weeks in the NRL, they ignored his plea and fined the Lions forward. NRL judiciary commissioner Jim Hall said Morley, because of his record, would have been liable for a suspension of up to eight weeks if found guilty in a premiership match.
AUSTRALIA has made one change from the team that defeated Great Britain and Ireland in the first test, Michael De Vere has been named in the centres to replace the injured Phil Bailey.
TOUGH, uncompromising and relentless.
GARY Connolly is Great Britain's only injury concern ahead of Saturday's second Test against Australia in Hull.
TETLEY?S Super League Champions, Minor Premiers and Powergen Challenge Cup winners Bradford Bulls today announced a lucrative new five-year Kit deal with Australian Sportswear giants ISC.
WIDNES Vikings have boosted their squad with the capture of former Melbourne Storm centre Aaron Moule.
The Vikings were dissapointed when Manly scrum-half Jason Ferris suddenly decided against a move to the Tetley's Super League after agreeing terms.
AN injury-plagued 2003 was the main reason behind Wests Tigers winger Robbie Beckett's decision to retire from the National Rugby League.
THE New Zealand Warriors will host NRL champions , Penrith , in a pre-season match to be held at North Harbour Stadium , Auckland , in February. The match has been scheduled for Sunday, February 29. The kick off time is yet to be finalised but it is expected to be at 5:30pm (NZ Time)
AUCKLAND'S Hale Vaa'sa has signed with the North Queensland Cowboys for the 2004 National Rugby League season.