Brothers Diehards omitted from Queensland Cup

FROM QRL press release Friday 19 November: THE Board of the Queensland Rugby League (QRL) has today determined that the 2005 Queensland Cup season will be contested by the following 11 clubs:

Kiwi test half becomes a London Bronco

LONDON Broncos are delighted to announce the signing of current New Zealand Test half, Thomas Leuluai, on a one year deal.

Campion shores up Warriors defence

THE NZ Warriors are tipped to toughen up for next season?s NRL, and a former North Queensland player will have a lot to do with it.

Call for conversions to be canned

PARRAMATTA CEO Denis Fitzgerald has controversially called for the conversion goal kick ? a 96-year rugby league institution ? to be axed.

Smith will take charge of final

SATURDAY'S mouth-watering Gillette Tri-Nations final between Great Britain and world champions Australia will be refereed by England's Russell Smith. New Zealander Glen Black was in line to referee the final at Elland Road.

Glen Black to ref final

AUSTRALIA and Great Britain are set to lock horns over the appointment of a referee for Sunday's Tri Nations final with ARL officials ready to fight tooth-and-nail to have England's Russell Smith appointed to the game.

Irishman Carney Tri-Nations Star

BRIAN Carney, two-try hero of Great Britain's 26-24 victory over New Zealand, is urging his team-mates to seize the opportunity to be crowned world champions.

French give Kangaroos a shake up

FRANCE, mooted as a possible addition to the Tri Nations tournament, was expected to be cannon fodder for Australia in their rugby league international in Toulouse on Monday.

Morley hopes to turn the tables

ADRIAN Morley, the only Englishman plying his trade in Australia's National Rugby League, says he'll secure bragging rights from Bondi to Bundaberg should Great Britain win the Tri-Nations rugby league series.

Bennett adds his big guns to finals squad

DARREN Lockyer, Brent Tate and Ben Kennedy have been included into the Australian squad for the Tri-Nations final against Great Britain at Elland Road.

Farrell voted best player in the world

GREAT Britain captain Andy Farrell became only the second British winner of the coveted Golden Boot.

Souths thwart French resistance

NL3 side South London Storm contested a thrilling 22-all draw with reigning Nacional 3 champions Villeneuve Tolosane XIII on their annual tour of France. Souths have made the pilgrimige to the South of France for three consecutive years and were again rewarded with the best in Treiziste hospitality. Old foes Realmont XIII treated the tourists to a lavish reception on Friday night, whilst a sizeable crowd was in attendance on Saturday evening for the cross-chanell NL3 encounter. The game itself was extremely well-contested, with victory narrowly eluding Souths when John Ferguson failed to land a last minute penalty that would have edged his side in front. Storm led 18-6 at half-time, courtesy of tries from Andrew Jackson (two) and Mark Nesbitt, but were forced to weather a fierce comeback from the home side after the break. Carlos Zacharov scored the try of the match with the 10 minutes remaining to edge the Londoners agonisingly close to their first ever victory on foreign soil, but Ferguson's late miss allowed the game to end in what was ultimately a fitting draw. Souths rounded off their trip by attending Sunday afternoon's France-Australia Test match, and tour organiser Richard Giles was delighted by the success of the club's third journey across Le Manche. "The reception we have received from our friends at Realmont and Villeneuve Tolosane has been phenomenal," said Giles. "After our three trips to France as well as our tour to Australia earlier this year, Souths are building a real reputation as a touring side and I'm sure that will continue in the future. I doubt there are many clubs in the world that have clocked the number of air miles we have in recent years!" The tour was an emotional occasion for club stalwart Darrin Cornall, who returns to Australia next month in order get married following several years loyal service both on and off the pitch. "Darrin has been a great ambassador for the club in the past few years and will be sadly missed," added Giles. For further information about South London Storm's 2004 French tour, contact Richard Giles ([email protected] or 07740282702).

Player availability hurt Kiwi Tri Series chances - Anderson

THE Kiwis used 27 players in just four Tests during the Tri Nations rugby league tournament, which will be decided here on Saturday without them.

Triathlon for Storm boys

IT may only be their second week back, but pre-season training is a testing time for the Melbourne Storm boys with a TRIATHLON ready to challenge the list.

Croker Captains Canberra

CANBERRA?S most decorated player, Jason Croker, has been appointed Raiders club captain for season 2005.