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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.
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.
GREAT Britain forward Adrian Morley will face a Disciplinary Committee on Monday following his sending-off in the Think! Road Safety First Test defeat to Australia on Saturday.
The Sydney Roosters star was dismissed by referee Steve Ganson following the first tackle of the game, when he caught Robbie Kearns high.
CONTROVERSY was one way to put the opening minute of the first Think! Don?t Drink Drive Ashes Test Match at JJB Stadium with Great Britain and Ireland?s Adrian Morley sent off after just 12 seconds for a high tackle on Robbie Kearns. The tackle, which was a very serious one, and deserved to be sent off, showed the pressure of the match, with Morley having a brain explosion.
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)
THE first training session for elite Auckland based youngsters wishing to join the NRL via the Manly Sea Eagles has been a major success according to organisor, former Kiwi and Manly coach Graham Lowe.
AUCKLAND'S Hale Vaa'sa has signed with the North Queensland Cowboys for the 2004 National Rugby League season.
ALL three matches in the forthcoming rugby league ashes series between Great Britain and Australia will be played on reinforced pitches, the so-called DD GrassMaster system produced by Desso DLW Sports Systems.