THE St Marys Sevens qualifiers kicks off today at 3:20pm.
MAROON officials are expected to go full steam ahead for a Wayne Bennett-Darren Lockyer Test coach-captain ticket at next month's Australian Rugby League board meeting.
THE last two spots in the draw for this weekend's rugby league World Sevens go on the line when the qualifying tournament gets underway this afternoon at St Mary's.
WIGAN Chairman, Maurice Lindsay, has announced in Sydney today that he intends to stand down as Deputy Chairman of the International Board at the
game's Annual General Meeting to be held in Sydney on Monday 26th January 2004.
THE Men of League players and Cougar World Sevens international sides including Russia, France, Tonga and Samoa will be at Aussie Stadium at 11:00am today, Friday 23 January, in final preparation for this weekend's tournament.
RUSSIA have brought across 13 players for this years Cougar Rugby League World Sevens, naming a strong squad which will have a serious chance of winning the International Trophy up for grabs in the tournament.
EXTREME heat, followed by an electrical storm may of kept some of the crowd away from today?s World Sevens Qualifiers, but it certainly didn?t effect the high standard of play, as 12 teams tested out the new rules which will take effect in the main tournament this weekend, whilst also trying to guarantee their own position in the season kick off.
Featherstone Rovers RLFC have today announced a reorganisation of their management structure that will see director Chris Beaumont taking on the role of Chief Executive at the club. Chris has been a board member for seven years and will take up his new role with immediate effect. "This is a great opportunity for me to increase my day to day involvement at the club and have a direct role in what promises to be a very exciting season for Featherstone Rovers." said Chris. "I first came here as a result of my work with Silk Cut, the sponsors of the Challenge Cup, back in 1985. My involvement and links with the club grew and grew and I am proud to be at the helm at a crucial time in our history."
One of Chris's first duties will be to oversee the club coming out of the CVA it has been in since last year. "The news on this is extremely positive" said Chris. "There has been a lot of work going on to pull us through this period and, whilst there have been some false dawns, we are confident that we will be able to annouce us leaving administration in the very near future."
The club is also looking to boost their playing register with the addition of an Australian forward. Chris commented, "He is primarily a back rower who can also operate quite comfortably in the standoff position. Negotiations are at an advanced stage and we hope that we will have him on board soon. "
Not such good news surrounds club skipper Ian Tonks who suffered rib cartiledge damage in the recent friendly against Hull FC. Ian is expected to be sidelined for a month that will see him miss the start of the Challenge Cup and Arriva Cup ties against Dewsbury and Hull KR.
NINE Welsh Rugby League clubs will do battle in the TotalRL.com Summer Conference with the entrance of the Newport Titans and North Wales Coasters into the premier competition.
THE UK?s most successful Rugby Club, Bradford Bulls, have today announced their Squad Numbers for the 2004 Tetley?s Super League season.
WIGAN Warriors can now confirm the Squad Numbers for the new season which gets underway at Bradford Bulls on Friday 20th February 2004.
SKOLARS started their warm-up for the forthcoming season with a convincing win against Pro-Plumb Essex Eels on Sunday. Whilst the likes of Doncaster and Hull KR will undoubtedly prove much sterner opposition, the game gave the new coaching team a good chance to look over many of the squad with several new faces impressing on their debuts.
GREAT Britain rugby league international Paul Sculthorpe has been appointed as the new captain of St Helens.
THE Fone Zone Canberra Raiders will leave for the Riverina city of Wagga Wagga next week for their annual preseason camp.
Players and coaching staff will depart for the camp next Tuesday (27th January), and will split time between Borambola Sport and Recreation centre and Wagga Wagga RAAF Base.
PENRITH Panthers strike weapons, Ryan Girdler and Preston Campbell, are in "some doubt" for next month's World Club Challenge match against Bradford, Penrith coach John Lang said today.