COUNTRY teams used to look forward to the battle with the boys from the City! Now days, in my opinion, it doesn?t mean much to them as much as it did before. Many footballers from the bush used to fight for positions in the two teams that were picked. These games then exposed them to the selectors and to be considered for further representative honours. Sure, the games were sometimes uneven as the Country players used to lack the fitness and skill levels of the city teams. However, we shouldn?t lose sight of some of the players that were discovered in these games and then bought by City Clubs.
THE BARLA Great Britain Lions squad has had to endure a six-hour coach journey from Sydney to Gunnedah and are currently staying for the week at the Red Chief Motel. They were put through their paces in a tough training session in the afternoon and all players are desperate to be involved on Saturday.
RUGBY League Ireland Squad for International v England
Saturday 10th July - Clontarf Rugby Club, 4.30 p.m kick off
EXCITING young Mitsubishi Electric Bulldogs forward Sonny Bill Williams has been named in the Bulldogs Premier League team to play Newtown this weekend. Williams has been sidelined since injuring his ankle in the Bulldogs 34-8 win over the South Sydney Rabbitohs back on 26 April, 2004.
AN understrength Centurions side went down to a surprise 24-16 defeat at Bramley on Saturday. Missing ten first team squad members, Peter Tonkin was forced to play several players out of position and give call-ups to a clutch of second teamers, one of whom, Luke Baxter got a try. The others were both scored by Matt Thomas with emergency stand-off Aaron Kwong kicking two goals.
I may be jumping the gun here, but nevertheless I?m here to make a very big call. Last Sunday, amidst the swirling dust of Energy Australia Stadium we witnessed something great, and I?m not just referring to the final score. What we witnessed was a happening. An epiphany if you will. A moment in time that we?ll look back on in years to come and regard as a turning point. What we witnessed, was the end of the David Peachey Era.
THE South Sydney Rabbitohs has today announced the re-signing of halfback Joe Williams to a two-year deal.
THE Warriors received some more positive news today when it was announced that their current naming rights sponsor, Vodafone, have elected to continue their association with the NRL club for an extended term.
CRONULLA Sharks coach Stuart Raper has named his side to take on the Warriors on Saturday night at Toyota Park.
QUEENSLAND have made just two changes to the side beaten by New South Wales last month for the second State of Origin match at Suncorp Stadium next week.
DRAGONS fullback Ben Hornby has been dumped from the New South Wales State of Origin side for the second game of the three match series, to be played in Brisbane next week.
AS expected, Roosters skipper Brad Fittler has been recalled into the New South Wales side for State of Origin II. The veteran five-eighth retired from representative football three years ago stating that he only wished to concentrate on winning a premiership for the Roosters.
THE first ever Total RL.com Welsh Rugby League Conference Grand Final will be played on Saturday August 7th at Aberavon Greenstars RFC.
PREMIERSHIP results for 5 June 2004
ROUND 7 of New Zealand's Bartercard Cup competition sees us now halfway through the competition with Marist Richmond Brothers one point ahead of Mt Albert Lions and last year's champions the Canterbury Bulls.