THE vested interests of the strong club bases in Sydney and northern England have been blamed for the abysmal state of International rugby league.
AUSTRALIAN winger Brett Dallas has agreed to take a pay cut to stay at Wigan.
AUSTRALIAN National Rugby League and international referee Bill Harrigan has announced his retirement.
I mean it? is it okay to call them ?St George?? That is, can a traditional Rugby League supporter like me say ?St George? without having to explain myself and without having to give a dozen reasons why?
I remember a time in the distant past, not long after the advent of the wheel (or was that electricity) for those of you?se under 20, sitting amongst the crowd at the league. As the season would pass, the surrounding faces, once strangers would come to have a familiar feel about them and over the seasons, friendships made of a common bond would stand the test of time, blood, sweat, tears and the sweet taste of victory. A mate ship ? brotherhood even. Shoulder to shoulder in team solidarity. All for one cause and one cause for all ? the team, the game and maybe, just maybe, that elusive Grand Final victory.
AS I sit here listening to my collection of music from the ?70?s, I can?t help but dwell on Rugby League as it was back in years gone by. Way back when Rugby League was played by men who by and large were amateurs.
WHILE the rugby union world cup in Australia is attracting worldwide media coverage, and Clive Woodward's men are still recovering from their Samoan care, there is a group of Kangaroo tourists that have just landed in London, who can rightfully claim to be the 'best rugby league team in the world'.
BARRIE McDermott has warned young pretender Paul Wood: "Keep your hands off my Great Britain shirt" ahead of the Ashes Series warm-up against New Zealand A.
AUSTRALIA has made seven changes from the team which struggled to overcome a French rugby league selection for Tuesday's game against England A in London.
ALLAN Bateman and Kevin Ellis both made try-scoring returns as Wales cruised to a record-breaking 74-4 victory over Russia in the European Nations Cup at Aberavon.
REPLACEMENT Karl Fitzpatrick converted his own last-second try to help Ireland make the best possible start to their European Nations Cup campaign with a 24-22 victory over Scotland.
NEW Zealand A are still looking for a win on their five-match British tour. Despite a spirited fightback NZ posted a 28-26 defeat to Warrington Wolves.
ANDY Farrell's chances of leading Great Britain in the Think! Road Safety Ashes Series have been boosted after he was cleared to return to training following a knee injury.
The Wigan Warriors loose forward played during the latter stages of the Tetley's Rugby Super League Play-Offs with the knee injury, but has not run fully since the Grand Final 11 days ago.
AUSTRALIAN coach Chris Anderson admits that his squad are giving him a selection dilemma, following their 34-10 win over a French Select XIII in Carcassonne on Saturday.
The Kangaroos bounced back from their Test Match defeat to New Zealand to secure a solid, if unspectacular, success against the French side.
BIG, strong and full of confidence, young Kiwi prop Dallas Rennie is looking forward to a successful 2004 NRL season with the Manly Sea Eagles.