I am of the opinion that if an NRL coach is expected to be a full-time employee, then the National coach should be too. Done properly and resourced sufficiently, all rugby league administrators, coaches, players and fans would benefit enormously.
ASSUMING you didn't watch the news or read the papers, what would your opinion of Phil Gould be? No, wait! Don't tell me, I think I know this one. Simply put, you think he is a good coach right?
SATURDAY August 7th is finals day in the Total RL.com Welsh Rugby League Conference. The day starts at 11am with an under 17 match between Aberavon Fighting Irish and Cardiff Demons. The Shield Final between Newport Titans and Cardiff Demons kicks off at 12.30 while the Welsh Grand Final between Bridgend Blue Bulls and Aberavon Fighting Irish has a 2.30pm start.
FOUNDATION Cup 16's
(All Games Saturday 10 April 2004)
Auckland Crowns vs Wellington Cornwall Park, Auckland 1.00 pm Kick Off
Auckland Crowns: Matthew Parata, Kingi Akauola, Tamihana Hawea, Patrick Ah Van, Kurt Te Hira, Jody Henry, Shalom Suniula, Konelio Vaiga, Arron Pawley, Constantine Mika, Leeson Ah Mau, Sione Tongia, Scott Jones (C)
Reserves: Moeakiola Situa, Alexander Vaea, Javan Guttenbeil, Samuel Grey
Coach: Frank Harold
Wellington: Bronson Marino, Tautara Reihana-Gerrard, Michael Lealava'a, Karl McNichol, Arana Taumata, Shannon Bradbrook, Brendan Hikaka, Jackson Reihana, Kayne McDonald, Nathan King, Taikaha Brown, Teariki Peneha, Ashley Parker
Reserves: Andre Itula, Phillip Green, Amos Moala, Bradley Wardlaw
Coach: Darryl Marino
IN this week's Bulls Eye, Brian Noble, Joe Vagana and Stuart Fielden look ahead to Thursday's Tetley's Super League big local derby at Headingly when the Rhinos and the Bulls meet in the biggest game of all.
RUSSIAN National team is going to New Zealand to prepare for the International tournament ?Victory Cup?. There are 26 players in the delegation, the representatives of four clubs ? ?Locomotive? and ?Dinamo? (Moscow), ?Strela? and ?Energy? (Kazan).
The training session is taking place in four cities of the South island. The first test match will take place on the 12th of April in Nelson. Our National side will meet with the ?Tasmans? and will continue to get acquainted with the techniques of the New Zealand model of playing during the matches with the teams ?West Coast? (Greymouth) ? April 18th , ?Canterbury? (Christchurch) - April 21st, and will finish the series of friendly matches with ?Otago? (Dunedin).
The forthcoming series of the meetings with the New Zealand is the first one in the history of the development of Russian rugby-13, and that is why the players of the National team are waiting with impatience for the moment of getting the unique experience in the country where Rugby League is a national game gathering thousands of spectators in the stadiums.
The Head of the delegation Vladimir Nekrasov says that the tour to New Zealand ?will give wonderful souvenirs to all?, and what is really very important is that a world known coach Robert Baily will work with the National team.
The results of the planned matches in New Zealand will determine the players for the National team of Russia for the season 2004.
List of players for New Zealand Tour
1. Akhmetshin Aidar
2. Baskakov Valentin
3. Bojoukov Evgueni
4. Dobrynine Serguei
5. Fedchuk Vadim
6. Gavrilin Igor
7. Gvozdev Ian
8. Joukov Oleg
9. Chamsoutdinov Rinat
10. Katerinchuk Vitaly
11. Lebedev Vladimir
12. Lysenkov Alexander
13. Makovetski Alexey
14. Mamochka Andrey
15. Mishukov Danila
16. Nechaev Victor
17. Nisiforov Mikhail
18. Ovtchinnikov Roman
19. Ovtchinnikov Vladimir
20. Safiullin Adel
21. Sidorov Serguei
22. Sokolov Oleg
23. Trofimov Vladimir
24. Yakubov Rafael
25. Yamanaev Maxim
26. Zagoskin Nikolay
27. Koulemine Kirill
28. Vinogradov Georgy
THE Russian rugby league team looks pretty much as you'd expect - big and imposing.
DESPITE being one of two goalkickers to exceed the National Rugby League's 90-second "shot clock" last weekend, Canberra fullback Clinton Schifcofske was the only one to draw a breach notice on Wednesday.
STAND out Warriors second rower, Epalahame Lauaki, has learned a lesson the hard way.
CRONULLA CEO Steve Rogers last night accused the NRL judiciary of using Greg Bird as a scapegoat after the Sharks five-eighth was suspended for 10 matches.
EMBATTLED National Rugby League club the Bulldogs have received some good news with the announcement of a sponsorship deal with Vibe Clothing.
THE Gold Coast effort to become the 16th National Rugby League team gained considerable momentum on Wednesday by gaining an endorsement from the QRL executive.
THE Australian Rugby League has launched the game's first official Australian Players Register which embraces the game's greatest ever names and it youngest hopefuls.
TICKETS for the AAMI City v Country Origin match at Express Advocate Stadium on Friday May 7 go on sale today.