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PICTURE this typical scene that springs up across the country at this time of year...
THIS is a true story.
AT a time when we are all thinking happy thoughts, I do believe it is time to review a few poignant statistics. In a year when the National Rugby League (NRL) was embroiled indirectly in a rape case, saw a player retire due to cocaine abuse and involved in the middle of much publicity due to crowd violence, the organization still managed to set records in terms of overall attendance and TV ratings.
EVERY season there?s a couple of rising stars who burn bright in their first few games or season, who the media compare with the stars of the past. A young player might be called ?the next Meninga or Johns?. In years to come they?ll talk about ?the next Fittler or Lockyer?. Sometimes these players achieve that mantle, sometimes they burn and crash. The game is littered with players who never fulfilled the media?s expectations when they were bright and shiny and full of promise.
THE new Reedy Creek ?Raptors? junior rugby league club has formed with a view to participating in the Gold Coast District Junior Rugby League from 2005.
FOR nine years the Cowboys of the far north were sound asleep. Now after a fairytale 2004 season, they?ve finally awoken.
RUGBY league veteran Steve Price suffered from first-day nerves when he joined his New Zealand Warriors teammates in Auckland this week.
AUSTRALIAN halfback Brett Kimmorley will skipper the Anzac rugby league team in their one-off match against county side Cumbria at Workington on Wednesday night.
SCOTLAND play Ireland in Navan on Friday night with the winners qualifying for the European Nations Cup Final. There they will play either England or France ? more likely England ? at Warrington?s new Halliwell Jones Stadium on Sunday 7 November live on Sky TV. Therefore, Friday night is arguably the biggest game in Scotland Rugby League?s history.
FORMER New Zealand captain Stacey Jones believes the Kiwis can regroup after the weekend's 32-12 loss to Australia, provided they hold on to the ball.
AUSTRALIAN second rower Nathan Hindmarsh has promised Great Britain plenty of fireworks at City of Manchester Stadium on Saturday as the Kangaroos attempt to clinch a spot in the Tri Nations rugby league series final.
THE Anzac rugby league side beat Cumbria 64-12 at Workington today, with Australian prop Mark O'Meley scoring a hat-trick of tries.
THE Anzacs will be experiencing the atmosphere of a passionate rugby league town during their stay in Workington for tonight's match against Cumbria, former Kiwis assistant coach Gerard Stokes says.
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