THE Central Comets will return to rugby league?s traditional playing roots for the 2005 Queensland Cup.
SYDNEY Airport Jets Head Coach Colin Murphy has been nominated as Marrickville Council Citizen of the Year for 2005. The award is open to residents of the Marrickville local government area who have made outstanding contributions to the community. It is understood that Colin was nominated by a group of residents of the Marrickville Council area.
WIGAN Warriors can today confirm that there will not be a game between the club and the U S Tomahawks next month.
WIGAN have turned to former Olympic relay champion Dennis Mitchell in a bid to increase the squad's speed.
The Warriors already boast two of the quickest players in the game in wingers Brian Carney and Brett Dallas.
FORMER South Sydney Rabbitohs playmaker Owen Craigie is hoping to make an impression on the Widnes fans as the Vikings return to action on Boxing Day.
SOUTH London Broncos believe they have one of the best young coaches in the game in new Head Coach Rob Powell who has replaced Darryl Pitt as Head Coach.
Rob, who hails from Sheffield studied at Newcastle History and Northumbria Universities where he completed his MSc in Sports Management including a MSc dissertation on Coaching. Whilst studying Rob coached the succesful Newcastle University team that made the 2002 BUSA final and included current National League star Andy Raleigh.
Rob was recently employed locally as the first ever Full Time Rugby League Community Sports Coach, a scheme funded by the club itself and the DCMS. This role has helped see the start up of clubs such as the Brixton Bulls and the Thornton Heath Tornadoes.
Storm Chairman Paul Brown was delighted with the appointment, "Rob is one of the best young coaches in the game, we are fortunate to have him on board. He takes his coaching very seriously and is a serious student of the game. He also has the respect of our players from his work as assistant to Darryl last year and also for his work with the local juniors." Brown was also full of praise for the clubs Head Coach for the last 2 years Darryl Pitt, "Darryl has been a great servent for the club and his knowledge of the game has been invaluable to the club and to Rob. We would like to thank him for his efforts over the last 2 years and we are delighted that he will be staying involved with the club in other capacities."
The club has confirmed reports that they still intend to add to the coaching structure at the club with a couple of internal appointments likely to be made over the next few weeks.
Picture attached: Powell with Melbourne Storm and Australia Coach Craig Bellamy who he recently observed in action during the Tri-Nations
LEEDS Rhinos build up to the Carnegie World Club Challenge will include spending time with Rugby Union World Champions England.
England RU head coach Andy Robinson told the England squad this week about his plans for them to train with Leeds Rhinos, the Rugby League Super League champions, next month. He is planning his cross code initiative with the Rhinos head coach, Tony Smith. Both codes hope to benefit from each others? tactics and skills.
Robinson met with Smith last week in Leeds, to fine tune their plans for the three day training session set for mid January. The idea was hatched by England much earlier this year and is seen as one of several lateral steps planned for 2005. The head coach anticipates England will greatly benefit from the trip north.
DENIS Betts believes Danny Sculthorpe would have played for Great Britain this year - if he hadn't suffered an injury stricken second half of the season.
LEEDS Rhinos duo Keith Senior and Ryan Bailey have been fined almost $4,000 by the English Rugby Football League after testing positive for the banned drug ephedrine.
NATIONAL LEAGUE 3 - PRE SEASON UPDATE
A sudden illness on the evening prior an investiture at Buckingham Palace robbed BARLA and Blackbrook ARLFC stalwart Harold Swift from receiving his MBE from Prince Charles.
HOME-GROWN Bulls star Stuart Reardon has flatly refused a move to Wakefield as part of the Gareth Ellis deal.
TEN clubs will experience the NRL's experiment of a referee interchange system during the first five rounds of the 2005 season, that is assuming the trial goes the distance.
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JOE Grima(pictured) has named a 12-man squad to represent Malta at the upcoming Orara Valley Sevens tournament in Coffs Harbour, Australia.