TWO of Scotland?s most exciting prospects received their Player of the Year Awards at a presentation ceremony after the Scotland v Australia Student International at Raeburn Place in Edinburgh last Sunday night. Glasgow Bulls winger Andy McPhail ? who scored with his first touch as a full international against Wales in October ? picked up the inaugural Roy Kinnear Award for Scotland Students Player of the Year. McPhail was one of six Napier University undergraduates in the Scotland Students side that lost 26-6 to the Aussies, McPhail setting up the home side?s only try with a trademark breakaway. The Glaswegian started the season in the Scotland Students side and after a prolific summer was promoted to the A team and eventually two full caps in the European Nations Cup.
RUGBY Football League executive chairman Richard Lewis has revealed the Tri-Nations tournament is unlikely to be staged in the southern hemisphere before 2006.
THE Illawarra Steelers are looking to the future with cautious optimism after posting mixed results on their 2004 balance sheet.
While the Steelers Club posted an encouraging profit of more than $498,000, the company overall, which is also responsible for football and other operations, returned a $648,400 loss.
FOLLOWING several inquiries about the possibility of travelling on the Southern Aurora charter train to the Newtown-Group 11 trial match at Parkes on Saturday, February 19, here are the proposed tour details:
LONDON Skolars are continuing to expand the current squad by today unveiling new signing Shannon Jarvis from Wollongong,Australia.The big 23 year old front row forward will add steel to the Skolars pack and brings a wealth of experience having played for Illawarra Steelers at youth level.
INTERNATIONAL Stadium this Australia Day is where when the US Tomahawks national rugby league side takes on the best of the Coffs Coast.
EXCITING new Hull FC signing Nathan Blacklock believes the club have what it takes to lift the Super League crown as he prepares to get into the Christmas spirit.
THE UK?s most successful Rugby Club, World Champions, Bradford Bulls, yesterday launched their new ?Away? shirt in the Republic of Ireland. The shirt, in the traditional Irish green colour, has the name of one of Ireland?s leading Charities, the Jack & Jill Foundation, on the sleeve and the Bulls will make a donation to the Charity for every shirt sold.
THE Rugby Football League has struck a deal with betting exchange Betfair to help combat match-fixing and illegal betting.
LAST year Wollongong solicitors McGuire & McInerney generously became sponsor of the Wollongong Sevens at the last minute. McGuire & McInerny's Mark McDonald has sportingly given organisers the go ahead to seek other options for 2004 and may either return as naming rights sponor or aid the (University) club and tournament in another capacity, depending on our ability to attract alternative support.
ST George Illawarra, the mighty club who seem to firmly have a grasp of the NRL perennial underachiever tag have gone from the Penthouse to the Outhouse.
DISGRACED football star Andrew Walker - banned from rugby league for two years after taking cocaine - wants to return to rugby and is eying the new Super 14 franchise in Perth.
REPRESENTATIVES from Kogarah Council and St.George DRLFC's Robert Stone gave local residents an exemplary presentation on the continued upgrade of Oki Jubilee Stadium.
STEVE Price might have a new club and a new home but he?ll still have the same job in the 2005 NRL after being named as the Vodafone Warriors? new captain.
2005 sees the Dragons reintroduce a Jersey Flegg (under 20 years of age) team, through the combination of the St George and Steelers sides of 2004.