NRL 2004 SEASON REVIEWS ? Sydney Roosters

THE Sydney Roosters were renowned as the benchmark in 2004 in so many ways. They continued to set the standard in defence, with their fast moving defensive structure helping them concede the fewest points in the NRL. They were the benchmark off the field as well, setting the standard in astute recruitment of players and coaching staff. They also enhanced their reputation as a club opposition fans love to hate. Their record breaking Jersey Flegg side went through 2004 unbeaten and the Roosters also won the Premier League competition.

French name squad to play Kiwis

FRENCH rugby league coach Mick Aldous has announed his squad for the test match against New Zealand in Carcassonne on November 11.

Kiwi coach expects match will be tough

NEW Zealand coach Daniel Anderson is expecting a tough, tight State of Origin-style battle when the Kiwis take on Great Britain in a high-stakes Tri-Nations rugby league clash at Huddersfield on Sunday morning (NZT).

World Club Challenge venue decided

ELLAND Road will stage the World Club Challenge between NRL premiers Canterbury Bulldogs and Super League champions Leeds Rhinos on February 4.

Hungry for League

I heard George Negus once say, ? Making love is like cooking Paella? you have to stir the dish gently to not break the rice?. For me it?s more like cooking Scrambled Eggs; but I digress.

Child Progidies

IT seems like teenage sensations are all the rage in the NRL right now. Sonny-Bill, Benji, Karmichael- all big names, and all just out of school (and all Kiwis, but that?s another story). Will today?s youngsters be tomorrow?s superstars? A look back at rugby league Macauley Culkins from years gone by tells an interesting story.

Panthers may make last minute changes

PENRITH may make last minute changes to their first grade side to play St George-Illawarra tonight after a mystery virus circulated through the club.

Peachey and Vagana ruled out

A blow for the Cronulla Sharks in the leadup to tomorrow night's game against Canberra, with both fullback David Peachey and centre Nigel Vagana ruled out with injury. Peachey succumbed to a thigh strain in the second half of last weekend's game against Brisbane, while Vagana injured his ankle in the dying minutes of that same game.

Former league referee dies

TRIBUTES have begun flowing in for former rugby league referee and broadcaster Col Pearce, who passed away overnight.

Morrison's season over

NORTH Queensland Cowboys forward Glenn Morrison can see one positive out of the back injury that has almost certainly ended his NRL season - he'll get to spend more time with his eight-week old daughter Halle-Blu.

Gold Coast name Cartwright as coach

NSW Origin assistant coach John Cartwright has immediately called on the NRL to make a quick decision in appointing a 16th team for 2006 after being announced as Gold Coast coach.

NSWRL results from the weekend

NSWRL Results May 7-9, 2004

On-song Frank Hyde steals the show at Henson Park

THE Sydney Airport Jets defeated North Sydney 42-20 in their VB Premier League clash at Henson Park on Saturday, but the legendary Frank Hyde was the real show-stopper. The old trouper was on hand to see two of his former clubs go around, and at half-time he enthralled the crowd of more than 1500 with a faultless rendition of his signature tune, ?Danny Boy?. He even laid on an encore of his equally memorable conversion-attempt description, ?it?s long enough, it?s high enough, it?s straight between the posts? to the immense delight of the crowd.

Leeds Rhinos sign Lauiti?iti

LEEDS Rhinos today confirmed the signing of New Zealand rugby league star Ali Lauiti?iti, 24, on a two and half year contract with the giant Kiwi likely to make his debut in the Rhinos next home game against Salford City Reds on Friday 28th May.

Gould questions Penrith's build-up

NSW State of Origin coach Phil Gould has aired doubts over former club Penrith's easy ride up to the Interstate opener, following the selection of four Panthers for a bulked up 30-man preliminary squad announced by selectors yesterday.

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