Robbo Reckons

IT?S February and the trial games start in a couple of weeks so the players are keen to get amongst it after an off-season of hard work. I know I can?t wait to see some footy and see some of the new recruits in action for the first time. My off-season hasn?t been idle either under the watchful eye of the ?Minister for War? (The Misses)I have been slaving away getting my lawn and gardens up to scratch. After many back breaking hours working in the hot summer sun I?ll definitely be looking for an excuse to get away from the garden. She is a slave driver I tell you, it?s Peter do this Peter do that so blow that whistle ref and hurry up please?

Scotland Appoint Graham Coach

SCOTLAND Rugby League are delighted to announce the appointment of former captain Nathan Graham as the new coach of Scotland A. Nathan, who retired from the professional game last October after captaining Scotland in the European Nations Cup, will take over Scotland?s second string from Kevin Rudd, who is now Rugby League?s European Development Officer.

Scotland Students Head Down Under

SCOTLAND Students are appealing for sponsors and supporters to help get their team to the Student Rugby League World Cup in Queensland in July, the fifth consecutive World Cup at which Scotland have competed.

Scotland Students Head Down Under

SCOTLAND Students are appealing for sponsors and supporters to help get their team to the Student Rugby League World Cup in Queensland in July, the fifth consecutive World Cup at which Scotland have competed.

Challenge Cup Comes To St Albans

ST Albans Centurions make their first appearance of 2005 when they take on leading amateur side Thatto Heath in the Powergen Rugby League Challenge Cup first round on Saturday 5 February at Woollams. It will be the first time a match in the historic Challenge Cup will have ever been held in St Albans and a bumper crowd is expected to see the new-look Centurions under new coach Colin Baker taken on the National Conference Premier Division side from St Helens. The Centurions made their Challenge Cup bow back in November 2003, when the tie was in the middle of their off-season, as an understrength St Albans went down to a narrow defeat to Pennine League side Birkenshaw in West Yorkshire. Thatto will be a tougher opponent as they are into the second half of their season although they are fighting relegation from the top flight of the national winter competition. The Cents, who start their third season in National League Three in early April, also play pre-season home games against Oxford University on Friday 18 February and Cambridge University on Wednesday 23 February, both at Woollams at 7.30pm. Kick off is 2pm with admission ?3 adultsd and ?1 juniors and OAPs, to be confirmed.

Souths draw Wests

THE draw for the first round of the Challenge Cup was made on Thursday night and threw up what only a few years back would have been unthinkable.

Bulls name squad to face Giants

BRADFORD Bulls have announced a strong squad for the game against Huddersfield Giants on Sunday at Odsal, kick off 3.00pm. Prices are ?12.00 for adults and ?6.00 for concessions for either the standing terrace or the Main Stand.

Hape to miss first 6 months of Super League X

THE 2004 World Champions, Bradford Bulls, have today confirmed that Centre Shontayne Hape will miss the first few months of Super League X following a knee reconstruction.

Rea names team to face Super League Champions

TONY Rea has named an eighteen man squad to take on the Super League Champions at Headingley tonight in what will be the Broncos second pre-season friendly.

Warriors announce Club President

WIGAN Warriors are pleased to announce that Peter Higginbottom has been appointed as Club President.

Rabbitohs to play 2 trials

THE Rabbitohs have confirmed today that they will be playing only two NRL trial matches in the 2005 pre-season, the Video Ezy Charity Shield on Saturday, February 19 and a trial in Perth against reigning Premiers, the Bulldogs.

Wests Tigers teams and trials

AS the Wests Tigers prepare for the start of the NRL competition, there was a hint of sadness in the fact we would not have the opportunity to defend the prestigious World 7?s Title we won in 2004. The NRL and certain clubs voted against the competition going ahead, claiming injuries and risking top line players for the start of the NRL competition as the major hurdles. Our players were certainly hoping for a chance to win back to back titles.

Roosters shoring up the defences

THE Sydney Roosters have been sharpening the best defence in the NRL in the sand at south Bondi over summer.

Wollongong Sevens Attracts Record 30 Teams

NOMINATIONS are now closed after Shellharbour Sharks became the 29th side to enter the 2005 Wollongong Sevens. With the Cook Islands entering two senior teams alongside their eighteens, 30 participants will now contest the tournament in the seniors with six in the under eighteens.

Old gaurd ready to fire

THEY may be among the oldest pairing?s in the National Rugby League, but that has done little to dampen the enthusiasm of Brisbane?s awesome front row partners, Shane Webcke and Petero Civoniceva.

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