THE Tongan national women's rugby league team have been cleared by immigration to arrive in New Zealand for the Women's Rugby League World Cup, to be played at North Harbour Stadium from September 28 until October 12.
FORMER Australian Rugby League Test captain George Peponis will have the honour of kicking-off when Greece takes on Italy in the historic Rugby League international this Saturday.
NEWCASTLE centre Matthew Gidley is expected to find out today if he joins a growing list of players to miss the Kangaroo tour after scans revealed he had a torn shoulder tendon.
DRAGONS v Canberra Raiders
1.20pm - Sunday, September 28
Coach: Michael Potter
THE NSWRL Premier League 2003 top points-scorers and top try-scorers lists provide clear evidence of the tremendous seasons enjoyed by both Troy Barnes and Alf Duncan.
Troy, who played in both the five-eighth and lock positions, scored nine tries and kicked sixty-four goals for a total of 164 points for the season. This placed him sixth on the Premier League points-scorers table, a very commendable effort indeed. Henson Park regulars would no doubt remember Barnesey's four tries scored against hot-shots Parramatta in Round 19, and his remarkable sixty-metres charge down try against the Bulldogs in front of that huge Reunion Day crowd. Troy kicked his share of goals from the sideline this year as well. The former Rabbitoh has given splendid service in his two years at Henson Park, and he was the winner of the Fred Daly Memorial award for meritorious service by a player last year.
Popular wingman and former Sea Eagle Alf Duncan finished the competition rounds with 19 tries and in sixth position on the competition try-scorers' table - all the more remarkable given that he missed six matches with a knee injury (which also cost him certain selection in the NSW Residents representative team). Who will ever forget that mesmerising try he scored against Parramatta in the fifth round match at Henson Park? As it was described in the match report: "In-form Sydney Airport Jets winger Alf Duncan scored a magnificent sixty-metres try seven minutes prior to the break, with an exhilarating surge up the eastern left-hand touchline that demonstrated speed, athleticism, strength and determination as he fended off one blue and gold defender after another." By season's end Alf was clearly the form winger of this high standard competition, and arguably one of the best wingers ever to wear the famed colours of Australia's first and oldest Rugby League club.
Well done, Troy and Alf. The entire Newtown club and the Rugby League community salute both of you on your accomplishments!
LEE Briers, one of the stars of the heroic Welsh performance in the 2000 World Cup semi-final defeat by Australia, will be named as Captain of Wales for both the tour match against the Kangaroos at Bridgend on Sunday, November 2 and the newly established six-team European Nations Cup.
>THREE stars from the successful St Albans Centurions Rugby League squad have been voted onto the National League Three Dream Team! In their first season at National League level, and just eight years after the club was founded, St Albans finished fourth in the league, going out in the second round of the play-offs away at eventual winners Warrington Woolston Rovers.
Warriors coach Daniel Anderson issued a warning on Tuesday to his National Rugby League club's finals rivals: Beware Ali Lauiti'iti.
A black market ticket seller who purchased about $22,000 worth of tickets to this year?s NRL Grand Final has been forced to hand the valuable tickets back.
COACHES? coach of the year John Lang will remain with the Penrith Panthers for ?whatever time he wants?, chairman Barry Walsh said last night.
SATURDAY 27th September 2003
Sydney Roosters v Bulldogs at Aussie Stadium, 7.30 pm
THE push is back on for a second NRL franchise in New Zealand with a Belgian billionaire ready to finance the side, according to the NZ Rugby League.
SYDNEY City Roosters coach , Ricky Stuart has named a strong lineup for Saturday nights clash with the Bulldogs at Aussie Stadium.
PENRITH Panthers coach , John Lang has named a full strength side to play the N.Z Warriors at Telstra Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Returning from injury are forwards Luke Priddis , Joe Galuvao and Tony Puletua.
The return of these 3 will give the Panthers a much increased strike power and will sharpen up the defence.
NEW Zealand Warriors owner Eric Watson has again dipped into his own pocket to make sure his National Rugby League side has plenty of support at Sunday's preliminary final against Penrith.