THE Newtown RLFC Jim Beam Cup squad will be playing at the NSWRL Jim Beam Cup Sevens tournament tomorrow (Saturday, January 17) at the Windsor RLFC sports complex, Rifle Range Road, South Windsor.
ST Albans Centurions will play host to a star-studded London Broncos team on Thursday 12 February in easily the most glamorous game the National League Three side have ever hosted.
SKOLARS KICK-OFF BOLSTERED BY NEW SIGNINGS
THE St George Illawarra Dragons have announced their squad for the upcoming World Sevens tournament and have named Mark Riddell as captain.
THE Australian Rugby League dropped the ball over its handling of an investigation into the theft of more than $4,000 of players' money on last year's Great Britain tour, Kangaroo captain and Brisbane fullback Darren Lockyer said this week.
THE NNRLB have appointed Breakaway Tours from Rochdale England as the "Official Travel Partners" for the Rotterdam International League Nines to be held in Holland on Saturday 7th August 2004.
Breakaway Tours today confirmed their interest in assisting the NNRLB with transport and accommodation for teams travelling to Rotterdam in what is the first International Nines competition to take place in the Netherlands.
Ian Thompson from the Dutch Rugby League is delighted to have secured the services of John Wroe and the company .
"John and Breakaway Tours have years of experience in the sports travel industry and NNRLB feel that by adding the Rotterdam Nines to Breakaway Tours agenda, will be of great benefit to both organisations.
John has been a great help to us already with his knowledge of team travel and the NNRLB are looking forward to working alongside him to make these nines a resounding success."
Already official travel partners for the York and Lezignon Nines , Breakaway Tours will arrange all the travel and accommodation for clubs therefore allowing the members to concentrate on enjoying the weekend..
Entries are starting to coming in for the tournament to be hosted by Sunergy/Rotterdam RFC and the NNRLB are confident of reaching the sixteen team target they have set.
Interest has come from all corners of the globe, from newly formed Federations to the more established teams and it all reads for a very interesting Nines tournament.
The West Indies RL where one of the first to confirm their participation and along with their applications to compete in other Nines competitions this summer, the new Federation look like they have a busy schedule in front of them.
At least three Dutch clubs have also confirmed they will be taking part, with two more discussing the possibility this week at board level,which shows the NNRLB are starting to attract the attention of people in the Netherlands.
All teams will be announced in February but the NNRLB can state that five different countries have representatives in the tournament with at least three more nations talking to the NNRLB about sending teams ,making it a truly International competition.
"One area which we have yet to get clubs from "explains Thompson " is the UK.
We have had lots of enquiries but as yet only one entry form has been returned from UK based teams,With Holland just a stones throw from the what is the top Rugby League playing country in the Northern Hemisphere this has surprised us a little.
ST George Ilawarra Dragons hooker Mark Riddell has reportedly withdrawn from the World Sevens tournament apparently with back problems. This leaves Nathan Blacklock as the only big name left in the Dragons squad.
THE new improved 2004 Rugby League Ireland season is about to commence in late April and the East Coast Eagles are in the midst of preperation for the upcoming season. They have recruited very well during the off season both locally and internationally to hopefully improve on last season.
The 2003 season started relatively well for the club but unfortunately it was let down at times by a lack of depth for some key matches that left the club wanting at the wrong end of the season.
This year the clubs administration have aimed at bolstering the ranks and setting in place measures such as having the same regular training and home playing ground week in week out, also organising sponsorship to ease the burden financially on players and administrators alike.
"we really needed to organise a system that was going to make it easier on the club and the players this year both financially logistically as the club moved into its next chapter, we knew we couldn't please everyone but we think we have definatly found the right balance." states Wayne Comerford the clubs Manager.
THE BARLA Great Britain Lions are set to travel "down under" to take on the Australian Aboriginals in a two match test series in the summer. The test series will be the climax of a proposed seven game, month-long tour, and the Lions are expected to depart at the end of June.
THE Parramatta Eels have named their 25 man squad for the 2004 NRL season and it includes almost all of their off-season recruits, including recently arrived Englishman Chris Thorman.
CHANNEL 9?s coverage for the 2004 Cougar World Sevens has been confirmed with the commercial television channel only showing a 1 hour highlights package at 6:30pm in the areas of New South Wales, ACT and Queensland.
FOLLOWING the success of the 2003 `Joanne Mackay Helping HandCup', the Dragons All-Stars and the USA Tomahawks are likely toclash again in February at Oki Jubilee Stadium.
PJ Marsh is confident he will return to the New Zealand Warriors this season, but a groin injury is hampering his return from the neck problem that almost put a halt his career.
FOR over 40 years, the Kingsgrove Colts Junior Rugby League Football Club has become a nursery for Rugby League talent in the St George area. In 2003 the Colts fielded sides from Under 6s- Under 18s. This year the club will be fielding sides from Under 6s to Under 18s, whilst having an A-Grade for the first time in two seasons.
ADRIAN Morley could find himself sitting on the sidelines for the next six-months with the Rugby Football League (RFL) threatening to put a worldwide six month ban on the player following his serious drink-driving offence in Salford recently.