CURRENT All Black winger Ma?a Nonu has not ruled out an eventual move to Rugby League after his contract with the NZRU expires. Nonu, who was liken to the talented Tana Umaga early in his career, has signed with the All Blacks until the next World Cup in 2007. Nonu toyed with the idea of joining the Rugby League ranks earlier in the season, and was subsequently courted by an array of NRL teams. While it seemed the NZ Warriors were about to sign the 23 year old, Nonu decided to instead stay loyal to Rugby Union.
FORMER Queensland Origin halfback Adrian Lam has accepted the role of assistant coach at the Cronulla Sharks.
CENTRE Shane Elford will remain with NRL premiers Wests Tigers next season after South Sydney today released him from his new contract.
GREAT Britain has punted on a new halfback combination for Saturday's Tri Nations Test against Australia.
GIVEN the ramblings of the past few weeks, the silence between Australia and Great Britain has been deafening. In fact, they?re almost chummy.
LEE Briers will follow in the footsteps of Jonathan Davies on Saturday if he can lead Wales to European Nations Cup glory in Carcasonne against France (kick-off 5pm CET).
WALES are expected to be unchanged for the Rugby League European Nations Cup Final against France on Saturday in Carcassonne (kick-off 5pm CET, 4pm GMT).
THE Newcastle crowd gave a warm reception to the Kiwis and the Kangaroos with the Kangaroos defeating the Kiwis by 37-10.
AFTER a brilliant start to week one of 2004 Bartercard Cup, we now take a look at week two.
Friday 23 April 2004:
For the second Friday in a row we see a night game being played, and what a game this will be. The Jets fresh off a victory over last years champions the Bulls, will be looking to make it two from two as they take on Wellington at Hutt Recreation Ground in Wellington. Wellington have named a balanced line up featuring Warrior Vince Mellars (who is rumored to be going to the NRL for the Sharks) plus Simon Mannering. The Warriors are working to sign Mannering after Anderson watched the second rower play in the Kiwi Cup final last Friday night, the curtainraiser to the Warriors' NRL game against the Bulldogs in Wellington. Wellington Bartercard Cup coach Paul Bergman said Anderson had said after the final: "I want that No 12." That night Mannering was named the Wellington player to receive this year's scholarship to the Bulldogs. Mannering will be joined with under-18 teammate John Te Reo on the bench. Wellington also had a strong first up performance in round one, going down to Mt Albert 44-36.
Prediction: Jets by 8
Wellington vs Counties Manukau Jets Hutt Recreation Ground, Wellington 7.30 pm Kick Off
Wellington: D. Laula, M. Nathan, V. Mellars, W. Puohotaua, J. Enoka, C. Fox, J. McDonald, T. Lavulavu, J. Carnegie, F. Laumua, T. Hall, C. Savali, D. Rota
Reserves: D. Hape, S. Mannering, J. Te Reo, J. Taikato
Coach: Paul Bergman
Counties Manukau Jets: L. Finnerty, J. Karaitana, G. Aliki, S. Fa'alogo, P. Tafea, J. Ioapo, A. Herangi, A. Peraira, C. Motu, N. Su'e, G. Konelio, H. Barclay, W. Barnett (C)
Reserves: A. Wharton, M. Vili, R. Peters, M. Suniula
Coach: Dean Hunter
IN Bulle Eye this week, Brian Noble and Lee Radford look ahead to Friday's Tetley's Super League game at Odsal when Hull FC are the visitors in the game of the round.
LONDON Broncos will run out to play Wigan Warriors on Anzac Day at the JJB Stadium. Once upon a time this day of remembrance would have been of major significance to the vast majority of the Broncos line-up.
ST.GEORGE Bank Dragons captain Trent Barrett has today been ruled out of the Dragons Anzac Day clash with the Roosters on Sunday at Aussie Stadium.
EELS lock Luke O?Dwyer has been injured at training and could miss 12 weeks of footy. O?Dwyer was named at lock for the round 7 match against the Sharks at Parramatta Stadium but is out having sustained a similar injury to that one that kept Nathan Hindmash out for most of last season, a replacement has not yet been named.
STOP the rot!
SAVE LEICHHARDT OVAL!
23rd April 2004
LEST we forget. The tribute to the mighty ANZACS is upon us again and in the spirit of the camaraderie and mateship that exists between the people of Australia and New Zealand, the annual ANZAC test will be fought out between Australia and New Zealand at Energy Australia Stadium this evening.