THE camera pans across the faces of the players in this years' Grand Final. The image we see is of each team members? arms linked, shoulder to shoulder with them belting out the national anthem. A group of five players from each team step forward. In the first group we have Craig Wing, Adrian Morley, Craig Fitzgibbon, Brad Fittler and Kirk Reynoldson. In the second group Trent Barrett, Nathan Blacklock, Hazem El Masri , Andrew Johns, and Jason Cayless. These two teams and the ten players have proven that they have got what it takes; they are the best in their field and are ready to embark in a game that has the Rugby League community enraptured.
THE 2003 season started well for St George Illawarra with a 28-10 Charity Shield win over Souths.
ALLAN Langer is eyeing off another rugby league comeback.
ST George-Illawarra have made captain Trent Barrett a new four-year offer that would keep him at the club until the end of the 2008 season.
WARRIORS hooker PJ Marsh has finally had the brace removed from his neck after wearing it for more than four months.
DRAGONS vice-captain Lance Thompson will take the passion he displays on the rugby league field into the boxing ring for the first time next month to raise money for charity.
KANGAROOS captain Darren Lockyer's call for a reduced National Rugby League season to help promote international rugby league has been endorsed by Wayne Bennett, his Broncos coach.
THE Dragons and Laurie Daley have agreed to vary his coaching consultant?s role with St George Illawarra in 2004, given his commitments to Fox Sports, other facets of the game of rugby league and his family.
IRISH rugby union?s defensive coach Mike Ford has thrown his weight behind plans to establish a new rugby league competition in Ireland.
INTERNATIONAL rugby league risks dying unless the domestic season is shortened, more emphasis is placed on test football and the World Cup is revived,warned Australian captain Darren Lockyer.
AUSTRALIAN prop Shane Webcke has no plans to follow his Brisbane Bronco's captain Gorden Tallis into representative retirement.
RUGBY Football League executive chairman Richard Lewis believes that the future for international Rugby League and the Great Britain team remains exciting, despite Australia securing the Think! Road Safety Test Series win on Saturday.
Lewis attended a meeting of the Rugby League International Federation Executive in London last Monday and is upbeat about the opportunities the international game will present to both Great Britain and the British game during the next five years.
THE GMB Union National Cup Final 2004
Bank Holiday Saturday, 29th May 2004
Bloomfield Road, Blackpool FC
Kick Off: 3.00pm
The Women's National Representative Shield Final - Kick Off: TBA
LONDON Broncos latest recruit for the upcoming campaign is strong running back rower, Troy Wozniak.
ST ALBANS CENTURIONS broke off from their winter hiatus to thrash South London Storm 66-4 at Harpenden on Sunday. In a friendly played to prepare for the Powergen Rugby League Challenge Cup on 29 November, Centurions got off to a flier with four tries in the first ten minutes against their National League Three rivals. However, South London dug in until half-time,
keeping the score to 20-0 before the Cents ran riot after the break.