THE Brisbane Broncos have applied the heat to NRL administrators, claiming as premiers they deserve the right to open the 2007 season ahead of competition newcomers the Gold Coast Titans.
BRIAN Noble has named a side with a few changes for his side?s second outing in the 2006 Tri-Nations series.
AFTER the disappointment of a first round loss to England, the Les Chanticleers have put their Federation Shield campaign back on track with a convincing 28 ? 6 victory over Samoa at Colomiers.
WORLD Cup Europe Group Qualifier match, played at New River Stadium London, Saturday 28 October 2006.
BRISBANE Broncos utility David Stagg has undergone shoulder reconstruction surgery.
NEW Zealand has until 3pm (AEDT) today to explain why it should not be docked its only two Tri-Nations points for fielding former Queensland Origin hooker Nathan Fien.
THE Rugby League tri-nations competition is on the cusp of descending into a total farce on two fronts.
CENTRE Jamie Lyon will end a three-year exile after being named among five changes to the starting Australian team for Saturday's Tri-Nations rugby league Test against Great Britain.With his team unbeaten after its opening two series matches against New Zealand, Australian coach Ricky Stuart has opted to make wide use of his 23-man squad. Lyon takes over in the centres from Justin Hodges, utility back Ben Hornby replaces a resting Johnathan Thurston at halfback and Brent Tate takes over from Matt King on a wing.In the forwards, barnstorming second rower Willie Mason returns after missing game two against the Kiwis on October 21 because of concussion and Shaun Berrigan swaps his bench spot to replace Cameron Smith at hooker.Lyon has not represented the Kangaroos since 2003 after walking away from the Parramatta club in 2004 and later spending two seasons in England's Super League.Antonio Kaufusi has been ruled out of the Australian team for Saturday night's Tri Nations rugby league Test against Great Britain with a minor hamstring strain. He?s been replaced by Sam Thaiday on the bench.Australian team: Karmichael Hunt, Brent Tate, Mark Gasnier, Jamie Lyon, Greg Inglis, Darren Lockyer (C), Ben Hornby, Mark O'Meley, Shaun Berrigan, Petero Civoniceva, Willie Mason, Nathan Hindmarsh, Luke O'DonnellInterchange: Cameron Smith, Anthony Tupou, Brent Kite, Sam Thaiday.
INCUMBENT New South Wales rugby league coach Graham Murray is expected to receive the green light to re-apply for the Blues Origin job by his club North Queensland tomorrow.
NEW Zealand is in danger of being stripped of its two Tri-Nations competition points as the row over the eligibility of Queensland-born Kiwi Nathan Fien escalated today.
WESTS Tigers have confirmed the appointment of former South Sydney Sydney mentor Arthur Kitinas to their coaching staff.Kitinas will take control of the club's Premier League team, Balmain Ryde-Eastwood, next year, replacing Peter Gentle, who will work more closely with Tigers head coach Tim Sheens and assistant Royce Simmons.Kitinas served as Rabbitohs caretaker coach in 2004 following the sacking of Paul Langmack. Shaun McRae took over at Souths in 2005.Over to the international scene, Great Britain coach Brian Noble says his side will try to curb the brilliance of young Australian stars Greg Inglis and Karmichael Hunt in Saturday's Tri-Nations clash at Aussie Stadium.The Lions held their first training session on Australian soil this morning after opening their Tri-Nations campaign with an 18-14 loss to New Zealand in Christchurch. While yet to face the likes of Inglis or Hunt in an international, Noble says his side was well aware of their talent.Meanwhile, new Kangaroos halfback Ben Hornby says he is keen to make the most of his starting berth in Saturday's Tri-Nations rugby league clash with Great Britain at Aussie Stadium.The St George Illawarra utility will replace Johnathan Thurston in the No.7 this weekend with the Cowboys halfback being rested. Hornby admits the game is his chance to stake a claim for the Australian halfback spot and push for selection in the starting side for next month's Tri-Nations final.
THE Frank ?Bumper? Farrell Golf Day ? 15th November 2006
RUGBY League made its way to Athens when Greece held out a determined and much improved Serbia to win 44-26.
TRI-NATIONS Game 3 New Zealand 18 v Great Britain 14at Jade Stadium, ChristchurchReferee: Paul SimpkinsMatch Summary:New Zealand has registered their first victory of the 2006 Tri-Nations series, defeating Great Britain by 18-14.The game opened in controversial fashion with firebrand forward Adrian Morley collecting the head of New Zealand captain Ruben Wiki in the third minute. From there both teams settled into a rhythm and it wasn?t until the 13th minute that the scorers were trouble.Thanks to a lapse in the play the ball, Great Britain posted a penalty goal and took the lead. The game resumed it?s end-to-end nature before Brent Webb shocked the Poms from a kick return, running 80 metres from a kick-return to score in the 27th minute.The score remained that way for the rest of the half, with both teams going back and forth within each other?s territory for the balance of the half. The second stanza again opened slowly, this time though Great Britain missed a few opportunities as the referee began to even things up in the penalty department.In the 54th minute Motu Tony found the line after continued pressure saw a good passage of play develop and the Kiwis took advantage in the middle of the field.Again the game moved into a grinding phase with both teams working their way up the field but not capitalising on opportunities that presented themselves. In the 68th minute New Zealand sealed victory with a contentious try to Iosia Soliola. Jones kicked ahead and found the palms of the British defenders before Pritchard collected the ball. He put Webb away who dashed up the field and linked up with Soliola who crossed the line.At that point the game looked over, but the Lions got their way back into the game, albeit too late.Wellens scored in the 74th minute with a clever try orchestrated by a kick from McGuire, before the try of the game was scored in the 79th minute. Long chipped ahead and regathered, then took off to the left flank, passed to Pryce who went inside and found Ellis lurking with intent and he eventually crossed the stripe. McGuire converted as the buzzer sounded and New Zealand walked away with an 18-14 victory.The game was a good hit out for the Brits who travel to Sydney next to play Australia. For New Zealand, they have secured their first victory of the tournament and get back on track to qualify for the final.Scorers:New Zealand: 18Tries: Brent Webb, Motu Tony, Iosia SoliolaGoals: Stacey Jones 3/3Great Britain: 14Tries: Paul Wellens, Gareth EllisGoals: Danny McGuire 1/1, Sean Long 2/2By the Clock:Cloudy and cool night over here in Christchurch. It's primed for a fiery game with both teams as per the program.The Poms have said they may well ignore the haka, surely Willie Mason's head would discourage them from doing that.Geoff Hern relays "God Save the Queen" with some of the biggest chops in the known world. Grant Sullivan sings "God defend New Zealand" and his aren't much smaller!Ruben Wiki leads New Zealand in the haka, as Great Britain spread out on the field to receive the ball. Probably not an orthodox approach from the Lions as the Kiwis form a huddle and get pumped.1 min: NEWS Paul Simpkins blows time on and the Kiwis kick off.3 min: NEWS Morley puts a huge shot on Wiki, it was a bit high but not too bad. A bit of a scuffle breaks out but is calmed down quickly.4 min: NEWS Kiwis lose possession close to the line, looked like a strip.8 min: NEWS Both teams working their way into this game, neither dominating just yet.13 min: PENALTY GOAL Great BritainThe Brits open the scoring through Long who pots a penalty goal after an indiscretion in the play the ball. Great Britain 2-015 min: NEWS Soliola loses the ball as he brings it out from the Kiwi line. GB on the attack.16 min: NEWS GB get the wobbles close to the line and hand possession over.19 min: NEWS The Poms fail at the final hurdle again, but NZ's defence is holding well.22 min: NEWS Kiwi attacking raid fails, but they applied a fair bit of pressure.24 min: NEWS Kiwis miss another opportunity as the Poms go on the attack.27 min: TRY New ZealandFantastic try here with the Poms chipping through on the last before Webb swoops on the ball and runs 80m to score under the sticks, beating 3 players in the process. Jones adds the extras and we're alive here at Christchurch. New Zealand 6-234 min: NEWS NZ have kicked the ball dead 5 times from broken play.38 min: NEWS Poms losing control of the ball towards the end of the half.40 min: NEWS GB press hard from inside their territory, but end up over the touch line.40 min: NEWS Halftime here at Jade Stadium and the game is still in the balance. NZ have played the better half of footy, but have failed to press home the advantage. GB are still working out their combinations and trying to gain some cohesion.The game could go either way from here but it's hard to see the Brits putting it all together without a much improved attacking effort. NZ are looking good but they wouldn't want to be complacent.41 min: NEWS Great Britain get us underway in the second half and Webb carries the ball over the in-goal from the kick-off. NZ drop out.42 min: NEWS GB penalised for dragging Webb back into the in-gaol. Harsh penalty but they fail to find touch and the Brits are back in possession.43 min: NEWS GB run out of puff and can't get across the line. NZ's defence has been great.46 min: NEWS McGuire, who jersey is devoid of a number, narrowly misses scoring after Webb punches the ball out close to the line.48 min: NEWS Another failed raid by the Poms, with Hock losing the ball, it did look stripped however.53 min: NEWS Kiwis on the attack after a penalty close to the line.53 min: NEWS Tony is held up over the line.54 min: TRY New ZealandTony scores under the posts after consistent pressure has been applied by the Kiwis. A good passage from the eastern side of the field to the centre sees an overlap develop and the Kiwis capitalise. Jones converts easily again. New Zealand 12-259 min: NEWS Poms grass another opportunity as the Kiwi defence holds up well.59 min: NEWS Crowd; 17,005. Not a bad effort.62 min: NEWS Morley has just slapped Webb in the play the ball. Another unusual play by the Englishman.63 min: NEWS Kiwis go close again, but no joy this time.68 min: TRY New ZealandJones chips ahead, the ball is charged down, then Pritchard regathers and passes to Webb who finds Soliola and the Kiwis are in again. Jones converts from out wide. New Zealand 18-273 min: NEWS Enterprising play here from the Poms.74 min: TRY Great BritainThe Brits are in! McGuire shapes a kick close to the line and Wellens pounches to close the line for the first time in the tournament. Long converts and the visitors are behind by ten points. New Zealand 18-878 min: NEWS Poms throwing it away here.79 min: TRY Great BritainLong chips over the top in splendid fashion before linking up with Pryce, who finds Ellis on the inside. The Poms end the game in strong fashion but go down. McGuire converts this time. New Zealand 18-1480 min: NEWS New Zealand take the chocolates here at Christchurch, outlasting the Great Britain side by 18-14.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Brent Webb2 - Stacey Jones1 - Brian Carney-----------------------------------------