FROM QRL press release Friday 19 November:
THE Board of the Queensland Rugby League (QRL) has today determined that the 2005 Queensland Cup season will be contested by the following 11 clubs:
QUEENSLAND Rugby League representative calendar for Season 2005:
BROTHERS ? Luke Bishop (Redcliffe), Trent Callaghan (Norths), Brendon Currie (Redcliffe), Matt Eaborn (Easts), Sam Fillery (Redcliffe), Liam Georgetown (Redcliffe), Tony Gould (Norths), Ben Masoe (New Zealand), Paul Mitchell (Norths), Josh Morris (St George Illawarra), Michael Munday (New Zealand), Ron Poll (Redcliffe), Liam Tallon (Balmain), Tony Tui (New Zealand), Anthony Zipf (Norths).
THE New Zealand Women's Rugby League have announced the coaching and management staff for the 2007 World Cup campaign.
FRANCE, mooted as a possible addition to the Tri Nations tournament, was expected to be cannon fodder for Australia in their rugby league international in Toulouse on Monday.
THE Great Britain Lions have gone to the top of the Tri-Nations table with a 26-24 victory over the New Zealand Kiwis at Hull's Kingston Communications Stadium today.
THE final round of the inaugural Tri-Series will take place this weekend, with Great Britain tackling New Zealand at KCS Stadium in Hull at 5.15am AEDST.
NL3 side South London Storm contested a thrilling 22-all draw with reigning Nacional 3 champions Villeneuve Tolosane XIII on their annual tour of France.
Souths have made the pilgrimige to the South of France for three consecutive years and were again rewarded with the best in Treiziste hospitality. Old foes Realmont XIII treated the tourists to a lavish reception on Friday night, whilst a sizeable crowd was in attendance on Saturday evening for the cross-chanell NL3 encounter.
The game itself was extremely well-contested, with victory narrowly eluding Souths when John Ferguson failed to land a last minute penalty that would have edged his side in front.
Storm led 18-6 at half-time, courtesy of tries from Andrew Jackson (two) and Mark Nesbitt, but were forced to weather a fierce comeback from the home side after the break. Carlos Zacharov scored the try of the match with the 10 minutes remaining to edge the Londoners agonisingly close to their first ever victory on foreign soil, but Ferguson's late miss allowed the game to end in what was ultimately a fitting draw.
Souths rounded off their trip by attending Sunday afternoon's France-Australia Test match, and tour organiser Richard Giles was delighted by the success of the club's third journey across Le Manche.
"The reception we have received from our friends at Realmont and Villeneuve Tolosane has been phenomenal," said Giles.
"After our three trips to France as well as our tour to Australia earlier this year, Souths are building a real reputation as a touring side and I'm sure that will continue in the future. I doubt there are many clubs in the world that have clocked the number of air miles we have in recent years!"
The tour was an emotional occasion for club stalwart Darrin Cornall, who returns to Australia next month in order get married following several years loyal service both on and off the pitch.
"Darrin has been a great ambassador for the club in the past few years and will be sadly missed," added Giles.
For further information about South London Storm's 2004 French tour, contact Richard Giles ([email protected] or 07740282702).
THE Kiwis used 27 players in just four Tests during the Tri Nations rugby league tournament, which will be decided here on Saturday without them.
ONE the UK's biggest universities with a long-standing reputation in sport, Leeds Metropolitan University, is to sponsor the 2005 Rugby League World Club Challenge between reigning Super League Champions Leeds Rhinos and Australian NRL Premiers Canterbury Bulldogs.
THE Sydney Roosters will play at Aussie Stadium until at least 2011 after today extending a deal with the Sydney Cricket Ground and Sports Trust.
WITH some of the old Melbourne Storm pack leaving, a new one is starting to build and in the mix is Antonio Kaufusi.
IT may only be their second week back, but pre-season training is a testing time for the Melbourne Storm boys with a TRIATHLON ready to challenge the list.
CANBERRA?S most decorated player, Jason Croker, has been appointed Raiders club captain for season 2005.
NEW Zealand Warriors rugby league club co-owner Mark Hotchin says he and fellow owner Eric Watson are a long way from buying English Super League club the London Broncos.