SCOTLAND Rugby League celebrated their tenth anniversary today by announcing the return of professional international rugby league to the country as Scotland take on Wales in the European Nations Cup at Glasgow Hawks' Anniesland ground on Sunday 24 October. Scotland will then face Ireland in Navan on Friday 29 October with the group winners facing the winners of the England, France and Russia group in the final at Warrington on Sunday 7 November.
THE New Zealand and Australian rugby league teams have confirmed test matches against France during the upcoming tri series in the UK.
SYDNEY Airport Jets half-back and captain Craig Field announced his retirement as a Rugby League player, following Sunday's final round VB Premier League match at Brookvale Oval.
THE Sydney Airport Jets might have just narrowly missed a spot in the 2004 VB Premier League semi-finals, but Newtown fans can still see a team wearing the famous Royal Blue colours in a Grand Final this Saturday - at an inner western Sydney venue, and coached by a former Newtown International no less.
Our fraternal club, the UTS Jets, are once again in the NSW Tertiary Rugby League First Grade Grand Final, coached by the highly-regarded and well-qualified Phil "Wotsapacketa" Sigsworth. "Siggy" has brought a standard of coaching expertise and level of Rugby League nous never seen before in this developmental standard of Rugby League football, and he has now taken his UTS Jets to their second successive Grand Final.
THE euphoria that swept North Queensland after the Cowboys secured an historic NRL finals berth was a far cry from what Travis Norton felt at the start of his captaincy.
MELBOURNE Storm fullback Billy Slater is under no illusion as to the reception he will receive as he takes the field at Suncorp Stadium this Saturday night when the Storm opens its finals account against the Brisbane Broncos.
TELSTRA PREMIERSHIP FINALS: WEEK 1
(Teams subject to change)
Full details of teams and fixtures for week one of the Finals Series.
Includes team line-ups, results of previous clashes, Leagueunlimited.com tip, and the match day weather forecast.
HERE'S what's in store from the SEPTEMBER 2004 edition of RUGBY LEAGUE REVIEW.
LOCATED just 5 minutes from Aussie Stadium and 10 minutes from Central Station (ready for your trip to Telstra Stadium) is the Coogee Bay Boutique Hotel and they are offering all League Unlimited users a fantastic Finals Series Accommodation Package.
THE weekly column here at Leagueunlimited is to highlight what we here on the site think are the best players in each round of the 2004 NRL competition.
Based on the opinion received from the Leagueunlimited.com live updaters, we have put together what we think is the team of the Round 26.
NEWCASTLE Knights hooker and skipper Danny Buderus has been awarded this year's Dally M player of the year medal.
CANBERRA Raiders skipper Simon Woolford will miss the 2004 NRL finals after receiving a two match ban for a downgraded careless high tackle charge at the judiciary.
DALLY Ms Guide
By Warrick Nicolson, Nicolson Sports Consultancy
ONE-TIME Broncos enforcer Andrew Gee has urged Brisbane to give Gordie Tallis a fitting farewell in his last home game, against Melbourne at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.
IT was a fairly dismal season for Cronulla fans, but amid the chaos a number of players stood up and showed what they were capable of.