PENRITH will enter the 2005 season with a quiet confidence after two consecutive years in which the club has enjoyed sustained success. After their rapid rise from also rans to NRL premiers in 2003, the Panthers were always going to struggle a little as defending premiers in 2004. Injuries to key players and the unfamiliar distraction of representative commitments contributed to some erratic form but the mountain men were still good enough to finish in the top four. The nine match suspension of interchange prop Ben Ross and injury to centre Luke Lewis were telling when they were beaten by the Bulldogs 30-14 in the 1st Preliminary Final at Aussie Stadium.
YOU would think the Warriors were a hardcore legion of Queen fans, if culling players is anything to go by. Yes, you guessed it, another one bit the dust today at Ericsson as the club formally released test centre Vinnie Anderson from his contract with the Auckland based franchise.
THE Dutch Rugby League are delighted to have attracted a full house for the 2nd Rotterdam International League Nines to be held on Saturday August 6th 2005.
After the success of last years event the increase of entries show that the Rotterdam Nines is now an important fixture for developing rugby league on the continent.
THE big National Junior Rugby League sign on day is on this Saturday, and the Newtown Junior Rugby League Football Club is most certainly one of the participating clubs!
MANLY coach Des Hasler has named three rookies in his starting side to play Wests Tigers in a NRL trial at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday.
FORMER first grade rugby league player and coach Warren Ryan told a court on today that Stephen Kearney clearly lifted Jarrod McCracken in the tackle the former Wests Tigers player says prematurly ended his career.
SOUTH London's reward for winning the Powergen Challenge Cup's first London derby is a second round trip to Castleford Lock Lane.
WIGAN have scotched rumours they are about to sign teenage sensation Sonny Bill Williams, but Super League rivals Leeds could be set to enter the bidding.
WIGAN today dismissed rumours that they are about to sign Sonny Bill Williams.
LONDON Broncos have today secured the services Kiwi International, Vinnie Anderson, who has been released from his contract at New Zealand Warriors. Vinnie has signed a three year deal.
NSW Origin Representative Ben Hornby has been chosen to lead the St George Illawarra Dragons in the 22nd Charity Shield against South Sydney at Aussie Stadium this Saturday night.
THE Mitsubishi Electric Bulldogs today announced the team for their trial match against the Canberra Raiders at Express Advocate Stadium, Gosford, this Saturday, February 19. Kick-off for the match is at 7.30pm.
RAGING Bull becomes a Tiger!
PENRITH Panthers coach John Lang has named his team to take on the Newcastle Knights in a pre-season trial to be played at Carrington Park in Bathurst on Saturday 19th February.
Coach Lang's team is;
THE Melbourne Storm will have a training run on Friday 18th February at Runaway Bay Junior ground (5PM) before taking on The Brisbane Broncos in a trial match at Carrara following night.