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CONTROVERSY was one way to put the opening minute of the first Think! Don?t Drink Drive Ashes Test Match at JJB Stadium with Great Britain and Ireland?s Adrian Morley sent off after just 12 seconds for a high tackle on Robbie Kearns. The tackle, which was a very serious one, and deserved to be sent off, showed the pressure of the match, with Morley having a brain explosion.
WIGAN Warriors are pleased to announce that both Season Ticket prices and Matchday Admission at the JJB Stadium for Super League IX will be unchanged from 2003 which means watching the action live has never been better value.
KIWI rugby league centre , Nigel Vagana , has revealed he considered a code switch to an Italian rugby club before signing with National Rugby League (NRL) side Cronulla-Sutherland.
IT'S been a surprising lead-up to this Test Series for both sides, leaving no clear favourite now that the dust appears to have finally settled and the players can get down to doing what they do best.
FORMER Lions captain, the late Alan Prescott will be honoured in the highest way with the Rugby Football League commissioning an exclusive silver medal in his name to be awarded to the 'Man of the Series' in the Think! Road Safety Ashes Test Series.
FORMER Great Britain Lions captain, Garry Schofield has said the 2003 team has no chance of ending the drought and stealing ?The Ashes? off the touring Australian Kangaroos outfit.
DAVID Waite has named a side with the potential of defeating the Australians in the inaugural Think! Don?t Drink Drive Test Match at Wigan?s JJB Stadium which will be played in front of a sell out crowd. It has been a long time since the Lions have been able to name a side which actually looks competitive in all its positions, and whilst there are problems with it, and areas which Australia has key advantages in, this side has the potential to match the Kangaroos for 80 minutes.
GORDEN Tallis has taken his talent and aggression into representative retirement but the Kangaroos have a ready made replacement for the 'Raging Bull' in Michael Crocker, according to Australian coach Chris Anderson.
IT was a case of anything you can do I can do better when Great Britain coach David Waite named his side Friday for the opening Ashes Test against Australia at Wigan on Sunday morning.
BARLA Great Britain U23s Manager Neil Baxter has announced that Ince Rose Bridge's Shaun Boylan will again lead the BARLA side in Saturday's game against the touring Australian Combined Services at Robin Park Arena.
ALL three matches in the forthcoming rugby league ashes series between Great Britain and Australia will be played on reinforced pitches, the so-called DD GrassMaster system produced by Desso DLW Sports Systems.
WELSH Dragons coach, Neil Kelly, has delayed his sections for the match against England A this weekend at Headingley Leeds whilst he waits to find out on the fitness of Justin Morgan. The match is of a very high significance, with the winner going into the final which will be played a Wilderspool in Warrington against either Scotland or France.
THE Rugby Football League have secured another big name sponsor for this years Think! Road Safety Ashes Test Series with multi-national firm, Cadbury becoming an official partner. Cadbury will be giving away more than 35,000 Cadbury Dairy Milk bars to the fans that attend the three test matches which will be played in Wigan, Hull and Huddersfield over November, as well have provided a significant financial contribution which will go a long way to ensuring the RFL make a profit from the series.
DESPITE the claims by some fans that the current Great Britain and Ireland side named is not their best team, it is certainly capable of defeating the Australians on paper, especially when you compare it to the side of 2001 which beat the Kangaroos at McAlpine Stadium on November 11.