A new Waikato-Bay of Plenty based team coached by Huntly league legend Tawera Nikau has been granted entry into the 2004 Bartercard Cup.
THE vested interests of the strong club bases in Sydney and northern England have been blamed for the abysmal state of International rugby league.
I mean it? is it okay to call them ?St George?? That is, can a traditional Rugby League supporter like me say ?St George? without having to explain myself and without having to give a dozen reasons why?
I remember a time in the distant past, not long after the advent of the wheel (or was that electricity) for those of you?se under 20, sitting amongst the crowd at the league. As the season would pass, the surrounding faces, once strangers would come to have a familiar feel about them and over the seasons, friendships made of a common bond would stand the test of time, blood, sweat, tears and the sweet taste of victory. A mate ship ? brotherhood even. Shoulder to shoulder in team solidarity. All for one cause and one cause for all ? the team, the game and maybe, just maybe, that elusive Grand Final victory.
AS I sit here listening to my collection of music from the ?70?s, I can?t help but dwell on Rugby League as it was back in years gone by. Way back when Rugby League was played by men who by and large were amateurs.
I was minding my own business and picking daisies when dad walked up to me and threw this strange shaped ball at me, it was a football. He said kick it- what does a kid in diapers do but try, miss the ball and loose his diapers ? but he patted me on the head and said ?you did good my son?.
WHILE the rugby union world cup in Australia is attracting worldwide media coverage, and Clive Woodward's men are still recovering from their Samoan care, there is a group of Kangaroo tourists that have just landed in London, who can rightfully claim to be the 'best rugby league team in the world'.
BARRIE McDermott has warned young pretender Paul Wood: "Keep your hands off my Great Britain shirt" ahead of the Ashes Series warm-up against New Zealand A.
AUSTRALIA has made seven changes from the team which struggled to overcome a French rugby league selection for Tuesday's game against England A in London.
ALLAN Bateman and Kevin Ellis both made try-scoring returns as Wales cruised to a record-breaking 74-4 victory over Russia in the European Nations Cup at Aberavon.
REPLACEMENT Karl Fitzpatrick converted his own last-second try to help Ireland make the best possible start to their European Nations Cup campaign with a 24-22 victory over Scotland.
NEW Zealand A are still looking for a win on their five-match British tour. Despite a spirited fightback NZ posted a 28-26 defeat to Warrington Wolves.
A young, and relatively inexperience French side has held their head high against the Australian Kangaroos, only going down 34 ? 10 despite limited preparation and being against a far more professional outfit in front of a near sell out crowd of 7,813 at Stade Albert Domec ? Carcassonne.
AUSTRALIAN coach Chris Anderson admits that his squad are giving him a selection dilemma, following their 34-10 win over a French Select XIII in Carcassonne on Saturday.
The Kangaroos bounced back from their Test Match defeat to New Zealand to secure a solid, if unspectacular, success against the French side.
BIG, strong and full of confidence, young Kiwi prop Dallas Rennie is looking forward to a successful 2004 NRL season with the Manly Sea Eagles.