WAYNE Bennett has confirmed he will step down as coach of the Queensland State of Origin team next year and he will be replaced by Newcastle coach Michael Hagan.
FORMER Rockhampton Leagues Club Central Queensland Comets Wade and Clint Rothery have returned to the Comets for the 2004 season.
THE New Zealand Rugby League?s Lion Foundation Awards evening is back in 2003 due to a commitment from major partner the Lion Foundation after a successful debut.
THE Gold Coast Rugby League has a new executive committee in place after hosting its Annual General Meeting.
IT'S been a very busy few weeks for London Broncos, so busy in fact that resources are being stretched to the limit.
RUGBY Leagues top referee , Bill Harrigan, has revealed his decision to quit as the National Rugby League's best referee was due partly to the abuse his family and friends copped for decisions he made on and off the field.
THE French rugby league side withstood a second-half fightback to get their European Champions Cup campaign off to a 26-18 victory in Dublin.
IN the final warm up match before the Test Series with Great Britain, the Australian Kangaroos line-up against the Welsh Dragons early on Monday morning (Australian time) in what should be a cracker of a contest.
ITS been five years since the French last visited Dublin, the city where just two points separated the Chanticleers from the Irish national team, now in 2003, the Wolfhounds want revenge, and with a place in the European Nations Cup final on the line, it should be a thrilling encounter at Dalymount Park on Saturday November 1st at 5:00pm.
RUSSIAN coach Evgeny Klebanov believes that Sunday's European Nations Cup clash with England A at Odsal will be a great experience for his team.
The Russian side lost their opening fixture 74-4 at Wales last week, and come up against an England A side who suffered a narrow defeat to Australia on Tuesday.
THERE has rarely been a season where the importance of goal kicking has shone through like the one just gone. In one of the closest competitions of the modern era, near hits and misses by the men with the magic boots have elevated them to victory or cost them defeat. Throughout the season there were some stand out kicks, but the number of costly misses in the top rugby league competition in the world was absolutely appalling.
THE importance of warm up games was shown last night when a very rusty Great Britain and Ireland squad took on New Zealand A at Headingley for the Lions only warm up game before next weeks first Think! Don?t Drink Drive Test Match against the Australian Kangaroos.
GREAT Britain gained a useful work-out ahead of the Ashes Series with a convincing 52-18 win over New Zealand A, but Kiwi full-back Lusi Sione grabbed the individual honours with a hat-trick of tries.
IT has been confirmed that 4 Australian Aboriginal teams want to enter next year's Pacific Island Rugby League Association Junior Pacific Cup.
PENRITH Panthers centre Ryan Girdler will make his first appearance of the Think! Road Safety Kangaroo Tour when they face Wales in Bridgend on Sunday, while Phil Bailey and Shane Webcke return from injury for the clash.
Girdler, 31, has not played since the NRL Grand Final at the start of October, when he suffered a calf injury.