News buys into the anti-siphoning debate

NEWS Corp has stepped up the pressure on the Howard Government over the review of the anti-siphoning rules governing major sporting events with its stinging attack on the free-to-air broadcasters.

Myles fined for drink-driving

THE Sydney Roosters have fined new recruit Nate Myles after he was charged with mid-range drink driving following a Melbourne Cup luncheon.

Great Britain team for Game V

GREAT Britain has named an unchanged line-up to take on New Zealand this Saturday in Wellington.

Fielden still grieving over mother's death

THE brother of Stuart Fielden has revealed the Great Britain prop had to be persuaded to take part in the Tri Nations rugby league tour following the recent death of their mother.

Opportunity to play for Fairfax Eagles in the USA!

WORK-PLAY-LIVE WITH IN THE USA WITH THE FAIRFAX EAGLES RLC ? A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY FOR INTERNATIONAL RUGBY LEAGUE PLAYERS

Mason gets a week, Rugby League a red face

THE Kangaroos? Willie Mason was last night handed a one-week suspension and a $5,000 fine for his knockout punch on Great Britain?s Stuart Fielden ? but it is the administrators of the game who have ended up with the red face as a result.

New Zealand team for Game V

BRIAN McClennan has named his side for the must-win Tri-Nations match in Wellington on Saturday against Great Britain.

Overnight wrap: Mason & Titans

WILLIE Mason has been cleared to play the Tri-Nations final despite being found guilty of striking Great Britain's Stuart Fielden in Saturday night's rugby league match in Sydney.

Bears 07 junior coaches

NORTH Sydney CEO Greg Florimo has moved to instil continuity in the junior representational coaching ranks with the re-appointment of 2006 Harold Matthews Coach Kevin Nichols and the appointment of Jamie Papa as S. G. Ball Coach for 2007.In his initial speech to the Harold Matthews training squad Kevin Nichols has reiterated his call to get behind the passion of the Bears. Kevin Nichols experience in junior rugby league at both the professional and local level will no doubt be an effective asset as he returns with the full 2006 support staff. The Willoughby Roos' Gary Armstrong returns as Assistant Coach while ex first grader Simon Brockwell and Steve Thompson will throw their wealth of experience once again behind the Bears under 16s team.Last years Assistant Ball Coach Jamie Papa will take over as Coach in 2007. Jamie's extensive strength and conditioning background, including a stint with the premiership winning Roosters in 2004 under Ron Palmer, Jamie brings science and professionalism to the 9 round under 18s comp.Having coached the Bears under 17s development Squad 'Paps' will take 11 of that team into a preseason squad that will trail Cronulla, Penrith and the new Western District training squads."I have gone for size yes, but mainly I have gone for the enthusiasm that the boys showed during the trials" claimed Jamie.Jamie will have support from former first graders Michael Pobjie (as Assistant Coach) and Darren Allard and will be joined by Kyle Noche and Berowra's Mel Starr for 2007 in support.A North Sydney junior himself Greg Florimo feels these appointments will continue the momentum of last and pre-season and bring much needed continuity to the junior rep levels. "Kevin Nichols appointment brings a wealth of development experience and knowledge of our local juniors. If he can carry over the same spread of locals this year he will maintain the strength of local representation in the under 16s team.Jamie Papa's strength and conditioning background brings a positive, reliable and well disciplined approach. From his role in this years Ball and his coaching of the development squad he has shown he has the will to win, and will instil a strong work ethic as the boys vie for promotion to the NRL."PICTURED: Simon Brockwell played 101 games for Norths between 1981 and 1987. Now he's passing on his wealth of experience to the Bears Juniors.PHOTO: Steve Little.To see photos of the North Sydney Harold Matthews Training Squad - http://www.northsydneybears.com.au/Photos/Training/20061022hm/20061022hm.htmTo see photos of the North Sydney S.G. Ball Training Squad against the Sharks -http://www.northsydneybears.com.au/Photos/Junior%20Reps/20061029trialvcronulla/20061029trialvcronulla.htm

Tonga 48 France 10

IN their third match of the Federation Shield played in Castres on Sunday, France went down to Tonga 10-48. Down 22-6 at half time, the French could not catch up the defecit.

Mason to face hearing

KANGAROOS backrower Willie Mason will bid to keep his Tri-Nations campaign alive when he fronts a specially convened hearing tonight to answer a charge of striking.

England 38 Samoa 14

ENGLAND swept aside Samoa at the KC Stadium to complete a clean sweep of group wins in the Federation Shield.

Ireland 18 Lebanon 18

STUART Littler's injury-time try saw Ireland salvage a point in their World Cup 2008 European Group Two qualifier.

Brits upset Aussies inTri-Nations boilover

RUGBY League Tri-Nations Game 4 Australia 12 v Great Britain 23at Aussie StadiumCrowd: 24,953Referee: Ashley KleinMatch Summary:The Great Britain Lions have scored a memorable Tri-Nations victory, downing the Australian Kangaroos 23-12 at Aussie Stadium in Sydney tonight.With man of the match and half back Sean Long calling the shots, the Lions repelled some bruising play from the Australians to finish the stronger and post a comprehensive win in damp conditions.The Kangaroos opened the scoring after 28 minutes with winger Greg Inglis taking a pass from half back Ben Hornby who intercepted 10 metres out from his own line. But the Lions struck back just before the break when full back Paul Wellens scored after Long dummied and broke the line from 30 metres out. At half time it was 6-all.The second half opened with Great Britain captain and front rower Jamie Peacock getting the benefit of the doubt from the video ref. The try and subsequent conversion from Long put the Lions 12-6 in front.The Kangaroos were far from done with five eighth and skipper Darren Lockyer setting up front rower Willie Mason in the 49th minute. With only the fullback to beat, Mason hit the gap from eight metres out and at full speed, only to knock on.But Australia were not to be denied as Lockyer combined with Inglis to score under the posts in the 52nd minute. Lockyer converted and with the scores at 12-all, Australia appeared to be gaining the ascendancy.The Kangaroos should have hit the lead five minutes later with Hornby and team mate Karmichael Hunt winning the race for a ball kicked into the Great Britain in-goal. Hampered by an awkward bounce, Hornby eventually got there first, only to collide with the knee of Lions' winger Gareth Raynor. The impact saw the ball jolted loose with Hornby hitting the deck and the video ref ruling a no try.Great Britain capitalised and were finally able to convert their opportunities in the 61st with back rower Lee Gilmour crashing through to put the Lions 18-12 in front.The play of the match came a few minutes before full time when Long got boot to ball, then regathered to put Australia on the back foot. In the next movement, Gareth Raynor, who had earlier saved a try, was on hand to score in the corner and put the match beyond doubt.Long potted a field goal in the final minute to post a 23-12 Test match victory for Great Britain.The result is a blow for New Zealand who now find themselves in sudden-death, and must win next Saturday's Tri-Nations 5 match against Great Britain in Wellington.In other news, Australia's Willie Mason was placed on report in the 10th minute following a high shot on Sean Long. The incident highlighted a fiery night for Mason who was deemed the instigator of a brawl after just three minutes of play.On the injury front, Australian centre Mark Gasnier was forced from the field in the 18th minute with a suspected hip injury and took no further part.Pic: Great Britain skipper Jamie Peacock crashing over just after half time.Tri-Nations web site - news, results, teams and history > click hereScorers:Australia: 12Tries: Darren Lockyer, Greg InglisGoals: Darren Lockyer 2/2Great Britain: 23Tries: Jamie Peacock, Lee Gilmour, Paul Wellens, Sean LongGoals: Sean Long 3/5Field Goals: Sean LongBy the Clock:Tri-Nations IV not far away from kick off in Sydney. Australia are favourites but there's been a bit of rain about which should act as a leveller.As reported, Great Britain five-eighth Danny McGuire has been ruled out. He will be replaced at pivot by Leon Pryce who comes in off the wing. Gareth Raynor moves from the bench to take Pryce's position out wide. Fiery front rower Adrian Morley will be starting on the bench as named.Australia are as per the card with utility back Ben Hornby making his international debut at half back, and controversial centre Jamie Lyon making a return for the Kangaroos after a three year absence.Teams coming onto the field... national anthems... Great Britain kicking off and its game on!3 min: FIGHT Aust's Willie Mason connects first on GB's Stuart Fielden. An all-in dust up follows. GB get the penalty.5 min: NEWS GB denied a try after a loose ball is scooped up from an offside position. Aust get a relieving penalty.10 min: NEWS Mason placed on report by referee. Touch judge deems that GB half back Sean Long is hit high by Mason.18 min: NEWS Injuries starting to mount for Aust with prop Petero Civoniceva and centre Mark Gasnier both heading for the sideline.Aust come close to scoring but are thwarted by a forward pass. A similar dusty pass and poor handling cost them an opportunity minutes earlier.22 min: NEWS Civoniceva recovering but Gasnier is in a bit of distress with what might be a recurrance of an old hip injury.25 min: NEWS Centre Keith Senior makes a 20m bust from half way as GB get a roll on.Aust being forced into a line drop out.28 min: TRY AustraliaWinger Greg Inglis scores under the posts for Aust. Against the run of play after Hornby pulled off a sensational intercept 10m out with GB right on the attack. Inglis linked up with Hornby to race some 60m unopposed. Darren Lockyer converts. Australia 6-036 min: TRY Great BritainFullback Paul Wellens scores near the uprights after Sean Long dummies his way through the defence from 30m out, standing up Lockyer. Sharp work from the half back to put GB back in the match. Long converts. 6 all.Half time: 6-allA highly entertaining match. Great Britain have had their chances and are enjoying more possession and field position. But they are battling with the second phase play at crucial times. If they can tidy up their attack, there'll be more points coming for the Lions.Both sides defending well and this has the makings of a great match. But the money is still on the home side as Australia look yet to hit top gear.Second half underway...42 min: TRY Great BritainForward Jamie Peacock gets the benefit of doubt from the video ref after crashing over next to the posts. Follows a another penalty against Australia after Nathan Hindmarsh puts a lazy coathanger on Long. Long converts. Great Britain 12-646 min: NEWS Aust come close with Lockyer attacking then kicking through for Jamie Lyon. The ball beats Lyon to the touch line.49 min: NEWS Aust come close again with Mason on the burst but putting down the ball from 8m out. A try gone begging.52 min: TRY AustraliaLockyer finishes off a flanking 60m movement where he combines with Shaun Berrigan and then Inglis out wide who passes back inside to his skipper. Lockyer converts from right in front. 12 all.57 min: NO TRY Aust denied after Hornby collides with Gareth Raynor's knee after he chases a kick and looks certain to score. The collision jolts the ball free and Hornby is knocked senseless. No try ruled by video ref but a let off for GB.61 min: TRY Great BritainLee Gilmour crashes over to score a tremendous try and put the Lions back in the lead. Long converts from right in front. Great Britain 18-1269 min: ATTEMPTED PENALTY GOAL Great BritainSean Long botches a fairly simple goal attempt, 10m wide and well within range. But we're in the last 10 minutes now and GB are in a position to win. They are getting the field position and possession through penalties and Aust errors. And the rain is falling. Great Britain 18-1271 min: ATTEMPTED FIELD GOAL Great BritainLong has a shot at field goal, the ball is waved away. Great Britain 18-1277 min: TRY Great BritainGareth Raynor scores in the left corner. A sensational try after Sean Long kicks a loose ball ahead from deep in own half, and then stages a miraculous regather to offload to a support player in hooker Terry Newton. In the next ruck, Raynor is on the end of an overlap to score. Long unable to convert. Great Britain 22-1279 min: FIELD GOAL Great BritainLong puts the icing on the cake. Great Britain 23-12FULL TIMEGreat Britain Lions have caused an upset in downing the Australian Kangaroos by 23-12. As expected, the Aussies steppped up in the second half but the visitors went with them, and then finished the stronger to post a memorable victory.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Sean Long (Lions)2 - Lee Gilmour (Lions)1 - Darren Lockyer (Kangaroos)-----------------------------------------

Brits upset Aussies in Tri-Nations boilover

RUGBY League Tri-Nations Game 4 Australia 12 v Great Britain 23at Aussie StadiumCrowd: 24,953Referee: Ashley KleinMatch Summary:The Great Britain Lions have scored a memorable Tri-Nations victory, downing the Australian Kangaroos 23-12 at Aussie Stadium in Sydney tonight.With man of the match and half back Sean Long calling the shots, the Lions repelled some bruising play from the Australians to finish the stronger and post a comprehensive win in damp conditions.The Kangaroos opened the scoring after 28 minutes with winger Greg Inglis taking a pass from half back Ben Hornby who intercepted 10 metres out from his own line. But the Lions struck back just before the break when full back Paul Wellens scored after Long dummied and broke the line from 30 metres out. At half time it was 6-all.The second half opened with Great Britain captain and front rower Jamie Peacock getting the benefit of the doubt from the video ref. The try and subsequent conversion from Long put the Lions 12-6 in front.The Kangaroos were far from done with five eighth and skipper Darren Lockyer setting up front rower Willie Mason in the 49th minute. With only the fullback to beat, Mason hit the gap from eight metres out and at full speed, only to knock on.But Australia were not to be denied as Lockyer combined with Inglis to score under the posts in the 52nd minute. Lockyer converted and with the scores at 12-all, Australia appeared to be gaining the ascendancy.The Kangaroos should have hit the lead five minutes later with Hornby and team mate Karmichael Hunt winning the race for a ball kicked into the Great Britain in-goal. Hampered by an awkward bounce, Hornby eventually got there first, only to collide with the knee of Lions' winger Gareth Raynor. The impact saw the ball jolted loose with Hornby hitting the deck and the video ref ruling a no try.Great Britain capitalised and were finally able to convert their opportunities in the 61st with back rower Lee Gilmour crashing through to put the Lions 18-12 in front.The play of the match came a few minutes before full time when Long got boot to ball, then regathered to put Australia on the back foot. In the next movement, Gareth Raynor, who had earlier saved a try, was on hand to score in the corner and put the match beyond doubt.Long potted a field goal in the final minute to post a 23-12 Test match victory for Great Britain.The result is a blow for New Zealand who now find themselves in sudden-death, and must win next Saturday's Tri-Nations 5 match against Great Britain in Wellington.In other news, Australia's Willie Mason was placed on report in the 10th minute following a high shot on Sean Long. The incident highlighted a fiery night for Mason who was deemed the instigator of a brawl after just three minutes of play.On the injury front, Australian centre Mark Gasnier was forced from the field in the 18th minute with a suspected hip injury and took no further part.Pic: Great Britain skipper Jamie Peacock crashing over just after half time.Tri-Nations web site - news, results, teams and history > click hereScorers:Australia: 12Tries: Darren Lockyer, Greg InglisGoals: Darren Lockyer 2/2Great Britain: 23Tries: Jamie Peacock, Lee Gilmour, Paul Wellens, Sean LongGoals: Sean Long 3/5Field Goals: Sean LongBy the Clock:Tri-Nations IV not far away from kick off in Sydney. Australia are favourites but there's been a bit of rain about which should act as a leveller.As reported, Great Britain five-eighth Danny McGuire has been ruled out. He will be replaced at pivot by Leon Pryce who comes in off the wing. Gareth Raynor moves from the bench to take Pryce's position out wide. Fiery front rower Adrian Morley will be starting on the bench as named.Australia are as per the card with utility back Ben Hornby making his international debut at half back, and controversial centre Jamie Lyon making a return for the Kangaroos after a three year absence.Teams coming onto the field... national anthems... Great Britain kicking off and its game on!3 min: FIGHT Aust's Willie Mason connects first on GB's Stuart Fielden. An all-in dust up follows. GB get the penalty.5 min: NEWS GB denied a try after a loose ball is scooped up from an offside position. Aust get a relieving penalty.10 min: NEWS Mason placed on report by referee. Touch judge deems that GB half back Sean Long is hit high by Mason.18 min: NEWS Injuries starting to mount for Aust with prop Petero Civoniceva and centre Mark Gasnier both heading for the sideline.Aust come close to scoring but are thwarted by a forward pass. A similar dusty pass and poor handling cost them an opportunity minutes earlier.22 min: NEWS Civoniceva recovering but Gasnier is in a bit of distress with what might be a recurrance of an old hip injury.25 min: NEWS Centre Keith Senior makes a 20m bust from half way as GB get a roll on.Aust being forced into a line drop out.28 min: TRY AustraliaWinger Greg Inglis scores under the posts for Aust. Against the run of play after Hornby pulled off a sensational intercept 10m out with GB right on the attack. Inglis linked up with Hornby to race some 60m unopposed. Darren Lockyer converts. Australia 6-036 min: TRY Great BritainFullback Paul Wellens scores near the uprights after Sean Long dummies his way through the defence from 30m out, standing up Lockyer. Sharp work from the half back to put GB back in the match. Long converts. 6 all.Half time: 6-allA highly entertaining match. Great Britain have had their chances and are enjoying more possession and field position. But they are battling with the second phase play at crucial times. If they can tidy up their attack, there'll be more points coming for the Lions.Both sides defending well and this has the makings of a great match. But the money is still on the home side as Australia look yet to hit top gear.Second half underway...42 min: TRY Great BritainForward Jamie Peacock gets the benefit of doubt from the video ref after crashing over next to the posts. Follows a another penalty against Australia after Nathan Hindmarsh puts a lazy coathanger on Long. Long converts. Great Britain 12-646 min: NEWS Aust come close with Lockyer attacking then kicking through for Jamie Lyon. The ball beats Lyon to the touch line.49 min: NEWS Aust come close again with Mason on the burst but putting down the ball from 8m out. A try gone begging.52 min: TRY AustraliaLockyer finishes off a flanking 60m movement where he combines with Shaun Berrigan and then Inglis out wide who passes back inside to his skipper. Lockyer converts from right in front. 12 all.57 min: NO TRY Aust denied after Hornby collides with Gareth Raynor's knee after he chases a kick and looks certain to score. The collision jolts the ball free and Hornby is knocked senseless. No try ruled by video ref but a let off for GB.61 min: TRY Great BritainLee Gilmour crashes over to score a tremendous try and put the Lions back in the lead. Long converts from right in front. Great Britain 18-1269 min: ATTEMPTED PENALTY GOAL Great BritainSean Long botches a fairly simple goal attempt, 10m wide and well within range. But we're in the last 10 minutes now and GB are in a position to win. They are getting the field position and possession through penalties and Aust errors. And the rain is falling. Great Britain 18-1271 min: ATTEMPTED FIELD GOAL Great BritainLong has a shot at field goal, the ball is waved away. Great Britain 18-1277 min: TRY Great BritainGareth Raynor scores in the left corner. A sensational try after Sean Long kicks a loose ball ahead from deep in own half, and then stages a miraculous regather to offload to a support player in hooker Terry Newton. In the next ruck, Raynor is on the end of an overlap to score. Long unable to convert. Great Britain 22-1279 min: FIELD GOAL Great BritainLong puts the icing on the cake. Great Britain 23-12FULL TIMEGreat Britain Lions have caused an upset in downing the Australian Kangaroos by 23-12. As expected, the Aussies steppped up in the second half but the visitors went with them, and then finished the stronger to post a memorable victory.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Sean Long (Lions)2 - Lee Gilmour (Lions)1 - Darren Lockyer (Kangaroos)-----------------------------------------

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