ENGLAND coach Paul Cullen has included four members of Hull FC?s beaten Grand Final team in his 19-man squad for Sunday?s Federation Shield match against France at Headingley.
IRELAND Head Coach Andy Kelly has announced his provisional squad for the forthcoming World Cup fixtures against Russia and Lebannon.
FOR a team that is yet to hold its first training session, let alone play a match, the Gold Coast Titans have managed to achieve extensive publicity with the ?possibility? that Jonah Lomu will join the Titans next year.
JONAH Lomu has told the Gold Coast Titans he's fit and healthy enough to play a National Rugby League game tomorrow. And the Titans say they'd have no hesitation in throwing the former All Blacks star into the fray, despite questions over his health since he had a kidney transplant in 2004.Gold Coast management have offered the 31-year-old Lomu a one-year incentive-based deal but the giant winger hasn't been given a deadline to make a decision. Lomu didn't even have to undergo a scheduled medical for the Titans, who are satisfied with his fitness.He's considering switching codes after failing to secure a New Zealand Super 14 rugby contract for next season.Meanwhile, Manly-bound centre Jamie Lyon has arrived in Sydney hopeful of claiming an Australian cap during the Tri-Nations rugby league tournament.Lyon flew in from England after helping St Helens to victory in the Super League grand final last week. He will join the rest of the Kangaroos squad in Sydney next week and is hoping to be called into the team for Australia's third game of the tournament against Great Britain at Aussie Stadium on November 4.Lyon says he has no regrets about his controversial decision to leave the NRL in 2004. He left Parramatta citing a dislike for city life.
SYDNEY Roosters forward Anthony Tupou has been named to make his Australian Test debut against New Zealand in Saturday night's Tri-Nations rugby league clash in Melbourne.
TOUGH Newtown Jets front-rower Glenn Hall scooped the major awards at the recent Newtown RLFC Presentation Night, held in front of a packed crowd at the Jets Sports Club in Tempe.
AUSTRALIA utility Reni Maitua has been ruled out of the Tri-Nations series with an ankle injury. Scans have revealed a distal syndesmosis injury in the Bulldogs? right ankle, ruling him out of all remaining games in the series against New Zealand and Great Britain.
GAUGING how hard David Kidwell hit Willie Mason on Saturday night is not as simple as observing the shiner that was left behind.
WALES have included four Super League and six Celtic Crusaders players in their initial 21-man squad for the Rugby League World Cup qualifier against Scotland at the Brewery Field on Sunday 29th October.The squad also includes Mark Lennon who plays for Manly Sea Eagles in Australia?s NRL and Phil Joseph from Hull Kingston Rovers who will be playing in Super League next season after helping his side win the National League One Grand Final on October 8th.But the big news for Wales is, as announced two weeks ago, Iestyn Harris will play for his country in rugby league for the first time in almost six years when he runs out at the Brewery Field in just under two weeks time.The Bradford Bulls stand-off last played for Wales in the World Cup semi-final match against Australia in Huddersfield on November 19th 2000. He made his Welsh international debut against Australia on October 30th 1994 and is currently the country?s record points scorer for with 145 in his 17 games.Since then, he has had a spell in union with Cardiff Blues and Wales and on his return to league, has been unable to play for Wales due to his involvement with Great Britain.Warrington?s Lee Briers will captain the side once again following his best season ever for Wolves where he scored nine tries and 105 goals leading them to the second round of the play-offs, and despite being in Australia with the Great Britain Tri-Nations squad. In a special arrangement with the Lions, Briers will fly back to Wales on October 21st before returning down under the day after the match.There is no place in the squad for Crusaders? Paul Morgan meaning that he has now played his last game of rugby league following his retirement announcement last week, but there is a surprise inclusion for Richard Johnson who hasn?t played since breaking his arm in the Crusaders? win over Barrow on July 16th.Three potential debutants have been named ? Geraint Davies and Hywel Davies from Celtic Crusaders and Widnes Vikings? Gary Hulse. Hulse will be extra determined to get into the 17-man matchday squad as, after being selected for Wales last year, missed out on his international debut due to injury.The match is the first in a two-legged encounter for Wales for the winners qualifying for the 13th Rugby League World Cup Finals in Australia in October 2008.Wales Squad 2006Anthony Blackwood - Halifax RLFCLee Briers - Warrington Wolves (capt)Geraint Davies - Celtic CrusadersHywel Davies - Celtic CrusadersGareth Dean - Celtic CrusadersDamien Gibson - Halifax RLFCIestyn Harris - Bradford BullsPaul Highton - Salford City RedsAdam Hughes - Widnes VikingsGary Hulse - Widnes VikingsAled James - Celtic CrusadersJordan James - Widnes VikingsRichard Johnson - Celtic CrusadersPhil Joseph - Hull Kingston RoversMark Lennon - Manly Sea EaglesDavid Mills - Harlequins RLChris Morley - Swinton LionsBryn Powell - Dewsbury RamsGareth Price - Celtic CrusadersRobert Roberts - Leigh CenturionsIan Watson - Widnes VikingsTeam Manager - John DevereuxHead Coach - Martin HallAssistant Coach - Anthony FarrellAssistant Coach - Kevin EllisFitness/Skills - Allan BatemanPhysiotherapist - Ben SearleKit Man - Tony JamesSource: http://www.cymrurl.com
FORMER Warrington Wolves and Wigan Warriors forward Jerome Guisset will captain France in the Federation Shield, which gets under way at Headingley on Sunday.
AS rugby league matches go these days, Saturday night?s encounter between the Kangaroos and the Kiwis was a bruising encounter but, when compared to Test matches of the past, it was nowhere near the "brutal" encounter some of the Kangaroos have claimed since.
ALL Blacks legend Jonah Lomu will meet with Gold Coast Titans management tomorrow to discuss joining the club on a one-year deal.
ST Helens 26 (Pryce, Cunningham, Talau, Meli, Gardner tries; Lyon 3 goals) def. Hull F.C. 4 (Domic try). Att: 72,582.
FORMER All Blacks winger Jonah Lomu is reportedly being courted by the Gold Coast Titans.
SCOTLAND will have just three engage Super League players in their team to face Wales in a World Cup qualifier at Bridgend on Sunday, October 29.