NZRL stalwart and servant passes away

NZRL advises that on the afternoon of Wednesday 6 December, former Coaching Director Bob Hall passed away at an Auckland hospice after succumbing to a long battle with cancer.

QRL to assess Toowoomba issue

THE BOARD of the Queensland Rugby League will meet tomorrow to discuss changes to the Queensland Wizard Cup for 2007, following this week?s withdrawal of the Toowoomba Clydesdales.

Overnight wrap: Broncos, Mason, Rogers

NRL premiers Brisbane Broncos have found a new stablemate after feeder club the Toowoomba Clydesdales dropped out of the 2007 Queensland Cup due to financial problems.

Dragons Announce 2007 Home Game Venue Split

FURTHER re-development works at OKI Jubilee Stadium will see the St George Illawarra Dragons play the majority of their early season home games at the Kogarah venue.The NRL released the 2007 schedule in mid-November, enabling the Dragons to determine the distribution of the home game program.Dragons Chief Executive Officer Peter Doust said there were a number of issues to consider in making the decision including the building works at OKI Jubilee and venue clashes at WIN Stadium.?We are very lucky to have two great venues within our region to play rugby league,? said Doust. ?While the impact of the ongoing upgrade to OKI Jubilee Stadium is not ideal for our decision making, such a commencement date of works will try to ensure everything is back to normal in 2008.?Part of our ongoing strategy is also to spread the opposition teams across our venues each year and we believe the venue allocation on balance, with all things taken into consideration, provides for an appropriate distribution of matches,? added Doust.In 2007, the Dragons will host the Knights in their first home game at OKI Jubilee Stadium in Round 2 followed by the Storm (Rnd 5), Panthers (Rnd 8), Broncos (Rnd 12), Sharks (Rnd 13) and Sea Eagles (Rnd 16).WIN Stadium will host the Cowboys (Rnd 3), Titans (Rnd 10), Raiders (Rnd 17), Bulldogs (Rnd 20), Rabbitohs (Rnd 22) and Eels (Rnd 24).The Dragons will continue to honour their traditions with the St George Heritage game planned for Round 13 v Sharks; recognising 40 years of the ?local derby? and Round 17 v Raiders the Illawarra Heritage game, as the Steelers and Raiders both entered the NSWRL competition in 1982.The Dragons will play two pre-season matches, the first against the Bulldogs at WIN Stadium on February 24, followed by the traditional Charity Shield at Telstra Stadium v the Rabbitohs on March 3.ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS 2007 ROUND DRAWPre-Season MatchesFebruary 24 Dragons v Bulldogs WIN StadiumMarch 6 Charity Shield v Rabbitohs Telstra StadiumRD TEAM DAY DATE VENUE1 Titans Sunday 18 March Away2 Knights 23-26 March OKI Jubilee Stadium3 Cowboys 30 March - 2 April WIN Stadium4 Sharks 6-9 April (Easter) Away5 Storm 13-16 April OKI Jubilee Stadium6 BYE7 Roosters 25 April Aussie Stadium8 Panthers 4-7 May OKI Jubilee Stadium9 Wests Tigers 11-14 May Away10 Titans 18-21 May WIN Stadium11 Raiders 25-28 May Away12 Broncos 1-4 June OKI Jubilee Stadium13 Sharks 8-11 June OKI Jubilee Stadium14 Eels 15-18 June Away15 Storm 22-25 June Away16 Sea Eagles 29 June - 2 July OKI Jubilee Stadium17 Raiders 6-9 July WIN Stadium18 Warriors 13-16 July Away19 Panthers 20-23 July Away20 Bulldogs 27-30 July WIN Stadium21 Knights 3-6 August Away22 Rabbitohs 10-13 August WIN Stadium23 Cowboys 17-20 August Away24 Eels 24-27 August WIN Stadium25 Sea Eagles 31 August - 3 Sept Away

Dragons Announce Partnership with Fosters

THE St George Illawarra Dragons today unveiled a new five-year partnership with Foster?s Australia which will provide a range of benefits including beer and wine exclusivity across the Dragons brand and associated venues.

Eels Trial Matches for 2007

THE following dates have been announced for the Parramatta Eels Trial Matches for season 2007. Kick-off times are yet to be decided.

Webb and Kidwell share NZRL's top award

KIWIS fullback Brent Webb and second rower David Kidwell will share the prestigious title of New Zealand Rugby League?s player of the year.

Superleague Crowds set to Increase

THE European Superleague is set to continue to build on its crowd average record if sales of 2007 season tickets are anything to go by.

8 Aussies in World XIII

THE tame nature of the Lions' exploits during the Tri Nations series has been underlined by the presence of just one Great Britain player in the 2006 Rugby League World XIII that is dominated by champions Australia.

Fielden v Radford in February

THE charity boxing match between Great Britain prop Stuart Fielden and England second rower Lee Radford has a new venue due to huge public interest.

Betham gives up league for boxing

WAKEFIELD captain Monty Betham has retired from rugby league to take up a career in boxing.

Maltese Rugby League Player of the Year

THE Maltese Rugby League Association (MRLA) is opening its doors to the 2005/2006 Annual MRLA Presentation, being held at the Hamrun Club in Sydney.

Callaghan keen to cement Comets berth

ROCKHAMPTON Leagues Club Central QLD Comets recruit Trent Callaghan is ready to go and wants nothing more then to cement a spot in the Comets top squad for 2005.

Comets Ready For Raid

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Nixon Pumped To Face Former Club

ROCKHAMPTON Leagues Club Comets forward David Nixon is preparing himself for a clash with his former club the Canberra Raiders when the Comets face the Raiders at Browne Park, Rockhampton on Saturday, February 26.

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