THE Atlantic Group qualifying for the Rugby League World Cup comes down to one game this Saturday, when the USA Tomahawks take on the Japan Samurais with the winner progressing to next year?s repecharge round to decide the remaining tenth spot in the 2008 World Cup finals.
LEBANON and Russia meet on neutral soil on Saturday in London to play the latest game in the European Group qualifiers for the 2008 World Cup Finals. This Lebanon home game was transferred due to recent hostilities in that country and will be played at 1:00pm at New River Stadium, home of National League Two team London Skolars. The return match will be hosted by Russia in October 2007.
AN international friendly is being played in Athens this Saturday between Greece and Serbia. This will be the first international Rugby League game to be played in Greece, with hopes that it will boost popularity and interest for a regular domestic rugby league competition to run in Athens.Trials were held in Athens for Greek players on Saturday, and players from Australia, England & South Africa will also be representing for the Greek team. John Skandalis has been in Greece to promote the game however he will not be playing for the team this time, but several of the players from Greece?s recent game against Fiji in Sydney will be linking up with the domestic players.The Serbian side is mixture of experienced players who have played for Serbia in the Euro B Nations Cup and World Cup Qualifiers, as well as the best young players who played in the Under-19s European Nations Cup earlier this year. There are a few debutants, and some more new players were due to attend training with the squad before the Serbians left for Athens.The Serbian squad left Belgrade on Thursday and will arrive in Athens on Friday morning. The Serbian warm-up squad was named as follows:1. Ivan Antic2. Ivan Mitic3. Milan Djordjevic4. Mate Granic5. Zoran Pesic6. Marko Zebeljan7. Nenad Grbic8. Igor Minevski9. Mario Milosavljevic10. Dalibor Vukanovic11. Soni Radovanovic12. Nenad Tomic13. Milos Kucancanin14. Branko Vojvodic15. Radoslav Novakovic16. Nemanja Babic17. Jovan Vujosevic18. Haris Dajc19. Dimitris DajcCoach: Marko JankovicCoach Assistant: Jovan VujosevicThanks to members of the International section of the Front Row Forum at http://forums.leagueunlimited.com/ for information regarding this match.
IN horrendous weather conditions in England's North West last night, the Cumbrian regional side recorded a 28-16 victory over a below-strength Tonga side at Derwent Park.
THE 2007 World Club Challenge has been moved back three weeks and will now take place in England on 23 February.
REGIONAL Queensland rugby league fans are being urged by Sport Minister Andrew Fraser to support a push to have the NRL final restored to its traditional Sunday afternoon timeslot.Mr Fraser says a petition calling for the Sunday final that he launched with the Brisbane Broncos club ?will get a big kick-along if passionate regional fans support it.??Winning the grand final was fantastic for the Broncos, but it would have been even better if the match had been staged on the Sunday afternoon,? Mr Fraser said today.?That?s why we launched the petition. It?s a Queensland tradition to have a barbie and watch the match in the afternoon and then kick the footy around with the kids in the back yard.?That tradition shouldn?t be being forsaken just so the match can be televised in a night-time slot because of pure commercial considerations.?The petition to State Parliament, launched in Brisbane, is rapidly gaining momentum, Mr Fraser said.?I encourage everyone who has an interest in the game and in this great Sunday afternoon institution to get behind this push and lobby the NRL. ?Next year this might affect the Cowboys, so it?s a great idea for their fans in the North ? as well as regional Broncos fans ? to have their say on this issue.?If the Cowboys play off in the grand final, their fans who go to Sydney will have to take a day off work on the Monday to get home, unlike Sydney club supporters who have a public holiday that day.?The petition is an online one that you access through the Queensland Parliament website. The more people who sign, the louder our collective protest will be,? Mr Fraser said.Launching the petition, Broncos CEO Bruno Cullen said the grand final needed to revert to an afternoon timeslot to allow for family viewing, with an emphasis on children.Mr Cullen said the current Sunday night final arrangement was hardly family-friendly, because Queenslanders had to go to work the next day, unlike people in New South Wales where there was a public holiday on the Monday.NRL grand finals have been held on Sunday nights since 2001.The website address for Parliament petitions is: http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au (then click on Legislative Assembly and Petitions)
CUMBRIA coach Paul Crarey reckons he has the team to turn over the Tongans in tomorrow night?s clash at Derwent Park (kick-off 7.30pm).
FORMER All Blacks star Jonah Lomu has been given until Sunday night to decide whether he'll switch codes and join the Gold Coast Titans.
THE Newtown Jets Rugby League Football Club is proud to announce that the Foundation Rugby League Club golf day on Wednesday, 15th November 2006 at the Marrickville Golf Club will once again be sponsored by Jack Elsegood, grandson of the famous Newtown Bluebags and the colourful NSW Police Force identity of yesteryear, Frank "Bumper" Farrell.
GREAT Britain coach Brian Noble has named his side for the first Tri-Nations hit-out against New Zealand in Christchurch this Saturday.
JOHNATHAN Thurston is expected to be replaced by Ben Hornby at halfback for Australia's Tri-Nations match against Great Britain on Saturday week.
LEE Briers is back from Australia ready to lead Wales on Sunday 29th October when they face Scotland at the Brewery Field in their first Rugby League World Cup qualifying match.
WALES biggest success story of 2006 has been Celtic Crusaders. In their first season, they were just a drop-goal away from the National League Two play-off final after losing 26-27 to Swinton Lions here at the Brewery Field in one the most dramatic games in our sport?s history.
BRADFORD Bulls and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have agreed a lucrative deal that will take New Zealand Test forward David Solomona to Odsal.
IRELAND 50 (Cantillon 2, Littler 2, Dodd 3, Bridge 2 tries, Bridge 7 goals) Russia 12 (Baskakov, Iliassov, Ovchinnikov tries). Referee: P Bentham (England) Man of Match: Chris Bridge. Played at Sili Stadium, Moscow.