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.
KIWIS coach Brian McClennan has made several changes to his side for Saturday?s Test Match against Great Britain in Christchurch.
WALES' assistant coach Kevin Ellis believes that Wales should have more matches in 2007 to help celebrate the centenary of rugby league in the principality.
Wales are expected to field Super League stars Iestyn Harris and Lee Briers when they face Scotland at the Brewery Field this Sunday in their first match of the 2008 World Cup qualifying campaign (kick-off 3pm), but this is the only game that Wales will play this year.
In 2007, they also currently only have one match planned - the return leg against Scotland - but Ellis believes more international matches should be played.
"For a start, we need to play against New Zealand next year," said Ellis. "When we beat them 9-8 on New Years Day 1908 in Aberdare, it was the first rugby league international ever in the world. When they tour next autumn, we should face them down here in Wales to celebrate. That would be icing on the cake in a potentially great centenary year for Welsh Rugby League should we qualify for the World Cup."
Wales' best ever year of rugby league was in 1995, where Ellis along with players like Allan Bateman, Keiron Cunningham, Jonathan Davies, John Devereux, Scott Gibbs, Mark Jones, Paul Moriarty, Rowland Philips, Scott Quinnell, Anthony Sullivan, Dai Young, a youthful Iestyn Harris and current Wales coach Martin Hall won the European Championship, reached the semi-finals of the World Cup and won BBC Wales' Team of the Year award. Including the two-match tour of the USA, Wales played seven games that year.
"We need more games on a regular basis like we did 11 years ago," said Ellis. "It's the only way we can gel as a team. England are having four games this month in this new Federation Shield. We need something like that to grow as a side to help us qualify and then prepare for the World Cup Finals in Australia in 2008."
RUGBY League continues to grow in Estonia through the presence of the Tallinn Tigers who are attracting increasing numbers of juniors to the sport.
THE continuing success of rugby league on television in Melbourne is embarrassing for Channel Nine ? or it ought to be.
TONGA and Fiji have both qualified for the 2008 rugby league World Cup after Tonga overcame Samoa 18-10 in the final match of the Oceania group at Headingley.
FEDERATION Shield matches from Headingley, 22nd October 2006.TongaFetuli Talanoa, ?Etuate (Tonga) Uaisele, Andrew Emilio, Lelea Paea, Tyrone Smith, (Ali) Feleti Mateo, Joel Taufa?ao, Fuifui Moimoi, Eliakim Uasi, Solomon Haumono, Lopini Paea, Richard Fa?aoso, William Topou. Interchange: Mickey Paea, Taniela Tuiaki, Sam Moa, Makasini Richter. SamoaTangi Ropati, Malofou Solomona, Miguel Start, George Carmont, Smith Samau, Rota Setu, Channarith Ly, Eward (Hutch) Maiava, Albert Talapeau, Shannon Stowers, Frank Winterstein, Gray Viane, McConkie Tauasa. Interchange: Chris Vaefaga, Peewee Moke, Junior Tia Kirifi, Conrad Ta?akimoeaka.Tonga 18 (Tuiaki, Haumono, Richter tries, Taufa?ao 3 goals) Samoa 10 (Ta?akimoeaka, Solomona tries, Ropati goal). Referee: S Ganson (England). Man of Match: Solomon Haumono.EnglandLee Smith, Mark Calderwood, Richard Whiting, Ashley Gibson, Danny Williams, Rob Purdham, Jamie Rooney, Ewan Dowes, Matt Diskin, Eorl Crabtree, Lee Radford, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Brett Ferres. Interchange: Chris Ashton, Nick Scruton, Matt Cook, Ryan Bailey. FranceRenaud Guigue, Olivier Charles, Damien Couturier, Teddy Sadaoui, Frederic Zitter, James Wynne, Julien Rinaldi, J?r?me Guisset, David Berthezene, Adel Fellous, Olivier Elima, Aurelien Cologni, Gregory Mounis. Interchange: Jamil Fakir, Jean-Christophe Borlin, S?bastien Raguin, Maxime Gr?s?que.England 26 (Smith, Calderwood 2, Rooney, Jones-Buchanan tries, Rooney 3 goals) France 10 (Wynne, Elima tries, Greseque goal). Referee: K Kirkpatrick (England). Man of Match: Jamie Rooney.Crowd (double header): 5,547.