Carr says if it ain't broke, don't fix it

AUSTRALIAN Rugby League boss Geoff Carr says the sport's international eligibility rules are adequate and don't need to be changed.

Orford named Manly's new captain

MATT Orford has agreed to one of the toughest jobs in rugby league, taking over the Manly captaincy from inspirational leader Ben Kennedy.

Salford fans welcome new stadium

SALFORD City fans have been celebrating this week after the Reds secured their long term future by announcing approval for construction of a new home ground. The stadium is to be built in the Barton region of Manchester and will seat 22,000 spectators. The Reds current home ground ?The Willows? is 105 years old, and while it contains a great deal of tradition, its facilities have been inadequate for some time.

Paea Brothers Get Set To Rule Britannia!

JETS Well Represented in Sunday?s Federation Shield FinalThe Newtown Jets will be well-represented in the inaugural Rugby League International Federation Shield final between England and Tonga, to be played on Sunday at the Halton Stadium, Widnes.The three Paea brothers ? Lelea, Lopini and Mickey ? will be key players in Tonga?s spirited challenge for the Federation Shield, along with the Sydney Roosters centre David Pangai who is very likely to be a regular in Newtown?s 2007 VB Premier League team. Another Tongan player with a Newtown pedigree is their team captain Solomon Haumono, who was a member of a Newtown under 15?s junior premiership team way back in 1990 along with the multi-talented Anthony Mundine. Big ?Solo? now plays with the London Harlequins in the English Super League.The Paea brothers all had huge games in Tonga?s 48-10 win over France at Castres last Sunday which guaranteed the Tongan boys a place in the Federation Shield final and a good chance of upsetting title favourites England.The Annual Newtown Festival is on This SundayThere will be plenty of Newtown merchandise available at Sunday?s Annual Newtown Festival, the biggest and undoubtedly most bizarre of all of Sydney?s colourful community carnivals. The Festival is on from 10.00am to 5.30pm this Sunday, 12th November in the Camperdown Memorial Park (corner of Australia and Lennox Streets, Newtown). Livewire Jets Director John Lynch claims that every conceivable aberration and deviancy in human behaviour is on display at each year?s Newtown Festival, so what better place for the popular lines of Newtown merchandise to be on show! There will be two separate Newtown merchandise stalls in different sections of the park to take advantage of the anticipated 100,000 people in attendance. Why not get along for a great day?s entertainment and the chance to get some fabulous Newtown Jets merchandise as Christmas presents? Places Still Available for the Frank ?Bumper? Farrell Golf Classic (Wednesday, 15th November)You can still book a place as an individual player or as a team for next Wednesday?s ?Bumper? Farrell Golf Classic at Marrickville Golf Club. Newtown?s last Rugby League international Phil Sigsworth will be playing and he is sure to bring along a few identities from the FOGS organisation (the former NSW State of Origin ex-players? organisation that does such great work for various charities).Ring Jenny Grosvenor at the Newtown RLFC office now on 1300 36 36 90 to reserve your place. Bookings close at 5.00pm on Monday, 13th November.Newtown RLFC and Jets Sports Club ? Annual General MeetingsA reminder for all financial members about the upcoming Newtown Rugby League Football Club and Jets Sports Club?s annual general meetings to be both held on Sunday, 26th November at the Jets Sports Club, Holbeach Avenue, Tempe. The Newtown RLFC AGM kicks off at 10.00am to be followed by the Jets Sports Club AGM. Please make every effort to get along to these important meetings.The Jets and the Roosters Are Back in Harness for 2007Training has commenced for the 2007 season, with all Roosters contracted players (with the exception of those on Tri-Nations and Federation Shield representative duties) reporting for training last Monday (November 6th) at Wentworth Park. Newtown Jets VB Premier League coach for 2007 Paul Young and his newly-appointed assistant coach Greg Matterson were both in attendance and in close consultation with the Sydney Roosters Head Coach Chris Anderson and his staff.

First round of 2007 season announced

THE NRL has today announced the first round of the 2007 Premiership with many exciting matches planned for the opening of the season.Reigning premiers Brisbane will open their title defence against arch rivals North Queensland at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night in the live telecast. The newly arranged delayed Friday night game sees Melbourne host Wests Tigers in the southern capital.Super Saturday sees the game travel to New Zealand, then the Northern beaches before heading south to the Sutherland Shire.On Sunday Newcastle host Canterbury in what?s sure to be a blockbuster game, while the Gold Coast play their first game against the Dragons at Suncorp Stadium.Monday night rounds out the first week with two Sydney clubs at Aussie Stadium.Round 1 2007Friday 16 MarchBroncos v Cowboys at Suncorp Stadium, 7.30pm (8.30pm Syd)Storm v Wests Tigers at Olympic Park, 7.30pmSaturday 17 MarchWarriors v Eels at Mt Smart Stadium, 7.30pm (5.30pm Syd)Sea Eagles v Raiders at Brookvale Oval, 7.30pmSharks v Panthers at Toyota Park, 7.30pmSunday 18 MarchKnights v Bulldogs at Energy Aust Stadium, 2.00pmTitans v Dragons at Suncorp Stadium, 3.00pmMonday 19 MarchRoosters v Rabbitohs at Aussie Stadium,7.00pm

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.

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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 - see photos of the North Sydney S.G. Ball Training Squad against the Sharks -

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.

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