LUKE Ricketson has been named as captain of the Prime Minister's XIII to play Papua New Guinea in their rugby league match at Port Moresby on September 18.
THIS month?s edition of Rugby League Review hits the stands on Tuesday, 6th September. If you?re a Rugby League supporter, then Rugby League Review is a must. The September issue has plenty to sink you teeth into including:
WESTS Tigers Head Coach, Tim Sheens has announced his squad for the Wests Tigers v Cowboys Game at Telstra Stadium, kick off at 8.00pm.
CRONULLA Sharks coach Stuart Raper has named his side to take on the Dragons at Win Stadium on Saturday evening.
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PARRAMATTA Eels coach Brian Smith has named his side to take on the Sea Eagles at Parramatta Styadium on Sunday afternoon.
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MANLY coach Des Hasler has named the same 18 which beat Canberra 38-16 last weekend for Sunday's semi final clash with minor premiers Parramatta at Parramatta Stadium.
CULLEN Sports chairman Maurice Kidd today announced Aucklander Wayne Scurrah had been appointed as the Vodafone Warriors? new CEO.
Scurrah (45) has been North Harbour Stadium?s general manager since June 2001 but will cross the Auckland Harbour Bridge to take up his role with the National Rugby League (NRL) franchise at its Ericsson Stadium base in Penrose.
Kidd said the Cullen Sports board was delighted it had been able to secure Scurrah?s services so soon after Mick Watson?s resignation was announced less than two weeks ago.
?Wayne fits our profile for the job perfectly,? said Kidd.
?Commercial priorities were vital in appointing our new CEO and we also wanted someone who has a proven track record in building relationships and developing a long-term culture within an environment like the Vodafone Warriors.?
Majority shareholder Eric Watson added he was delighted the Vodafone Warriors had secured a person of Scurrah?s calibre and welcomed him to the organisation.
Scurrah has a past history as a rugby league player and a more recent one of working alongside the Vodafone Warriors, the New Zealand Rugby League and the Bartercard Cup side the North Harbour Tigers.
?I?ve had an association with them on a commercial basis through ventures involving North Harbour Stadium,? he said.
?I?m excited about being offered the challenge to lead and manage an organisation like the Vodafone Warriors.
?The board?s vision is to make the Vodafone Warriors rugby league?s premier franchise on and off the field. While we have a lot of work to do to achieve that I?m confident we have the expertise right across the club and within the New Zealand league environment to become a force to be respected.?
The NZRL also welcomed Scurrah?s appointment.
?We have worked very well with Wayne at North Harbour Stadium and look forward to working with him in a positive and productive manner in the future,? said NZRL chairman Selwyn Pearson.
Scurrah has a long career in business management roles, previously spending eight years as Schwarzkopf New Zealand?s managing director in Auckland.
He played rugby league in his earlier years at Point Chevalier, Mount Albert, Bay-Roskill and Ponsonby before finishing at a young age to concentrate on his working career.
Kidd also announced today that Vodafone Warriors general manager Spiro Tsiros had been appointed acting CEO with immediate effect to help with the transitional period until Scurrah moves into his position.
THE St George Illawarra Dragons will be looking to make the most of their regular season ranking when they take on Cronulla in their home semi-final at WIN Stadium, Wollongong this Saturday night.
MELBOURNE Storm coach Craig Bellamy has named an 18-man squad for this weekend's 2nd Qualifying Final clash against the Brisbane Broncos. The Storm (13-11) takes on the Broncos (15-9) at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday, September 10th at 6:30pm.
THE North Queensland Toyota Cowboys have announced the team to play this Friday night against the Wests Tigers at Telstra Stadium 8pm.
IN a stunning result, the Dally M Medallist for 2005 has been awarded to North Queensland Cowboys half Johnathan Thurston. With fierce competition from rival playmaker Andrew Johns, the vote went down to the final round with both players polling 3 points. Ben Kennedy for Manly came a deserved third place.
MELBOURNE Storm star Greg Inglis, at the ripe old age of 18, has won the Courier-Mail Best and Fairest Award for 2005, collecting the Queensland Rugby League South-East Division trophy even though he only made 12 appearances in the Wizard Cup competition.
BRISBANE Broncos coach Wayne Bennett has named his team to take on the Storm in this weeks semi final clash at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday evening.
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ANZAC spirit is internationally renowned, but in sport it is often obliterated under a tsunami of nationalistic fervour. As a New Zealander I am confronted regularly by rabid anti-Australian sentiment, which despite its force tends to be good-natured. New Zealanders don?t hate Australians; we just like to compete with them, and to beat them. Cricket, soccer, basketball and league fans all revel in occasional victories over Australia, knowing that for one brief moment four million were able to beat twenty million, and big brother was humbled by little brother.
THE person who decided to put four steel posts into the ground on a field where athletes play full body contact sport with little protection apart from a mouthguard must have had a sadistic streak. Despite all the intrinsic dangers of a high impact sport it was deemed sensible and necessary to make the degree of difficulty even higher.