FOLLOWING on from Canterbury's decision to rest it's star players, Penrith has followed suit by ruling out all of its NRL premiership-winning players.
SKOLARS KICK-OFF BOLSTERED BY NEW SIGNINGS
EXCITING Tongan recruit Wycliff Palu has been included in the St George Illawarra squad for this weekend's Cougar World Sevens rugby league tournament at Aussie Stadium.
ST George Ilawarra Dragons hooker Mark Riddell has reportedly withdrawn from the World Sevens tournament apparently with back problems. This leaves Nathan Blacklock as the only big name left in the Dragons squad.
THE new improved 2004 Rugby League Ireland season is about to commence in late April and the East Coast Eagles are in the midst of preperation for the upcoming season. They have recruited very well during the off season both locally and internationally to hopefully improve on last season.
The 2003 season started relatively well for the club but unfortunately it was let down at times by a lack of depth for some key matches that left the club wanting at the wrong end of the season.
This year the clubs administration have aimed at bolstering the ranks and setting in place measures such as having the same regular training and home playing ground week in week out, also organising sponsorship to ease the burden financially on players and administrators alike.
"we really needed to organise a system that was going to make it easier on the club and the players this year both financially logistically as the club moved into its next chapter, we knew we couldn't please everyone but we think we have definatly found the right balance." states Wayne Comerford the clubs Manager.
PARRAMATTA coach Brain Smith has today selected his 12 man squad for the Cougar World Sevens begining on Saturday. Smith is taking the tournamnet seriuosly and has named a first string side in order to retain the title they won last season and in 1997.
ENGLISH Super League boss Maurice Lindsay says Adrian Morley is unlikely to face any suspension from the game for his drink-driving conviction in the U.K. late last year.
I have say it irks me to see people in the Rugby League “media” and I use the term loosely in some cases, treating the Cougar World Sevens with such contempt that they continue to denigrate the event to a point where the negative coverage could be mistaken for Rugby Union bias, but alas, it's the people who supposedly care about the greatest game of all.
ANTHONY Mundine has taken time out from preparing to defend his WBA super-middleweight title against Japan's Yoshinoro Nishizawa at the Wollongong Entertainment Centre on Monday to support to the NASCA Aboriginal All Stars side in the World Sevens Competition.
THE Parramatta Eels have named their 25 man squad for the 2004 NRL season and it includes almost all of their off-season recruits, including recently arrived Englishman Chris Thorman.
CHANNEL 9?s coverage for the 2004 Cougar World Sevens has been confirmed with the commercial television channel only showing a 1 hour highlights package at 6:30pm in the areas of New South Wales, ACT and Queensland.
FOLLOWING the success of the 2003 `Joanne Mackay Helping HandCup', the Dragons All-Stars and the USA Tomahawks are likely toclash again in February at Oki Jubilee Stadium.
PJ Marsh is confident he will return to the New Zealand Warriors this season, but a groin injury is hampering his return from the neck problem that almost put a halt his career.
FOR over 40 years, the Kingsgrove Colts Junior Rugby League Football Club has become a nursery for Rugby League talent in the St George area. In 2003 the Colts fielded sides from Under 6s- Under 18s. This year the club will be fielding sides from Under 6s to Under 18s, whilst having an A-Grade for the first time in two seasons.
ADRIAN Morley could find himself sitting on the sidelines for the next six-months with the Rugby Football League (RFL) threatening to put a worldwide six month ban on the player following his serious drink-driving offence in Salford recently.