NZRL fraternity mourn the loss of a Legend

ONE of New Zealand's most experienced rugby league internationals, John Rutherford (Jock) Butterfield, died in a Brisbane hospital on Saturday after falling ill. He was 72 years old.

Leagues Apart

WITH the IRFU's All-Ireland League barely alive, attempts by Rugby League to foster a relationship here have met with a frosty reception from Landsdown Road. Brendan O'Brien investigates.

West Indies to go through qualifers

IT has been confirmed that the West Indies Rugby League will compete in the Middlesex 9?s qualification tournament, and will face off between 7 to 11 other sides in order to qualify for the main tournament which will be held on July 18 at New River Stadium.

Dean Thomas announced as High Performance Co-Ordinator for season 2004

STRENGTH and conditioning coach for the Sheffield Eagles, Dean Thomas, has been announced as High Performance Coordinator for the West Indies Rugby League in season 2004.

Dolphins name teams for Jets trials

REDCLIFFE coach Neil Wharton has named a near full strength squad for the trial game vs Ipswich Jets at Bendigo Bank Oval on Saturday.

Magpies at Full Strength for Clash with Bears

THE Souths Logan Magpies will field a top class line-up when they go head-to-head with the Burleigh Bears in a trial match on Friday night.

Broncos announce BBC London 94.9FM live web coverage

LONDON Broncos and BBC London 94.9fm are delighted to confirm rugby league fans across the world will once again be able to listen to live match commentary of every Broncos game (home and away, Super League & Challenge Cup) during the 2004 season.

Nell McAndrew to kick off Super League IX at Odsal

THE UK?s most successful Rugby Club, World Champions Bradford Bulls, have today announced that international model and TV personality Nell McAndrew will get the Tetley?s Super League IX off to a great start at Odsal on Friday 20th February.

Yorkshire U18s County Cup Final - Teams Announced

HUDDERSFIELD Supporters Club Under-18s Final Milford Marlins v Stanley Rangers Sunday 22nd February 2004 Kick Off: 2.00pm for the Frank Dyson Trophy

Thompson dropped to Premier League

ST George Illawarra forward Lance Thompson has been dropped to Premier League for disciplinary reasons and will play in this Saturday's Rockhampton trial against the Central Comets. The experienced back rower has also been fined by the Dragons.

Villasanti Negotiates

WARRIORS prop Richard Villasanti has started contract negotiations with the New Zealand Warriors to secure a new two-year deal at the National Rugby League club.

Lockyer to switch to five eighth

THE Brisbane Broncos are taking a bold approach to the 2004 season by moving test captain Darren Lockyer from fullback to five eighth. Lockyer, who usually plays at second receiver anyway should fit into his new role comfortably from an attacking point of view, but there is no doubt opposing coaches will target Lockyer is defence in an effort to blunt his attacking prowess, possibly rendering him ineffective.

Saints team for Rockhampton trial

THE Dragons' Premier League team will play a trial match against the Central Queensland Comets at Browne Park, Rockhampton, from 8pm this Saturday. The team is as follows:

Thompson Says Sorry

LANCE Thompson publicly apologised to his St George Illawarra team-mates for turning up to Monday morning's training session drunk.

St.George Retain Helping Hand Cup

THE St.George Dragons All-Stars have retained the `Joanne Mackay Helping Hand Cup' by defeating the USA 48-40 at Kogarah lastnight(18/02/04). As the score indicates, the match was a free-flowing affair with a number of entertaining tries.

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