League execs tipped to back Tri-Nations future

THE future of the Tri Nations tournament should be clearer later tonight (AEDT time) after the Rugby League Federation executive meets in Leeds.

Bennett may force changes in Kangaroo line up

WAYNE Bennett could not guarantee he wouldn't make changes to the Australian side to play rivals New Zealand in next weekends Tri-Nations final at Elland Road.

South London Storm win top award

SOUTH London Storm last weekend finished there season on a high when they were awarded the Club of the Year award by the Rugby League Conference. The National award is contested by all clubs playing in the top amateur Rugby League competition and South London won ahead of clubs from as far away as Cumbria to the north and Plymouth to the south.Storm were nominated for three awards narrowly missing out on two (Coach of the Year for coach Rob Powell and Player of the Year for Second Row/Prop Louis Neethling), but winning the Club of the Year award and also Louis Neethling gaining a place in the national Dream Team at Second Row.Arguably this was the award Storm wanted to win the most. Storm started the season off with one main aim and it was for the club to go back to its roots and become a club once more and a club for the players, spectators and the Juniors as a first thought and results to come second. This award proves that the Storm have indeed done that. ?This is a proud day for all those involved with the club. It is a shame for Rob and Louis who have been major forces both on the field and off it in the club but they deserve to be proud for being nominated for these prestigious awards.? Commented chairman Paul Brown on winning the award.?It is a great testament to the club that we have won this award and also won our division this year. The two do not always come together, a successful team does not always make for a good club and a good club does not always make for a great team but this year a great club helped this team become a great team.? ?The team played their hearts out all season and you could see they were playing for each other, making for a great club atmosphere at training and after matches. Many have put a great deal of time into the senior club and the many Junior teams we have and this is for everyone. It is a great day for the club and vindicates how hard people have worked.? South London Storm will be starting pre season training again in the new year. If you wish to take part please log onto www.southlondonstorm.com or call the club on 0700 596 8671.

Australia ends Great Britain's Tri-Nations campaign

FULLTIME score: Tri-Nations Game VI Australia 26 def. Great Britain 14

Beware the wounded Kangaroo

AUSTRALIA'S new captain Danny Buderus has admitted that fear of another sporting failure to follow the loss of the Ashes will drive the Kangaroos in Hull tonight. The 27-year-old Newcastle Knights hooker was thrust into the role of a potential Ricky Ponting when Darren Lockyer broke a bone in his foot during a training session in Paris two weeks ago, conceding that the captaincy would prove a poisoned chalice if Australia were to return home beaten for the first time since they suffered two shock defeats in France in 1978.

Pritchard cleared of serious injury

NEW Zealand second-rower Frank Pritchard was cleared of serious injury after being hurt in his side?s 38-22 Test win over France in Toulouse.

Comeback Kid takes to home stage

NOT much more than a year ago, Jamie Thackray was thinking of calling it quits and going to work in a warehouse. Such was the faltering rhythm of his rugby league career that it stacked up as the more realistic option.

Noble gets to grips with an image problem

FOR the second time in less than a year, Brian Noble tonight stands on the threshold of the greatest achievement of his career, one he has been working towards for more than two decades: ending Australia's domination of international rugby league. The Lions coach is desperate to showcase the British game by taking full revenge for last year's rout by Australia.

New Zealand 38 - France 22

NEW Zealand winger Jake Webster and second rower Frank Pritchard were taken to hospital for brain scans this morning as the Kiwis struggled to a late test win over France.

Buderus: Atmosphere won't faze us

AUSTRALIA captain Danny Buderus has thrown down a challenge to the home crowd ahead of Saturday's must-win Gillette Tri-Nations clash with Great Britain in Hull.

New Hull deal for Brough

DANNY Brough, hero of Hull's Powergen Challenge Cup triumph this year, has signed a new two-year contract which will keep him at the KC Stadium at least until the end of the 2007 engage Super League season.The 22-year-old former York half-back had a year left on his existing deal but he has now been given an upgrade."I had a special debut season with the club and I am now looking forward to many more," he said. "I feel that I have a lot more to prove."- - - - -In other news, Castleford have made their first overseas signing since clinching their return to Super League with the capture of Penrith?s reserve centre Luke Dyer on a two-year contract.The 24-year-old Dyer, who has made just one appearance in Australia?s National Rugby League, can also play in the second row. As a British passport holder, he will not count on the club?s overseas quota."Our new coach Terry Matterson knows Luke well and feels that he can make his mark in Super League and be a big asset to us next year," said Tigers chief executive Richard Wright.- - - - -Thanks to www.superleague.co.uk for these stories.

Raynor's return pays off

GARETH Raynor's decision to return to rugby league after a brief flirtation with union has paid off after he was chosen to make his Great Britain debut in Saturday's must-win Gillette Tri-Nations match against Australia.

Game VI: Great Britain v Australia

LAST week I wrote that Great Britain would need a minor miracle to come into calculations for the Tri-Nations final in a week?s time. Well, didn?t they show me up?

Wizard Cup Teams Announced for 2006

THE Queensland Wizard Cup Competition for 2006 was finalised this week by the QRL Board of Directors.

Some big names line up for Smiths job at the Eels

PARRAMATTA Premier grade coach Jason Taylor has emerged as early favourite to replace Brian Smith directing the Eels after next season.

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