RUGBY League?s rebirth in London is off to an outstanding start with fans showing unparalleled interest in the new club. Since the ESL Grand Final the former London Broncos RLFC has been busy promoting their new name and home ground: Twickenham Stoop. The club entered into an agreement with the Harlequins Rugby Union club earlier in the season to participate in a joint venture where both clubs are separate entities that share resources, and thus minimise costs. The main advantage for the Broncos is they finally gain a home ground and training facilities that can be used rent free, while the Harlequins RU see the agreement as an opportunity to expand their brand, increase their supporter base, and improve sponsorship revenues.
THE North Sydney Premier League team will face the New Year hopeful of a successful 2006 season, with the news that the Club has retained key players from 2005 as well as some quality new signings.As the Bears Premier League and Jersey Flegg teams gathered at the Norths Leagues club for their first official function leading up to 2006, negotiations have revealed both strength up front and quality out back in 2006.PHOTO: North Sydney Players' Player and Player of the Year Ben Ellis has re-signed for 2006.Re-signing for 2006 Premier League:John RussellAndrew MoodieLuke FatnownaBen EllisMichael HarperRichard RetimanaAnthony BeareNew recruits for 2006 Premier League:Ben Black (from Halifax)Scott McLean (from St. Marys)Brendan Crabb (from Manly)Daniel Watkins (from Manly)Daniel Russell (from Parramatta)Aaron Trinder (from Manly)Suli Koroibulileka (from Manly)Moving on from 2005 Premier League:Namila Davui - Bulldogs 2006Chris Tuatara - Bulldogs 2006Lester Salanoa - Bulldogs 2006Billy Ngawini - Bulldogs 2006Aaron Heremaia - Leigh (UK) 2006Kyle Arnold - Manly 2006Ben Kalcina - releasedAnthony Kiro - releasedWayne McDade - releasedSteven Hales - releasedScott Webb - released
SUPER League newcomers Castleford have appointed former London Broncos captain Terry Matterson as their new head coach on a two-year contract.
MANLY will move its NRL round eight home game against Parramatta to the Sydney Cricket Ground next season.
NRL club Melbourne Storm will share AFL team Carlton's training and administration base at Optus Oval for the next two years.
SOUTH Sydney supporter Andrew Denton has urged club officials to embrace the latest proposal from Peter Holmes a Court and Russell Crowe, warning that the NRL club won't survive without change.
FOLLOWING on from the remarkable success of the Wests Tigers this year, here is a story by one of our regular Forum 7?s writers who has taken a tongue-in-cheek look at their semi-final campaign after his beloved Warriors failed to make it past the regular season.
New Zealand are likely to select Hull's Motu Tony ahead of Robbie Paul in their problem scrum-half position for Saturday's Tri-Nations game against Great Britain in Huddersfield.
IAN Millward, the Wigan Warriors coach, believes he knows how to improve Great Britain's chances of international success. The forthright Australian is advocating a reduction in the number of overseas players in Super League - more than 120 next year - to three per club who are not eligible to represent Britain.
THE Kiwis will not issue another SOS to Stacey Jones after Lance Hohaia was ruled out of the remainder of the Tri-Nations series.
JOHN Monie says France will need all their discipline to follow up its record-breaking European Nations Cup victory over Wales last weekend with another strong showing against Australia at Aime Giral Stadium in Perpignan.
CRAIG Gower will captain Australia for the first time when the Kangaroos take on France in a one-off rugby league Test in Perpignan on Saturday.
COACH Wayne Bennett will trial Craig Gower and Scott Prince as Australia's possible Tri-Nations halves in Saturday's (Sunday morning AEDT) one-off Test against France at Aime Giral Stadium in Perpignan.
NEW Zealand have suffered a devastating injury blow ahead of their Gillette Tri-Nations game against Great Britain after Lance Hohaia was ruled out.
BRIAN Carney, Great Britain?s popular vice-captain who redeemed himself for a poor start to the Gillette Tri-Nations campaign, is ready to take everything the Kiwis throw at him - or more accurately kick to him.