THE New Zealand Rugby League held the NZ National Intermediate Schools and National Under 15?s tournament at Hopuhopu Sports Complex from Thursday 6 through to Saturday 8 October 2005.
VETERAN Australian halfback Brad Davis has brought the curtain down on his career with a dominant performance to help Castleford back into English Super League.
JON Wilkin?s first hat-trick for St Helens was in vain as Bradford squeezed through to their fifth successive Super League Grand Final with a 23-18 win.
DISCUSSIONS on internet forums erupted over the weekend following news that Dragons club stalwart Lance Thompson was apparently being shown the door. With little to go on other than a few ambiguous media reports, supporters vented the anger with many Dragons supporters demanding that one of their favourite sons be retained by the club.
THE St George Illawarra Dragons categorically state there is no crisis at the Club. Management is merely going about the business of planning the Club?s short-term future.
KIWIS coach Brian McClennan has named Ruben Wiki as the team's captain for the upcoming Gillette Tri-Nations series.
THE New Zealand 16?s returned home yesterday (Sunday 9 October 2005) after a very successful tour of Sydney and Brisbane, Australia where they clocked up 3 wins from 3 games.
FORMER Brisbane Broncos star Steve Renouf believes his past coach is under pressure after Bennett sacked Kevin Walters, Gary Belcher and Glenn Lazarus on Friday.
KANGAROOS coach Wayne Bennett is expected to pull few surprises today when he names the Australian side to take on New Zealand in Saturday's Tri-Nations series opener.
FORMER Australian coach Chris Anderson has announced he is interested in coaching Samoa in the upcoming World Cup in 2008.
BEWLEY'S Hotels new team sponsor.
The Irish rugby league squad begin their final preparations for the forthcoming European Nations Cup this week with a warm up friendly match next Sunday against Cumbria at Whitehaven. This fixture will give the Irish Wolfhounds a great opportunity to reacquaint themselves with each other and with Coach Daryl Powell's game plan for the European campaign. Ireland's European Cup pool includes both Scotland and Wales. France, Georgia and Russia play in the second pool.
The Irish side have been bolstered by a new primary sponsorship deal with 'BewleysHotels.com' and with additional support from Rugby League retailers 'forty twenty' and 'Keg Watch' social awareness programme.
Irish Super League stars Barrie McDermott and Brian Carney were present at today's announcement (see photo attached) and Brian Carney stated "the Wolfhounds are delighted with this new partnership with Bewley's Hotels. Their three hotels in Dublin plus their UK hotels in Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow are an obvious base for any Irish rugby league fan."
Bewley's Managing Director, Andrew Langwaller, commented that his company's support for Irish rugby league reflects RLI's growing presence in Ireland and said "we see rugby league as a sport that is making a mark in Ireland. We'd be delighted to see Irish rugby league supporters staying with us, especially when they come to watch Ireland play."
Beaten finalists to England last year, the Irish Wolfhounds list 7 players from the Irish domestic RLI league in their European Cup squad.
The Irish are hoping that Leeds Rhinos' stars Barrie McDermott and Francis Cummins come through next weekend's Super League Final against Bradford Bulls unscathed.
Both Castleford Tigers & Dewsbury Rams also had Grand Finals yesterday so Offaly native Ged Corcoran (Dewsbury Rams) and Castleford Tigers trio Paul Handforth, Thomas Haughey and Michael Platt will also join the squad later. Powergen Cup winners Hull provide Shayne McMenemy & Paul McNicholas to the Wolfhounds.
Veteran star Terry O'Connor (Widnes Vikings) and Carl De Chenu (Sheffield Eagles) from Bray are available for this years' campaign.
British & Irish & Wigan star Brian Carney is unavailable as he will again feature in the upcoming Tri-Nations Series between the Great Britain & Irish Lions, Australia and New Zealand.
AUSTRALIAN captain Darren Lockyer has expressed concern that complacency could see New Zealand get the upper hand when the two sides meet in the Tri-Nations opener this Saturday.
MELBOURNE Storm winger Jake Webster has been called into the 21-man New Zealand Tri-Nations squad which assembled for a training camp in Sydney over the weekend.
WALES have named a 28-man squad for this year?s Rugby League European Nations Cup tournament that kicks off in Bridgend this Sunday when Scotland are visitors at the Brewery Field (kick-off 3pm) writes Ian Golden.
THE French Rugby League has announced a strong line-up for their first European Nations Cup clash against Russia on Saturday. The team of mainly French based players will be given the task of reaching the Cup final after being knocked out by England in last years tournament.