LEE Briers will captain Wales for the first time on Sunday 16 October when Scotland are visitors to the Brewery Field, Bridgend in the opening match of the 2005 Rugby League European Nations Cup.
MISSING out on the 23-strong Australian Tri-Nations squad has not worried ex-Parramatta centre Jamie Lyon.
BRADFORD and their blockbusting winger Lesley Vainikolo re-wrote the record books with a 12-try 71-0 thrashing of 12-man Hull to book a trip to St Helens for the Super League elimination final.
LEEDS Rhinos held off a thrilling late fightback from St Helens to book a second-successive engage Super League Grand Final appearance following a 19-16 win.
WHILE the Rugby League world recovers from an epic NRL Grand Final, and looks forward to possibly one of the closest finishes of all time in ESL, a decider with arguably more at stake will be fought out at Widnes on Sunday. The Castleford Tigers will play the Whitehaven Warriors in the National League 1 Grand Final that will no only decide the 2005 champions, but also determine who will be elevated to the English Superleague in 2006.
LONDON Broncos have made Australian hooker Chad Randall their first signing for 2006 ending speculation the former Sea Eagles would join the New Zealand Warriors.
THE Sydney Airport Jets four-game winning streak was brought undone by North Sydney in the VB Premier League match played at North Sydney Oval on Saturday. The Bears led 26-8 at half-time, and contained Newtown's second half resurgence to run out winners by 28-18.
LONDON Broncos Academy team, after an impressive start to the season, have three players selected to tour Australia in August representing Great Britain BARLA U19s.
The club is delighted with the selection of captain Michael Worrincy, leading try scorer, Ade Adebesi, and prop forward Louis McCarthy-Scarbrook for the tour.
WIGAN today announced that Gareth Hock, their young back row forward has extended his contract until the end of the 2005 season.
SYDNEY City Roosters coach Ricky Stuart has named his side to face the Tigers at Campbelltown.
Fullback Anthony Minichiello
Left Wing Gavin Lester
Left Center Chris Walker
Right Center Ryan Cross
Right Wing Todd Byrne
Five-Eigth Brad Fittler
Halfback Brett Finch
Prop Jason Cayless
Hooker Craig Wing
Prop Peter Cusack
Second Row Michael Crocker
Second Row Craig Fitzgibbon
Lock Luke Ricketson
Reserve Stuart Webb
Reserve Chris Flannery
Reserve Adrian Morley
Reserve Anthony Tupou
Extra Player Named Chad Robinson
Extra Player Named Ned CatiC
MELBOURNE Storm foundation players Robbie Kearns and Matt Geyer will both celebrate significant milestones this week when the Storm hosts the New Zealand Warriors at Olympic Park on Saturday night.
INTERNATIONAL centre Brent Tate will stake his claim for a recall to the Queensland Origin side in this week?s clash with the Canberra Raiders at Suncorp Stadium after overcoming a shoulder injury suffered in Brisbane?s loss to the Sharks.
THE Vodafone Warriors have been boosted by the return of three players from injury for this weekend?s round 16 match against the Melbourne Storm at Olympic Park.
NEWCASTLE Knights superstar Andrew Johns is set to make a dramatic switch to rugby union despite declaring he would stay in rugby league just weeks ago.
PARRAMATTA Eels coach Brian Smith has named his team to play the Penrith Panthers at Penrith Stadium on Saturday night.
With star winger Matt Petersen and halfback Jaimie Lyon still on the injury list the Eels face a hard task overcoming a confident Panthers outfit who are showing signs of a return to form.
Coach Smiths team is;