Lance Thompson and Dragons go their separate ways

FORWARD Lance Thompson and the St George Illawarra Dragons parted ways tonight, reportedly by mutual agreement.

First 5 weeks of the 2006 season fixtures announced

HERE'S a sneak peek to next season's first five rounds worth of fixtures. Be sure to check out your favourite teams and where they'll be.

Tough times for the Kiwis

THE Kiwis are counting the cost of their clash with Great Britain on Saturday night at Huddersfield.

Williams re-signs for four years

NORTH Queensland winger Ty Williams has re-signed with the 2005 NRL runners-up for another four years.

Vagana handed one-match ban

NEW Zealand stand-off Nigel Vagana has been handed a one-match ban for the tackle that left Great Britain scrum-half Paul Deacon with horrific facial injuries.

Cardiff Demons prop accepts new coaching role

CARDIFF Demons prop Dave Roberson has been named as the new Development Officer and Community Sports Coach for National League Two side London Skolars. He will start his full-time role at the club on November 28 and will re-unite with original Demons coach Stuart Singleton who is captain of the Skolars. Roberson has been playing for the Taffs Well-based Cardiff Demons since their first match in the Rugby League Conference in 2001, helping the club to three trophies in that period. The 31 year old also played and scored a try for Wales A against Scotland in 2001. In addition to his Demons role, Roberson has been assistant coach of UWIC for the last two years, a role he also took with the Wales Students side who reached the Shield Final in the World Cup in Australia this summer and with Great Britain students on their ground-breaking tour of Estonia. Roberson said: "I initially applied the role at Harlequins RL (formerly London Broncos) but they cut the number of positions from three to two so they recommended me to the Skolars. I'm looking forward to the challenge." Roberson will be keeping his house in Cardiff and is looking forward to a return to South Wales next year when the Skolars face new Welsh club, Celtic Crusaders. "There's already been a bit of banter between Crusaders coach John Dixon and myself this week," adds Roberson, "I wish him and the Crusaders the best of luck in the their first season and I'm looking forward to crossing swords with him at the Brewery Field later next year."

Vagana out, Jones in

STANDOFF Nigel Vagana will be available for the Tri-Nations final should the Kiwis make it and he could yet partner Stacey Jones in the halves, with the Kiwi halfback set to extend his international comeback against France on Saturday morning.

Vagana faces hearing over tackle

NEW Zealand's Nigel Vagana will will appear before a meeting of the three-man Rugby League International Federation Disciplinary Committee on Tuesday charged with an alleged high tackle which put Great Britain's Paul Deacon out of the Tri-Nations.

Barrett confident he'll be fit

AUSTRALIA'S Tri Nations defence could receive a boost with injured five-eighth Trent Barrett confident of proving his fitness at training in Manchester today.

Carney rates King the game's best winger

GREAT Britain flanker Brian Carney says Matt King ? his Australian rival in Saturday night's Tri Nations showdown - is the best winger in the world.

Four Welsh lads in GB squad

DAN Falvey and Oliver Hughes from Cardiff Demons and Daniel Phillips and Lee Williams from Aberavon Fighting Irish have all been named in the Great Britain Amateur under 18 squad for their Autumn International series.

RFL boss still wants 2006 Tri-Nations in Australasia

RFL boss Richard Lewis this week tried to scorch rumours that the 2006 Tri-Nations will not be held in Australasia as planned. Reports on the weekend indicated that the ARL were concerned that, with the prospect of a poor crowd to a possible Australia-NZ final, this years tournament will run at a loss. However according to Richard Lewis such concerns have not been discussed at Federation level. Lewis told the BBC, ?I?ve had no indication of any question marks or issues about the Tri-Nations future?

Deacon completes facial surgery

GREAT Britain scrum-half Paul Deacon has had successful surgery following a facial injury that at one time was thought to be life-threatening.

Calderwood drafted into GB squad

WINGER Mark Calderwood was on Monday called into the Great Britain squad for the closing stages of the Gillette Tri-Nations Series.

Great Britain happy to beat Kangaroos by field goal, Noble

GREAT Britain coach Brian Noble says he'll happily give the order for a field goal in Saturday night's Tri Nations clash if it means eliminating Australia from the final.

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