TAWERA Nikau is convinced he can still be the Kiwis' league coach and sees "options on the horizon" in Australia as his fast-track to the position.
MELBOURNE Storm has further strengthened their squad for the 2006 season with the signing of experienced centre Chris Walker for 12 months from the Sydney Roosters.
THIS mornings article on the back page of the Daily Telegraph titled ?How To Cage a Pair of Tigers? details a balance of $500,000 left over from the 2005 salary cap that will now be used to secure long term contracts with Scott Prince and Benji Marshall. Wests Tigers would like to confirm that this statement is incorrect.
NRL premiers the Wests Tigers have been listed as joint fifth favourites in early betting markets for the 2006 season.
THIS years Gillette Tri Nations series looks to be a battle between the old and the new.
We have in one corner the wily Wayne Bennett, a man who knows the game inside out. He realises his enemies strengths and weaknesses and when it comes to a game plan, there's none better than a Bennett plan.
FORMER New Zealand Test forward Stephen Kearney, sent off for the first time in his career in his last match for Hull, will have to serve a two-match ban if he resumes his career in Australia.
LEGENDARY British pop band Madness will headline the pre-match entertainment at the Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford, Manchester (October 15 2005, ko 6pm).
THE London Skolars have today announced that they have appointed Latham Tawhai as the clubs first team coach for 2006. Tawhai will be the first full time coach at the club and one of the few full time coaches in National League 2. The appointment followed an exhaustive interview process that saw over 20 candidates apply for the job.
LIMITED to just nine NRL games in 2005. Still four months away from full fitness.
BARELY an hour after his arrival for the Australian Tri-Nations camp, Dragons centre Mark Gasnier conceded he would be "mad" to turn his back on a lucrative rugby offer.
MELBOURNE Storm young gun Greg Inglis has succumbed to an ankle injury and has been withdrawn from the Junior Kangaroos squad to take on Papua New Guinea and New Zealand A in October.
PENRITH Panthers coach Johnny Lang has named his squad to take on the Parramatta Eels on Saturday evening at Penrith Stadium.
This week sees the return of Craig Gower but unfortunately for the Panthers, Centre Ryan Girdler and 5/8 Preston Campbell are still short of a full recovery.
Coach Langs team is;
1. Rhys Wesser, 2. Brett Howland, 3. Luke Lewis, 4. Paul Whatuira, 5. Luke Rooney, 6. Amos Roberts, 7. Craig Gower (c), 8. Joel Clinton, 9. Luke Priddis, 10. Martin Lang, 11. Joe Galuvao, 12. Tony Puletua, 13. Trent Waterhouse, 14. Ben Ross, 15. Frank Pritchard, 16. Shane Rodney, 17. Danny Galea
THE St.George Bank Dragons have further strengthened the line-up that beat the Tigers 50-0 last Sunday with the return of Origin 1 hero Shaun Timmins for the clash with the Rabbitohs at the SCG this Sunday.
IN form forwards Anthony Watmough and Kylie Leuluai return from injury and suspension for Sunday's NRL clash with Newcastle at Energy Australian Stadium in Newcastle.
THE Victory Cup Final
BARLA Great Britain Lions 4 v 26 Russia
Thursday 20th May 2004
Big Sport Arena, Luzhniky, Moscow