ANDREW Johns declined to weigh into the Australian test captaincy debate but he did say incumbent test skipper Darren Lockyer, had elevated his game since taking on the role.
WAYNE Williams has resigned as Cardiff Demons coach after leading the club to three trophies in two seasons writes Ian Golden. Since 2002, he has also won three home international trophies as a coach - two with the Wales A side and one with Welsh Students.
Williams is now working with the new Bridgend-based professional Rugby League club that are looking to debut in National League Two in 2006 and will also coach Wales Students in the Home Internationals at Easter and the Student World Cup in Brisbane this July.
Assistant coach, Anthony Loxton, who has been at the club for five years, will take over the reigns at the Demons for their inaugural season in the new RLC Premier League this summer. The season kicks-off on Sunday May 1, the Demons will be once again based at Taff's Well RFC and fixtures will be released next week.
LEEDS coach Tony Smith is confident Great Britain international Danny McGuire will be fit for Friday?s Carnegie World Club Challenge against Canterbury Bulldogs at Elland Road.
LONDON Broncos CEO Nic Cartwright is not your average Super League administrator. And that's an understatement.
BRADFORD cast aside a string of pre-season problems to warm up for the new Super League season with a nine-try 50-30 win over Huddersfield at Odsal.
SHARKS coach Stuart Raper has named a relatively young and inexperienced team for their first trial match of 2005 against Parramatta this Saturday.
THE Bulldogs have been forced to name a depleted side to take on Leeds in the World Club Challenge match in England on Friday night.
NEWCASTLE Knights halfback Andrew Johns has tipped his understudy Kurt Gidley to crack the representative scene this year.
KOGARAH Council has approved the construction of a new entrance booth and turnstiles in English Street to Oki Jubilee Oval.
THE North Queensland Cowboys today assured itself some forward muscle until 2007 with aggressive second-rower Luke O'Donnell agreeing to extend his contract for another two seasons.
THE Wollongong Sevens rugby league tournament has secured a naming rights sponsor in Sports OxyShot, a new maximum strength oxygen supplement benefiting athletes that will enter the market this year.
THE Warriors are seen as long shots to win the 2005 National Rugby League (NRL) although Australian bookmaker Centrebet rates them a decent chance to make the playoffs.
THE Bulldogs first trial match is against the Canberra Raiders at Express Advocate Stadium, Gosford on Sunday, February 19. The second trial match is against the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Members Equity Stadium, Perth on Friday, February 25.
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R2K has lodged a petition with Kogarah Council in support of the upgraded floodlighting at OKI Jubilee Stadium. The petition, which attracted in excess of 1,300 signatures, was lodged with Kogarah Council this morning (31/01/2005).