EMBLAZONED with the Maltese Cross, the red & white strip of the Malta national rugby league team are set to embark on Coffs Harbour for this weekend?s Orara Valley Sevens at Coramba?s TOFOG Sportsground and they?re not just here to make up the numbers, says head coach Joe Grima.
ROBBIE Kearns has been there before and the popular second rower is looking forward to lead the Melbourne Storm again in 2005.
NEW Zealand Bartercard Cup team Hibiscus Coast Raiders have entered the Wollongong Sevens. The Raiders had a poor 2004, but their record over the past few years beforehand has been very impressive, winning the Auckland Rugby League's 2nd Division Competition (Sharman Cup) 2001
as well as Bartercard Cup 2001 Champions.
NRL coaches agreed at a meeting with Referees Coordinator Mr Robert Finch, Chief Executive Mr David Gallop and Chief Operating Officer, Mr Graham Annesley that only a few slight interpretation modifications needed to be made by referees for the 2005 Telstra Premiership.
GORDEN Tallis' down to earth honesty and upfront nature are his biggest assets in his new role as an NRL board member, according to Rugby League Professionals Association (RLPA) president Tony Butterfield.
THE Canberra Raiders have employed a visual expert for the 2005 National Rugby League season, aiming to gain an edge in attack.
DRAGONS coach Nathan Brown believes the 2005 Video Ezy Charity Shield will be one of the most keenly contested games of the season for his St George Illawarra Dragons as they clash with South Sydney at Aussie Stadium on February 19, 2005.
SPECTATORS at the TOFOG Sportsground in Orara Valley this weekend will most probably see the fixture between Malta and Sydney University as another entertaining sevens match on a day that will see some of the world?s best rugby league players take to the field on Australia?s east coast.
AFTER a strong showing against the Australian Kangaroos, the American Tomahawks expect to face a good test from the new look Runaway Bay Mixwell Cup side on the 29th of January.
RUGBY league legend Mario Fenech is set to make an unexpected comeback return to rugby league in his debut match for the Malta Knights when they take to the field for the Orara Valley Sevens at Coffs Harbour this weekend.
OUTBACK Longreach has staged a major coup, named as the official launch site for this year?s nationwide QANTASLink Bush Blitz.
THE Tweed Heads Seagulls? Cook Island contingent has arrived and they are big, mean and hungry for success in the 2005 Queensland Cup rugby league competition.
ORARA Valley on NSW's North Coast is set to relive the glory days of the Bears as a North Sydney side competes in the annual Orara Valley 7's Tournament.
WIDNES are hoping New Zealand A international Karl Guttenbeil will be cleared in time for Thursday's pre-season friendly against St Helens.
WIGAN today confirmed that their Captain Andrew Farrell will be out for four months following knee surgery which was carried out last night.