IMAGINE this, you are Sonny Bill Williams and are about to confirm your allegiances to your country of birth. You get an anonymous call promising there $100,000 in it for you if you align with Australia instead. Scandalous right? Well this is what could happen if the NRL establishes the new Superannuation/Loyalty Scheme as planned. The NRL has announced their intention to introduce a super fund based on how many representative games players compete in. Associated with this is an understanding that the players will forfeit their fund if they switch codes.
THE NRL is currently discussing with club CEOs about potentially allowing club sponsors employ team members for services and pay these players outside of the salary cap. Each club will only be allowed two players under this scheme.
THE Thirroul Butchers signing of Craig Smith from Wigan has ensured plenty of interest in the approching kickoff of the 2005 season.
AT an extremely hot Cornwall Park in Auckland today, both U16's and U18's Auckland Crowns teams were victorious over their Wellington counterparts in the first round of the Lion Foundation National Junior Competition.
The U16's Foundation Cup was a very close encounter with Auckland holding a two point lead at half-time.
Both side's big props were continually making big barging runs up the middle and setting a great platform for the nippy outside backs. Both teams were defensively very strong and the scoreboard showed 6/4 at the break.
The second half saw the Auckland side begin to dominate and tries to Loose Forward, Pete Lavea, and rampaging Prop, Leo Faafaeete sealed the victory for the home side. The Wellington team scored a late consolation and the game was over at 18 points to 10.
The U18's game was a replay of last year's Kiwi Cup Grand Final. The Wellington side had been victorious in that game but the tables were turned today.
BRADFORD Bulls have today announced a significant investment in the future with the signing of seven highly talented juniors who have come through the club?s Scholarship system.
HULL FC head coach John Kear has named his 18 man squad ahead of Saturday?s engage Super League X clash against Salford City Red at the Willows, 6:05pm kick-off.
SALFORD?S early-season sparkle has gained them new admirers - but coach Karl Harrison insists the best is yet to come.
LONDON Broncos will head to Odsal with a nineteen man squad set to face the Bulls in round four of the engage Super League.
ST Helens staged a miraculous fightback to claim an 18-16 victory and deny Warrington in a dramatic finish to their engage Super League derby at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
BULLDOGS powerhouse forward Willie Mason is seriously considering a switch to rugby union at the end of this season.
Last years Clive Churchill medallist believes it is now or never for him to make the switch to the rival code and follow in the footsteps of fellow converts Wendell Sailor and Lote Tuqiri.
CO-LEADERS of the Bartercard Cup National Rugby League competition the Wai-Coa-Bay Stallions match up against the Glenora Bears at Tauranga Domain at 3pm today. The Stallions team remains unchanged from that which drew 18-all with Marist Richmond Brothers last weekend.
ST Helens coach Ian Millward is delighted with his side's preparation for the Powergen Challenge Cup Final against Wigan Warriors.
THE Sydney Roosters have beaten the Cronulla Sharks 38-18 in a dominant display at Toyota Park.
THE Canterbury Bulldogs have turned on a tremendous second half performance to thrash St George Illawarra 38-12 at WIN Stadium tonight.
SOUTH Sydney and North Queensland have played out a thrilling 20 all draw at Express Advocate Stadium this evening in front of a decent crowd.