THE West Indies Ruby league Federation will celebrate a successful first year in existence when they hold their first presentation evening in the New Year.
SYDNEY Airport Jets Head Coach Colin Murphy has been nominated as Marrickville Council Citizen of the Year for 2005. The award is open to residents of the Marrickville local government area who have made outstanding contributions to the community. It is understood that Colin was nominated by a group of residents of the Marrickville Council area.
SUPER League Champions Leeds Rhinos ran out convincing winners in the Tetley?s Festive Challenge.
WIGAN Warriors can today confirm that there will not be a game between the club and the U S Tomahawks next month.
WIGAN have turned to former Olympic relay champion Dennis Mitchell in a bid to increase the squad's speed.
The Warriors already boast two of the quickest players in the game in wingers Brian Carney and Brett Dallas.
FORMER South Sydney Rabbitohs playmaker Owen Craigie is hoping to make an impression on the Widnes fans as the Vikings return to action on Boxing Day.
LEEDS Rhinos build up to the Carnegie World Club Challenge will include spending time with Rugby Union World Champions England.
England RU head coach Andy Robinson told the England squad this week about his plans for them to train with Leeds Rhinos, the Rugby League Super League champions, next month. He is planning his cross code initiative with the Rhinos head coach, Tony Smith. Both codes hope to benefit from each others? tactics and skills.
Robinson met with Smith last week in Leeds, to fine tune their plans for the three day training session set for mid January. The idea was hatched by England much earlier this year and is seen as one of several lateral steps planned for 2005. The head coach anticipates England will greatly benefit from the trip north.
LEEDS Rhinos duo Keith Senior and Ryan Bailey have been fined almost $4,000 by the English Rugby Football League after testing positive for the banned drug ephedrine.
GARETH Ellis will be staying with Wakefield Trinity Wildcats for 2005 - according to Wildcats' boss Shane McNally.
NATIONAL LEAGUE 3 - PRE SEASON UPDATE
TEN clubs will experience the NRL's experiment of a referee interchange system during the first five rounds of the 2005 season, that is assuming the trial goes the distance.
AFTER a tough year for the Kiwis and the Warriors, New Zealand rugby league fans will be praying 2005 brings a turnaround in fortunes.
SPECTATORS at Bulldogs games will be able to "dob in a thug" by calling a hotline if they are being intimidated or harassed.
AT a recent basketball match between Wollongong and Canberra, the total lack of interest from the 4500 fans was amazing. Where the majority of any rugby league crowd is glued to the action on the field, the thousands who had paid close to $20 to witness a crack NBL match seemed oblivious that there was a contest on at all.
THE South Sydney Rabbitohs have reportedly budgeted $2.5 million to be spent on new players in the middle of next year.