Woolford no longer Raiders captain

SIMON Woolford has quit as captain of the Canberra Raiders after five years in the role.

Junior Kiwi Signs For The Bears

JUNIOR Kiwi star, Reihana Peters has signed on with the North Sydney Bears Premier League side for season 2006.Like his 2005 counterpart, Chris Tuatara, ?Razor? is hoping to cement a starting position in the Bears Premier League squad at just 19 years of age.Still eligible to play Jersey Flegg for 2006, North Sydney have secured his signature which 3 other clubs were vying for.Reihana played for the Junior Kiwis in 2003 in which they were successful over the Australian Schoolboys 12-8. Playing for Australia that day were no other than Benji Marshall and Karmichael Hunt.The young Kiwi started the 2005 season playing for the Narraweena Hawks A grade side under coach Chris Reilly. After just a few games Josh White saw something special in the kid and gave him a go in the Manly Sea Eagles Jersey Flegg side. Once in the side he started the rest of his games in the 2nd row and made the position his own.Chris Reilly explained, "Reihana is such a classy player. He takes the ball up all day and constantly puts on the big hits. He is a tremendous team player" Alongside Reihana in the Narraweena side were Cliffy Lyons and Jim Serdaris. "He has played with and against some world class players and has shown he can mix it with the best".PHOTO: Keen to be a Bear - Reihana 'Razor' Peters is ready to make his mark at Norths. Photo: Steve Little.The North Sydney Rugby League Football Club can be contacted on 9466 8860, by e-mail [email protected], or check out the website at http://www.northsydneybears.com.au

Thompson not going to Sharks

LANCE Thompson's immediate playing future remains in the balance with the Cronulla Sharks announcing they will not be signing the former Dragon.

Betts brings end to Wigan career

FORMER Great Britain international Denis Betts has quit his role as assistant to Wigan head coach Ian Millward, bringing to an end a 19-year association with the famous club.The 36-year-old, who had two years left on his contract, resigned from his post just six months after being demoted from head coach and a fortnight after apparently refusing to coach the club's under-21 team.A brief statement issued by Wigan said: "Denis Betts, who has been the assistant coach to Ian Millward, has resigned from his position and left the club with immediate effect. The club feel unable to comment at this stage."Betts' future at the JJB Stadium was cast into doubt when the club issued a press release earlier this month claiming that he had refused to take charge of their academy team following the return to Australia of Adrian Lam.That job was instead undertaken by Millward's other assistant, fellow Australian Andrew Farrar, with Betts cast further into the wilderness.Betts, one of Wigan's modern greats, tonight confirmed that he had resigned but said: "I can't comment at this stage. It will all come out in the fullness of time."The second row forward joined Wigan from Leigh Rangers amateur club in 1986 and was a member of the all-conquering team that dominated rugby league in the late-Eighties and early Nineties.He joined the newly-formed Auckland Warriors in 1995 but returned to Wigan three years later and in 2000 had the honour of scoring the first try at the JJB Stadium.Betts, who won 30 caps with Great Britain, was awarded a testimonial in 2001 but was persuaded to hang up his boots at the age of 32 in order to help Wigan get under the salary cap.After cutting his coaching teeth with the club's academy team, he quickly found himself propelled into the hot seat when Mike Gregory was taken ill after the Challenge Cup final of 2004.An horrific run of injury, compounded by the loss of hugely-influential skipper Andy Farrell, exposed the inexperience of both Wigan's back-up players and their rookie head coach and he was pushed to one side in May when Millward was appointed.Betts was made Millward's assistant and given a new two-and-a-half-year contract but could now be lost to the game.He has recently been linked with a move into rugby union with Gloucester, who are thought to be looking for a defensive coach.- - - - -Thanks to www.superleague.co.uk for this report.

Lance Thompson and Dragons go their separate ways

FORWARD Lance Thompson and the St George Illawarra Dragons parted ways tonight, reportedly by mutual agreement.

First 5 weeks of the 2006 season fixtures announced

HERE'S a sneak peek to next season's first five rounds worth of fixtures. Be sure to check out your favourite teams and where they'll be.

Tough times for the Kiwis

THE Kiwis are counting the cost of their clash with Great Britain on Saturday night at Huddersfield.

Vagana handed one-match ban

NEW Zealand stand-off Nigel Vagana has been handed a one-match ban for the tackle that left Great Britain scrum-half Paul Deacon with horrific facial injuries.

Cardiff Demons prop accepts new coaching role

CARDIFF Demons prop Dave Roberson has been named as the new Development Officer and Community Sports Coach for National League Two side London Skolars. He will start his full-time role at the club on November 28 and will re-unite with original Demons coach Stuart Singleton who is captain of the Skolars. Roberson has been playing for the Taffs Well-based Cardiff Demons since their first match in the Rugby League Conference in 2001, helping the club to three trophies in that period. The 31 year old also played and scored a try for Wales A against Scotland in 2001. In addition to his Demons role, Roberson has been assistant coach of UWIC for the last two years, a role he also took with the Wales Students side who reached the Shield Final in the World Cup in Australia this summer and with Great Britain students on their ground-breaking tour of Estonia. Roberson said: "I initially applied the role at Harlequins RL (formerly London Broncos) but they cut the number of positions from three to two so they recommended me to the Skolars. I'm looking forward to the challenge." Roberson will be keeping his house in Cardiff and is looking forward to a return to South Wales next year when the Skolars face new Welsh club, Celtic Crusaders. "There's already been a bit of banter between Crusaders coach John Dixon and myself this week," adds Roberson, "I wish him and the Crusaders the best of luck in the their first season and I'm looking forward to crossing swords with him at the Brewery Field later next year."

Vagana out, Jones in

STANDOFF Nigel Vagana will be available for the Tri-Nations final should the Kiwis make it and he could yet partner Stacey Jones in the halves, with the Kiwi halfback set to extend his international comeback against France on Saturday morning.

Scott Prince dropped fom Aussie team

CLIVE Churchill winner Scott Prince has been dropped from the Australia side to face Great Britain for this weekend's Tri-Nations clash.

Wests Tigers Harrison to make his debut for the Kiwis

YOUNG Kiwis forward Bronson Harrison will make his test debut this Friday against France in Toulouse.

GB announce side to face Aussies

HULL winger Gareth Raynor will make his Great Britain debut in Saturday?s must-win Gillette Tri-Nations match against Australia.

Great Britain gripped by injury concerns

PAUL Wellens is the second Great Britain player following scrum-half Paul Deacon to be ruled out for the rest of the Gillette Tri-Nations, leaving his side without a specialist full-back to face Australia at Hull on Saturday.

Bennett explains changes to Kangaroos line-up

COACH Wayne Bennett says he's made changes to Australia's side for Saturday's big Tri Nations clash with Great Britain to strike a balance in the forwards and because of the likelihood of firmer playing conditions at Hull.

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