Tough times for the Kiwis

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

Williams re-signs for four years

NORTH Queensland winger Ty Williams has re-signed with the 2005 NRL runners-up for another four years.

Wigan announce 2006 squad and new kit

WIGAN Warriors are delighted to announce their squad and numbers for the 2006 season.Most notably Sean O?Loughlin will step into the number 13 shirt vacated by brother-in-law Andrew Farrell who left the club in 2005.Elsewhere, new signings Mark Calderwood and Pat Richards will wear numbers 2 and 3 respectively, while hooker Micky Higham will wear the number 9 shirt. Forward Iefeta Palea?aesina is given the number 10 shirt, Scott Logan the number 8 shirt, and Bryan Fletcher the number 12 shirt.Bryn Hargreaves and Harrison Hansen have been rewarded for their progression to first team status. Hargreaves will wear the number 16 jersey (was 27), and Hansen has moved from squad number 20 to 19.Head Coach Ian Millward said:?I am delighted with our 28 man squad for next season. We have a fantastic mixture of experience as well as a number of quality youngsters. Sixteen out of the twenty eight are local boys. Our squad is bigger in numbers due to our commitment to have more juniors in our top squad.?Squad List in full:1. KRIS RADLINSKI2. MARK CALDERWOOD3. PAT RICHARDS4. DAVID VAEALIKI5. BRETT DALLAS6. DANNY ORR7. DENNIS MORAN8. SCOTT LOGAN9. MICK HIGHAM10. IAFETA PALEA?AESINA11. GARETH HOCK12. BRYAN FLETCHER13. SEAN O?LOUGHLIN14. KEVIN BROWN15. DANNY TICKLE16. BRYN HARGREAVES17. JERRY SEUSEU18. WAYNE GODWIN19. HARRISON HANSEN21. CHRIS MELLING22. JOEL TOMKINS23. PAUL PRESCOTT24. DARRELL GOULDING25. SEAN GLEESON26. JOHN WALKER27. THOMAS COYLE28. MICHAEL MCILORUM29. CHRIS ASHTONWarriors season tickets are now on sale for the 2006 season, with the renewal deadline on Friday at 5pm, and reserved seats go on general sale on Monday at 9am.Fans can purchase their season tickets by calling the Ticket Hotline on 0870 11-22-552, in person at the JJB Stadium Ticket Office, or by posting their application form to the JJB Stadium Ticket Office. For full details on season ticket packages [click here].The new 2006 Wigan Warriors playing kit, manufactured by JJB, will be officially launched on Thursday 17th November at the JJB store on Robin Park and at the JJB Soccerdome on Stadium Way in Wigan. First team players will be at the Robin Park store to celebrate the launch with the shirt sale that night. It will go on general sale on Friday 18th November from over 20 other JJB Stores and the Warriors Lotto Shop in Wigan Town Centre.- - - - -Thanks to Wigan Warriors E-News for these details.

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 faces hearing over tackle

NEW Zealand's Nigel Vagana will will appear before a meeting of the three-man Rugby League International Federation Disciplinary Committee on Tuesday charged with an alleged high tackle which put Great Britain's Paul Deacon out of the Tri-Nations.

Barrett confident he'll be fit

AUSTRALIA'S Tri Nations defence could receive a boost with injured five-eighth Trent Barrett confident of proving his fitness at training in Manchester today.

The Tri-Nation formula

BRIAN Nobles Great Britain team will go into next Saturday's Tri-Nations clash against Australia completely aware of what is required to reach the final - either a three-point win or a two-point victory, scoring 48 points or more. Any other result will mean that Australia and New Zealand will meet at Elland Road on November 26.

Bridgend pick up the awards

BRIDGEND Blue Bulls won the "Team of the Year" trophy in the Rugby League Conference end of season awards ceremony on Saturday. Wales Rugby League chairman, Mark Rowley picked up the award from Sky Sports' Mike "Stevo" Stephenson on behalf of the Blue Bulls. It is the second time in three seasons that the reigning UK amateur champions have won this award. The Blue Bulls picked up two more honours on Saturday as Paul Morgan, who played in Wales? 38-16 defeat to France in the European Nations Cup Final earlier this month, and Gareth David were both named in the Rugby League Conference ?Dream Team? - 13 players selected from the 80 clubs in the four Premier Divisions, which proved to be such a success during the summer of 2005, and the eight Regional Leagues.

Carney rates King the game's best winger

GREAT Britain flanker Brian Carney says Matt King ? his Australian rival in Saturday night's Tri Nations showdown - is the best winger in the world.

Four Welsh lads in GB squad

DAN Falvey and Oliver Hughes from Cardiff Demons and Daniel Phillips and Lee Williams from Aberavon Fighting Irish have all been named in the Great Britain Amateur under 18 squad for their Autumn International series.

Kiwis at a loss to explain

NEW Zealand had only to lose yesterday's Tri-Nations match against Great Britain by less than 23 points to make the final.

RFL boss still wants 2006 Tri-Nations in Australasia

RFL boss Richard Lewis this week tried to scorch rumours that the 2006 Tri-Nations will not be held in Australasia as planned. Reports on the weekend indicated that the ARL were concerned that, with the prospect of a poor crowd to a possible Australia-NZ final, this years tournament will run at a loss. However according to Richard Lewis such concerns have not been discussed at Federation level. Lewis told the BBC, ?I?ve had no indication of any question marks or issues about the Tri-Nations future?

Deacon completes facial surgery

GREAT Britain scrum-half Paul Deacon has had successful surgery following a facial injury that at one time was thought to be life-threatening.

Calderwood drafted into GB squad

WINGER Mark Calderwood was on Monday called into the Great Britain squad for the closing stages of the Gillette Tri-Nations Series.

Great Britain happy to beat Kangaroos by field goal, Noble

GREAT Britain coach Brian Noble says he'll happily give the order for a field goal in Saturday night's Tri Nations clash if it means eliminating Australia from the final.

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