ACTOR Russell Crowe and businessman Peter Holmes a Court are offering to buy a controlling interest in the South Sydney Rabbitohs for $3 million. And they say if they can't turn Souths into a successful club on and off the field, they will sell their stake back to the members for $1.Holmes a Court has released details of the revised proposal but is facing fierce opposition from club legends led by George Piggins. The Souths patriarch is trying to overthrow the board, which cancelled a meeting last night to consider the buyout proposal.Holmes a Court says he will conduct a series of information nights for club supporters and wants the matter settled before the start of the NRL season.
SUPER League Champions, Bradford Bulls, have today announced a 19-man squad for the Carnegie World Club Challenge game against Wests Tigers.New signing Chris McKenna misses out through a hamstring injury and the Bulls could give debuts to Marcus Bai, Marcus St Hilaire and Stanley Gene. Michael Withers, Lesley Vainikolo, Joe Vagana and Stuart Fielden are seeking their third WCC win with the Bulls. All three were members of the sides that took the crown in 2002 v Newcastle Knights and 2004 v Penrith Panthers. Marcus Bai is looking for a hat trick of wins too. He was a member of the Melbourne Storm side that defeated St Helens in 2000 and played for Leeds last year against Canterbury Bulldogs. Karl Pryce is looking to emulate his brother who was a member of the successful Bulls sides in 2002 and 2004.The Squad is:Michael Withers, Marcus St Hilaire, Marcus Bai, Lesley Vainikolo, Shontayne Hape, Ben Harris, Paul Johnson, Jamie Langley, Karl Pryce, Paul Deacon, Iestyn Harris, Stanley Gene, Ian Henderson, Stuart Fielden, Andy Lynch, Joe Vagana, Brad Meyers, Matt Cook and Brett Ferres
WELCOME ABOARD MR JOHN GROOM The Fiji A Rugby League are pleased to announce a new treasurer for season 2006, Mr. John Groom. John was a member of the Fiji A Rugby League tour party to Fiji last October and is the father of rising Manly Sea Eagles star, Aaron. Fiji A Rugby League believe John will do a great job as treasurer and his passion for Fiji and Rugby League are evident. On behalf of all the board members, players, parents and supporters, Welcome aboard!NI SA BULAThe 14 man touring Fiji Bati squad will be arriving into Sydney, Monday 23rd of January. The squad consists of 12 players and 2 officials. They are: Semesa Cadrikilagi, Iowane Divavesi, Marika Korovue, Neori Kurumalawai, Aminiasi Marau, Apisai Masikerei, Epi Naioko, Asaeli Saravaki, Josaia Tadulala, Semisi Tora, Meli Vosuqa, Jone Wesele, Jo Rabele (Coach) and Rusi Ratakele (Manager). The Fiji A Rugby League will be billeting the Fiji Bati until both squads depart for Coffs Harbour, Wednesday 25th of January. BIG MONTH AHEAD February will be a very busy month for the Fiji A side. Fresh from competing at the Orara Valley 7?s, Fiji A will also be competing at the St.Mary?s and Wollongong 7?s. The St.Mary?s 7?s will be held at Western Weekender Stadium, St.Mary?s on the 11th of February with $3000 AUD up for grabs. The Wollongong 7?s will be held a week later on the 18th of February with also $3000 AUD first prize. Good luck boys!FIJI TOUR MOST LIKELY TO GO AHEAD Fiji A have discussed the possibility of committing to another 2 match tour of Fiji, following the success of the 2005 tour. The 2005 tour which departed in October saw Fiji A defeat a Fiji Chairman?s XIII 18-0 in Suva and narrowly lose to the Fiji residents 14-22 in Nausori. All officials, players and parents who toured had a ball of a time, with everyone bonding closer as the tour went on. Those who hardly knew each other at the start of the tour walked away best mates by the end. That?s what sports all about and it was great to see everyone enjoying themselves. Everyone behaved admirably and did a great job of promoting Rugby League in Fiji.ST.MARY?S 7?S Fiji A have drawn a tough pool at the 2006 Carlton Mid Strength (St.Mary?s 7?s). Fiji A have drawn Pool 4 alongside American Samoa and the NZ Maori?s. Fiji A will be playing American Samoa at 1.20pm and against NZ Maori at 4pm with finals starting at 5.10pm. The 7?s will be played at Western Weekender Stadium, St.Mary?s on February 11th.FIJI BATI VS NZ MAORI Fiji Bati will face tough opposition when they come up against the NZ Maori, Thursday 26th of January. The match will be played at 7.30pm at Coffs Harbour International Stadium as part of the Orara Valley Axemen Big Week of League. Other matches on the day include: 1.30pm Coast & Valley All Stars U/19?s Vs Cook Islands U/19?s2.45pm Japan Vs USA4.30pm Coast & Valley All Stars Vs Cook Islands6.50pm (Exhibition 7?s) North Sydney Bears Old Boys Vs St.George Dragons Old Boys7.30pm Fiji Bati Vs NZ Maori It is only $10 entry to watch all 4 Australia Day fixtures. Very good value! The makeup of the Fiji Bati side will see 9 Fiji based player?s partner up with 8 Australian based Fijians in what will be a very competitive outfit.ORARA VALLEY 7?S Fiji A have drawn a tough pool in the 2006 Orara Valley 7?s. Fiji A will join Lebanon (2005 winners), Guyra Superspuds and Leichhardt Wanderers in pool D of the competition. Fiji A management has no complaints with the draw. ?Doesn?t matter who we play against, we have the team to beat anyone? said Ken Koroi the Fiji A president. Fiji Bati has been drawn into pool B. They will join Hoey Moey, Sydney Renown United and the Sawtell Panthers. 3 Australian based players will get drafted into the Bati side as 15 players can be utilized throughout the tournament. The 2006 Orara Valley 7?s which will feature 36 teams will be held at Coramba Sportsground, 28th & 29th of January. Coramba Sportsground is located 25 minutes inland from Coffs Harbour. The winner of the 7?s will take home a handsome $10,000 AUD.PLAYER WATCH This month?s player to watch is Namila Davui. Namila has joined the Canterbury Bulldogs for season 2006 after having previously spent time at the North Sydney Bears and the Parramatta Eels. The Lautoka born and Ra native moved to Rockhampton in North Queensland as a youngster and 2006 will hopefully be the year Namila cracks into first grade with the Bulldogs. Namila represented Fiji A against Malta and also at the Oceanic Pacifica Tournament in 2004. Remember this name as he is definitely a star of the future!SPONSORS Fiji A would like to thank our major sponsor PB Sports Management and associate sponsor Pacifika Lounge. Without sponsors Fiji A would not be able to operate as effectively. We take this opportunity to thank our 2006 sponsors. If you would like to sponsor Fiji A please email us at [email protected] SPREAD THE WORD We hope you enjoyed the first Fiji A monthly newsletter. Please spread the word and let all your friends and relatives who may be interested in receiving this free monthly newsletter to email [email protected] with subscribe as the subject.Regards,Phill Browne, Fiji A.Pic: Frank Waqa gets tackled by 2 Fiji Chairman?s XIII defenders in Suva. Photo: Fiji Times
BARLA Great Britain Manager Mick Turner has named a 22 man squad to face the British police at Stanningley ARLFC on Wednesday 22nd February Kick off 7.30pm.There will be one training session before the game on Sunday 12th February at Shaw Cross Sharks ARLFC.The full squad is as follows:1 Dave Critchley - Eccles & Salford JNRS2 Chris Lee - West Hull3 Gavin Corfield - Wigan St Judes4 Andy Dobson - Blackbrook5 John Waldon - York Acorn6 Martin Ridyard - Leigh Miners7 Dave Patterson - Leigh Miners8 Danny Kilshaw - Leigh East9 Gary Lumb - Cutsyke10 Andy Sands - Oldham St Annes11 Jimmy Rogers - Saddleworth Rangers12 Simon Kilby - Skirlaugh13 Antony Broadhead - Thornhill Trojans14 Kevin Brown - Eastmoor15 Matthew Myers - Shaw Cross Sharks16 John Rourke - Shaw Cross Sharks17 Joe Elliot - Barrow Island18 Trevor Penrose - Cottingham Tigers19 Ian Madely - East Hull20 Mel Alker - Wigan St Patricks21 Paul Davidson - Wath Brow22 Scott Tear - Wath Brow
BRITISH halfback Sean Long brushed aside an off-field betting scandal to guide St Helens to a Challenge Cup final showdown with arch-rivals Wigan on Monday.
BRISBANE has turned in their strongest performance of the season, smashing reigning premiers the Penrith Panthers 32-14 in front of a massive crowd at Suncorp Stadium.
WEEK two of the Bartercard Cup can be best described as a week of upsets compared to last weeks results, with three teams providing big upsets.
A great Anzac weekend of footy sees Sharks captain Brett Kimmorley join Broncos skipper Darren Lockyer at the top Leagueunlimited leaderboard on 12 points.
IT is official... Ali Lauitiiti's Warriors career is history.
MELBOURNE Storm will be without back-rower Peter Robinson for this week?s clash with the Warriors, due to a knee injury that could sideline the hardworking forward for up to three weeks.
THE Bulldogs have comprehensively defeated the South Sydney Rabbitohs by 34-8 on a fine Monday evening at Aussie Stadium.
PARRAMATTA were the better team on the day, but that didn't stop Cronulla from surging home and stealing the two points at the end of the evening. After a weekend of deliberation, here is how the Player of the Year points and Sharks Den Survivor voting panned out for round seven.
THE Brisbane Broncos have maintained their winning form to beat Penrith 32-14 before a massive crowd of over 37,000 at Suncorp Stadium.
THE Sydney Roosters and Brisbane Broncos have joined the Canterbury Bulldogs and Canberra Raiders in a scramble at the top of the National Rugby League table with exciting wins yesterday.