World Club Challenge tickets on sale

TICKETS for the 2006 Carnegie World Club Challenge will go on sale to Bradford Bulls season ticket holders from Monday December 19 2005.Following this exclusive sales period they will then be on general sale from Wednesday December 21 2005.Tickets for the showdown between reigning engage Super League champions Bradford Bulls and Australian NRL Telstra Premiers Wests Tigers range in price from ?15, ?18, ?20 and ?25. There are also concessions available in all these price categories.During the exclusive sales period for Bulls? season ticket holders, supporters will be able to purchase tickets from the Odsal Stadium box office. When tickets are on general sale, they can be purchased by calling the RFL Box Office on (0870) 990 1313. Supporters can also book online 24 hours a day on this website.Commenting on the ticket launch, the RFL?s Director of Marketing Simon Malcolm said: ?The 2006 Carnegie World Club Challenge is set to be a massive contest between two truly great teams and we feel sure that demand for tickets will be huge.?The thrilling way in which each club secured their respective championship is sure to add extra interest to the match. The fixture is also a great opportunity for supporters throughout the UK to see many of the world?s best Rugby League players in fierce competition.?Malcolm added: ?We would advise all supporters to secure their seats as soon as possible?.The Carnegie World Club Challenge between Bradford Bulls and Wests Tigers takes place at The Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield, on Friday February 3 2006 (ko 8.00pm).- - - - -Thanks to for this news.

Rhinos sign McAvoy

LEEDS Rhinos have made their fifth signing of the close season with the announcement that former England three quarter Nathan McAvoy, 28, will join the club on a one-year contract.McAvoy, who returned to Rugby League in 2004 from Saracens to his hometown club at Salford, will join the Rhinos with immediate effect after being released from the City Reds.Commenting on signing for Leeds, McAvoy, who toured with Great Britain in 1996, said: ?I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to play for the Rhinos and I truly intend to make my mark with the club. I am excited about the start of the new season, there are so many world-class players at the club, especially the young ones, and I hope to make my experience count.?McAvoy has made over 200 appearances during his career and in his time in Rugby Union played for the England Sevens team. He was a Challenge Cup and Grand Final winner with Bradford, including a spectacular try against the Rhinos at Murrayfield in 2000.Commenting on the signing, head coach Tony Smith said: ?Nathan will provide us with great cover for our backline because he can play either at centre or wing. He has been highly recommended by Brian McDermott, who played alongside him at Bradford, and I?m sure he will be looking to make the most of this opportunity.?The Rhinos have also confirmed that McAvoy would be outside their top 20 players for the season but that he has not yet been assigned a squad number.McAvoy will make his debut in the Tetley?s Festive Challenge against Wakefield at Headingley on Boxing Day, kick off 11.30am, and began training with his new team-mates on Thursday.- - - - -Thanks to for this news.

O'Loughlin named Wigan Captain

WIGAN head coach Ian Millward has named Sean O?Loughlin as captain for the 2006 engage Super League season.The Warriors captaincy changed hands regularly last season following Andy Farrell?s departure and injury to Kris Radlinski but after suffering knee problems last term, O?Loughlin has been handed the armband after recovering from surgery.Millward said: ?Sean is a Wigan boy and has all the qualities required to lead the team, he is a big part of my plans for the future and is highly regarded by everyone at the club. He will be a great role model for this club long term.?Great Britain international O?Loughlin said: ?This is a huge honour for me. There are a lot of experienced players in our squad and to be asked to captain the side really means a lot.?There have been many great captains of this club and hopefully I can go some way to filling those boots. If I have a career as good as some of those from the past I will be more than happy.?- - - - -Thanks to for this news.

Wayne Bennett stands down

IN the aftermath of Australia?s recent Tri-Nations defeat at the hands of New Zealand, Wayne Bennett has resigned from his post as national coach despite support from within the ARL that his job was safe.

Dolphins Swimming Along

THE Redcliffe Dolphins are finishing their fourth week of pre-season training with strength and conditioning Coach Tony Guilfoyle putting the squads through some grueling sessions. ?It?s a good mix between skills and conditioning? Guilfoyle said. ?The boys are really working hard, for themselves and for each other, a couple of them are really stepping up and taking leadership roles within their groups which is good to see? he said. ?Physically all the boys from last year are stronger than they were twelve months ago at this same time and I believe mentally as well, if they can beat the little man in their head that?s half the battle? Guilfoyle added.The Dolphins have also added a few more new players to their roster former Melbourne Storm half back Marty Turner joins the club from Oldham in England, Adam Fletcher an outside back from Sydney Wests, Ricky Thorby who comes highly recommended from Innisfail he can play in the back row or front row. Matt Anderton the 2005 A grade captain has also re-signed, a member of the 2003 Qld Cup premiership side he is keen to press for selection in the top side again. The Colts squad has also been strengthened with the signings of Jacob Marketo a back rower from the Sunshine Coast, Logan Sullivan from Dysart, Michael Wilson and Philip Daisy the son of Foley Shield legend Vern from Townsville.Matt Gruszka after starting training with the Dolphins is off to Sydney on a three month trial with Cronulla hopefully the ?Polish Express? will impress Sharks Coach Stuart Raper and earn himself a contract with the Sharks. Also there is another addition to the Dolphins coaching staff with former Central Queensland player Paul White taking the vacant assistant coach?s position that was held by Grant Cleal last season.Player MovementsSenior SigningsRichie Russell (Port Macquarie), Darren Glase (Souths Logan), Pat Gardner (Norths), Rorey Bromley (North Queensland), Casey Bromilow (Hills Districts), Mark Shipway (Salford), Marty Turner (Oldham), Ricky Thorby (Innisfail), Adam Fletcher (Wests Sydney)Re-signed Shane Perry, Troy Lindsay, Adam Starr, Greg Bourke, Michael Roberts, Grant Flugge, Danny Burke, Duane O?Grady, Shannon Fish, Ryan Cullen, Chris Giumelli, Nick Emmett, Lucas Deardon, Matt Gruszka, Matt Mapes, Mick Pares, Iermia Filipo, Gerard Parle, Damien Jentz, Clint Frazer, Daniel Green, Chris Jelich, Dominic Fallini, Mitchell Simpson, Mark Christensen, Terry Jones, Daniel Jones, Nick Walker, Brad Massey, Matt AndertonColts SigningsDion Porteous, Matt Lennon, Andrew Rickert, Clement Nanai, Jordon Brown, Tim Yee, Asher Elamani, Foisa Peni, Matt Handcock, Anthony Tonkin, Dane Hogan, Jon Broad, Tim Benson, David Hala, Sam Schull, Adam Marr, Stuart May, Joel Romelo, Michael Wilson, Phil Daisy, Jacob Marketo, Logan Sullivan, LossesLiam Georgetown, Wayne Bond (Both Penrith), Nathan Black (Gateshead) Phil Shilvock (Retired), Matt Gruszka (Trialling with Cronulla), Iremia Filipo (Retired), Luke Tonion

There Are Now Two Ways To Buy You Official Bears Merchandise

ONEIN person at the North Sydney Markets.Come visit the North Sydney Bears Merchandise stall at the North Sydney Markets this Saturday 10th December 2006.North Sydney Markets are on every 2nd Saturday of every month (from 9 am to 4 pm), you can wander through the parkland environment with 160 stalls offering: arts, crafts and plants clothes, hats and jewellery, books, bric a brac and antiques, freshly baked cakes, jams, honey, and preserves, massage treatments and of course BEARS MERCHANDISE.Also enjoy the live entertainment from 11 am to 1 pm.Where: Miller Street, North Sydney (between Ridge and McLaren Streets).On rainy days the markets will be on the top floor of the Ridge Street carpark.Parking: plenty of free parking in Ridge Street carpark.---------------------------------------------------------------TWOBy mail direct from the Football ClubGo to the Merchandise page of the Bears official website at and download the Bears official merchandise brochure, make your selection, then download the order form and send your chq or money order to the Club.If you have any questions contact the Club on (02) 9466 8860 or email: [email protected] North Sydney Rugby League Football Club can be contacted on 9466 8860, by e-mail [email protected], or check out the website at

Bears Become Sand Hill Warriors At Palm Beach

FOUR training squads and two gruelling hours was the scene on Saturday morning at Palm Beach in Northern Sydney. Steve Carter?s Jersey Flegg squad joined the Clubs? Premier League & S G Ball teams as well as Asquith?s Jim Beam Cup side in one of the hardest training sessions yet.Renowned fitness trainer Rob Roland-Smith (the Sand Hill Warrior), who?s other trainees include Kelly Slater and the Wests Tigers NRL team, combined up hill sand running with core resistance exercises and motivational talk.Typical of the talk was Rob?s opening words. ?I will give you 100% of me and I expect 100% back. I want positive talk. I want you to train as a team, if some of your team mates are falling behind help each other out?.Bears Jersey Flegg coach and Penrith great Steve Carter was keen to see how his team coped with the workload, commenting ?This will sort the fit players from the rest?. Steve has mentored many players during his career and is looking forward to 2006, ?It?s great to work with the young players and see them develop?.At the end of one of the toughest sessions the Sand Hill Warrior gave the Bears his fitness score card. ?You did very well out there today. I said I would give you some feedback; you need to work harder on your endurance, watch your diet and I can tell from the core exercises you did that you need to do more resistance exercises. It?s been great training with you and great meeting you today?.The Bears will return to Palm Beach in two weeks time when Rob claims he will up the anti!Rob has been running his personnel training business out of Palm Beach for many years. At over 50 years old why does he still do it? ? ?I love it? he states.PHOTO: The Bears slug it out in their toughest training session under the guidance of 'the Sandhill Warrior'. Photo: Steve LittleTo see more photos of the Bears training hard at Palm Beach go to the photos section of the Bears website North Sydney Rugby League Football Club can be contacted on 9466 8860, by e-mail [email protected], or check out the website at

Kogarah Jubilee seating amendment

THE St.George Leagues Club and Kogarah Council have applied to amend a Development Application that was approved in February to install permanent tiered seating to the northern and southern ends of Oki Jubilee Stadium.The amendment includes additional seating above the proposed new toilet and kiosk at the northern end of the ground. The submission period closed on December 1 and Kogarah Council is expected to make a decision on this application in early 2006.On Monday evening, Kogarah Council is expected to approve another Development Application to demolish the eastern toilet block and to relocate the operation centre adjacent to the existing scoreboard and to construct a new kiosk and garage.SX Projects, the building company that successfully tendered for the Jubilee refurbishment contract, have published some brief information on their website in relation to the upgrade that includes 4,750 new seats. Details can be found at:

Fa'aoso joins Castleford Tigers

CASTLEFORD Tigers have signed Tongan international back row forward Richard Fa'aoso from Sydney Roosters on a two-year contract.A regular in the Roosters line-up this year, Fa'aoso is an exciting young player who can play in either the second row or at loose forward.The 21-year-old was under contract with the Roosters but the Tigers have worked hard to capture a player who made a try-scoring debut for Tonga in their clash with Samoa a couple of months back.Although qualified to represent Tonga, Fa'aoso was born in Queensland, making his NRL baptism with Penrith Panthers before joining the Roosters this past season.Tigers coach Terry Matterson said: Richard is a tremendous prospect and we feel that he will be a big hit with our fans. He is a big, strong and aggressive back rower with plenty of pace who will boost what we feel is already a very strong looking pack.He is a player who I knew as a youngster when he played junior rugby in Queensland. I have followed his progress since then and am very happy to have been able to recruit him for the Tigers.The Tigers are still in talks with four other players, three of them backs, as they look to finalise their 2006 squad.

Mander calls it quits

TIM Mander has today announced his retirement from refereeing but will remain with the NRL in 2006 as a video referee.The 44-year-old has refereed the last two NRL Grand Finals and was named the Referee of the Year in the 2005 Golden Boot awards. Mander said he was ready to focus on his career in Christian ministry as well as remaining close to the game of rugby league.

Rugby League 2 - out now and ready for shipping!

RUGBY League 2 is the much anticipated sequel to 2003's record breaking NRL Rugby League. Featuring lifelike player graphics, highly realistic gameplay and a brand new 'Franchise' management mode, Rugby League 2 is sure to be the favourite this gaming season!Look at these features:Players: 1 ? 8 playersOnline Support: Online play supportedMultiplayer online play for all platforms, allowing competitive and friendly play over the Internet, player rankings, and statisticsAll major teams and competitions including the NRL, SuperLeague, State of Origin, City versus Country, and a range of International TeamsBrand new gameplay features including ball stripping, shoulder barges, diving on and kicking the loose ball, contesting the high ball, pass to playmaker and moreNew multi year Franchise Mode, including player contract management, injuries, judiciary, and mid season representative gamesHighly realistic, individually modelled likenesses for over 500 players and refereesLifelike animation, motion captured by Weta Digital, the VFX wizards behind The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy40+ accurately modelled stadia from around the worldAll new commentary from Andrew Voss of Channel 9Highly customisable game rules and gameplay slidersSignificantly higher fidelity in-game graphicsRL2 is available on both PC and PS2 formats and is available now from LeagueUnlimited.comPlus, as a part of a special Christmas offer, we're giving away a beaut mousemat with every purchase - absolutely FREE.For screen shots, more info, and purchase information, click on the image below:

Knights secure future after financial turnaround

AFTER announcing a deal today which secured its financial future, Newcastle chairman Mike Tyler has admitted the NRL club was close to going into receivership just eight months ago.

Hookey becomes a Panther

PENRITH has given Lee Hookey an opportunity to resurrect his NRL career, offering the former South Sydney prodigy a one-year contract.The speedy three-quarter, who has scored 44 tries in a 109-game career with the Rabbitohs and St George Illawarra, was off contract after making just 11 first-grade appearances for the Rabbitohs in 2005.Penrith coach John Lang says Hookey will bring some much-needed experience to the Panthers' outside backs next year.

North Sydney Bears Official Merchandise

COME visit the North Sydney Bears Merchandise stall at the North Sydney Markets this Saturday 10th December 2006.North Sydney Markets are on every 2nd Saturday of every month (from 9 am to 4 pm), you can wander through the parkland environment with 160 stalls offering: arts, crafts and plants clothes, hats and jewellery, books, bric a brac and antiques, freshly baked cakes, jams, honey, and preserves, massage treatments and of course BEARS MERCHANDISE.Also enjoy the live entertainment from 11 am to 1 pm.Where: Miller Street, North Sydney (between Ridge and McLaren Streets). On rainy days the markets will be on the top floor of the Ridge Street carpark. Parking: plenty of free parking in Ridge Street carpark.

Orford The Olympic Park Hero

MELBOURNE Storm halfback Matt Orford was the toast of Olympic Park tonight as he scored the matchwinning try with just 20 seconds remaining as the Melbourne Storm beat the Parramatta Eels 22-16 in a tough and thrilling encounter at Olympic Park this evening.

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