PARRAMATTA Eels coach Brian Smiths task does not get any easier when his team takes on the Newcastle Knights at Energy Australia Stadium on Saturday evening.
The injury ravaged Eels will have to pull one out of the bag to get up for this one.
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FONE Zone Canberra Raiders coach Matthew Elliott has today named his side for this Sunday's round 13 away clash with the New Zealand Warriors.
THE United States Tomahawks side for this years Victory Cup tournament has been named. The USA side have named an 18 man squad for the tournament which will see them take on Ireland and Russia in the tournament in the hope of qualifying for the main Victory Cup Final.
THE groups for the 2004 Victory Cup tournament have been released, with new comers Ireland to compete with Russia and USA in Group A, whilst the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) faces two of the powerbrokers of the tournament, in the shapes of the French Chanticleers and the England (BARLA) Lions.
FOLLOWING the great success of last year's Golf Day, this year's event promises to be just as exciting and entertaining, with former Newtown greats and present day playing identities in attendance.
A wet and wintry Puketawhero Park in Rotorua greeted the two top runners in NZ's Bartercard Cup competition so far in 2004. A small but vocal crowd braved the sloppy conditions to watch the home side Waicoa Bay Stallions take on the might of Marist Richmond Brothers. Both these sides were undefeated going into the match, and after an 80 minute slog with the rain worsening as time went on, both sides remain unbeaten as they fought out to an 18 all draw.
THE UK?s most successful Rugby Club, World Champions, Bradford Bulls, head for London this weekend with two missions.
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WANT to get fit for 2004? Wanting to play in a park football style competition? Or just want to play League for the first time? Well the Pennant Hills-Cherrybrook Stags registrations for season 2004 are almost here.
THE Dragons will have a tough start to their World Sevens campaign?drawing the Bulldogs as their first opponents at 2.20pm on Sat, Jan 24. They?will also play?Storm (5.25pm, Sat) and Lebanon (11.25am, Sun Jan 25).
THE first provisional draw for the 2004 European Nations Cup and Tri-Series tournaments has been released, and whilst no venues have been announced, there is the indication that Australia and New Zealand will play their respective fixtures against each other downunder.
A Rugby League resurgence isn?t only happening in Britain and Australia for 2004, with Papua New Guinea seeing the return of many former clubs which have collapsed in recent years, launching come back campaigns.
THE PNGRFL has decided to reward its up and coming players in the Rugby League World Sevens later this month announcing that players will be selected from the two President XIII sides which took on the Junior Kangaroos in Darwin and Port Moresby last year.
THE Canberra Raiders are delighted to announce that former major sponsor, and long-time Club partner Canberra Milk are making a comeback on the Raiders uniform in 2004.
THE need to help Papua New Guinea reach the next level in competitiveness has received a huge boost with the Melbourne Storm and Brisbane Broncos uniting to form a pre-season tri-series between the two clubs and a PNG Select Side.