NEW Zealand coach Brian McClennan claims his Kiwis are underdogs to end Australia's three decades of dominance in Saturday night's Tri Nations rugby league final at Elland Road.
SYDNEY Roosters fullback Anthony Minichiello has been crowned the best player in the world ahead of Saturday's Tri National final against New Zealand in Leeds.Minichiello joined a list of elite players overnight who have won the prestigious World Golden Boot award. He was presented with the coveted award by former rugby league legend Arthur Beetson at a black tie dinner at the Elland Road Stadium where Australia will defend its Tri-Nations title on Saturday night (Sunday morning AEDT).Minichiello edged out Great Britain prop Stuart Fielden and Kiwi skipper Ruben Wiki for the honour - organised by Rugby League World Magazine and voted on by rugby league writers from around the world.He is the first fullback since Balmain's Garry Jack in 1987 to carry off the biggest individual prize in world rugby league.
RUGBY League?s International Federation on Monday confirmed next year?s Gillette Tri-Nations Series will be held in the southern hemisphere.
NEWCASTLE coach Michael Hagan will discuss his future with the club over the next 48 hours with rumours linking him to Parramatta in 2007.According to Channel Nine, Eels chief executive Denis Fitzgerald is hunting Hagan to take over the coaching position in 2007 after announcing Brian Smith will not have his contract renewed next year.Hagan has one year remaining on his contract at the Knights. He endured a horror 2004 season when the club won its first wooden spoon and he led Queensland's State of Origin team to a 2-1 series defeat.
THE cold snap in England's north is causing problems for the touring Kangaroos who have again been forced to delay training to allow the ground to thaw out.
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BRISBANE Brothers will relocate its senior and junior teams to Gibson Park at Stafford in season 2006, continuing a lengthy assocation with the precinct.
NEXT week's Rugby League International Federation board meeting here could close the door on players being registered in two competitions at the same time, preventing a repeat of Andrew Johns's UK stint this year.
WHERES' Wally? That may be the last remaining question after Wynnum this week reverted to its former name, Wynnum-Manly Seagulls, the same moniker which the club sported in the 1980s while Wally Lewis, Gene Miles, Greg Dowling, Colin Scott and the French brothers graced the Kougari turf.
KIWIS skipper Ruben Wiki has dismissed British reports that he has been offered a lucrative Super League contract by Monty Betham's new club, Wakefield Trinity.
THE future of the Tri Nations tournament should be clearer later tonight (AEDT time) after the Rugby League Federation executive meets in Leeds.
WAYNE Bennett could not guarantee he wouldn't make changes to the Australian side to play rivals New Zealand in next weekends Tri-Nations final at Elland Road.
SOUTH London Storm last weekend finished there season on a high when they were awarded the Club of the Year award by the Rugby League Conference. The National award is contested by all clubs playing in the top amateur Rugby League competition and South London won ahead of clubs from as far away as Cumbria to the north and Plymouth to the south.Storm were nominated for three awards narrowly missing out on two (Coach of the Year for coach Rob Powell and Player of the Year for Second Row/Prop Louis Neethling), but winning the Club of the Year award and also Louis Neethling gaining a place in the national Dream Team at Second Row.Arguably this was the award Storm wanted to win the most. Storm started the season off with one main aim and it was for the club to go back to its roots and become a club once more and a club for the players, spectators and the Juniors as a first thought and results to come second. This award proves that the Storm have indeed done that. ?This is a proud day for all those involved with the club. It is a shame for Rob and Louis who have been major forces both on the field and off it in the club but they deserve to be proud for being nominated for these prestigious awards.? Commented chairman Paul Brown on winning the award.?It is a great testament to the club that we have won this award and also won our division this year. The two do not always come together, a successful team does not always make for a good club and a good club does not always make for a great team but this year a great club helped this team become a great team.? ?The team played their hearts out all season and you could see they were playing for each other, making for a great club atmosphere at training and after matches. Many have put a great deal of time into the senior club and the many Junior teams we have and this is for everyone. It is a great day for the club and vindicates how hard people have worked.? South London Storm will be starting pre season training again in the new year. If you wish to take part please log onto www.southlondonstorm.com or call the club on 0700 596 8671.
Tri-Nations Game VI
Australia 26 def. Great Britain 14
AUSTRALIA'S new captain Danny Buderus has admitted that fear of another sporting failure to follow the loss of the Ashes will drive the Kangaroos in Hull tonight. The 27-year-old Newcastle Knights hooker was thrust into the role of a potential Ricky Ponting when Darren Lockyer broke a bone in his foot during a training session in Paris two weeks ago, conceding that the captaincy would prove a poisoned chalice if Australia were to return home beaten for the first time since they suffered two shock defeats in France in 1978.