TOUGH Newtown Jets front-rower Glenn Hall scooped the major awards at the recent Newtown RLFC Presentation Night, held in front of a packed crowd at the Jets Sports Club in Tempe.
AUSTRALIA utility Reni Maitua has been ruled out of the Tri-Nations series with an ankle injury. Scans have revealed a distal syndesmosis injury in the Bulldogs? right ankle, ruling him out of all remaining games in the series against New Zealand and Great Britain.
GAUGING how hard David Kidwell hit Willie Mason on Saturday night is not as simple as observing the shiner that was left behind.
WALES have included four Super League and six Celtic Crusaders players in their initial 21-man squad for the Rugby League World Cup qualifier against Scotland at the Brewery Field on Sunday 29th October.The squad also includes Mark Lennon who plays for Manly Sea Eagles in Australia?s NRL and Phil Joseph from Hull Kingston Rovers who will be playing in Super League next season after helping his side win the National League One Grand Final on October 8th.But the big news for Wales is, as announced two weeks ago, Iestyn Harris will play for his country in rugby league for the first time in almost six years when he runs out at the Brewery Field in just under two weeks time.The Bradford Bulls stand-off last played for Wales in the World Cup semi-final match against Australia in Huddersfield on November 19th 2000. He made his Welsh international debut against Australia on October 30th 1994 and is currently the country?s record points scorer for with 145 in his 17 games.Since then, he has had a spell in union with Cardiff Blues and Wales and on his return to league, has been unable to play for Wales due to his involvement with Great Britain.Warrington?s Lee Briers will captain the side once again following his best season ever for Wolves where he scored nine tries and 105 goals leading them to the second round of the play-offs, and despite being in Australia with the Great Britain Tri-Nations squad. In a special arrangement with the Lions, Briers will fly back to Wales on October 21st before returning down under the day after the match.There is no place in the squad for Crusaders? Paul Morgan meaning that he has now played his last game of rugby league following his retirement announcement last week, but there is a surprise inclusion for Richard Johnson who hasn?t played since breaking his arm in the Crusaders? win over Barrow on July 16th.Three potential debutants have been named ? Geraint Davies and Hywel Davies from Celtic Crusaders and Widnes Vikings? Gary Hulse. Hulse will be extra determined to get into the 17-man matchday squad as, after being selected for Wales last year, missed out on his international debut due to injury.The match is the first in a two-legged encounter for Wales for the winners qualifying for the 13th Rugby League World Cup Finals in Australia in October 2008.Wales Squad 2006Anthony Blackwood - Halifax RLFCLee Briers - Warrington Wolves (capt)Geraint Davies - Celtic CrusadersHywel Davies - Celtic CrusadersGareth Dean - Celtic CrusadersDamien Gibson - Halifax RLFCIestyn Harris - Bradford BullsPaul Highton - Salford City RedsAdam Hughes - Widnes VikingsGary Hulse - Widnes VikingsAled James - Celtic CrusadersJordan James - Widnes VikingsRichard Johnson - Celtic CrusadersPhil Joseph - Hull Kingston RoversMark Lennon - Manly Sea EaglesDavid Mills - Harlequins RLChris Morley - Swinton LionsBryn Powell - Dewsbury RamsGareth Price - Celtic CrusadersRobert Roberts - Leigh CenturionsIan Watson - Widnes VikingsTeam Manager - John DevereuxHead Coach - Martin HallAssistant Coach - Anthony FarrellAssistant Coach - Kevin EllisFitness/Skills - Allan BatemanPhysiotherapist - Ben SearleKit Man - Tony JamesSource: http://www.cymrurl.com
FORMER Warrington Wolves and Wigan Warriors forward Jerome Guisset will captain France in the Federation Shield, which gets under way at Headingley on Sunday.
AS rugby league matches go these days, Saturday night?s encounter between the Kangaroos and the Kiwis was a bruising encounter but, when compared to Test matches of the past, it was nowhere near the "brutal" encounter some of the Kangaroos have claimed since.
ALL Blacks legend Jonah Lomu will meet with Gold Coast Titans management tomorrow to discuss joining the club on a one-year deal.
ST Helens 26 (Pryce, Cunningham, Talau, Meli, Gardner tries; Lyon 3 goals) def. Hull F.C. 4 (Domic try). Att: 72,582.
FORMER All Blacks winger Jonah Lomu is reportedly being courted by the Gold Coast Titans.
SCOTLAND will have just three engage Super League players in their team to face Wales in a World Cup qualifier at Bridgend on Sunday, October 29.
TWO tries in four minutes earned St Helens a Challenge Cup, minor Premiership and Grand Final treble but only after brave resistance from Hull.
ST Helens completed a clean sweep in 2006 as they defeated Hull 26-4 in the Grand Final at Old Trafford.
ST Helens' dominant performance ensures Hull's bravery is unrewarded in Grand Final debut. St Helens 26 Hull 4.
TRANS Tasman rivalry was in full flight on Saturday at Mt Smart stadium in Auckland.Three games between the two countries had the vocal crowd entertained for most of the late afternoon and evening.Game 1NZ Universities vs Australian Tertiary Students Australian Tertiary Students 26 Tries: Tim Martin, Dan Smith, Scott Morton, Jamen McCleod, Pat Williamson (2) Goals: Shane BeldhamNZ Universities 22 Tries: Ben Hurrell, Hone Patrick, Ollie Needham Goals: Scott Hurrell (5)Halftime Score: 14 ? 8 To Australian Tertiary StudentsGame 2Junior Kiwis vs NSW Under 18?s Junior Kiwis 15 Tries: Meli Koliavu, Isaac John, Scott Jones Goals: Scott Jones Field Goal: Isaac JohnNSW Under 18?s 6 Tries: Taulima Tautai Goals: Trent HodgkinsonHalftime Score: 10 ? 6 To Junior KiwisMain GameNZ Kiwis vs Australian Kangaroos Australian Kangaroos 30 Tries: Mark Gasnier, Greg Inglis, Mark O?Meley, Karmichael Hunt (2) Goals: Johnathan Thurston (5)NZ Kiwis 18 Tries: Manu Vatuvei, Nigel Vagana, Jerome Ropati Goals: Stacey Jones (3)Halftime Score: 20 ? 6 To Australian Kangaroos
DUE to the extremely hot conditions forecast for this Saturday the Jersey Flegg trials have been postponed. The trials will now be held on Saturday 21st October at TG Milner Field with an 8:30am start.Players to be invited back for further trial matches on Saturday 14th and 21st of October are listed on the Norths website: http://www.northsydneybears.com.au/Information/trials2007.htmTo all of those players who attended North Sydney's open trials in the Harold Matthews, SG Ball and Jersey Flegg age groups - thankyou. Players can be proud of their efforts and the spirit in which the games were played.We return to TG Milner Field this Saturday 14th October to further refine the squads, with Harold Matthews and SG Ball players required at 8.30am, and the following Saturday 21st October for the Jersey Flegg with players required at 8.30am. If you do not find your name in the squad, once again thankyou for your efforts and good luck for season 2007. To those players who are required, please ensure you arrive on time.For any further inquiries, please call Greg Florimo on 0421695594.Players are asked once again to print the indemnity form [on the Norths website above], sign it and bring the form with you on the day.