THE screening of franchise license applications for Bartercard Cup was completed Friday 30 September with all NZRL Directors endorsing the recommendations of the review panel headed by Vice Chairman Sel Bennett.
IT was standing room only in the Wests Tigers dressing room at Telstra Stadium last night, across the corridor Paul Rauhihi quietly contemplated the end of his Australian rugby league career.
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RESULTS of fixtures Sunday 2nd October
THE NZRL has named a squad of 40 players for this year's Tri-Nations competition against Australia and Great Britain.
JOE Grima (Malta) has named Malta?s starting team for this Saturday night?s International rugby league friendly at Fairfax Community Stadium (formerly Gabbie Stadium) at Seven Hills in Sydney?s west.
MELBOURNE Storm centre Matt King has capped off a remarkable 2005 by being selected in the final 23-man squad to take on New Zealand and Great Britain in the 2005 Gillette Tri-Nations Series beginning on October 15th.
WALES are hoping that either Iestyn Harris or Keiron Cunningham will be in the squad against Scotland in Bridgend in their opening Rugby League European Nations Cup game on Sunday 16 October.
The principality's two star players will clash on Friday when Harris' Bradford Bulls meet Cunningham's St Helens at Knowsley Road for a place in the engage Super League Grand Final on Saturday 15 October.
The winner will not be able to play for Wales due to the Grand Final date but one of the players will have a free weekend on October 15-16 making an appearance in a Welsh shirt a possibility.
"It would be a tremendous boost for Wales if Harris or Cunningham were able to appear," said Wales Rugby League Chairman, Mark Rowley. "Both are due to go straight into the Great Britain training camp for the Tri-Nations when their Super League season finishes so it all hinges on whether they are able to be released to play just the one game for us. We will be making every effort to ensure this happens."
Cunningham, who has played 13 times for Wales, last appeared in 2001 in the 33-42 defeat against England in Wrexham. However Harris has not been capped for even longer. Injured in 2001, his 17th and last match in a Wales Rugby League shirt was in the 2000 World Cup semi-final against Australia. Despite this, with 145 points scored for his country, he still holds the all-time Welsh record, 16 points ahead of Jim Sullivan and 46 ahead of Jonathan Davies.
Welsh fans will also be familiar with Harris in a different role as the stand-off played 25 times in three years for the Wales Rugby Union side from 2001-2004, making his union international debut after only two games at club level for Cardiff Blues.
All Welsh fans will be waiting with baited breath to see if he or Cunningham are able to pull on a Wales shirt again this autumn.
THE Taranaki Rugby League Development Grade Competition has started with four premier clubs being part of the draw. Waitara, Ngati Ruanui, Western Suburbs and Coastal Rugby League Clubs are participating in this competition that will run through the season to coincide with the Lile Shield Finals Series at the end of July.
THE Rugby Football League has said the investigation into allegations of a betting scandal involving two St Helens players will take as long as necessary.
Sean Long and Martin Gleeson are alleged to have won almost ?1,000 each after betting against their team.
WIGAN chairman Maurice Lindsay is confident Union Treiziste Catalane will be playing Super League rugby in 2006.
The French side were told on Tuesday they must wait until 26 May to find out if their application was successful.
MELBOURNE Storm forward David Kidwell is preparing himself for what could be one of the most memorable weeks of his footballing career.
THE Bulldogs and Melbourne will each have $2,000 less in their bank accounts after both were fined following matches last weekend.
LESS than a week after being controversially left out of the New Zealand test side, Warriors halfback Stacey Jones has re-affirmed his commitment to the game, and to the club.
ON Sunday 25 April at Aussie Stadium, General Peter Cosgrove, AC MC, Chief of the Defence Force will present the inaugural ANZAC Day trophy sponsored by the Sydney Cricket & Sports Ground Trust and Aussie Home Loans to the winning team of the 2004 ANZAC Day NRL match.