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WESTS Tigers captain Scott Prince is keen to secure a new contract deal with the premiers prior to next season's NRL kick-off on March 10.Prince is off-contract at the end of 2006 but wants to secure a long-term deal with the club.He will leave contract negotiations until after the World Club Challenge against Bradford Bulls on February 3."I want to sort something out by the start of the season, not only for myself but also for the club. I don't want to drag them along,'' Prince said."If I stay, the club then knows they don't have to look elsewhere. If I decide to leave, at least it gives them enough time to get things moving."I want to stay at the Wests Tigers, especially now that Benji Marshall has re-signed with the club. It has made it more appealing."The Wests Tigers are a great club and it is great to see we are finally achieving things here. Hopefully we can work something out that is happy for both parties."I've got to talk to my fianc?e about it. Your family life plays a massive role in the way you turn up each week. If everything is happy at home, it means you can have a great year and enjoy yourself on the field.''Prince described his 2005 season as a dream year, culminating in him earning an Australian Test jersey against Great Britain in the Tri-Nations Series."Winning the competition is a team goal, so that's great for the club, and it was great for me personally to be the captain of the team,'' Prince said."To pick up the Clive Churchill medal for player of the grand final and then to be named in the Kangaroo team was a massive bonus."The grand final was such a long week. I spoke to blokes like Scott Sattler and Gordon Tallis who had been there before. They told me grand final week is one of the best weeks of your life."To me, it was the worst week. I couldn't sleep. I was worried about the game, then I was sick on the Thursday, and then there was the talk about whether Pat Richards would play or not."The grand final was one of the fastest games I've played in. It was such a great night and it was just a relief to walk away as the victors."The premiership victory was great not only for the club but also for our supporters. You still get your die-hard Balmain supporters and your mad Western Suburbs supporters, so I see the trophy acting as a counsellor in a bad marriage. It has hopefully united them and we can now all be one happy family.''Prince said the signings of Ryan O'Hara, Keith Galloway, Sam Harris and Jamaal Lolesi would make the side an even more formidable outfit in 2006."The beauty about being a successful rugby league team is the ability to attract players who now want to come to the club,'' Prince said."Now that we are premiers, teams are going to turn up ready to play and that is only going to improve us as a team and a club."Next season is going to be tougher but it is going to bring the best out of us. I'm really looking forward to the challenge.''
AUSTRALIAN Rugby League chairman Colin Love wants Kangaroos coach Wayne Bennett to explain his controversial return from the failed Tri Nations campaign in Britain.But Love has all but confirmed Bennett will retain the national coaching job despite leading Australia to its first series loss in 27 years. Bennett caused a furore when he slipped past waiting media at Brisbane airport last Thursday.Love says he was less than impressed by Bennett's actions and will discuss the matter at next Monday's ARL board meeting in Sydney.
KIWIS Tri-Nations victory creates HistoryThe New Zealand Kiwis sensational victory in the Tri-nations final went downas their greatest win in Rugby League history.While their 24-0 win over Australia gave the Kangaroos their first series loss since 1978 when they lost 2-0 to France, a major achievement by the Kiwis went unnoticed when the final siren went at Elland Road in Leeds.Ten Teams for 2008 World CupAs predicted in Rugby League Review earlier in the year, the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) has confirmed that 10 nations will compete in the Rugby League World Cup to be staged in the Southern Hemisphere in 2008.Find out which teams will have automatic entry and how the other five spotswill be determined.Aussies still rule World XIIIFind out which players have made the World XIII with all the individual positions shown. Anthony Minichiello was crowned the best player when he received the Golden Boot award but we also have a full list of international award winners.--------------------The Summer edition of Rugby League Review is out at all good newsagents on Tuesday, December 6 for $3.50. You can guarantee your copy by subscribing for the next 10 issues. Simply send a cheque or money (payable to RUGBY LEAGUE REVIEW) for $35 to PO Box 322, Dulwich Hill Sydney NSW 2203. Credit card facilities and overseas rates available on the website at www.rugbyleaguereview.com
PENRITH captain and New South Wales halfback Craig Gower has demanded an apology over being fined by the ARL and plans to appeal the decision.
SCOTLAND A coach Kevin Rudd has kept faith with the squad that went close to beating England, for the clash with Wales A at Hamilton RFC on Saturday 3 July. Scotland must beat the holders to have any chance of lifting the Parkhouse Recruitment Four Nations Cup for the first time.
THE New Zealand Warriors have lost an outstanding member of their organisation with the passing yesterday of Tony Whitworth. Tony had been bravely fighting a lengthy battle against cancer but passed away peacefully in a hospice in Auckland with family by his side.
IT appears Stacey Jones will remain a Warrior after all, the star halfback has turned down an approach from the Wigan Warriors to see out his contract with the New Zealand Warriors until the end of 2006.
This news will please a lot of Warriors fans, who have seen their club disintegrate before their eyes over the past few months. But with their best player committing himself to the next two seasons beyond 2004, the club has a chance to refocus and rebuild a club that just last year treated the league world to a style of play that left you on the edge of your seat.
Hopefully this is the first of a number of 'good news' stories out of Auckland, as the NRL's silly season heats up.
THE NRL have confirmed that the St.George Bank Dragons will play the Sharks on Sunday, the 25th of July at Oki Jubilee Stadium. Kick-off has been scheduled for 3:00pm as it's the Channel Nine game.
ANDREW Johns is yet to make a decision on a possible switch to rugby union after another dramatic day in the battle for his signature.
WESTS Tigers are pleased to announce that John Skandalis has resigned with the club for a further 2 years.
PENRITH will be without skipper Craig Gower for Saturday?s clash with Parramatta after the halfback suffered a new injury that could keep him out of action until close to the end of the regular season.
THE Southern Division team to contest the Division Carnival in Mackay over the weekend of the 12th /13th June 2004 has been named.
THE Toowoomba Clydesdales returned to the winners circle today with a comprehensive 36-24 victory over the Wynnum Seagulls at Kougari Oval.
THE 2004 Sydney Airport Jets VB Premier League team certainly have a fixation with the figures 18 and 16. In the past five weeks they have lost twice to South Sydney by that exact scoreline, and at Henson Park on Saturday they hung on grimly for the last twenty minutes to upset last year's premiers, the Canberra Raiders, by those very same figures - 18-16.