THE tame nature of the Lions' exploits during the Tri Nations series has been underlined by the presence of just one Great Britain player in the 2006 Rugby League World XIII that is dominated by champions Australia.
THE charity boxing match between Great Britain prop Stuart Fielden and England second rower Lee Radford has a new venue due to huge public interest.
WAKEFIELD captain Monty Betham has retired from rugby league to take up a career in boxing.
THE Maltese Rugby League Association (MRLA) is opening its doors to the 2005/2006 Annual MRLA Presentation, being held at the Hamrun Club in Sydney.
FOLLOWING the NZRL?s recent discussions with its members in Wellington, the NZRL Board of Directors met on Thursday 30 November, to discuss the member?s five recommendations for co-opting to the two vacant board positions.
IF a week is a long time in politics it can be an eternity in the struggle between rugby league and rugby union over key players.When the Wallabies returned from a rather ordinary European tour early this week, the focus was on recruiting rugby league players to boost union?s ranks.But today the boot is very much on the other foot with at least one Wallaby star wanting to switch to rugby league BEFORE next year?s Rugby World Cup, and another rumoured to be keen to do so as soon as possible.Mat Rogers, who switched codes to rugby union in 2001 after seven league Test appearances and a very successful playing career with the Cronulla Sharks, apparently wants to join NRL newcomers, the Gold Coast Titans, for the 2007 season. He has already signed a contract to join the club in 2008.Dissatisfaction with coach John Connolly?s team selections on the recent Wallabies tour has caused Rogers to rethink his plans for 2007.If he decides to seek an early release, the Titans and the NRL will fall over backwards to facilitate what would be a significant PR coup for rugby league in view of the posturing by the ARU about "raiding" rugby league?s player ranks.It will present the ARU with a real quandary. Releasing Rogers would set a precedent, but does union really want in its World Cup team next year a player who would rather be playing in another code?But an even more successful ex-league player is also thinking about a return to the 13-a-side game. Lote Tuqiri left the Broncos in 2001 and has been the best performing former league player in the Wallabies ever since.A host of NRL clubs is already lining up to talk to Lote if he decides to switch codes. That will force the ARU to offer him a contract after the World Cup worth a lot more than it had in mind a week ago.But if he wants to return to rugby league ? and senior league officials are very confident he does ? he will have to take a substantial pay cut, or the NRL will have to ease its salary cap restrictions. And it will be under enormous pressure to do so.The news this week has come as a relief to David Gallop and the NRL. Instead of worrying about how to prevent NRL players being poached by the ARU, rugby league officialdom can sit back and enjoy the position in which Rogers and possibly Tuqiri have put the ARU ? and John Connolly.
THE tug-of-war over Melbourne Storm winger Steve Turner looks set to continue with Storm chief executive Brian Waldron denying reports a player swap deal has been struck with the Gold Coast Titans.
NRL clubs are set to introduce a uniform illicit drugs policy similar to the AFL's.
GREG Bourke has pulled down the curtains on a record-breaking career, announcing he will retire after winning this year?s Queensland Wizard Cup premiership with Redcliffe.
LEAGUE sensation Sonny Bill Williams has not ruled out moving to England as early as 2008, as soon as his $400,000-a-year deal with the Bulldogs expires.
G?DAY everybody isn?t it good having the tri nations on TV it gives us footy tragics a bit shorter off season. And if you are like me you don?t mind a bit of biffo and a few big hits, you?d be really enjoying this season. And as we sit back and enjoy a few cold beers watching the footy and cricket after work, spare a thought for the players. It just seems like a few weeks ago the boys were playing in the grand final. You?d think they?d be having a well earned rest but no they are out slogging it out on the training paddock under the watchful eye of Sergeant Major Tony Guilfoyle.
During the season I was lucky enough to attend a luncheon at the club and the guest speaker was mountaineer Michael Groom, he is a truly inspirational speaker. Well some of that must have rubbed off onto Dolphins assistant coach Gary O?Brien. Gary a teacher took a group of kids climbing and of course he was there to look after them but led me to think, who was going to look after Gary. As it happened Sounda had a little accident on the way down the hill he describes as Everest like and injured his ankle leaving him laid up at home for a few weeks. I don?t know about his students but I used to dream of something like that happening to my teachers.
I know some people think front rowers are dumb and well some of them have given plenty of good reasons to think that over the years as well. Now you?d think after just playing a winning grand final side and retiring after 15 years of senior footy you would be kicking back and relaxing having a few beers with your mates telling lies about how good you were (That?s what I done anyway) but not Adam Starr, Starry has been seen in the gym at Dolphin Oval 3 days a week working harder than anyone. I have only one question why Starry. Or will this be the shortest retirement in history.
I remember as kid in Mackay watching the Sunday night BRL match of round on TV and whenever Norths played and Campbell Dews would get the ball you would the crowd chant Zuuuuuuuuluuuuuuuuu and since then the nearest cheer I?ve heard to that was the Toooooookey cheer everytime he carted the ball up. Hopefully I?ll be hearing a few of those cheers coming from the pig pen next when Mark Tookey is carting it up for the Dolphins.
One of Dolphin Ovals favourite sons made a comeback to sporting field a few weeks back. The girls from the retirement home were there lending support to our hero, the familiar cough was heard and the song Wild Thing blared out over the PA system the crowd erupted as Wayne Krusty Miller ran out in the local 35?s soccer comp the white boots were on, the bike shorts were on, he warmed up with a few sprints down the grand stand touchline in front of the laughing spectators. Then 30 seconds into the game Miller went looking for space and took off only to fall to the ground like he?d been shot but it was his hammy that shot.
THE Redcliffe Keystar juniors will wear a new design in jersey next season.
The distinctive look will bring the 800 plus Dolphin juniors into line with the senior grades.
Club junior development officer Grant Cleal said more than 700 jerseys had been ordered.
"Our juniors will be completely identifiable with our seniors in not only their jerseys but also shorts and socks," he said.
"The only difference will be in the sponsors' badges. The jerseys are even made of the same material."
The unique red and white design has been a hit with the senior Dolphins with many critics rating their jersey the most eye-catching in televised Queensland Cup matches.
The junior jersey will feature the logo of sponsor Keystar Motors, who next season begin the second year of their backing for the club.
The club's juniors this year completed another successful season with close to a record participation in the finals series.
Sign-on for next season will be held at Dolphin Oval on Sunday, February 11.
ROCKHAMPTON Leagues Club Comets forward David Nixon is preparing himself for a clash with his former club the Canberra Raiders when the Comets face the Raiders at Browne Park, Rockhampton on Saturday, February 26.
THE Rockhampton Central Queensland Comets are heading into the 2005 Queensland Cup season in the best condition of the club's history.