THE camera pans across the faces of the players in this years' Grand Final. The image we see is of each team members? arms linked, shoulder to shoulder with them belting out the national anthem. A group of five players from each team step forward. In the first group we have Craig Wing, Adrian Morley, Craig Fitzgibbon, Brad Fittler and Kirk Reynoldson. In the second group Trent Barrett, Nathan Blacklock, Hazem El Masri , Andrew Johns, and Jason Cayless. These two teams and the ten players have proven that they have got what it takes; they are the best in their field and are ready to embark in a game that has the Rugby League community enraptured.
QUEENSLAND Rugby League will see new kids on the block, Brothers Valleys admitted to the competition for season 2004.
KIWIS captain and Canberra player of the year Ruben Wiki is a certainty for New Zealand Rugby League's top award at the annual dinner in Auckland tonight.
GREAT Britain coach David Waite expects Saturday's third Test against Australia to be his last in charge.
Waite, comes to the end of his initial three-year contract at the conclusion of the series with the Kangaroos.
AUSTRALIA have named veteran Darren Smith in their squad for the third Test against Great Britain in Huddersfield.
Smith, who spent 2003 playing for St Helens, has been recalled at the age of 35 after a four-year absence.
TWO of rugby league?s all-time greats will be on hand to unveil 1895 International?s new official logo on a plaque outside Huddersfield?s historic George Hotel this Saturday (November 22).
AUSTRALIAN coach Chris Anderson is denying reports that some players are up in arms regarding the inclusion of Darren Smith in the team named to contest the 3rd Ashes Test at Huddersfield on Sunday.
GARETH Ellis is set to make his first Test appearance this weekend after being called into the Great Britain squad for the third Ashes clash against Australia.
WARRIORS hooker PJ Marsh has finally had the brace removed from his neck after wearing it for more than four months.
DRAGONS vice-captain Lance Thompson will take the passion he displays on the rugby league field into the boxing ring for the first time next month to raise money for charity.
KANGAROOS captain Darren Lockyer's call for a reduced National Rugby League season to help promote international rugby league has been endorsed by Wayne Bennett, his Broncos coach.
THE Dragons and Laurie Daley have agreed to vary his coaching consultant?s role with St George Illawarra in 2004, given his commitments to Fox Sports, other facets of the game of rugby league and his family.
IRISH rugby union?s defensive coach Mike Ford has thrown his weight behind plans to establish a new rugby league competition in Ireland.
INTERNATIONAL rugby league risks dying unless the domestic season is shortened, more emphasis is placed on test football and the World Cup is revived,warned Australian captain Darren Lockyer.
THE GMB Union National Cup Final 2004
Bank Holiday Saturday, 29th May 2004
Bloomfield Road, Blackpool FC
Kick Off: 3.00pm
The Women's National Representative Shield Final - Kick Off: TBA